The eternal city has no shortage of fun things to do and adventures to embark on. Aside from visiting all of the classic monuments and historic sites, Roma is having a modern-day renaissance offering visitors and locals cool and trendy new spots.

Read on for some of our team’s recommendations for their favorite hangouts and must-see places to check out the next time you’re in Roma.

Chiara — espressOh Founder

Retrobottega
Only 10 seats on a counter this is my kind of place, a creative menu with great attention to raw ingredients and a super selection of natural wines. One of my favorite spot both for a launch on the go and for a dinner with friends!

Roscioli
A good old classic, if a place is small, crowded and with limited seating count me in! I love their carbonara and their gricia! 

Forno Conti
I love having a long breakfast here, what I love most about it is the international vibe (not the touristy one), also a big fan of their pizzette and their pastries!! For all the coffee lovers, they have a good selection!

Diana — Brand Marketing Manager

Marigold 

After coming back to Italy from living abroad, I still need my cinnamon buns, sourdough bread that costs more than my rent, and brunchy eggs. This is the spot!

La Mescita Garbatella

I love this place! They have a great selection of natural wines, my new passion in life. Their food menu is also delicious and very unique. Every time I go, there’s something new on the menu and it’s always a dish I’ve never tried before or a classic one with a twist. 

Forno Campo de’ Fiori 

Pizza al taglio is my favorite food in the world (forget the round pizzas!). The pizza al taglio here is perfection to me: salty, crunchy, not too ‘bready’ (if you know you know) and with a bit of olive oil on top. They also have a separate entrance right next to them where they sell sweet treats 🙂 

Otherwise Bookshop

This is my go-to bookshop to buy books in English. I love the thrill of finding and buying a new book in a small bookstore where I can look around without being overwhelmed by the crowds. What I love the most about this place is that they have really cute cinema-related objects like matchboxes with cult movie titles on them and posters of my fav indie movies.

Jenna — US Marketing Manager

Ombre Rosse
One of my favorite spots in Trastevere for apericena. Nestled up from a long flight of stairs if you’re coming from the historic part of the neighborhood, this place is perfect for evenings that turn into late nights with all of the pasta and aperol spritzes you can ask for. Inside you’ll find eclectic decor, and a beautiful giardino outside when the weather is nice.

Zuma
Located right in the city center, this place is home to one of my favorite rooftop bars. In reality it’s an upscale Japanese restaurant, but I usually go for aperitivo on the terrace. The views are absolutely stunning and the vibe is super chill.

Regoli Pasticceria
I have the biggest sweet tooth ever, and Roman pastries are some of my favorite. This is one of the most famous bakeries in Rome. If you’re looking for a great spot for a classic maritozzi, this is the place!

Federica — Marketing Specialist

Mordi e Vai in Mercato di Testaccio

Picture Granny’s Kitchen, but tucked between two slices of bread. Mordi e Vai holds a special place in my heart as one of my go-to spots for a quick and satisfying lunch. It’s the perfect place to sample classic pasta sauces in a whole new way – sandwiched between two slices of fresh bread. My top picks? The hearty Sugo alle Picchiapo’ or the mouthwatering Polpette panino.

Mercato Campagna Amica

For a groceries freak like me who adores local and organic markets, Mercato Campagna Amica at Circo Massimo is an absolute gem. It’s the ultimate destination if you find yourself in Rome, yearning for an authentic local experience. Weekends here are extra special, with food trucks serving up  Roman street classics.

 

And what warms my heart even more is their commitment to good deeds, like the ‘Spesa Sospesa’ initiative, spreading kindness one meal at a time.

Gelateria Petrini

When it comes to gelato, I’m incredibly discerning, and one of my key evaluation criteria is the taste of their Crema or Zabaione flavors. Petrini is a historical gelateria that transports me back to my childhood with every scoop. Best Combo: Passito di Pantelleria and Croccante.

Here our Google Maps list for all the must-visit spots. Prego!

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