Brunch in Rome has become the new aperitivo, ever since restaurants and bars were instructed to close early from the end of 2020. But a great breakfast or brunch in Rome really has no disadvantages: it gets you out in the morning to enjoy bright days in the Eternal City. I’m a fan!
This guide to the best breakfasts and brunches in Rome for 2021 has 20+ ideas for starting your day in the right way. It covers both the best breakfasts in Rome, ideal for when you’re in a hurry; plus options for a lazy brunch in Rome, with prices and opening times where available. Enjoy!
Brunch in Rome – prices and times
Brunch at The Court
The Court, which opened last year, has quickly become one of Rome’s best-loved garden bars, thanks to its exclusive location right in front of the Colosseum. This is a ground-floor bar on a raised, private platform with enviable views of Rome’s most famous monument, and an exclusive vibe thanks to its presence in one of Rome’s swankiest hotels, the five-star Hotel Palazzo Manfredi. It was recently voted into the top 100 best bars in the world (coming in at number 71) so you know it’s something special!
The new Saturday and Sunday brunch in Rome at The Court includes a generous sweet and savoury spread, coffee, freshly squeezed juice, and an alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail all for €35 per person. The food includes everything from cornetti and maritozzi to caprese salad, sashimi and fish tartares, plus olives, nuts and nibbles. It runs nearly all day from 11-18.
Considering that a cocktail here usually sets you back €25 the whole package is a bargain! Brunch perhaps inspires a spicy and tangy Bloody Mary, or I can highly recommended the Pornstar Martini. Comprising vanilla vodka, passion-fruit liqueur and fresh passion-fruit, it is served as tradition denotes with a sidecar of champagne.
If you can’t make it on Saturday or Sunday, you can always drop in from around noon any other day in the week for a cocktail and some light bites prepared by Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio of Michelin-starred restaurant Aroma.
Where: The Court | Palazzo Manfredi | Via Labicana 125 | Tel +39 0677591380
Brunch price: €35
What’s included: Brunch includes juice, coffee and a cocktail, plus an ample snack selection from caprese skewers to hand-cooked crisps, olives, mini-burgers and more.
Brunch at Le Carré Français
Le Carré Français is an impeccable corner of France in Rome, which recently celebrated its fifth birthday. To call it a bar and restaurant is reductive as this is an all-day, one stop shop celebrating French cuisine. Pop in here from 8am for fresh French bread, cheeses, wines, cakes, patés and more when in Rome. Come here too for sit-down service at breakfast, lunch, aperitif and dinner to get in the French mood. Owner Jildaz Mahé hails from Brittany, and this restaurant and epicerie excels in both regional and seasonal specialities. It’s also worth checking out all the Christmas goodies on the way, including a magnificent galette des rois, perfect for Epiphany week!
In terms of breakfast and brunch here, you’re also spoilt for choice. Choose a quick coffee and croissant if you’re in a rush, or a delicious pastry. For a lazy brunch in Rome on a Sunday, come to Le Carré Français for a right royal bottomless brunch including cheeses, pastries, gallettes, croque madame, croque monsieur, fresh juices, coffee and more for €32, served 9-12. Book to avoid disappointment!
Where: Le Carré Français | Via Vittoria Colonna, 30 | Rome | Tel 06 6476 0625
Brunch price: €32
What’s included: Full French spread in a bottomless brunch formula
Brunch at the Sofitel Villa Borghese
Brunch at the Sofitel Villa Borghese in Rome is a wonderful opportunity to dine at the gorgeous Settimo Restaurant on the seventh floor of this intimate five-star hotel.
Priced at €85 per person, including a few glasses of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut champagne, or €55 per person without wine, children up to the age of 12 years can also dine for €35.
The brunch menu is a little confusing, but the formula basically allows you to taste as many dishes as you wish within reason, moving between sweet and savoury. Individual items are not priced; guests can put together their own culinary journey.
We started our Rome brunch with fresh croissants, pain-au-chocolat and breads on the table, and continued with tasting plates of smoked salmon, mixed stuffed savoury croissants and focaccia, before ordering a selection of mignon desserts, including waffles.
We could also have plumped for salads, sauteed mushrooms and grilled tomatoes, potato rostis and bruschette.
I would have loved to have tried the pasta dishes on offer – spaghetti amatriciana or carbonara, or fettuccine with tomato and basil, but alas, there was no space! A second course option includes roastbeef with rosemary, accompanied by sides of your choice. The champagne refills add a lovely, luxurious touch to this Rome brunch.
