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Rome is a city like no other. And we’re not even talking about its history that dates back to thousands of years. Where else could you walk along ancient structures, enjoy a Tuscan pine nut gelato, drink one of the best coffees you’ll ever taste, discover inspiring Italian designers, and finish up the day with a delicious meal that will probably make an appearance in your daydreams for months? Take a look at the map to see the fantastic recommendations we’ve put together to make your trip to Rome even more special.
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Fratelli Ciavatta provides Italian cheese, meat and wine, as well as freshly made paninis and pastries. Drop by if you want to experience Italian hospitality and if you want to buy some incredible regional foods, including Bassiano ham, sausage from Monte San Biagio or buffalo mozzarella made in the Province of Caserta.
Via del Lavatore, 31, Rome, 00187 RM, Italy
+39 06 679 2935
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Love chocolate? You’ll love La Casa del Marron Glacé even more! Apart from the candied chestnuts – which you can buy plain or covered in chocolate – you can also indulge your sweet tooth with a variety of chocolates, almond pastes and stuffed fruit. Gorgeous boxes filled with Marron Glacès are also available if you want to surprise a special someone.
Via Paolo Emilio, 67, Rome, 00192 RM, Italy
+39 06 324 3548
20MQ Design e Derivati brings together a design shop, a coffee place and a bistrot under one roof. In the shop you can discover a range of furniture, lighting and home accessories, as well as stationery, t-shirts or wallets. Some products are designed by 20MQ and by Italian designers, while others are brought in from all over the world and sold exclusively here.
Via Flaminia, 314, Rome, 00196 RM, Italy
+39 06 3105 2302
Emporio is an exquisitely designed space filled with exquisite designs. Large red numbers mark the separate areas that spread across 300 square meters. Arranged like a spacious apartment, the shop immerses customers into a welcoming space where the latest furniture from well-known designers blends in with modern lighting and elegant accessories.
Via Monterone, 2a, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
Go to My Ale if you want to browse through an amazing selection of products that include the finest artisan beers, cheeses and salumi, as well as a range of organic fruit extracts, freshly made focaccia and delicious homemade desserts. Gluten-free options are also available. And this includes the beer!
Via dei Cappellari, 79, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 6830 7602
Founded in 1932, Castroni has been delighting tourists and locals for decades with its range of aromatic coffee sourced from all over the world and with an incredible selection of Italian products. Here you’ll be able to buy traditional wine, oil, pasta, sauces, chocolate, and other gourmet Italian food items.
Via Cola di Rienzo, 196/198, Rome, 00192 RM, Italy
+39 06 687 4383
The popular Roscioli restaurant also has a fantastic deli section, opened in 2002. At Salumeria Roscioli you’ll enter a foodie wonderland: 300 varieties of cheeses, 150 kinds of salumi and 2800 wine labels. You can also find a wide range of preserves, pasta, sauces and artisanal oil and vinegar here.
Via dei Giubbonari, 21, Rome, 00186 Italy
+39 06 687 5287
Volpetti is run by two brothers who opened the shop in 1973. Cold meats, homemade pizza and bread, cheese, dried mushrooms and truffles, honey and wine. Drooling yet? Keep in mind that these are just a few of the amazing products you’ll be able to buy at Volpetti.
Via Marmorata, 47, Rome, 00153 RM, Italy
+39 06 574 2352
La Tradizione is every foodie’s dream. Prepare yourself for some tasty discoveries here as you’ll have a fantastic selection to choose from. 400 kinds of cheeses from Italy, France and other parts of the world; 300 types of Italian and Spanish sausages; 12 varieties of aged ham; wines, hand-rolled pasta, and extra virgin oils from Sicily. To name a few…
Via Cipro, 8/e, Rome, 00136 RM, Italy
+39 06 3972 0349
Run by the Paciotti family since 1970, Paciotti Salumeria is a perfect shop to go to if you need advice about products. The friendly owners are always ready to assist with helpful information about their range of delicacies, whether you want to know how Tuscan Finocchiona differs from Roman Coppiette or why Salama da Sugo PGI from Ferrara has achieved legendary status. Not to mention that a professional sommelier is also ready to help you choose the best wine.
