The best breakfast spots in Rome
Although Italians aren’t fond of big breakfasts, they still make sure they start the day right with a creamy cappuccino and freshly baked cornetto. So, when in Rome, do as the locals do. Or, if a pastry and coffee won’t suffice, pop into one of the many café’s and bars that serve up a vast array of delicious breakfast options. From traditional Italian pastries to bacon, eggs, bagels and fruit smoothies, here’s our list of top places to have a tasty breakfast in Rome.
Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour w/Buffet Breakfast
Viale Vaticano (near Vatican)
Mon-Sat at 6.50am
Have the Vatican to yourself on this exclusive early morning tour that whisks you through closed doors for a buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard, before anyone else enters the museums! While the general public waits in line outside, you’ll feast on an Italian-American buffet of pastries, meats, cheeses, hot food and even pancakes, flipped by a pancake chef. Dining in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums’ most beautiful works of modern art, experience a level of tranquility rarely seen by Vatican visitors.
Via Girolamo Savanarola, 8 (Prati)
Tues-Sat 8.30am-12.30am, Sunday 9.30am-12.30am
This tea room and wine bar has been around since 1923 and is a stylish setting for breakfast near the Vatican. You can choose between an Italian or American breakfast, and a selection of 70 types of tea. If you’re on a detox try one of their fruit extract drinks, there’s an antioxidant mix for cleansing, for fighting aging or for boosting melanin.
Caffè Delle Commari
Via Santamaura, 22 (near Vatican)
Commari is a little café right by the Vatican, making it a perfect breakfast stop before or after a tour. The friendly staff and amazing service set this place apart, always with smiles and eager to help. Not to mention their delicious selection of morning pastries! Enjoy a quick pastry with your coffee standing up at their little bar counter, or opt to sit down. Ample seating, great coffee, fresh pastries, and polite helpful staff make this an ideal little morning hangout. If you’re visiting the Vatican, mark this place!
Piazza di Spagna, 23 (centro storico)
Daily 10am – 9pm
For tea lovers, or those who want to enjoy a delicious breakfast in one of Rome’s most iconic
tea-room, Babington’s is the place to go. With their classic english breakfast, eggs benedict, scones,
english muffins and the finest selection of teas in Rome, breakfast may be the best meal of your day. They also do take-away iced teas for a refreshing start to a morning on the go.
Adelaide Restaurant @ Hotel Vilòn
Via dell’Arancio, 69 (centro storico)
Daily 7am – 11am
As we say in Italy, “il buongiorno si vede dal mattino”, and with Adelaide restaurant’s breakfast, boasting a rich buffet accompanied by an a la carte menu, you will surely start the day on the right foot. The best part? Vilòn’s breakfast – served till 11am – is open to non hotel guests too, and will only set you back €35. From freshly baked croissants, brioches and cakes to delicious jams, cheese platters and fresh fruits, you’re in for a great feast. And a la carte, order the Vilòn benedict, pancakes, smoked salmon with avocado and so much more. You can have your breakfast in the trés chic indoor dining area or opt for a lunch or dinner al fresco in the stunning open-air courtyard.
Sant’Eustachio il Caffè
Piazza di S. Eustachio, 82 (near the Pantheon)
Sun-Thurs: 7:30am-1am, Fri: 7:30am-1:30am, Sat: 7:30am-2am
Sant’Eustachio is a local favourite café, just around the corner from the famous Pantheon. Well-known for its home-roasted beans and special coffee preparation, this is the place to go if you’re a coffee-lover. Pop in for a caffe and a fresh pastry before visiting the Pantheon, and while you’re there, get yourself a couple souvenirs, like a bag of their coffee beans to enjoy back home. It does get busy though, so consider having your breakfast standing at the counter like many locals do, or as a take-away to enjoy in the square in front of the Pantheon.
CAMPO DE' FIORI
Via del Pellegrino, 87 (near Campo de Fiori)
Mon-Sat: 9am-2am, Sun: Closed
Barnum is a cool little café right in the historical centre, near the popular Campo de Fiori market and only five minutes walk from Piazza Navona. Mismatched seating, art-covered walls, and good music all add to its unique home-away-from-home atmosphere. With great coffee, a tasty food menu, friendly staff and wifi, you could say it almost has it all! Pop in for a fresh pastry with your morning cuppa, or opt for something different, like poached eggs on toast. It’s also laptop friendly, for those who need to get some work in before the day starts.
I Dolci di Nonna Vincenza
Via dell’Arco del Monte, 98/A/B (near Campo de Fiori)
Mon-Sat: 7:30am-8:30pm, Sun: 8am-8:30pm
Near the Campo de’ Fiori market, hidden down a little side street, you’ll find Dolci di Nonna Vincenza. This Sicilian pasticceria is a local favourite for buying sweet desserts, and a great breakfast spot. Enjoy your morning cappuccino with a freshly baked pastry, with the option of standing at the bar or sitting down in their tearoom. While there, don’t forget indulge in a few of their wonderful Sicilian desserts, especially their cannoli that comes in different sizes and flavours. Be sure to take home a tray of delights with you to enjoy later, you won’t regret it!