Where: Sofitel Villa Borghese | Via Lombardia 47 | Roma | +39 06 478021
Brunch prices: From €55 without wine; €85 with champagne refills
What’s included: Sweet and savoury Italian, American and international breakfast options
Breakfast in Rome: Coromandel
Another great option for breakfast or brunch in Rome is downtown treasure, Coromandel, which opens at 9 am every day except Monday offering a wonderful mix of international breakfast and brunch options just a five minute walk from piazza Navona. On Tuesdays-Fridays, food is available until 15, and alongside breakfast and brunch you can also order from the daily lunch menu. Saturdays and Sundays is the time for a lazy breakfast or brunch from 9-16.
While Coromandel’s interiors are a charming mix of English whimsy and Parisian chic, expect a yummy, transatlantic mix of breakfast and brunch options, while the lunch menu has a wholly Italian spirit infused with European influence.
The brainchild of Katia Minniti, Coromandel Restaurant has rightly become a legend for serving one of the best brunches in Rome, featuring gooey eggs Benedict, pancakes with maple syrup and chocolate spread, omelettes and sausages and sides of avocado and fruit – plus much more.
Where: Coromandel | Via di Monte Giordano, 60/61 | Roma | +39 06 6880 2461
Brunch prices: A la carte
What’s included: American and international breakfast options
Brunch in Rome: Le Serre by ViVi
If you’ve spent any time in Rome, you will have doubtlessly come across the charming ViVi Bistrot cafes, of which there are now five in the Eternal City. From an oasis of green in Villa Pamphili, to the smart people watching location in Piazza Navona, they are a safe bet for coffee, brunch in Rome, lunch and aperitivo any time of year.
The opening of Le Serre by ViVi this autumn raises the entire game. Le Serre, housed in a custom-built greenhouse in the Monte Mario area of town, also boasts a green garden with a lovely boho vibe. Currently open from 9-18, Le Serre is the perfect place for breakfast, brunch, lunch, light bites and even a cheeky afternoon cocktail. It’s one of the few places where brunch is served every single day, so you have no excuse not to try it out!
While you can just pop in for a quick breakfast, combining a coffee with a freshly made pastry, we recommend the brunch formulas. These currently comprise menu Gelsomino, offering scrambled eggs, homemade muesli with organic yoghurt, apple and walnut cake and Americano coffee for €20.
Or plump for the Ortensia menu, combining spicy hummus with pita; salmon and avocado gourmet sandwich; homemade muesli and yoghurt; apple crumble and Americano coffee for €23. The Narciso menu, meanwhile, combines poached eggs, a pan of portobello mushrooms, brownies with cream and a caffe Americano for €25. Vegan options are available and the philosphy is farm-to-table, organic and homemade!
Where: Le Serre by ViVi | Via Decio Filipponi, 1| Rome|Tel +39 06 6821 5459
Brunch prices: From €20
What’s included: Organic, homemade deliciousness!
Breakfast at Humus Bistrot in Monti
Humus Bistrot in Monti is blessed with one of the neighbourhood’s cutest rooftop spaces, which is accessible all year round thanks to some clever winter heating. The current breakfast formula, available 8 am until 12 noon, is also a star attraction!
Served on the panoramic terrace, continental breakfast includes coffee, tea, homemade bread, cornetti and croissants, cakes and savoury tarts, toast, butter, jam, bacon and eggs, charcuterie, cheese, yoghurt, cereals, fruit juice and more,for the fixed price of €15. Book to avoid disappointment.
Where: Humus Bistro | Via Madonna dei Monti 109 | Rome | Tel 348 807 7168
Breakfast price: €15
What’s included: Full Continental breakfast
MadeITerraneo and UP Sunset Bar
The Up Sunset Bar and MadeIterraneo restaurant occupy the sixth and seventh floor of La Rinascente, including the outdoor, upper level. Up Sunset Bar, a bar and eatery owned by by Michelin-starred chef Riccardo Di Giacinto, occupies the full top floor terrace of upmarket department store La Rinascente in Via Tritone.
The most glamorous of all the store’s drinking and dining options, Up Sunset Bar is one of the prettiest places for brunch in Rome.
Breakfast is available from 10.00, with the regular kitchen open from 11.00 and staying open all day, offering pasta and pizza, salads and sandwiches, hamburgers and moreish desserts. Order a savoury maritozzo from the tempting snack menu if you want something divinely different.
