Where can I find a wifi cafe in Rome to work in? 2021

While rarer in Rome than in other cities, bars and cafes that have wi-fi, and are cool with people using a table to work on their laptop for a few hours, etc. do exist – provided customers buy food and drinks and don’t block the place during busy times. See full list below.

The list below is by no means exhaustive. If you know of a place that we haven’t mentioned that allows this common and growing practice please contact us. Or if you’re a bar or restaurant who is interested in being listed here, please contact us.

Note that attendance in such places has been significantly affected by Covid-19. Many places are still open with social distancing and mask wearing required, but attendance must be booked in advance. Call ahead to avoid disappointment.

Is there Starbucks in Rome?

Not yet… 

If you ask most people in Rome, they’ll tell you that they hate Starbucks. The entire ethos of the place is anathema to the Roman idea of cafe (“bar” in Italy) as mom-and-pop run community hub, a place to exchange news, views, and gossip, as somewhere to go for a quick slurp of tiny, inexpensive, but super-high quality coffee then to be on your way. Even though its Seattle-based founders were inspired by the cafes of Milan, with its huge cups, syrupy concoctions, burned coffee, lingering customers, overpriced cakes, impersonal atmosphere and minimum-wage staff, Starbucks is everything that Italian coffee culture isn’t. 

That said many visitors to Rome, tourists and digital nomads alike, do crave the ability to sit for a few hours at a table, use the cafe’s wi-fi, and work, something that most regular bars in Rome don’t offer. Many English speakers mean this when they ask if there’s a “Starbucks-type place” nearby – but be very careful when using this particular shorthand, lest you find yourself on the receiving end of a highly colorful Roman telling-off! 

In 2018 it was announced that Rome’s first two branches of Starbucks would be opening at Termini Station and Piazza di Spagna but the usual Rome delays and then the pandemic has meant that nothing has happened yet, though a rather beautiful branch has indeed opened in Milan since then. When it comes to Rome we predict howls of protest, followed by huge lines of local people simply desperate to get their hands on a skinny venti vegan decaf soy chai latte with French hazelnut syrup boasting 3,000 calories.

What about co-working spaces in Rome?

Most “co-working spaces” in Rome are either purpose-built shared or open-plan offices, or they’re desks in existing offices that rent out space. Unfortunately in most cases you can’t simply rock up, pay and get on with work: a lot of of these places demand some kind of registration or membership, and many require you either to subscribe on a weekly/monthly basis or buy a package of days in advance. This page is about casual, unofficial places so co-working spaces aren’t listed.

That said, we will make an exception for our regular haunt, which is a wonderful coworking office in San Lorenzo called The Bunker – beautifully designed inside a WWII bomb shelter, under the world’s first Montessori school. It’s an awesome space, and run by some truly wonderful people. And here you can in fact just rock up and pay for a day if you want. Highly recommended.

List of wifi-enabled cafes in Rome

Address:  Piazza in Piscinula, Trastevere
Opening hours:  Mon – Thurs 10.30am – 1.30am
Fri – Sun 10.30am – 2am

Address:  Via Leonina 77
Nearest metro:  Cavour
Opening hours:  Sun-Fri 8am – 1am
Sat 8am – 2am

Anticafé Roma
Address:  Via Veio, 4b
Opening hours:  Mon-Fri 9am – 9pm
Sat-Sun 10am – 9pm
Nearest metro:  San Giovanni

Address:  Via del Pellegrino, 87
Opening hours:  Mon-Sat:  9am – 2amSun:  closed

Baylon Cafè
Address: Via di S. Francesco a Ripa, 151
Opening hours: 6.30am – 2am every day

Busters Coffee Roma
Address: Commercial Gallery, Tiburtina Station
Opening hours: 6.30am – 8.30pm every day

Caffè dei Pittori
Address:  Via Flaminia, 57
Opening hours:  Mon-Fri:  7am – 9pm
Sat:  8am – 4pmSun:  closed

Ex • Circus
Address: Via della Vetrina, 15
Opening hours: 8am – 2am every day

Faro – Luminaries of Coffee
Address: Via Piave, 55
Mon – Fri: 7am – 6pm
Sat-Sun: 8am – 5pm

Gente di San Lorenzo
Address:  Via degli Aurunci, 42
Opening hours:  Mon-Sat:  6.30am – 2am
Sun:  closed

Il Gianfornaio (3 branches)
Via dei Gracchi, 179
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 7.30am – 8.30pm
Sun: 9am – 8pm
Viale dei Parioli, 95
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 8am – 9pm
Sun: 8am – 3pm
Via Marmorata, 159
Mon-Wed: 7.30am – 8.30pm
Thu-Sat: 7.30am – 9pm
Sun: 8am – 8.30pm

Address: Via dei Volsci, 116
Opening hours: Sat:  8am-12am
Sun-Fri:  8am-11.30pm

Materia Cafe
Address: Via Andrea Provana, 7
Nearest metro: San Giovanni
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs:  8am – 11pm
Fri:  8am – 12pm
Sat: 9am – 12pm
Sun: 9am – 4pm

Meeting Place
Address: Piazza Bologna, 1a
Nearest metro: Bologna
Opening hours: Open 7am – 3am every day

Address: Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68
Nearest metro: Pigneto
Opening hours: Sun – Thurs:  8am – 1am
Fri-Sat:  8am – 2am
(Note that this place becomes crowded at mealtimes and it is polite not to dominate a table.)

Nevada Runners Cafè
Address: Via Magnagrecia, 110/112
Nearest metro: San Giovanni
Opening hours: Tues-Sun:  6.30am-midnight
Monday:  closed

Rosemary – Terra e Sapori

Address: Via Modena, 15
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-10pmSun 8am-4pm
Nearest metro: Repubblica

Address: Via Luigi Settembrini, 21
Opening hours:  Mon – Sat 7am – 1.30am
Sun 8am – 12am

Spritz & Coffee
Address: Via dei Sabelli, 109
Opening hours: Mon-Sat:  6am – 9pm

Tram Depot
Address: Via Marmorata, 13
Opening hours:  8am – 2am every day of the week

Address: Piazza Massa Carrara, 5
Nearest metro: Bologna
Opening hours: Monday:  5pm – 12.30am
Tues – Thurs:  12pm – 12.30am
Fri:  12pm – 2am
Sat:  10am – 2am
Sun:  10am – 12.30am
(Note:  not suitable for evenings as it gets very crowded)

YEAH! Pigneto
Address: Via Giovanni de Agostini, 45
Nearest metro:  Pigneto
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7.30am – 2amSun:  8.30am – 1am

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