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

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

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.

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.

Click the pins below for details on each place, or see the full list at the bottom of this page.

What about Starbucks?

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 wifi, and work, something that most regular bars 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! There was also talk that Rome’s first two actual branches of Starbucks would be opening in May 2018 (at Termini Station and Piazza di Spagna). Nothing 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.

And how about co-working spaces?

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

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

Analemma
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

Arnold Coffee
Address: Via Giustiniani, 15b
Opening hours:  8am – 9pm every day

Barnum
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 – 9pmSat:  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

laFeltrinelli Books and Music
Address: Largo di Torre Argentina, 5
Opening hours: Mon-Fri:  9am – 9pm
Sat:  9am – 10pm
Sun:  10am – 9pm

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

Il Gianfornaio
Address: Via Marmorata, 159
Opening hours: 7.30am – 9pm every day

LONDON LAB
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

Necci
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

Rock ‘n’ Coffee
Address:  Via Domenico Morichini, 37
Nearest metro: Bologna
Opening hours:  Mon-Sat:  7am–9pm
Sun:  3pm–9pm (Formerly Buster’s Coffee Roma)

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

Settembrini
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

Vesper
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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