There’s a range of drinks on offer, with beers ranging from €6-€9, and cocktails priced at €12-€16, placing it in the median range for Rome’s rooftop bars.
Where: Up Sunset Bar | 6th & 7th floors La Rinascente |Via del Tritone 61 | Tel +39 0687916652
Brunch prices: A la carte
What’s included: Everything from maritozzi to eggs
Brunch at Camillo in Piazza Navona
Old-school Piazza Navona restaurant Camillo got a much-needed overhaul this year, as the young heirs of this historic eatery decided to make a place which is not only refreshingly casual but also decidedly affordable.
This restaurant – which has been serving customers since 1890, no less – ditched table service, old-fashioned Roman fare and touristy prices to create something fresh and fun, open every day from 11.30 until 18. The result is a hole-in-the-wall counter where you order food and drinks, taking a table with your group to enjoy those unmissable views of Piazza Navona.
Brunch is served on Sundays, adding eggs and pancakes to a daily menu which also features avocado toast and ramen. All at competitive Camillo prices! You can also order the usual, keenly- priced cocktails, which start at €6. I’m not judging you!
Where: Camillo a Piazza Navona da 1890 | Piazza Navona 79 | Rome | Tel
06 5655 8161
Brunch price: A la carte
Snacks included: Everything from eggs to pancakes and avocado toast.
Mammo Street Food in Trastevere
Mammo Street Food is a cosy all-day eating place in the heart of Trastevere, dearly loved by locals and American students at Rome’s John Cabot University. This latter tip is all you need to understand that Mammo serves US-approved breakfast, brunch and lunch goodies for those hard-to-find international flavours right here in Rome. Exceptional quality pastrami sandwiches and more, salads, wraps and pancakes are all available here, with dine-in, takeaway and delivery options too! Look out too for tall, American-style coffees and some of the best bagels in the city.
Where: Mammo Street Food | Via Benedetta, 1 | Rome | Tel 06 9652 4894
Breakfast and brunch prices: A la carte
Snacks included: Order from the varied menu. One of my faves is the smoked salmon bagel.
Brunch at Hotel Eden in Rome
Currently served between 12.30 and 15.00 at weekends, the Hotel Eden brunch is a glorious journey through savoury and sweet tastes across a refined and varied menu. It is served in the hotel’s Il Giardino restaurant.
The Hotel Eden brunch price is €80 per person, without wine, for a generous meal which will keep you going all day!
The Hotel Eden brunch kicks off with a generous spread of appetizers, ranging from sushi to cured ham and mozzarella, veal with tuna sauce, Roman-style tripe and fat king prawns breaded and fried. There’s also a delicious fondue dish with crusty bread. The menu includes all of these dishes so you can try a bit of everything – and it’s quite a spread!
After the generous antipasti course, two first courses and a second course follow as part of the Hotel Eden brunch. Followed by a selection of desserts, this is really a Roman brunch where you need to bring your appetite!
Where: Hotel Eden | Via Ludovisi 49 | Rome | Tel 39 06 4781 2752
Brunch price: €80 per person, without wine
What’s included: A vast tasting menu of sweet and savoury options
Breakfast at Proloco Trastevere
Proloco Trastevere, which launched right at the end of 2018, is a cosy, multi-level venue on the quiet side of Trastevere.
Under current regulations, it’s open from 8.30 until 18, offering an extremely well-priced breakfast to kick things off. Available all week long, breakfast items include pancakes (€4), eggs with crunchy guanciale (€6.50), omelette and toast and jam (€3.50). There’s a good range of coffee, teas and juices too.
Proloco Trastevere also serves a magnificent farmer’s lunch on Sundays, (click for more info) a fixed-price affair which is a wonderful introduction to the Proloco Lazio restaurant philosophy. Served throughout the cool months of the year, it’s a great idea when visiting Rome in winter or early spring.
Priced at €25 for three courses plus water (other drinks excluded), it’s a great way to get to know the Proloco way, digging into some smashing ‘DOL’ Lazio ingredients and Roman recipes.
Where: Proloco Trastevere | Via Goffredo Mameli 23 | Tel 0039 0645596137
Breakfast prices: A la carte
What’s included: Sweet and savoury options
Breakfast or brunch at Treefolks Public House in Trastevere
Treefolks Public House in Trastevere, the first British gastropub in Rome, offers an all-day dining proposition to keep you in this cosy, woodlined venue until sundown.