Piazza Benedetto Cairoli, 16 (near Campo de Fiori)
Mon-Sat: 7am-11pm, Sun: 8am-6pm
Roscioli is one of those tiny little hole in the walls that many visitors walk right past. The little bar is basically just a bar counter with a small standing space, with the main Roscioli restaurant next door. In the mornings the café is buzzing with locals, standing at the bar counter chatting and enjoying a pastry with their caffe. It’s the perfect local spot to enjoy breakfast Italian style, cozied up with the locals! And most importantly, the coffee and pastries are both terrific! Just note, it is more expensive than other spots, so be prepared.
Via Luigi Santini, 22-23 (Trastevere)
Tue-Sun 8am – 8.30pm, Sun 9am – 6.30pm
Tucked away in one of Trastevere’s cobbled streets is Le Levain, a small, French bakery that brings a bit of France to Rome. If the buttery aroma that floats out of the shop isn’t enough to entice you, the sight of the most remarkable variety of French breads, cakes and pastries displayed in the bright and elegant shop front most certainly will. Through a large glass window inside the shop, you can also see the pain au chocolat, croissants and baguettes being made by the chefs in the laboratory at the back. Many customers order their pastries and then take them away in white paper boxes. Although seating in the shop itself is a bit limited, if you do find a place to sit, you can have a perfect breakfast with a few croissants and a cappuccino (served in paper glasses) or an organic fruit juice.
Via di S. Francesco a Ripa, 151 (Trastevere)
Mon-Sun 7am – 2am
Located in one of Trastevere’s bustling streets is the groovy Baylon Café, which serves up a terrific American style breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes and bacon. What makes this bar and café such a popular spot, not only for breakfast, but also for lunch and aperitivos, is the ample seating space and free Wi-Fi. Lining the back of the wall is also an eclectic selection of books for sale, although most of them are in Italian.
Piazza Trilussa, 34 (Trastevere)
Meccanismo – Friends Trilussa Roma
When it’s a blowout breakfast that you need, head to gastro-pub Meccanismo for the full American version – tomato, bacon, pancakes, eggs and sausages for €12. There are a variety of options, including pancakes stacked high with maple syrup or served with scrambled eggs. Here you can find American-style coffee, including a refreshing iced latte. There is also a vegan breakfast priced at €3 that includes a slice of vegan ciambellone and a soy cappuccino.
Bar Baffo Caffe Vergnano
Viale di Trastevere, 343 (Trastevere)
Open 24 hours
You’ll find Bar Baffo right outside the Trastevere Train Station (Stazione Trastevere), making it a great breakfast spot for those in transit. Recently refurbished, Bar Baffo adds a fresh spin on the classic Italian bar, with modern wooden trimmings and big display bar counter. At the same time it’s still warm and cosy, with friendly staff and a lovely morning hustle bustle. Pop in for breakfast and choose from their big selection of freshly baked pastries, and don’t be afraid to ask one of the barristers for a recommendation! To top it off, it’s open 24 hours a day.
La Bottega Del Caffè
Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, 5 (Monti)
Sitting beneath the vines at La Bottega Del Caffè, you can feel part of picture-perfect Italian life. Overlooking Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, you can simply enjoy a cornetto or go for a more wholesome breakfast, such as fresh fruit with yogurt or an omelette. If you feel like a cup of tea, it will be accompanied by delicious homemade biscuits free of charge.
Via della Madonna dei Monti ,62 (Monti)
La Casetta della Madonna dei Monti
Tucked down a side street in Monti under a spectacular vine, this is the place to come for a healthy, hearty breakfast. There’s a great selection of revitalizing juices and smoothies. Coffees can be made with almond or soy milk, and many of the cakes are gluten free. For a savory breakfast you can have a piece of quiche or an omelette or, for those with a sweet tooth, pancakes with nutella.
Tiziano Terrace by Monti View
Monti Palace Hotel Roma: Via Cavour, 185 (Monti)
On the 5th floor of the Monti Palace Hotel, this rooftop terrace boasts tall windows, a cosy outside area, an impressive bar, and a lovely seating area where customers can enjoy their meals in the sun. The terrace welcomes both hotel clients, as well as external folks, for a great breakfast buffet. Starting from 7am and ending at around 10.30am, the breakfast option offers a myriad of different, fresh, and exquisite options to start off your day.
Box 57, Testaccio Market, Via Beniamino Franklin (Testaccio)
Mon-Sat 9am – 3pm
A cup of steaming, American style, coffee and a chocolate frosted donut with salted peanut topping is the way to go if you’re starting your day at Bucolica. This store – which specializes in baked, not fried, donuts and bagels – opened its second store in Testaccio market earlier this year. It’s very popular for its mouth-watering selection of donut toppings, which includes pistachio, coconut and lemon, pear and chocolate and even apple and ginger. For those that prefer something savoury, their bagel selection is also fantastic.
