Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

Ciampini
This café lurks in the corner of one of the city's most sumptuous pedestrianized squares off the Via del Corso, opposite what must be Rome's most bling police station.
Franchi
An emporium of foodie delights and good old-fashion Italian sustenance.
Rosati
Once the haunt of intellectuals from Pasolini to Italo Calvino, this art nouveau café no longer fizzes with left-wing polemics, but its old-fashioned cocktails and teatime treats still make it a very civilized spot.
Sciam
Kitsch touches and a relaxing vibe with colourful characters, especially from the Ottoman carpet shop next door.
Libreria del Cinema
One of the few bastions left in a neighbourhood that's being swallowed up by mass tourism, this bookshop/wine bar can be found on Trastevere's coolest and prettiest street.
TAD Café
There are times when you need therapy away from retail therapy.
Mimì e Cocò
A friendly neighbourhood vibe permeates this cosy café, making it a welcome spot to stop for snack while vintage shopping on Via del Governo Vecchio.
La Bottega del Caffè
This cafe occupies prime position in the epicentre of the Monti neighbourhood, making it ideal for a quick, simple lunch or much-needed shopping break while you're exploring the district.
Caffè Capitolino
As long as you don't mind sharing the view with tourists clutching oversized cameras, then this giant panoramic terrace on the kitsch Vittorio Emanuele monument in Piazza Venezia boasts one of the most best views of Rome.
Caffè Novecento
After trawling through the boutiques along the Via Governo Vecchio, flop into this dainty café for refreshment.
Bar à Book
A quirky and happening spot on the edge of the arty San Lorenzo area that comfortably marries the intellectual rigours of books and booze.

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