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I am a bit jealous because in my humble opinion, Rome is one of the best places on the planet to eat! I lived there for 2 years and I miss it dearly!

This post is full of recommendations from my local friends and from my personal experiences, from the 2 years I lived in Rome.

So everyone knows that one of the best things to do in Rome is eat! If you’re heading to Rome on a trip, you’ll definitely want to check out some of the best restaurants in Rome to get the full, authentic experience.

In this article, I’ll break down where to eat in Rome based on which area of the city you’re in. For each area of the city, I’ll give you my handpicked choices of restaurants, ice cream, cafes, and bars, pubs, or clubs. That way, no matter where you are in the city, you’ll know where to go to get the best food in Rome!

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I’d love if your stay in Rome is more delicious thanks to my post! My only advice is to check the working hours and days just in case before you go – some of places are closed on Mondays, some of them are only open for lunch and dinner, etc.

Buon appetito, enjoy!

1. Centro Storico (Historical Center)

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A favorite area of many tourists is the historical center of Rome. It has lots of important attractions, such as Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Piazza Venezia, and the Trevi Fountain. There’s a lot to do in this area and also lots of great places to eat!

Here is my Rome food guide of where to eat in the Historical Center:

a) Best Places to Eat in Rome’s Historical Center

1. La Montecarlo

La Montecarlo is known as one of the best pizzerias in Rome. It’s right around the corner from Piazza Navona and we used to go there a lot when I was a student because it is one of the cheapest pizzas in Rome! It is a very simple place, might not be the best spot for a romantic dinner, but if you’re looking for some good pizza, this is the place to go!

Working Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Address: Vicolo Savelli, 13, 00130 Roma

2. Antica Birreria Peroni

Antica Birreria Peroni is a good spot for lunch in Rome right near Piazza Venezia and the Trevi Fountain. It’s usually pretty crowded with locals during the lunch rush, but that’s because it’s worth it! Great pasta dishes for reasonable prices and the best part – not so many tourists! Look up at the ceiling when you go there!

Working Hours: Open every day from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Address: Via di San Marcello 19, 00187 Rome

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Enoteca Corsi is right next to piazza Venezia and is a great place for traditional Roman cuisine. It’s a family-run restaurant and the food is amazing! It’s a great place for lunch, although it is open for dinner on Thursdays and Fridays.

Working Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 11:45 AM to 3:30 PM

Thursday – Friday: 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Sundays: Closed

Address: Via del Gesu’ 88, 00186 Rome, Italy

4. Da Francesco

Da Francesco is another great pasta and pizza restaurant in Rome. It’s in Piazza del Fico, which is right next to Piazza della Chiesa Nuova. You really can’t go wrong with the pizza or the pasta, but I particularly recommend the truffle pasta.

Working Hours: Open every day from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Address: Piazza del Fico 29, 00186 Rome, Italy

5. Pizzeria Baffetto and Pizzeria Baffeto 2

Baffetto and Baffetto 2 are two separate restaurants. The first was founded by a father and the second restaurant was founded by his son. They both have amazing pizza and are right next to Piazza Navona.

Working Hours:

Pizzeria Baffetto: Open every day from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM to 1:00 AM

Pizzeria Baffetto 2: Wednesday-Monday:12:00 PM to 12:00 AM; Tuesday: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Address: 

Pizzeria Baffetto: Via del Governo Vecchio, 114, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Pizzeria Baffetto 2: Vicolo della Cancelleria, 13, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

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6. Spaghetteria L’Archetto

Spaghetteria L’Archetto is great if you’re look for just good Roman food.  It’s a small, simple restaurant that’s great for lunch or dinner. They are famous for their hundreds of types of pasta of all different kinds. It’s a great place if you want to try a specific type of pasta, but I did feel the service was subpar the last time I went. If you end up going, let me know in the comments about your experience!

Working Hours:

Monday – Friday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Address: Via dell’Archetto, 26, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

b) Best Ice Cream in the Historic Center

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1. Il Gelato di San Crispino

Il Gelato di San Crispino is right by the Trevi Fountain. It’s easy to walk right by so make sure to be on the lookout for it! I recommend the lemon flavor – it’s perfect on a hot day!

Working Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 AM to 12:30 AM

Friday – Saturday: 11:00 AM to 1:30 AM

Address: Via della Panetteria 42, 00187 Rome, Italy

2. La Gelateria Frigidarium

La Gelateria Frigidarium is right by Piazza Navona and some people claim that it’s the best gelato in Rome. There are some great fruit flavors and you can get a chocolate shell on top. Yum!

Working Hours: Every day from 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Address: Via del Governo Vecchio 112, 00186 Rome, Italy

3. Gelateria Valentino

Gelateria Valentino is another great spot right by the Trevi Fountain. It is very reasonably priced and has really great gelato. The coconut flavor is a personal favorite!

Working Hours: Open every day from 10:00 AM to 11 PM

Address: Via del Lavatore 96, 00187 Rome, Italy

4. Gelateria Della Palma

Gelateria Della Palma is just two steps away from the Pantheon. It is a pretty touristy, but they have really good gelato and there are hundreds of options to choose from!

Working Hours: Open every day from 8:30 AM to 12:30 AM

Address: Via della Maddalena, 19-23, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

c) Best Cafes in the Historic Center

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1. Tazza d’oro

Tazza d’Oro is right in front of the Pantheon and is a great place to stop by for a cup of coffee. You also have to try their Granita di Caffe con Panna (an iced granita with whipped cream). It’s delicious! My recommendation is to go there right when they open, this way you can enjoy your espresso only with Italians, no tourist crowds! By the way, you can also buy their coffee right there or order delivery from the site back home!