Every day from 8am until mid-afternoon, the menu focuses on breakfast and light bites, with competitively priced club sandwiches (€9 for the smoked salmon version), and what is described as a full English breakfast for €15 (not tried it yet so can’t vouch for the authenticity!) There’s avocado toast and Eggs Benedict as well, plus savoury and sweet maritozzi (€1.50-€4.50) for a Roman twist. To drink, choose from speciality coffees, an impressive menu dedicated to tea, and a range of cocktails (including six varieties on Bloody Mary alone, priced at €7 a pop).
On Sundays, there is a more ample option. Choose from two fixed-price menus and fill your boots! €23 includes a served buffet with a four course meal. For €29, the deal is expanded with bottomless American coffee and a Bloody Mary cocktail. Cheers!
Where: Treefolks Public House | Viale di Trastevere, 192 | Rome | Tel 06 8765 6024
Brunch prices: From €23
What that includes: A four course served buffet
Breakfast at Biffi in Garbatella
Biffi is an all-day cafe and bar with cool in its DNA. We loved it for breakfast and lunch anyway, and now you have no excuse not to make at early date in Garbatella. This is a great place for people watching the local cool crowd and enjoying a well-mixed drink at this shabby-chic pavement cafe. Breakfast is a casual affair with coffee, cornetti and freshly squeezed juices, but that’s just how we like it!
Where: Biffi | Piazza Eugenio Biffi, 11 | Rome | Tel 06 5143 5360
Breakfast prices: A la carte
What’s included: Choose from fresh cornetti and juices to coffee and more.
Breakfast at Ciampini Cafe in Prati
Ciampini Cafe in a grand-style cafe in Rome, with various locations. We love Ciampini Cafe in Prati for its huge outdoor terrace, seating up to 50 guests in the fresh air. All the food is made by Ciampini’s master bakers and pastry chefs, and there are freshly squeezed juices and good coffee available (as well as cocktails and spritzes!) Come for a quality breakfast of cornetti, cakes, biscuits, savoury snacks and sandwiches. Whether you have just a few minutes or a bit more time, it’s always a good option, 7 days a week.
Where: Ciampini Cafe Prati | Piazza Cola di Rienzo, 87 | Rome
Breakfast prices: A la carte
What’s included: European breakfast options
Breakfast at Dafne Garden Cafe, Prati
Dafne Garden Cafe is the ground-floor cafe of Apollo Boutique Hotel, a brand new Prati hotel which opened during the latter fringes of lockdown. This cool covered garden is actually a place you should plan to patronise all day, with its continental and American-style breakfasts open to the public, including fresh juices, waffles and pancakes. Lunch includes homemade sandwiches with Roscioli bread, while Dafne Garden Cafe also serves delicious cocktails starting at €8.
Where: Dafne Garden Cafe | Via Fornovo 2A | Rome | Tel 06 3974 5319
Breakfast prices: A la carte
What’s included: American and European breakfast options
Brunch in Rome: Dram Boat
Dram Boat on the river Tiber, close to piazza del Popolo, was one of the revelations of Rome’s cocktail and jazz scene when it opened early in 2020.
The project is the brainchild of Omar Ghoneim, jazz-loving owner of the city’s historic Gregory’s Jazz Club, who has riffed on river lounging in the past with his successful summer pop-up, Gregory’s by the River.
Dram boat, a permanent fixture moored along the Tiber’s tow-path, is many things: a live jazz venue and dance club; a bar specialising in whisky, with 160 different labels; and an easy eatery. From autumn 2020, Dram is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 until 18, serving a lazy brunch alongside live music. Food ranges from poke bowls to sushi, salads and pasta as well as mouth-watering desserts. to Book to avoid disappointment!
Where: Dram Boat | Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia | Rome | Tel 3516457888
Brunch price: A la carte
What’s included: International and Italian brunch and lunch options
Brunch at Mediterraneo Maxxi
Mediterraneo Restaurant and Garden, at Rome’s MAXXI contemporary art gallery, is one of the coolest brunch spots in Rome. Mediterraneo occupies a green, outdoors courtyard in the grounds of MAXXI, as well as an ample dining hall built round a well-stocked bar.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 12 noon through until 2 pm, it focuses on lunch, dinner and drinks, and has been spaciously designed with public health in mind. Sunday brunch includes everything from savoury and sweet crepes to healthy Acai bowls. The international theme includes club and pastrami sandwiches, pancakes, eggs and more.
