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Caffes in Rome - A List

Pauline Kenny

This list is taken from the book "Cafe Life Rome: A Guidebook to the Cafes and Bars of the Eternal City", by Joe Wolff (Order from Amazon). Each of these caffes is profiled in the book. I have added my notes to the caffes we have visited.

How to Order

Most Rome caffes work on the same payment/ordering system. Go in the caffe and find the cashier, tell them what you want and pay. They give you a receipt. Take this to the counter and "weigh it down" with a small coin (10 cents for one coffee). The barman will look at your receipt and ask you want you want.


In December 2003, we found the prices for an espresso (caffe) when standing that the bar to be between 65 cents (Tazza d'Oro) and 95 cents (Sant' Eustachio). Remember, you will pay more for table service.


  • Bar San Calisto
  • Bar Trilussa


  • Bar/Ristorante M. Agrippa: Small bar on the Piazza della Rotunda, outside seating with good view of the Pantheon.
  • Giolitti: Nice large caffe with inside and outside seating a few blocks from the Pantheon. We went here for gelato a few times on our 2003 Christmas visit. You can sit in the large inside room and have table service. They also sell pastries.
  • Sant'Eustachio: Small caffe with a few outdoor tables (no indoor tables). No gelato but good coffee. Good hot chocolate in winter.
    Note: the coffee is served sweetened. You must ask to have it without sugar.
  • Tazza d'Oro: Just off the Piazza della Rotunda (facing the Pantheon, it is on a small street to your left, past the Bar Pantheon). This is my favorite caffe in Rome - great coffee, no seating, very thick hot chocolate in winter, good selection of breakfast pastries. You can buy coffee beans to bring home.
    Note: There is a Tazza d'Oro in the Rome airport, in the International Terminal. You can have your last Italy coffee there.

Tazza d'Oro in Rome

Piazza Navona & Vicinity

  • Antico Caffe della Pace: Very nice caffe a few blocks from Piazza Navona. Several rooms for indoor seating (a good place to go in winter), plus outdoor tables. This is a popular caffe where people go for coffee and dessert for for drinks. We went there a few times and liked it.
  • Bar Mister Blue
  • Pasticceria Bella Napoli


  • Caffe San Pietro
  • Gelateria Pellacchia

Ghetto & Campidoglio

  • Antico Caffe del Teatro Marcello
  • Bar/Gelateria Alberto Pica
  • Vezio's or Bla-Bla Bar

Piazza del Popolo

  • Bar Canova
  • Gran Caffe La Caffttiera: Outdoor and indoor seating in this large and usually busy caffe on Piazza del Popolo.
  • Rosati: Similar to the Gran Caffe. These two caffes are across from each other at the bottom of the Piazza del Popolo.

Piazza di Spagna

  • Babington's Tea Rooms: Upscale and expensive, but beautiful rooms near the Piazza di Spagan.

Trevi Fountain

  • Caffe Accademia
  • Casa della Panna

Via Veneto & Monti & Esquilino

  • Lotti
  • Ornelli


Slow Travel Photos: Photos of caffes in Rome.

Slow Travel Italy - Caffes: How to read a caffe menu.

www.tazzadorocoffeeshop.com: Tazza d'Oro caffe in Rome.

Recommended Books

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Joe Wolff, Cafe Life Florence: A Guidebook to The Cafes & Bars Of The Renaissance Treasure, photos by Roger Paperno, Interlink Books, 2005

Good book with photos and detailed descriptions of the best caffes in Florence, by neighborhood.

Order from Amazon

Click to buy from Amazon

Joe Wolff, Cafe Life in Rome: A Guidebook to the Cafes and Bars of the Eternal City, photos by Roger Paperno, Interlink Books, 2002

Good book with photos and detailed descriptions of the best caffes in Rome, by neighborhood.

Order from Amazon

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