Working Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Sunday: 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM

Address: Via Degli Orfani 84, 00186 Rome, Italy

2. Bar Pompi

Bar Pompi is a short walk from Piazza di Spagna. It’s not really a café, per se, but I wasn’t sure where to include it. They have absolutely amazing tiramisu! In my personal opinion, it’s some of the best in the world.

Working Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Friday – Sunday: 7:00 AM to 1:30 AM

Address: Via Albalonga 7 b, Piazza Re di Roma, 00183 Rome, Italy

3. Trecaffe

Trecaffe is the perfect spot for some breakfast and coffee in the morning. It’s a small place so not great for groups, but if you’re looking for great coffee and some delicious Panini sandwiches or pastries, you can’t go wrong!

Working Hours: Open every day from 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Address: Via Dei Due Macelli 107, 00187 Rome, Italy

4. Caffe Perú

Caffe Perú is considered a hidden gem among those in the know. It has food and alcohol later on at night, but you should definitely go for the coffee. They make an amazing latte!

Working Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 6:30 AM to 2:00 AM

Sunday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Address: Via di Monserrato 46, 00186 Rome, Italy

d) Best bars, pubs, and clubs in the Historic Center

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1. Club Derriére

Club Derriere is actually located through a hidden door in the back of a restaurant, Osteria Delle Coppelle. You can also get through a side street, but be warned. You need a password to get in and order drinks! They’ll give you the password when you make your reservation.

Working Hours: Open every day from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM

Address: Vicolo delle Coppelle, 59 Rome, Italy 00186

2. RoofTop Lounge Trevi

RoofTop Lounge Trevi is located inside the Hotel Fontana de Trevi. It’s a great place for a drink or a romantic dinner. However, it is a bit pricey!

Working Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 2:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Friday: 2:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Address: Piazza di Trevi, 96, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

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3. Rinascente Sunset Bar

Rinascente is actually a shopping mall 3 minutes away from the Trevi Fountain. There’s awesome coffee downstairs, but the real star is the amazing views from the rooftop bar. I highly recommend you check it out, especially at sunset!

Working Hours: Open every day from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Address: Via del Tritone, 61, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

4. Salotto42

Salotto42 is a cocktail bar near the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. If you go during happy hour, you get free snacks to munch on along with your cocktails!

Working Hours: Open every day from 10:30 AM to 2 AM

Address: Piazza di Pietra 42, 00186 Rome, Italy

5. Scholars Lounge Irish Pub

Scholars Lounge Irish Pub is perfect if you’re looking to have a pint or get some good food. They also have karaoke on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays. There’s a dance floor as well if you’re looking to dance your heart out! Even if you are super shy to sing in public you will be brave enough to do it there, trust me, been there, done that!

Working Hours: Open every day from 11:00 AM to 3:30 AM

Address: Via del Plebiscito 101B, 00186 Rome, Italy

NOTE: By the way, did you know that I also have a great post on Where to Stay in Rome? I recommend great accommodation options there, all with fabulous reviews, sorted out by price for your convenience!

2. Colosseum and Monti

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Monti is a part of Rome with lots of trendy bars. It’s very close to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, as well as Piazza Venezia. This area is turning into a trendy, hipster spot in Rome!

PRO TIP: By the way, if you are going to go inside the Colosseum (and you should!) here is my post on how to avoid hours-long lines to one of the most popular attractions in the world!

And below are my personal recommendations for Colosseum and Monti areas:

a) Best Restaurants near the Colosseum and Monti

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1. La Carbonara

La Carbonara is a cozy place with delicious pasta. Be sure to make a reservation! The restaurant also encourages customers to graffiti their walls.

Working Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Address: Via Panisperna, 214, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

2. Ristorante Aroma at Palazzo Manfredi

Ristorante Aroma at Palazzo Manfredi is a 5 star restaurant in Rome right across the street from the Colosseum. The views from this rooftop restaurant of the Roman Colosseum are breathtaking at sunset. This is a pricey option. The food is to die for though!

Working Hours: Open every day from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Address: Via Labicana, 125, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

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3. La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali

La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali is a family-run place that has traditional Roman food. Although this spot is a bit touristy, it’s because the food is good! I personally recommend the ravioli di burrata. Make a reservation since this place gets crowded!

Working Hours: Open every day from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Address: Via della Madonna dei Monti, 9, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

4. Nonna Betta

Nonna Betta restaurant in Rome is a fairly unique restaurant.  It’s a well-known Jewish restaurant in Rome’s Jewish Quarter. It has some amazing pasta and also offers some of the best kosher food in Rome!

Working Hours: Wednesday – Monday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Address: Via del Portico d’Ottavia, 16, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

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5. Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale is actually in Termini, but there aren’t a lot of good restaurants near there so I decided not to give Termini it’s own section. However, Mercato Centrale is a pretty cool place!

Although not technically a restaurant, this is a gourmet food hall on one side of Termini Station and has become a cool hipster food market. You can find pretty much anything you’re looking for from pizza, pasta, gelato, or even food from some more upscale restaurants. There are even some international options like sushi. It’s a great option if you’re waiting for a train and have some time to kill. It’s a place where even the locals eat! I recommend you try a trapezzino (with pollo and polpo) – it’s the new big thing and it’s really good!

Working Hours: Open every day from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Address: Via Giovanni Giolitti, 36, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

b) Best Ice Cream near the Colosseum and Monti

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1. Fatamorgana Monti

Fatamorgana Monti is perfect if you’re looking for handmade gelato. They continually try to make unique flavors that are great to try!

