We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Honestly, when you’re in Italy, every meal is pretty important. But to make sure your day gets off to the right start, we’re happy to share our picks for the best breakfast in Rome.
Breakfast in Rome is a little different than what you find at home.
Bacon, eggs, bagels and avocado toast can be found, but they’re far from typical. Sweet carbs take the spotlight on the Italian breakfast table.
A typical breakfast for a Roman looks like a quick coffee and a pastry, eaten standing at the bar. A frothy cappuccino and a warm cornetto is the most common combination. Italian cornetti are sweeter than French croissants and come vuoto (plain) or filled with jam, custard or nutella.
If you go to an Italian grocery store, you’ll notice that the cookie section in the grocery store is much bigger than the cereal section. Yes—breakfast cookies are a real thing! Enjoy them dunked into a cup of milky coffee. We recommend Abracci, a just-barely-sweet, half-vanilla, half-chocolate cookie with the perfect crunch.
Insider’s Tip: Cake is also an acceptable Roman breakfast. You will see a Ciambella, which is a ring-shaped, pound-cake-style cake, on your hotel breakfast buffet and on lots of Roman bar counters.
1. Cafe Barberini
This friendly bar in the Testaccio neighborhood makes pastries so elegant, they’re almost too pretty to eat.
Pasticceria Barberini is also a beloved neighborhood spot that opens early and bakes their flaky cornetti on site. There is a long bar and also booths where you can sit down.
There is a less common Roman breakfast tradition that only a few places still serve.
Maritozzi con la Panna is a split yeasted roll filled with freshly whipped and sweetened cream. The name comes from the word marito meaning husband. Maritozzi means “almost married” and these sweet, cream-filled buns were traditionally presented by young grooms to their brides just before the wedding.
Regoli has been baking pastries for over a hundred years. There is a cafe next to the narrow bakery that has tables in the back and sells Maritozzi in two sizes.
3. Gran Caffe
On a picturesque street just around the corner from Piazza San Pietro, Grand Caffe is a great spot to fuel up before a day visiting the Vatican. Know that if you decide to sit down here, the price for your cappuccino will be higher.
Address: Borgo Pio 169-170
4. Cafe Colbert
Cafe Colbert is on the second floor of the Villa Medici which is the home of the French Academy. Grab a table near a window for a spectacular view of Rome, and don’t miss a peek at the 16th-century walled garden.
5. Bar La Licata
You can have your breakfast with a view of the Colosseum at this always-busy bar in the Monti neighborhood.
Bar La Licata opens at 5:30 a.m. for early birds. The morning pastry selection here is vast. If you love pistachio, their cornetto stuffed with pistachio cream is worth waking up for.
Insider’s Tip: You can buy tickets for the bus, concerts, and sports events here.
6. Cafe Farnese
This bar is referred to many Romans as the friendliest bar in Rome (the headline there translates to “The kindest bartender in all of Rome”).
Angelo is always behind the battered metal bar in his blue jacket ready to take your order with a smile. There is a small selection of cornetti in a warming case on the counter and a few tables outside if you’d like to sit down.
Address: Via de’ Baullari, 20
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