Looking for the best coffee near Rome pantheon?
There are a couple of famous cafés in this part of Rome, but also a few hidden gems lurking nearby.
While there are two very famous and popular places to get great coffee near the Pantheon, there are a few other excellent options as well.
Whether you want a rich tasty espresso, a smooth foamy cappuccino, a superb caffè granita (iced slushy coffee), or a gorgeous ambiance where to sip your drink, I've got a great selection for you.
On this page, you'll find:
There are famously two cafés near the Pantheon that sort of compete with each other. At least Romans consider them to be in competition.
If you ask a Roman which of the two they prefer, you will probably see a split right down the middle.
I love them both, for different reasons.
Some Romans (and guidebooks) say Cafe Sant'Eustachio has the best coffee in Rome; others say it's vastly over-rated. I sort of agree with both of those assessments.
It IS good coffee, and I love it when I can get in there without the crowds.
There are a few things you should know about the coffee at Sant'Eustachio.
Sant'Eustachio also make a killer granita di caffè, (iced coffee slush), which I get every time I am near here in summer.
Go try it and see for yourself. (Although I personally would not wait in a huge queue. Try it only if it's not mobbed.) Read more about them on my page about Rome cafes.
Tazza D'Oro is directly opposite the Pantheon from Caffe Sant'Eustachio.
This is another coffee bar near the Pantheon that is famous but also a bit too famous.
When Rome is full of tourists, you will find Tazza d'Oro and Caffè Sant'Eustacchio very crowded.
But if they are not, then give them a try. I like them both, but of the two, prefer the slightly chocolately, not too bitter flavor of Tazza D'Oro.
I just love Cafe Doria. In fact, I pop in here nearly ever time I am in the neighborhood, just to soak up the ambiance. And it's definitely one of my go-to winter coffee spots (read: cozy.)
It feels like I've stumbled into the Secret Garden (if you remember that book.)
Cafe Doria is warm and inviting inside, and feels like a nobleman's sitting room.
Well it kind of is, since it's just inside the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, one of my favorite museums, and the original home of the noble Pamphilj family.
One of my favorite secret places to take visitors is to the café inside the Chiostro del Bramante. From the outside, this looks like a church (because it is.)
Inside, the Chiostro del Bramante is a beautiful Renaissance courtyard, today hosting an exhibit space where you can usually catch an interesting show.
Just upstairs from the cloister is the café.
You can sit inside or outside, and there is good wi-fi. The coffee is fine (not amazing) but they have fabulous sweets. I've also eaten lunch here a few times and it's good for that, too.
The best part is just the beautiful ambiance, not to mention the Raphael paintings in the church below.
There is a kind of cult around coffee drinking in Naples. There are very serious rules about how to prepare, serve and drink coffee. (Read more about drinking coffee in Naples, visit my Rome coffee page here, or watch my video here:)
My point is, you can have pretty close to the real thing in Rome at the Gran Caffè la Caffettiera, which is the Rome branch of the original Naples branch of this coffee house.
It sits pretty on piazza di Pietra, so is great for people watching and lovely outside views.
But they actually also serve excellent coffee, Naples style. When I go, I just get a quick espresso at the bar, drink it, and go. A la Napoletana.
Vivi Bistrot is a great option for a coffee near Rome pantheon even if it's right on Piazza Navona (which is not even 5 minutes' walk from the Pantheon).
You can sit outside year-round (it may be chilly but at least it's covered), and gaze at Piazza Navona and watch the world go by.
This is not the same as plunking yourself down at one of the over-priced cafés right on the piazza - even if there is merit to doing that, too.
At Vivi Bistrot they offer good snacks including healthy items on the menu.
On a random visit here with Alessandro we discovered what we think may be the best coffee near Rome pantheon.
They use Gima coffee, a very high-quality local torrefazione (coffee-roaster.)
The place is spotless and you know what that means? They are meticulous about cleaning their coffee machine.
And this means you will get a delicious, smooth espresso every time.
Aside from having good coffee beans to start with, the coffee won't have the bitter taste you get from old coffee oils in an un-cleaned machine. Ask any Roman who is into coffee (and believe me this is not hard to find.) They will tell you that starting with a clean coffee machine is crucial. And sadly this is not easy to come by in Rome. But it is here.
By the way it's also nice to come here for the bright, casual ambiance and the young friendly staff.
Despite their location between the Pantheon and the bottom of the Spanish Steps, Ciampini is one of the most local bars in the center of Rome.
Ciampini also certainly fits into the people-watching category, especially if you want to catch well-heeled Romans in their finery, hiding behind their over-sized sunglasses as they plop their high-end bags on the chair beside them.
Pascucci Frullati, as the name suggests, is mostly famous for the frullati, or fruit smoothies and shakes.
But they've been in Rome for over 50 years and many locals consider them an institution. So if you want a very local, homey spot to do as the Romans do and grab a stand-up coffee near the Pantheon, this is the spot.
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