Working Hours: Monday – Saturday: 1:00 PM – 12:30 AM

Address: Piazza degli Zingari, 5, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

2. Gelateria dell’Angeletto

Gelateria dell’Angeletto is has a wide variety and the flavors just taste good! It also has a great price. You can get 3 flavors in the same cone!

Working Hours:

Sunday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Address: Via dell’Angeletto, 15, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

3. Gelateria S.M.Maggiore

Gelateria S.M.Maggiore is another great option for gelato. With lots of flavors and fresh gelato, you really can’t go wrong!

Working Hours: Open every day from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Address: Via Cavour, 93a/95, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

c) Best Cafes near the Colosseum and Monti

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1. Er Baretto

Er Baretto is a family-run café that has good food and coffee. Whether you stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it’s a lovely place to grab something to eat or drink.

Working Hours:

Sunday: 8:30 AM – 11:30 PM

Monday – Saturday: 7:30 AM – 11:30 PM

Address: Via del Boschetto, 132, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

2. La Licata

La Licata is an espresso bar where you can get a great brunch or come for happy hour. It’s also very close to the Colosseum if you want to stop by before or after your visit!

Working Hours: Monday – Saturday: 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Address: Via dei Serpenti, 165, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

3. Oppio Caffe

Oppio Caffe is a great option for coffee, lunch, or a quick snack that isn’t too pricey. It’s right across from the Colosseum so you can sit outside while you eat. If you’re looking for Rome restaurants with a view, this certainly is a good one!

Working Hours: Open every day from 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via delle Terme di Tito, 72, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

4. Ciuri Ciuri

Ciuri Ciuri is a pastry shop that has the best Sicilian cornettos ever (for those with sweet tooth!) They also have coffee and gelato if you’re looking for something besides pastry.

Working Hours: Open every day from 8:30 AM to 12:00 AM

Address: Via Leonina, 18/20, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

d) Best bars, pubs, and clubs near the Colosseum and Monti

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1. Blackmarket Hall

Blackmarket Hall has a beautiful patio and is a great place for drinks and some food. It has a quirky vibe and a large cocktail menu. This place is run by a guy I know so I am biased, but trust me, it has an amazing atmosphere! 😉

Working Hours: Open every day from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Address: 31 Via dè Ciancaleoni, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

2. Charity Café

Charity Café is a cozy jazz club. They also have blues and rock bands, depending on the night. It’s a great place to grab a drink if you’re looking for great, live music!

Working Hours:

Sunday: 6:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Monday – Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Wednesday – Saturday: 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Address: Via Panisperna, 68, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

3. Drink Kong

Drink Kong features great drinks and unique décor. It’s a very trendy place and you get Japanese fusion food at happy hour.

Working Hours: Tuesday- Sunday: 6:30 PM to 2:00 AM

Address: Piazza di S. Martino Ai Monti, 8, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

3. Trastevere

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Trastevere is vibrant, lively, and a little bit bohemian. It’s only connected to the rest of the city by tram and is on the other side of the river, but there are tons of places to eat and drink in this neighborhood. You can also climb Janiculum Hill, which is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the city which is relatively close to Trastevere.

Here are my recommendations of places to eat in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood:

a) Top Restaurants in Rome’s Trastevere Neighborhood

1. Da Augusto

Da Augusto is in Piazza de Renzi and is a great local place. It’s a family-run restaurant and serves great, authentic, rustic food.  You can get a great pizza, but be aware that this place is always packed after 8pm! I remember me and my friends, we stayed in the lines to enter for about 2 hours in the cold! Not sure it was worth the wait, but it was extremely good, come in advance, they (of course) do not take reservations.

Working Hours: Open every day from 12:30PM to 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Address: Piazza De’ Renzi 15, 00153 Rome, Italy

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2. Dar Poeta

Dar Poeta is known for its amazing pizza. This authentic Italian restaurant is a place you have to hit. This place serves good portions for reasonable prices and the food is great! There might be a line, but usually they can put you on a list and tell you when to come back. This place is a bit hard to find so it might be easiest to use your GPS!

Working Hours: Open every day from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Address: Vicolo del Bologna, 45, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

3. Pizzeria Ai Marmi

We all know that one of the best foods to eat in Rome is pizza and Pizzeria Ai Marmi is a great place to do just that! Be aware though, this is a real Roman dining experience, meaning communal tables. But don’t let that scare you off, the food there is amazing! In fact, this is a common theme of all good restaurants in Rome – they usually have really bad (or non-existent web sites) and the menu might not be in English, but that just means the owners pays close attention to food, not marketing! 🙂

Working Hours: Open every day from 6:30 PM to 2:20 AM

Address: Viale Trastevere 53, Trastevere, Lazio, Italy 00153

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4. Trattoria Dal Cordaro

Trattoria Dal Cordaro is right by Porta Portese. It has traditional, authentic Roman cuisine. In the summer you can eat outside, but it’s a good idea to make a reservation since it gets crowded and they have to start turning people away at a certain point.

Working Hours:

Monday – Friday: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Monday – Thursday: 7:45 PM to 10:30 PM

Friday – Saturday: 7:45 PM to 11:00 PM

Address: Piazzale Portuense 4, 00153 Rome, Italy

5. Pizzeria Nerone

Pizzeria Nerone is a great pizza spot for some great Napoli style pizza. You need to go early to beat the crowds, but you really can’t go wrong here if you’re just looking for a good pizza!

Working Hours: Open every day from 7:00 PM to 11:45 PM

Address: Via del Moro 43, Trastevere, 00153 Rome, Italy

 

b) Best Ice Cream in Trastevere

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1. Gelateria alla Scala

Gelateria alla Scala is a great place to grab some gelato that isn’t too pricy. There are great flavors to choose from!

