Top 5 Brunch Spots in Rome
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. If you can’t, then go for brunch and enjoy mid-morning in the ancient city.
You’ll rarely find local Romans participating in a brunch meal; they tend to be far more partial to breakfast and lunch as separate meal times. But Rome has many great spots targeted at travelers who like to eat at this time of day.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Necci dal 1924 in Rome
Necci dal 1924 is situated in the far east side of Rome, somewhat out of the tourist bubble. While it does attract its fair share of travelers, it is neither overpriced nor pretentious.
Necci has a great outdoor garden terrace on offer, which makes for a beautiful breakfast and brunch spot during the warmer months.
The restaurant doesn’t take a break during the day, and is open from 8am through to closing at 1am. After dinner, this becomes a watering hole for people from all over the city to chat and sip good wine.
While you’ll have to book for dinner (this spot gets packed), you should be okay as a walk in during brunch time. They occasionally have lives bands — you can get more information on this via their Facebook page.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 8am to 1am
ADDRESS: Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68, 00176 Roma RM, Italy
Metro STATION: Pigneto
2. Babington’s Tea Room in Rome
Babington’s is a famous tea room in the district slightly north of Trevi. It sits right at the foot of the Spanish Steps and is a historic spot that opened in Rome back in 1893.
This tea house opens promptly at 10am daily, serving an array of brunch dishes alongside their extensive menu of teas and cakes. Come early to get a table, and nosh on delicious egg meals and pancake stacks.
Around lunch time they introduce a few light meals including a burger option. It’s a pricy spot because of its history; a pot of tea yielding about four cups will come to around €20.
I recommend the Moroccan blend, but if you’re not a lover of tea fear not! Babington’s does some great coffee too, ironically.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 10am to 9:15pm
ADDRESS: Piazza di Spagna, 23, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Metro STATION: Repubblica
3. Doppiozeroo in Rome
Considering they only close for a total of five hours each morning, Doppiozeroo is one of Rome’s most popular hangouts.
One can enjoy every meal of the day in this single space, and the menu alternates depending on the time of day.
Breakfast and brunch are available from opening. There is a limited menu during the week, and on Sundays Doppiozeroo holds an all you can eat brunch buffet for €20 per person (€15 for children).
Drinks are not included in this price and will be charged separately.
Speaking of buffets; every evening Doppiozeroo brings out a buffet section that costs €10 to access for the whole night, including your first drink free. You’ll find this a common offer throughout Rome; some call it happy hour and others call it tapas.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 7am to 2am
ADDRESS: Via Ostiense, 68, 00154 Roma RM, Italy
Metro STATION: Garbatella
4. Coromandel in Rome
Coromandel is my own guilty pleasure and where I take people when I want to impress them with my knowledge of good food.
Everything about this spot makes you want to sing its praise across all social media platforms. There is a retro, antique feel to the interior; the tables were made using hundreds of tarot cards.
The bottle green walls make you feel as though you might have slipped into another era. And then there’s the food…
Eggs Benedict lovers will likely want to stick to this dish while at Coromandel. Those with a sweet tooth should look into the berry pancakes, or the French toast — a side of the chocolate spread with either!
Coromandel is pricy, but it gets away with it. It’s situated a short walk from the Pantheon on the right bank.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 8:30am to 4pm
ADDRESS: Via di Monte Giordano, 60/61, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Metro STATION: Colosseum
5. Baylon Cafè in Rome
Baylon Cafe is Doppiozeroo of the left bank in Rome. It too only closes for five short hours each morning, keeping their doors open for every meal of the day.
Baylon is in the Trastevere district; a popular neighborhood for nightlife and global cuisines.
The day at Baylon starts with fresh baked pastries and coffee. This is followed by a limited brunch menu, that remains available for the duration of the day through until closing.
Unsurprisingly, I recommend the pancakes. They do things a little differently at Baylon and instead of smothering them in syrups, creams and chocolate, instead they are served with just fresh fruit. The result is a lot better than you’d think!
They take allergies and food sensitivity very seriously at Baylon. Those in need are encouraged to make their preferences known to their server as soon as they are seated.