Via Marcantonio Bragadin, 51, Rome, 00136 RM, Italy
+39 06 3973 3646
Franchi is a wine and gourmet food shop that opened its doors in the 1920s. A beautiful piece of Roman history, this charming place maintains the warmth and welcoming atmosphere of the shops from that time. Here you can buy traditional Italian products which range from salumi to cheese and wine.
Via Cola di Rienzo, 200, Rome, 00192 RM, Italy
+39 06 687 4651
Le Levain is what many call “the best French bakery in Rome, maybe even the best in Italy.” Croissants made with French butter, eclairs that look almost too good to eat, pain au chocolat, and a range of cakes will welcome you with a delicious bakery scent you’ll want to bottle up and take home.
Via Luigi Santini, 22, Rome, 00153 RM, Italy
+39 06 6456 2880
Family-owned Pasta Pica offers a range of products that combine the best ingredients with the expertise and passion of two generations of pasta makers. Here you can buy everything from egg pasta for your own dishes to gnocchi or ravioli and tortellini with simply delicious fillings.
Viale Angelico, 59, Rome, 00195 RM, Italy
+39 06 372 9243
Pasta all’uovo Marini is a historic pasta shop that still operates an old cutting machine. The shop is beloved by locals who queue to order tortellini, fettuccine, cappeletti, or ravioli, to name a few. Tourists who find this gem will no doubt make a second trip to try the more varieties of these egg and flour delicacies.
Via Po, 47a, Rome, 00198 RM, Italy
+39 06 855 4134
Part of the popular Eataly chain, Eataly Roma has an unsurprisingly exhaustive range of products. It’s an impressive building with four floors of food items. A great choice if you want to browse through a huge selection of products and find some hidden treasures sourced from various Italian regions.
Eataly Roma, Piazzale 12 Ottobre 1492, 1492, Rome, 00154 RM, Italy
+39 06 9027 9201
Dolmen Factory opened its doors in 1975 and has been delighting design lovers ever since. The shop features a carefully curated selection of furniture, accessories, lighting and fabrics along with a range of products created by international designers. A sophisticated shop with an eclectic collection that has something for everybody.
Via dei Cestari, 42, Rome, 00186 Italy
+39 06 6880 1901
Cantiere Galli Design is a must-visit place for interior design lovers. Stunning tiles, modern furniture, minimalist accessories and distinctive décor pieces are some of the things you’ll discover here. The space also features a bookshop and a meeting room where architects and designers are encouraged to exchange ideas.
Via Antonio Pacinotti, 63, Rome, 00146 RM, Italy
+39 06 553 63646
Fondaco is a “concept street shop” that takes inspiration from old warehouses. Thus, it offers an array of products that cover everything from clothing, interior design, art, books, fabrics, and accessories, among others. Visitors will also find a blend of contemporary designs and vintage items.
Via della Frezza, 43, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+13 34 761 1009
The Re(f)use concept store sells exclusively recycled and upcycled products, from clothes, jewelry and bags to furniture and eye-catching home accessories. A great destination for not only the eco-conscious but also for those who love creative and artistic designs.
Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 40, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 6813 6975
Many say that Gelateria del Teatro sells the best gelato in Rome. So now you have to visit to see if that’s true. The range of flavors is vast and includes classic gelato as well as ingenious flavors, such as pecorino with honey and figs or dark chocolate with chilli flakes. Customers can also see the making-of process through a side window!
Via dei Coronari, 65-66, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 4547 4880
Carapina follows on the footsteps of two Florence gelaterias. This third location in Rome offers the same top quality gelato, or gourmet ice cream as the company calls it. Expect to find a limited and exquisitely made range of around 15 flavors here. The varieties change over the year as each gelato is made with seasonal ingredients.
Via dei Chiavari, 37/37a, Rome, RM, Italy
+39 055 676930
At Neve di Latte you can discover an array of stunning flavors, from the classic chocolate and pistachio to the sophisticated Tuscan pine nuts gelato or the intriguing Balsamic vinegar (!) gelato. The ingredients are premium quality and include locally sourced items as well as cream from German cows that graze at 1400 meters above sea level.