Working Hours: Open every day from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via della Scala 51, Rome, Italy

2. Fiordiluna

Fiordiluna makes their gelato all with natural ingredients and no artificial coloring or flavors. And you can definitely taste the difference!

Working Hours: Open every day from 11:30 AM to 12:30 AM

Address: Via della Lungaretta 96, Trastevere, 00153 Rome, Italy

3. I Dolce Di Checco er Carrettiere

I Dolci Di Checco er Carrettiere has a gelato shop right next door to a restaurant by the same name. It features tons of unique flavors and is worth stopping by if you’re in the neighborhood!

Working Hours:

Sunday-Thursday: 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Friday- Saturday: 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via Benedetta 7, 00153 Rome, Italy (Trastevere)

c) Best Cafes in Trastevere

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1. Cafe Lungara 1940

Café Lungara 1940 is a local spot that’s great for a cup of coffee and some brunch. It’s also perfect if you’re looking for vegetarian options.

Working Hours:

Sunday: 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Monday – Friday: 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM

Saturday: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Address: Via della Lungara, 14, 00100 Rome, Italy

2. Le Levain Roma

Le Levain Roma is a French bakery. You can get amazing croissants, sandwiches on freshly baked baguettes, and sample lots of delicious pastries. If you’re looking for a coffee and a decadent breakfast, look no further!

Working Hours:

Sunday: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Monday – Saturday: 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM

Address: Via Luigi Santini 22/23, 00153 Rome, Italy

3. Caffe Settimiano

Caffe Settimiano is a perfect place for coffee and breakfast in the morning.  I recommend stopping for a cappuccino and a pastry!

Working Hours: Monday- Saturday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Address: Via di Porta Settimiana, 00153 Rome, Italy

d) Best bars, pubs, and clubs in Trastevere

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1. Freni e Frizioni

Freni e Frizioni is an extremely popular aperitivo bar (meaning you pay for a cocktail and get unlimited snacks for free) right next to Piazza Trilussa. It’s the perfect place for a happy hour drink during the week around 6pm. However, during the weekend or later on, it gets really crowded. That is when people simply get a drink (an aperol spritz to refresh or something like that) and simply sit and chat on the stairs of the piazza. It is a lot of fun, and it is a great mix of italians and tourists, but PLEASE watch your bags – one of my friends had her computer bag stolen right there on those stairs.

Working Hours: Open every day from 6:30 PM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via del Politeama 4 – 6, 00153 Rome Italy

2. Bar San Calisto

Bar San Calisto is next to Piazza S. Maria in Trastevere. It’s a typical place for locals to go and have a beer. They also have gelato! It’s better to arrive early around 7 pm, especially if you want a table outside.

Working Hours: Monday – Saturday: 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Address: Piazza di San Calisto 3, 00153 Rome, Italy

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3. Birrifugio

Birrifugio is near Porta Portese and has a variety of good beers. This bar feels like a British pub!

Working Hours: Open every day from 7:30 PM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via Federico Rosazza 6 | 00153 Roma, Rome, Italy

4. Vendita Libri, Cioccolata e Vino

Vendita Libri, Cioccolata e Vino is a chocolate shop where you can also get shots of chocolate! They don’t have much alcohol in them, but you can pick whatever liqueur you choose in them. They’re great for people who have a sweet tooth!

Working Hours:

Monday- Thursday: 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Friday: 5:30 PM – 2:00 AM

Saturday – Sunday: 2:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Address: Vicolo de’ Cinque, 11A, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

4. Prati

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Prati is a district of Rome right by the Vatican. It is relatively far from the historic center, but almost all visitors to Rome spend time in this area when they visit the Vatican. By the way, here is my post about Secret ways to Skip the lines to Vatican Museums, to Saint Peter’s Basilica and to Saint Peter’s Dome (you will thank me later).

Prati is a bit quieter than other areas, but no worries, there are still great things to eat in Rome’s Prati neighborhood!

Here are some places I recommend in Prati:

a) Best Restaurants in Prati

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1. Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe is a Rome restaurant that offers some of the best pasta in Rome. The menu is simple and traditional, but you can’t go wrong with these rustic dishes.

Working Hours:

Monday – Friday: 12:30 PM to 3:15 PM and 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM

Saturday: 12:30 PM to 3:15 PM

Address: Via Giuseppe Avezzana, 11, 00195 Roma RM, Italy

2. Hostaria Dino e Toni

Hostaria Dino e Toni is as great place to go for traditional food and the experience. There are no menus so you just pay by the course. The food is delicious and you’ll get to try some traditional dishes!

Working Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM\

Address: Via Leone IV, 60, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

b) Best Ice Cream in Prati

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1. Gelateria dei Gracchi

Gelateria dei Gracchi is a gelato shop that uses fruits that are in season to make their amazing flavors. You can also get lactose free and gluten free options!

Working Hours: Open every day from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Address: Via dei Gracchi, 272, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

2. Neve di Latte

Neve di Latte is a modern ice cream parlor that has great flavors. It’s a stylish spot and they make all the ice cream with natural and fresh ingredients.

Working Hours: Open every day from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Address: Via Federico Cesi, 1, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

3. Gelarmony Roma

Gelarmony Roma is a great gelato place. They also have coffee and pastries, as well as vegan flavors.

Working Hours: Open every day from 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Address: Via Marcantonio Colonna, 34, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

 

c) Best Cafes in Prati

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1. Pergamino Caffè

Pergamino Caffè is the perfect place to stop before hitting the Vatican. If you want great coffee and some breakfast right by the Vatican, look no further!

Working Hours: Open every day from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Address: Piazza del Risorgimento, 7, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

2. Caffè Portofino

Caffè Portofino is great if you are looking for a place to sit outside. They are open all day so you can come to this café for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks!

