WHERE TO FIND THE BEST COFFEE IN ROME?

In Italy, coffee is a serious thing, and not to be taken lightly! There is an entire set of unspoken rules guiding Italians throughout their daily caffeination.

1. Sant’Eustachio II Caffè

This historic coffee place takes its name from its location, Piazza Sant’Eustachio, a square just a couple minutes away from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. It started in the 1800 as coffee shop called “Caffè e Latte” and since then it has amazed people for the high-quality and amazing flavour of its coffees, even when, in 1938, its changed of management and, consequently of name. Sant’Eustachio II Caffe prides itself on using carefully selected organic coffee beans to create a 100% arabic directly imported from the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Brazil. Sant’Eustachio II Caffe if also great if you are looking for little gifts to bring back home. Finally, being in the middle of a little square it is a lovely place to sit   Insider tip: when you ask for your coffee, be sure to specify that you want your “zuccherato” (aka: with sugar). Sant’Eustachio II Caffe will add a spoonful of an incredible frothy foam created by mixing the first few drops of an espresso whipped together with sugar.

2. Antica Tazza D’oro La Casa del Caffè al Pantheon

As the name “Tazza D’oro” (golden cup) suggests, this coffee shop is renown for producing caffeine-rich liquid gold since 1944. Beyond it superb coffees, Antica Tazza D’oro makes an excellent “granita di caffè”, which is a sort of sweetened iced espresso layered with rich whipped cream.

Especially in the summer months, the seating area, which is not enormous, tends to be full most of the time, so if you were aiming to cool down and get away from the summer heat then you should consider picking another spot to rest. Gelateria Venchi is just across the street — if you want to refresh yourself with an ice-cream. Insider tip: This coffee shop sells its own blend off coffee to take back home for yourself or as a gift. Prices for coffee beans are much more affordable than in most historical coffee shops.

3. Roscioli Caffè Pasticceria

Located in Piazza Benedetto Cairoli, this coffee shop is part of the empire of the Roscioli family, which also includes an Roman high-end restaurant and speciality bakery. Another amazing thing about this coffee shop are their maritozzi — superbly tasty cream-filled buns and, of course, a famous Roman speciality. This is why it is not only a coffee shop, but also a “pasticceria” (aka: party shop). When it comes to their coffee, what sets Roscioli Caffè Pasticceria apart is its particular artisanal techniques of brewing the coffee, such as pour-over and syphon, which are ‘new’ to the Romans. As a result, there is a slight change in the consistency and flavour of their coffee. Insider tip: this place is filled with locals, so act the part! Learn how to ask for a coffee — the Italian way.

4. Antico Caffè Greco

Open since 1760, it is the second oldest coffee shop in the world, after “Il Florian” in Venice.

Situated along the elegant and fashionable Via Dei Condotti, a Road containing the greatest number of Rome-based Italian fashion retailers. The founder of Antico Caffè Greco was Nicola della Maddalena, a man of Greek descent. This gave the name to the coffee shop. Since the beginning of the 19th C, Antico Caffè Greco has been a common meeting place for artists and intellectuals, such as Schopenhauer, Franz Liszt, Stendhal, Wagner and Orson Welles. It has been portrayed in sketched and paintings due to it importance in the local and European community. Insider tip: combine your coffee with a bathroom break and, on your way through the building admire the many art pieces. Antico Caffè Greco is, in fact, considered to be one of the largest art galleries open to the public in the world.

5. Caffè Canova-Tadolini

The most amazing thing about this place is the location itself. Caffè Canova-Tadolini was originally the studio-workshop of the renowned Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova. This bar is now half-museum, half-cafe. The internal design is elegant and exquisitely refined — marble statues emerge between the tables and the walls are peppered with artfully arranged newspaper clippings, vintage pictures, and original documents detailing the atelier’s past. The coffee is good, but – let’s be honest – the location here is worth every penny! Insider tip: table service is extremely expensive, so consider enjoying your coffee and “pasticcino” (aka: little pasty) at the bar to save money.

By Alessia H. Papini