Where: Mediterraneo Maxxi| Via Guido Reni 4/A | Rome | Tel +39 391 7053069
Brunch prices: A la carte
What’s included: Pancakes, crepes, eggs, fruit bowls, club sandwiches and more.
Breakfast at Bakery House
Bakery House is an all-day breakfast and brunch place with an incredible eye for quality. It has 4 restaurants in Rome and another in Turin. My only complaint is that none of the stores are in Central Rome, but are located in Corso Trieste, Ponte Milvio, EUR and Ostia.
Still, if these neighbourhoods work for you, this is an unmissable American breakfast spot serving pancakes, waffles, eggs Benedict, healthy bowls and more at competitive prices. Don’t miss the cupcakes!
Where: Bakery House | Multiple locations| Rome
Brunch prices: A la carte
What’s included: Pancakes, waffles, eggs, fruit bowls, club sandwiches and more.
Brunch in Rome: Tale in Montesacro
Tale in Montesacro is a brand new cocktail bar which opened in the summer of 2020, as a passion project between a group of young friends. Not to be deterred by the new protocols, the Tale Montesacro team have just launched a fun weekend brunch, available Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon.
Live music and DJs compliment an ample menu ranging from salads and poke bowls to bagels and burgers, all priced at €10 or under. The same menu is also available Tuesday to Friday if you’re in the area!
Where: Tale Roma | Via Giovanni Verga 46| Rome| Tel +39 06 8765 9701
Brunch prices: €10 or under
What’s included: Order mostly savoury options from the menu
Brunch at Punch, Pigneto
Punch in Rome’s Pigneto district headlines with pies and pints, but its menu is a surprisingly thoughtful take on English pub grub, featuring inventive cocktails and recipes from the past.
As you might imagine, its weekend brunch menu is a thoroughly Anglo-Saxon affair, dubbed the Brit-Pop Brunch. Whether you fancy a full English breakfast, pancakes, coffee, tea, Bloody Mary, or even a glass of punch, you can sit down and have your fill from 11.30-15.00 on Saturdays and Sundays. All items are a la carte. After brunch, afternoon tea kicks in, so there’s really no excuse not to stay all day!
Where: Punch | Via Alberto da Giussano, 69/71 | Rome
Brunch prices: A la carte
What’s included: A very British breakfast
Brunch at Rude Centocelle
Rude Centocelle bar and diner is reason enough to make the pilgrimage to East Rome, serving creative cocktails and food in a slick and fun environment far from the touristy centre.
You’re probably going to need a car to get here from the centre of Rome, although Metro C stop Gardenie is a ten minute walk away. While this a great spot for some daytime drinking, the arrival of chef Filippo Maria Benedetti this summer has added a bold, fusion-inspired menu to the dining options here.
Another reason to come to Rude Centocelle is to try out the new Sunday brunch, served 12-16. With a range of tasty options a la carte, choose from plates including whisky-marinated ribs (€15), avocado toast with eggs (€7), full English (€15), hot dogs, jacket potatoes and lobster rolls (€9). There are also pancakes topped with fruit, maple syrup, peanut butter and banana for a bargain €5! Why not add a Bloody Mary or Espresso Martini (€10) while you’re at it?!
Where: Rude Centocelle | Via dei Castani 228 | Rome | Tel 06 84387458
Brunch prices: From €5, a la carte
What’s included: Go mad with one of the best priced brunches in town, paired with an excellent cocktail!
Brunch at Straforno in San Basilio
You may remember Straforno as one of Rome’s best pizzerias, located in the Roman suburbs of San Basilio. While it’s a great place for lunch or an afternoon bite to eat at the moment, the real news in the launch of Straforno’s American brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Including a heady mix of sweet and savoury dishes, there are also gluten free options for celiacs who brunch!
From club sandwiches to omelettes, crepes and pancakes to burgers, there’s something for everyone – all at the usual competitive Straforno prices. Fixed brunch ‘packages’ range from €9-€16 and all include coffee and juice. There’s also an all-you-can eat option at €22 with a full Italian buffet! What are you waiting for?
Where: Straforno | Via del Casale di San Basilio 19 | 00156 | Rome | Tel +39 06 4100667
Brunch prices: From €9
What’s included: Coffee and juice plus a savoury plate ranging from toast to burgers and pancakes