Working Hours: Open every day from 6:30 AM to 1:30 AM

Address: Piazza Cola di Rienzo, 116, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

3. Bar Novecentotredici

Bar Novecentotredici is near the Vatican and is great for whatever time of day you need a cup of coffee or a drink. They also have a full menu and various sweets and pastries to choose from.

Working Hours: Open 24 hours a day

Address: Via Leone IV, 83/87, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

d) Best bars, pubs, and clubs in Prati

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1. The Basement

The Basement is a pub and cocktail bar right near the Vatican. It’s cozy and modern and has a wide selection of beers. It’s a good place for a drink or a night out!

Working Hours: Open every day from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via Properzio, 15, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

2. Bukowski’s Bar

Bukowski’s Bar is a great, cozy bar. You can sit back on the sofas and just relax with a good drink.

Working Hours:

Sunday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Monday – Saturday: 11:30 AM – 2:00 AM

Address: Via Degli Ombrellari 25, 00193 Rome Italy

3. Derry Rock Pub

Derry Rock Pub is a great Irish pub. They sometimes have live music and it’s a fun place to spend the night, whether you’re a tourist or a local!

Working Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 6:00 PM to 4:00 AM

Address: Via degli Scipioni, 96, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

5. Testaccio

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Testaccio is southwest of the Colosseum and is two stops away from the historic site by metro. The area is famous for its nightlife and there are, of course, some great restaurants there too!

Here are some of my recommendations for where to eat in Testaccio:

a) Good Restaurants in Rome’s Testaccio Neighborhood

1. Pizzeria Nuovo Mondo

Pizzeria Nuovo Mondo is a very popular place among locals. Some people even claim it’s the best pizza in all of Rome!

Working Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 6:30 PM to 12:00 AM

Address: Via Amerigo Vespucci 15, 00153 Rome, Italy

2. Da Bucatino

Da Bucatino is a real authentic place to enjoy Roman food. They have all traditional plates on the menu, including ox tail and tripe.

Working Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 11:55 PM

Address: Via Luca della Robbia 84, 00153 Rome, Italy

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3. Felice a Testaccio

Felice a Testaccio is a great place to go for pasta -it is said to be one of the best pasta restaurants in Rome! Make a reservation though because it fills up fast.

Working Hours: Open every day from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM and 7:15 PM to 10:15 PM

Address: Via Mastro Giorgio 29, 00153 Rome, Italy

4. La Fraschetta di Mastro Giorgio

La Fraschetta di Mastro Giorgio is a great place if you want something not as touristy. It also has patio seating and is great for summer evenings.

Working Hours:

Open every day from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Monday – Saturday: 7:45 PM to 11:30 PM

Address: Via Alessandro Volta 36, 00153 Rome, Italy

 

b) Best Ice Cream in Testaccio

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1. Giolitti

Giolitti is believed to be one of the oldest ice cream shops in Rome! It is right next to the Nuovo Mondo Pizzeria. The employees are known to be a bit rude and they don’t have a huge selection of flavors, but the ice cream is amazing and is made with seasonal fruits!

Working Hours: Open every day from 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Address: Via Amerigo Vespucci 35, 00153 Rome, Italy

2. Caffe du Parc

Caffe du Parc is just a stand with coffee and gelato, but it’s delicious! I personally recommend the granitas.

Working Hours: Monday – Saturday: 5:30 AM to 12:00 AM

Address: Piazza di Porta San Paolo snc, 00153 Rome, Italy

3. Panna & Co

Panna & Co is all natural gelato. It’s amazing! The mango flavor is a must-try.

Working Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 12:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Friday – Saturday: 12:00 PM to 11:45 PM

Address: Via Marmorata 115, Testaccio, 00153 Rome, Italy

c) Best Cafes in Testaccio

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1. Il Nido Gusto e Miscele

Il Nido Gusto e Miscele is a café, restaurant, and cocktail bar so you can come any time of day. But it is perfect for breakfast if you’re looking for a great cup of coffee and something delicious to start your day!

Working Hours:

Sunday: 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Monday – Saturday: 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via Ostiense 26, 00154 Rome, Italy

2. Pasticceria Linari

Pasticceria Linari is perfect if you want something local, rather than touristy. This bakery has great coffee and pastries. I love the bombolones!

Working Hours:

Tuesday: 6:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Wednesday – Monday: 6:30 AM to 9:30 PM

Address: Via Nicola Zabaglia 9, 00153 Rome, Italy

3. Il Pangocciolaio

Il Pangocciolaio is a bakery that’s great in the morning for coffee, but also doubles as a late night snack spot for people heading home. So if you’re heading home from a night out, you can hit up this spot for some pizza or a sweet pastry!

Working Hours:

Monday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 AM

Saturday: 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM

Address: Via Dei Magazzini Generali 15, 00154 Rome, Italy

 

d) Best bars, pubs, and clubs in Testaccio

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1. Oasi della Birra

Oasi della Birra is a great place to go for happy hour. They have lots of wines and beers to choose from and have a happy hour buffet (10 Euro a plate with a drink!).

Working Hours: Open every day from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Address: Piazza Testaccio 38/41, 00153 Rome, Italy

2. Pasticceria Linari

Pasticceria Linari was a breakfast place I mentioned earlier, but it’s also great for happy hour! For 5 Euro, you can get a glass of prosecco and a plate of delicious snacks.

Working Hours:

Tuesday: 6:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Wednesday – Monday: 6:30 AM to 9:30 PM

Address: Via Nicola Zabaglia 9, 00153 Rome, Italy

3. OnTheRox Testaccio

OnTheRox is a great spot to have some cocktails and enjoy good music. It’s one of the best bars for a night out in Testaccio!