Via Luigi Poletti, 6, Rome, 00196 RM, Italy
+39 06 320 8485
The Otaleg gelato is said to conquer your senses – and maybe even make you fall in love with it – in about three seconds. Here you’ll find a range of around 60 (yes, that’s sixty) flavors which are always seasonal. Daily inventions also appear frequently on the menu, making each visit special!
Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594, Rome, 00151 RM, Italy
+39 338 651 5450
Osteria Bonelli is a popular restaurant, which means that you should make reservations for dinner a few days in advance, and if you want to go at lunch time, be prepared to wait for a table. The restaurant offers delicious Roman food at amazing prices, so it’s no wonder that it has become one of the busiest restaurants in the capital.
Viale dell'Acquedotto Alessandrino, 172, Rome, 00177 RM, Italy
+39 329 863 3077
Coromandel is ideal for breakfast and brunch. This gem has a quirky and charming décor, but you’ll love the food even more. The menu is European/International and includes seasonal ingredients as well as numerous original dishes created by the chef. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available.
Via di Monte Giordano, 60, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 6880 2461
At L’Olimpo you’ll find amazing Mediterranean cuisine and delicious gelato in a modern décor on the rooftop of the Bernini Bristol Hotel. This means that you will also enjoy a striking panorama of the city’s skyline, which includes a great view of the St. Peter’s Cathedral.
Via Barberini, 23, Rome, 00187 RM, Italy
+39 06 488931
A former barge, Baja offers the opportunity to enjoy delicious food while admiring the Tiber River as the sun sets the sky and the water on fire in shades of red and orange. Here you can order modern takes on traditional Italian dishes, with a glass of wine or a cocktail to add the perfect finishing touch to your dinner.
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia, Rome, 00196 RM, Italy
+39 06 9436 8869
The world-renowned La Pergola is located in the Waldorf Astoria hotel. The only holder of three Michelin stars in Rome, this Italian restaurant is a must-visit place and bucket list item for any foodie. Apart from the food that will probably stir your emotions, here you can also enjoy an elegant décor and simply breathtaking views over the city.
Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101, Rome, 00136 RM, Italy
+39 06 3509 2152
Osteria Fernanda provides a sophisticated dining experience. The dishes offer a contemporary, creative and refined take on traditional cuisine, with plates arranged to look not just stunning, but to truly resemble works of art. Go. You can thank us later.
Via Crescenzo Del Monte, 18, Rome, 00153 RM, Italy
+39 347 445 9593
The epitome of a classic Italian restaurant, L’Arcangelo has a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. The walls feature photographs of the chef’s family, while the furniture includes beautiful antique pieces and Art Nouveau mirrors. This gourmet tavern serves traditional Roman cuisine, so you can rest assured that you’ll find some delicious dishes here.
Via Giuseppe Gioachino Belli, 59, Rome, 00193 RM, Italy
+39 06 321 0992
Trattoria da Cesare serves dishes that recreate the heart of Roman cooking using flour and pulses sourced from the Roman countryside. Here you can order courgette flowers with anchovies and mozzarella, breaded lamb ribs, homemade pasta, pizza, and a range of classic desserts, among many others.
Via del Casaletto, 45, Rome, 00151 RM, Italy
+39 06 536015
Antico Arco takes traditional ingredients and creates contemporary Italian dishes you’ll probably dream about when you get back home. There are 1200 labels on the wine list, but the cellar is truly impressive. Located in the catacombs of San Pancrazio that date back to the 4th-century, it houses up to 20.000 bottles of wine.
Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Rome, 00152 RM, Italy
+39 06 581 5274
If you like wine and good food, you simply have to stop by Vineria Litro. This winery and restaurant offers an impressive range of natural wines sourced from all over Italy, from small artisanal producers. The limited range of dishes include pastas, lasagna, bruschetti, as well as salumi and cheese platters.
Via Fratelli Bonnet, 5, Rome, 00152 RM, Italy
+39 06 4544 7639
ilSanLorenzo’s menu changes seasonally, but there are a few staples you’ll always find on the menu. Try the authentic Sabaudia clams, said to have a more delicate taste, and the dishes made with freshly caught fish from the Tyrrhenian Sea. If you have a sweet tooth, we have good news for you: the pastry chef trained at the legendary Valrhona school.
