Sant’ Eustachio Il Caffè, Rome

Sant’ Eustachio Il Caffè, Rome

The recipe for success at this celebrated espresso bar seems to lie in the water, coming from a 2,000-year-old aqueduct, and in the wood-roasted Sant’Eustachio coffee blends. Opened in 1938, it definitely remains a rendezvous for Romans even today, where they are sure to drink a good coffee in a place that still reminds of its heyday when it was frequently in newspapers, even worldwide.

As non-flashy as it is, this place thus usually gets crowded, so you will have to wait in line, but the line usually moves quickly and the service is quite fast. Like most caffès in Italy, you order at the register, turn in your receipt (if it's busy, try placing your receipt on the counter with a coin tip on top) and then enjoy your coffee and pastry while standing at the counter (the recommended and traditional way) or sit at a table (though these fill up and cost an extra fee).

Any type of coffee creation you get here will be good, from the traditional cappuccino and shots of espresso to the “gran caffè” (which sort of combines the best of both) or the to-die-for “granita” (frozen coffee interlaced with layers of whipped cream) and “monachella” (espresso, coffee and cream).

Tip:
Sugar is added to the coffee beforehand so make sure that you ask for “senza zucchero” (no sugar) before ordering if you don’t want any.
Each espresso shot is pulled behind a metal partition so the secret to the extra-thick, flavorful “crema” remains a mystery.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7:30am–12am

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Sight Name: Sant’ Eustachio Il Caffè
Sight Location: Rome, Italy (See walking tours in Rome)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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