Working Hours:

Monday – Wednesday: 7:30 PM to 5:00 AM

Thursday – Saturday: 7:30 PM to 6:00 AM

Sundays: 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM

Address: Via Galvani, 46, Rome, Italy 00153

6. San Lorenzo

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Located very close to the main University of Rome (La Sapienza) – San Lorenzo is becoming one of Rome’s most popular areas for going out! It’s known for street art, cheap drinks and this bohemian vibes brings lots of hipsters and young people to the area.

a) Where to eat in San Lorenzo

1. Pizzeria Formula 1

Formula 1 is a cheap and very nice pizzeria. I recommend that you try the supplì as a starter!

Working Hours: Monday – Saturday: 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Address: Via Degli Equi’ 13, 00185 Rome, Italy

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2. Osteria Pesce Fritto e Baccala’ Roma

Osteria Pesce Fritto e Baccala’ Roma is known as one of the best seafood restaurants in Rome.

Working Hours:

Open every day except Wednesday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Open every day from 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Address: Via dei Falisci, 4, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

3. San Lollo

San Lollo is a great place for good food at a good price. You can get pasta or pizza, as well as other dishes. It’s definitely worth stopping by for a bite that won’t break the bank!

Working Hours: Open every day from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Address: Via dei Latini, 57, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

 

b) Best Ice Cream in San Lorenzo

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1. Palazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi

Palazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi is a reasonably priced gelato shop with plenty of seating. You can get 3 flavors for 2 euros so you can taste lots of amazing flavors they have!

Working Hours:

Sunday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Monday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Address: Via Principe Eugenio, 65 00185 Roma RM Italy

2. Gelato San Lorenzo

Gelato San Lorenzo is another great option for gelato. Their ice cream is 100% natural and you can tell when you taste it! I recommend the strawberry flavor.

Working Hours: Open every day from 11:00 AM to 1:00 Am

Address: Via Tiburtina, 6, Roma, Italia

3. Gelateria La Romana

Gelateria La Romana goes for high quality ingredients and interesting flavors. It gets crowded, but that’s because it’s worth it!

Working Hours:

Monday – Friday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Address: Via Venti Settembre 60, 00187 Rome, Italy

4. Gelateria Lubrano

Gelateria Lubrano isn’t technically in San Lorenzo. It’s about 10 minutes away by bus, but it is worth it! I think it might be the best ice cream in the world! If you’re in the area, you HAVE to stop by a try it. Another one just opened up in Piazza Bologna, but it’s just not the same as the original for some reason.

Working Hours:

Sunday – Wednesday- 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Thursday – Satursday- 12:00 PM – 12:30 AM

Address: Via Renzo Rossi, 39, 00162 Roma RM, Italy

c) Best Cafes in San Lorenzo

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1. Giufà Libreria Caffe

Giufa Libreria Caffe is actually a bookstore with a café inside! It’s a cozy spot that’s great for a cup of coffee in the morning or a drink in the evening.

Working Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Friday – Saturday: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Address: Via degli Aurunci, 38, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

2. C’era Una Volta…Il Caffe

C’era Una Volta…Il Caffe is a great place for a real Italian breakfast. They make a great cup of coffee and you can have some great pastries to go with it!

Working Hours:

Sunday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Monday – Saturday: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Address: Via Tiburtina, 234, 00185, Rome, Italy 00185

3. Chiosco San Lorenzo

Chiosco San Lorenzo is a perfect place to enjoy your coffee outside in the morning. In the evening, you can also grab a drink here, but it’s a great place for a nice relaxing breakfast.

Working Hours: Open every day from 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via dei Peligni, Parco dei Caduti della Resistenza, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

d) Best bars, pubs, and clubs in San Lorenzo

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1. 32

32 is a very inexpensive place to have a beer. You can get dinner as well, but make sure you’re there before 9:30pm if you want to eat. Be aware that smoking is allowed inside.

Working Hours: According to their website, they are “always open.”

Address: Via dei Volsci, 32, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

2. Bar Celestino

Bar Celestino is a laid back, chill place to get a drink. It’s great for happy hour deals starting at 7:00pm. If you buy a drink, you get free food along with it. It also sometimes features live music.

Working Hours: Monday – Saturday: 7:30 AM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via degli Ausoni, 62, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

3. Locanda Atlantide

Locanda Atlantide is a nice place to hear live music and have a drink. It’s a former warehouse and there’s always different types of shows and music.

Working Hours: Varies with event

Address: Via dei Lucani, 22B, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

7. Pigneto

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Pigneto is not the most popular area in Rome for tourists as it does not have many points of interest, but in case you are staying there, here are my recommendations for some completely not touristy but good restaurants:

a) Best Restaurants in Pigneto

1. Kapala

Kapala is a Greek restaurant. If you’re tired of pizza and pasta, head to this place. It’s also not pricey if you’re looking for a cheap restaurant in Rome.

Working Hours:

Sunday- Thursday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Friday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:30 AM

Address: Via Ascoli Piceno, 17a/b, 00176 Roma RM, Italy

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2. Namaste India Roma

Namaste India Roma is perfect if you’re a little tired of Roman food and looking for a great Indian restaurant in Rome. The butter chicken is great!

Working Hours: Open every day from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM.

Address: Via Raimondo Montecuccoli, 8, 00176 Roma RM, Italy

3. Ristorante Profumo di Mirto

Ristorante Profumo di Mirto is perfect if you’re looking for a fish restaurant in Rome. It’s also rated as one of the Michelin restaurants in Rome for great food at a mid-range price (25 € to 81 €). The mussels make a great appetizer!

