Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

Antica Enoteca della Croce
This perennially popular bar/restaurant boasts great food and a plethora of wines.
Babington’s Tea Rooms
Perched on the corner of the Spanish Steps, this traditional teahouse has been serving up French toast, ploughman's lunch and other British comfort foods since
Bocca di Dama
Bocca di Dama is a shop, a tea room and a laboratory in the heart of trendy San Lorenzo, where it is possible to buy sweets, order your own cake or have a relaxed Sunday brunch in shabby-chic surroundings.
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.
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.
Cul de Sac
An original classic. This contemporary Roman wine bar, opened in 1968, sees everyone, from footballers, design denizens and enthusiastic locals, pass through its doors.
Dobar
The Do has been in the same family for three generations and is a home from home for a colourful collection of extremely long-term regulars.
Forno Campo de’ Fiori
Another of Rome's beloved old bakeries.
Forno la Renella
Forno La Renella offers a range of savoury delights to help soak up the booze.
GiNa
This sleek, fashionable eatery behind the claustrophobic Spanish Steps positively screams Chelsea and is frequented by a similar brigade of Pilates-honed and ex
Giolitti
Despite the hordes that populate Rome's most famous gelateria, it's certainly worth queuing behind the sweaty crowds for this unadulterated ice-cream experience
Il Boccone
A relaxed, inexpensive and yummy lunch break in the heart of the city.
Il Gelato di San Crispino
Unfortunately there are precious few reasons for visiting the Trevi fountain these days - it's a seething pit of sweaty crowds, rose-peddlers and tacky gift sho
Obikà
Considered to be the first mozzarella bar in the world, Obika' serves soft, succulent mozzarella di bufala fresh every day from Campania in a variety of incarna
Pupina
This bistro, with its white wicker chairs, lovely lighting and touches of blue and red, has a fresh and bright, almost French feeling.
Rivendita
Chocolates, coffee, wine and books all have their individual merits but when all four combine in one of the coolest boho spots in the city it makes for sheer indulgence.
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.
Sant’Eustachio
In a country lubricated by daily doses of caffeine, competition for supremacy is fierce, but many would vociferously argue that Sant'Eustachio boasts the best coffee in Rome.
Volpetti
Boisterous, bustling and fun, this is the ultimate Italian delicatessen experience in a rather more rustic part of town, so sign language may come in handy here

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