Via dei Chiavari, 4/5, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 686 5097
Roscioli has been owned by the same family for four generations. Originally opened in 1872 as a bakery, it added a restaurant to the family business in 2002. Both locals and tourists frequent the restaurant, many of them no doubt ordering the signature Carbonara Roscioli, the Pizza Rossi Roscioli or one of the classic Capitoline dishes. Love wine? Here you’ll have a choice between 2800 labels!
Via dei Giubbonari, 21/22, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 687 5287
Da Armando al Pantheon is small and cozy as well as extremely popular. This means that you should probably make reservations, even for lunch. You’ll find a delicious menu here with fantastic appetizers and traditional pasta dishes as well as simple, classic recipes that celebrate local ingredients.
Salita dei Crescenzi, 31, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 6880 3034
You can find Retrobottega in the historic center, a short distance away from Piazza Navona. The restaurant provides a great blend of traditional and modern dishes, with an emphasis put on sustainability and zero waste. The décor follows the same principles and features reusable materials.
Via della Stelletta, 4, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 6813 6310
Nonna Betta – which translates to Grandma Betta – offers kosher style Italian cuisine with a traditional homemade feel and taste. This restaurant is not only a must-visit place for foodies, it’s also an unmissable place for art and history lovers. The walls are covered in striking frescoes that recreate 19th-century scenes from the Jewish Ghetto, where the restaurant is located.
Via del Portico d'Ottavia, 16, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 6880 6263
The charming La Porta del Principe restaurant looks like it was taken straight out of a fairy tale. The 19th-century building used to be a farmhouse and features walls covered in climbing plants. Opened in the ‘70s, the restaurant was ahead of its time, as it introduced the concept of “natural-organic” eating. Expect to taste some exquisite dishes here.
Via Portuense, 1585, Rome, 00148 RM, Italy
+39 06 6500 1249
Baccano sits between the famous Trevi fountain and via del Corso. An authentic bistrot, it provides a range of dishes heavily influenced by tradition, all made with a vintage touch. With the long breakfast and brunch menus, the menu that changes monthly and the fantastic wine list, you’ll always have something new to try here. And if you fancy something special, drop by the champagne and oyster bar.
Via delle Muratte, 23, Rome, 00187 RM, Italy
+39 06 6994 1166
Located within walking distance of the Pantheon, Grano delights tourists and locals with delicious Italian cooking and Mediterranean flavors. As a bonus, you can also admire the artworks of Enzo Apicella, who apart from being a well-known artist, is also a friend of the founders.
Piazza Rondanini, 53, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 6819 2096
La Matricianella offers an authentic Roman dining experience. Opened in 1957, the restaurant features traditional small wooden tables with checkered tablecloths, making you feel like you’re in an old Italian movie. Here you’ll find classic recipes that strictly respect the Roman ways of cooking.
Via del Leone, 4, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 683 2100
Palazzo delle Esposizioni is a great destination for art and cinema lovers, but here you can also visit an expansive bookshop filled with great titles. And after you browse through the selection of books and buy some gems to take home, you can drop by the restaurant to refill your batteries before exploring the rest of Rome.
Via Nazionale, 194, Rome, 00184 RM, Italy
+39 06 3996 7500
Tara is a must-visit place for collectors in particular and book lovers in general. This small and charming bookshop offers a range of rare first edition books, photography books and a carefully curated selection of collectible titles. Plus, you can also find more recent books at discounted prices.
Piazza del Teatro di Pompeo, 41, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 6880 8227
Located in the historical area of Rome, the Cesaretti Bookshop has sold books since 1888, which makes it one of the oldest bookshops you’ll visit in your lifetime. Prepare yourself for a couple of magical hours, as here you’ll be able to browse through vintage books and truly one-of-a-kind gems.
Via del Piè di Marmo, 27, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 678 6264
Named after the iconic book, the Fahrenheit 451 bookshop opened its doors in 1989. It offers a range of new and rare books, with an impressive selection of art, photography, theater and cinema titles that will probably keep you busy for a couple of hours.