Working Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Address: Viale Amelia, 8, 00181 Roma RM, Italy

b) Best Ice Cream in Pigneto

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1. Gelateria del Pigneto

Gelateria del Pigneto is a Sicilian gelateria which means that, apart from the delicious ice cream, they also make granitas. These semi-frozen sweet desserts that comes in different flavors. You eat them with a brioche bun. This is a typical Sicilian breakfast so give it a try!

Working Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Address: Via pesaro 11, Rome, Italy 00176

2. Gelateria Fattori

Gelateria Fattori is a great ice cream parlor, but you can also get an awesome cappuccino here as well. It’s worth it if you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up with some coffee and some gelato!

Working Hours: Open every day from 6:30 AM to 12:00 AM

Address: Piazza dei Condottieri, 55, 00176 Roma RM, Italy

3. Gelateria Artigianale Il Capriccio di Carla

Gelateria Artigianale Il Capriccio di Carla is a great gelato shop. It is beautifully creamy and you can get it served in a brioche bun if you want to try it like the locals! The raspberry comes with whole berries in it ☺

Working Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Friday – Saturday: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM

Address: Piazzale Prenestino, 30/31, 00176 Roma RM, Italy

 

c) Best Cafes in Pigneto

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1. Burro Cream&Coffee

Burro Cream&Coffee is a great place for an Italian breakfast. You can get a latte, pastries, or a sandwich.

Working Hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 6:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Saturday – Sunday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Address: Circonvallazione Casilina 79, Rome, Italy 00176

2. Necci dal 1924

Necci dal 1924 is a bit off the beaten path, but is a great place if you want to sit outside in the morning and have a cup of coffee and some breakfast. They also have a full menu during the day if you want to stop for some lunch of dinner!

Working Hours: Open every day 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Address: Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68, 00176 Roma RM, Italy

3. Pigneto Caffe

Pigneto Caffe has an outdoor patio that’s perfect for breakfast in the mornings. You can get coffee, a croissant, or a fruit smoothie.

Working Hours: Open every day from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via del Pigneto, Rome, Italy 00176

d) Best bars, pubs, and clubs in Pigneto

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1. Libreria Tuba

Libreria Tuba is a bookshop that doubles as a bar. It’s a great place to stop by for a drink or some wine. It is a very pro-woman, feminist spot and is also LGBTQ friendly.

Working Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday: 8:00 Am to 2:00 AM

Sunday: 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Address: Via del Pigneto, 39/a, 00176 Roma RM, Italy

2. Fanfulla 5/a

Fanfulla 5/a is a club where you can go to hear some live music or a DJ. It also has an art gallery and a very hipster feel.

Working Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM

Sunday: 10:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Address: Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 5/a, 00176 Roma RM, Italy

3. Ozio Pigneto

Ozio Pigneto is a restaurant and bar. It’s great if you’re looking for something to eat and a place to sit and drink.

Working Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via Gabrino Fondulo, 79/81, Rome, Italy 00176

8. Garbatella

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Garbatella is a neighborhood in the southern part of Rome. It’s quickly becoming a popular place to wander around because of the beautiful architecture and great food.

Garbatella can be a good place (or dine) for those who have been to Rome before. It has some great attractions such as Via Appia Antica and Giardino Botanico, but those are usually not in Top 10 for first comers.

Here are some great spots I can recommend in Garbatella:

a) Best Local Restaurants in Rome’s Garbatella Neighborhood

1. Casetta Rossa

Casetta Rossa is located in the middle Garbatella.  It’s one close to a small park so it’s great for kids! You can get delicious food for good prices. It’s great on a sunny day!

Working Hours:

Sunday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Tuesday – Saturday: 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Address: Via Giovanni Battista Magnaghi 14, Garbatella, 00154 Rome, Italy

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2. Otium Club Garbatella

Otium is a great spot if you’re looking for a bite to eat or some food with a drink. It’s a small place, but the food is delicious!

Working Hours: Open every day from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via Roberto de Nobili 3, 00154 Rome, Italy

3. Dar Moschino

Dar Moschino is a real local spot (you should brush up on your Italian to order!). It has a variety of antipasti options and all the classic Roman food you have to try!

Working Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Address: Piazza Benedetto Brin 5, 00154 Rome, Italy

4. Eataly

Eataly is a giant food hall that has both restaurants and places to buy ingredients. It’s a cool place to visit for foodies since you can wander around and look at all the fresh, Italian produce and food!

Working Hours: Open every day from 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Address: Piazzale 12 Ottobre 1492, 00154 Roma RM, Italy

b) Best Ice Cream in Garbatella

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1. Cremeria Alpi

Cremeria Alpi is an artisanal gelato place in Garbatella. There are also some unique flavors to try out!

Working Hours: Open every day from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM

Address: Via Padre Reginaldo Giuliani 16, 00154 Rome, Italy

2. I Golosoni Garbatella

I Golosoni Garbatella is a great place if you’re looking for cheap, good gelato. They also have a Garbatella flavor, which is delicious!

Working Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Friday – Saturday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Address: Piazza Augusto Albini 39, Metro Garbatella, 00154 Rome, Italy

3. Gelato Baciato

Gelato Baciato is a local secret. They don’t have a ton of flavors, but the gelato is to die for! It’s artisanal and delicious.

Working Hours:

Sunday: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Tuesday – Thursday: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Friday – Saturday: 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Address: Largo delle Sette Chiese, 12, Rome, Italy 00145

c) Best Cafes in Garbatella

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1. Eden Caffe Garbatella

Eden Caffe is a small café with amazing cappuccinos! You can stop by for a light breakfast and a great cup of coffee.