Piazza di Porta San Paolo, 6A (Piramide)
Everything at Bio’s cafe is 100% organic and suitable for vegans. While the brioche and pastries look just like the average cornetto, they are actually made with a mixture of spelt flour and kamut, both notorious for their health benefits. Coffees can be made with soy or rice milk, and there’s a great variety of drinks made from vegetable and fruit extracts.
Via Marmorata, 13 (Testaccio)
Mon: Closed, Tues-Sun: 8am-2am
Tram Depot is one of Rome’s most unusual cafés, born out of a decommissioned tram cart! Its darling little tram cart bar and outdoor shabby chic seating, with a fair amount of greenery around, all add to its uniqueness. And despite being in one of Testacco’s busiest areas, it still manages to create a cosy little oasis to relax in. A fun hangout that’s perfect for a chilled summer breakfast outside, before exploring the Testaccio neighbourhood. Enjoy a quick coffee at the bar, or sit down for a leisurely cappuccino and a pastry. And if it’s super hot, get one of their organic fruit juices or cold brewed coffees! Just remember, it’s usually closed in wintertime.
Via Giovanni da Empoli, 37 (Ostiense)
Mon: Closed, Tues-Thurs: 8am-5pm, Fri-Sat: 9am-11pm, Sun: 9am-5pm
Marigold is a delightful restaurant and micro bakery in the Ostiense neighbourhood, with a north European flare. A nice open space with thoughtful minimalist decor, but still cosy and inviting. Take a break from the traditional Italy, and enjoy a different kind of breakfast. Still offering the classic pastries, but with a wonderful selection of other options to choose from, like yoghurt and granola, cinnamon swirls, scones, avocado on rye, poached eggs and lots more. Made with the freshest ingredients and lots of care, every plate of packed with flavour. Also, on the weekends they serve a tasty brunch!
Pasticceria Panificio Panella
Via Merulana, 54 (Esquilino)
Mon-Thurs: 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 7am-12am, Sun: 7am-9pm
Panella is a historical bakery in the centre of Rome, just 10 minutes walk from Termini Station. Here you’ll find all kinds of freshly baked goodies! Fresh morning pastries, all kinds of breads, breadsticks, bruschetta, donuts, you name it! A bakery, but also a café and specialty food store, you’re bound to find something you like. Great coffee, a wide selection of sweet and savoury foods, and seating inside and outside makes it a convenient spot to relax and enjoy breakfast before a day of exploring. Just remember, it is a bit pricier and can get very busy.
Via Flaminia Vecchia, 468 (Flaminio)
Tue-Sun 6am – 10pm
If you’d like to indulge in a typical Italian breakfast, then you can’t go wrong with Mondi’s pastries. Situated in a residential area about 300m from the Ponte Milvio bridge, this pastry shop might not look like much at first glance, but it’s a firm favourite with locals, and with good reason. They make some of the best Roman breakfast pastries in the area, and there’s plenty to choose from – from the familiar cornetto to cream filled doughnuts and Danish pastries.
Viale dei Quattro Venti 14/16 (Monteverde)
This characteristic Roman cafe simply had to be included. After asking a friendly Roman couple for directions, I ended up being taken here, to their favourite breakfast place. Bar Volpicelli is the ideal spot for a quick cafe and light, sugary ciambella at the bar. It’s attached to a very popular pasticceria, that makes all the typical roman dolci. The prices are fantastic, and the owner will make you feel right at home.
Via Vitella, 102 (Villa Pamphili)
Mon 8am-8pm, Tues-Sun 8am-12am
Surrounded by the green of Villa Doria Pamphili, Vivi Bistrot is the ideal location for a relaxing weekend breakfast after a jog in the park. There is an enormous selection of sweet treats, including mini French and Italian pastries, pancakes, muffins, brownies and cookies. For a savory option, try one of the generously filled baguettes, the most delicious being with grilled vegetables and truffle salsa.
Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68 (Pigneto)
Necci is renowned for its ties to the film director and political thinker Pasolini, who filmed his Roman drama Accattone here. But Pasolini’s Necci has long gone, having been transformed into a chic cafe-restaurant. Necci’s beautiful garden is the perfect spot for people watching with a buttery cornetto or a delicious homemade cake, muffin or cookie. Bottoncini for €1.50 are a scrumptious salty snack, with smoked salmon or bresaola fillings.
Via dei Volsci, 57 (San Lorenzo)
Located in the heart of San Lorenzo, Bar Marani, is a family-run cafe that has always been at the center of the neighbourhood’s political life. Here you can find typical Italian breakfast foods – cornetti, toast with jam, apricot biscuits – or choose from fresh juices or smoothies. The seating area on the terrace covered with vines is the perfect writers corner, and is often filled with artistic types.