5 places to watch the world go by Rome

Tram Depot

Via Marmorata 13
+39 (0)6 575 4406
+39 380 645 5154

A full-service cocktail bar inside a decommissioned tram car, just off one of the city’s main tram lines. Covered seating is outdoors, making this an ideal summer spot, under the shade of cherry blossoms. Food such as panini and chocolate cake are served on small cutting boards.


Via Flaminia 226
+39 (0)6 3265 2754

As the name suggests, this cafe sits under the slender patch of trees that divides the Via Flaminia. Its geometric wooden structure feels more Danish than Roman. The large patio is a favourite cocktail spot among the well-dressed en route to the nearby Auditorium Parco della Musica.

Villa Aldobrandini

Via Mazzarino 11
+39 (0)6 0608

An elevated garden with camellias and lemon trees that sits blissfully nearly 100 steps above the noisy Via Nazionale. This vantage gives good views of Trajan’s Market, the Quirinale Palace, and the Salita del Grillo walkway. The garden, with its statues and fountain, is the only part of the villa that you can visit.

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Piazza di Porta
S. Paolo 6
+39 (0)6 574 7778

The perfect place for a healthy, delicious, and ethically sourced meal. They’ll even give you a discount if you show up on your bicycle. You pay by the pound to eat at the vegetarian buffet. The sundrenched patio facing the ruins of Porta S. Paolo and the Pyramid of Cestius is always abuzz with local colour.



The real heart of Trastevere, where locals still outnumber tourists, and where stores are more genuine. Come before lunch to see the bustling open-air market, flanked by a child-packed playground. In the summertime, expect to see outdoor screenings of independent films and international football matches.

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