Piazza Campo de' Fiori, 44, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 687 5930
IBS is a special bookshop. Opened in 1998, it sold Italy’s first Italian book online, paving the way towards the e-commerce revolution. The company’s Rome shop provides books on virtually any subject and in any category you can think of, with both new and used books available.
Via Nazionale, 254/255, Rome, 00184 RM, Italy
+39 06 488 5405
Caffè Letterario combines a bookshop with a coffee shop and a bar. Three birds with one stone, we’d say. You can enjoy the quiet studying and reading area while drinking a cup of coffee and then stay for the cocktails and live music.
Via Ostiense, 95, Rome, 00154 RM, Italy
+39 06 5730 2842
At Feltrinelli you’ll discover a distinctive atmosphere where culture and entertainment combine. Located in the stunning Galleria Alberto Sordi, the bookshop is spread on four floors. Here you’ll find books, music, magazines, a coffee shop and an area that hosts events, book signings and exhibitions.
Galleria Alberto Sordi, Piazza Colonna, Rome, 00187 RM, Italy
+39 199 151 173
Caffè Sant’Eustachio is a destination in of itself. Opened in the ‘30s, this iconic coffee place is right in the heart of historic Rome, between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Here you can drink an espresso or a cappuccino and enjoy some delicious pastries while you admire the beauty of this breathtaking city.
Piazza di S. Eustachio, 82, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 6880 2048
For over 70 years, La Casa del Caffè Tazza D’Oro has served what many call “one of the best coffees in the world.” Artisanal skill, a quest for ultimate quality and a passion for authentic coffee have characterized the company from the beginning. Expect to find some incredible blends here, including the signature “Regine” coffee blends.
Via degli Orfani, 84, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 678 9792
When visiting Rome, you’ll find incredible pieces of history wherever you turn. Antico Caffè Greco is a perfect example. This historical gem dates back to 1760 and has been a favorite gathering place for artists, writers, musicians and nobility for hundreds of years. Inside, you’ll find a stunning collection of art, from sculpture to paintings, to give a special flavor to every cup of coffee.
Via Condotti, 86, Rome, 00187 RM, Italy
+39 06 679 1700
Caffetteria Bistrot is inside the Chiostro del Bramante art museum. That already sets it apart from other coffee places. Take the opportunity to get a taste of some classical art before sipping on a cup of aromatic coffee as you plan the rest of your day in Rome.
Arco della Pace, 5, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 6880 9035
Caffè Viceré opened its doors in 1949. The company operates its own roasting plant, providing excellent blends to various bars, hotels and restaurants in Rome and beyond. So you can rest assured that a cup of coffee here is something special indeed.
Via di Trigoria, 136, Selcetta, 00128 Roma, Italy
+39 06 506 0012
If you love filter and nitro coffee, you have to drop by Pergamino Caffè. This is a place where you can enjoy something different from the ubiquitous espresso (though you can also order one, if you wish), as well as a quick bite to eat from a range of sandwiches and other savory treats.
Piazza del Risorgimento, 7, Rome, 00192 RM, Italy
+39 06 8953 3745
Rome is filled with amazing pieces of history. So it comes as no surprise that Sciascia Caffè opened in 1919. Made with a unique blend (which is still a secret), the coffee you’ll taste here has flavors that range from dark chocolate and mandarins to Amalfi lemons, apricots or pomegranate. If that doesn’t convince you, we don’t know what will.
Via Fabio Massimo, 80/a, Rome, 00192 RM, Italy
+39 06 321 1580
Roscioli Caffè offers coffee and freshly made pastries in a gorgeous modern décor. Order a pour-over coffee or a classic espresso – the latter is made with beans roasted by the renowned Torrefazione Giamaica Caffè in Verona.
Piazza Benedetto Cairoli, 16, Rome, 00186 RM, Italy
+39 06 8916 5330
Panella is not just an awesome coffee place, it’s also one of the best pastry shops in Rome. Prepare yourself for some out-of-this-world sweet and savory treats, including artisanal bread and pastries you’ll want to Instagram before you devour them. As a bonus, you can also buy a few foodie gifts for family and friends.
Via Merulana, 59, Rome, 00185 RM, Italy
+39 06 487 2435