Working Hours:

Monday- Saturday: 6:30 AM to 8:00 PM

Sunday: 6:30 Am to 2:30 PM

Address: Via Ignazio Persico, 78, 00154 Roma RM, Italy

2. Andreotti Alla Garbatella

Andreotti Alla Garbatella is a café with great coffee and tons of sweet treats to enjoy with it! This place is big into tradition and high-quality ingredients, making it a place that is worth a try.

Working Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM

Sunday: 7:30 AM to 9:30 PM

Address: Via Ostiense, 54, 00154 Roma RM, Italy

3. DoppioZeroo

DoppioZeroo is a great place for coffee and brunch. You can sit outside and enjoy a nice breakfast with great food!

Working Hours: Open every day from 7:00 AM to 2:00 Am

Address: Via Ostiense, 68, 00154 Roma RM, Italy

 

d) Best bars, pubs, and clubs in Garbatella

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1. Enoteca 13 Gardi La Mescita

Enoteca 13 Gardi La Mescita is a true Italian wine bar with an impressive wine list. They focus on natural wines and is located right by the Palladium Theater.

Working Hours:

Sunday – Thursday:  6:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Friday – Saturday: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via Luigi Fincati, 44, 00154 Roma RM, Italy

2. Otium Club Garbatella

Otium, as well as a restaurant, is also a great place for some drinks. It has an extensive wine list and has a laid back feel. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating as well.

Working Hours: Open every day from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Address: Via Roberto de Nobili 3, 00154 Rome, Italy

3. 568 Public House Garbatella

568 Public House Garbatella is the perfect spot to have a drink and listen to some music. It’s a chill place where you can just relax with friends.

Working Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday: 6:30 PM to 12:30 AM

Friday – Saturday: 6:30 PM to 2 AM

Address: Via delle Sette Chiese, 56, 00145 Roma RM, Italy

BONUS – A couple of things you should know when going to a restaurant in Rome

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Whenever you’re traveling, each country has different customs and unique things. Here are a few things you should know about Rome:

Paying with a card

You should be aware that by law in Italy, any establishment has to let you pay by card if your bill is more than 5 euros. You might hear about “connection problems” or that their card machine “isn’t working.” However, you should insist they try anyways. Usually, they just don’t want to pay the transaction fee to banks.

Using the bathroom

Sometimes it’s not obvious how to turn on the in the sink in some bathrooms. In case you can’t find a way to start the water, try looking down – chances are, there’s a water pedal near your foot!

Same for the actual toilet – in some old traditional restaurants the flush button might be a pedal!

Look out for Servizio

“Servizio” or “Coperta” is a service charge or “table cover” that is common for Italy, especially for the most touristy places in the country. It can be 1-3 euros (even 5 sometimes) per person or 10-15% of the bill. This is, unfortunately, unavoidable in most touristy restaurants, so look down for a small line somewhere at the bottom of the menu to avoid unpleasant surprises afterwards. The non-touristy restaurants also might have it, but usually a small amount.

Tipping in Italy

Big tips like in the U.S. are not expected in Italy, so there is no need to tip 20% or so for good service there. If you really liked the service, you can leave your change or some coins. Don’t worry, this isn’t considered rude since tipping isn’t part of the culture. Servers are also paid proper wages so they don’t live off of tips.

BONUS 2 – Vegan places to eat in Rome

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Even if this post turned out to be huge already, I could not leave my vegan friends to leave empty-handed from my site. Here are some great places that are vegetarian and vegan-friendly:

1. Wani Vegan Bakery

Wani Vegan Bakery is vegan-friendly bakery. No need to let being a vegan stop you from enjoying all the delicious baked goods Rome has to offer! This bakery is so good that you’ll want to come back again whether you’re vegan or not!

Working Hours:

Sunday: 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Address: Via Gabriello Chiabrera, 162b, 00145 Roma RM, Italy

2. iVegan

iVegan is kind of like a Whole Foods. You can shop for all vegan products or buy hot or cold food ready to go. They also have an online store.

Working Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Address: Via Angelo Emo, 125, 00136 Roma RM, Italy

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3. Flower Burger

Flower Burger is a great option for vegans that non-vegans can enjoy as well! Their unique flavors and types of all vegan burgers are delicious and satisfying!

Working Hours:

Open every day from 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Sunday – Friday: 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Saturday: 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM

Address: Via dei Gracchi, 87, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

4. Angelico Bistro Box

Angelica Bistro Box is a great place in Prati to fresh, delicious food. They have vegan and vegetarian options and you can eat there or take it to go.

Working Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday – Saturday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Via del Falco, 37/38, 00193 Roma RM, Italy


Conclusion

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So this is my Rome restaurant guide! I’ve broken down the city by area and then given you the best restaurants, gelato shops, cafes, and bars or clubs in each area. These are all handpicked by me and are some of the best the city has to offer!

On your trip, you can feel free to use the recommendations that I’ve put together based on my years in Rome and my local friend’s suggestions, or you can do your own research on TripAdvisor or other sites.

The one thing I recommend NOT doing is going to the most touristy places. These places are typically very overpriced and you’ll most likely be disappointed by the food. These places usually don’t serve authentic Italian food anymore and instead use frozen food. Also, the service in overcrowded places is far from perfect.

My biggest piece of advice to you is to avoid the main streets and head down some smaller streets. Look for smaller restaurants that have lots of locals eating there. Those are usually some of the best spots.

If you’re heading to Rome soon, be sure to check out some of these places and let me know if you find any good ones! Enjoy your trip and be sure to eat all the amazing restaurants in Rome, Italy.

If you’ve been to any of these places or have any recommendations, let me know in the comments!

Yulia

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