Bookshop Cafes in Rome. When you’re in need of free wifi to get your work or studies done, we recommend visiting one of these bookshop cafes. In each one, open from morning until evening, you’ll find comfy sofas, smoothies, herbal teas and light lunches, as well as the latest independent book and magazine releases (and of course many busy editors and writers typing away). Here you can really focus without having to lock yourself away at home, in the library, or in the noisy bars near home, with the radio blaring adverts and cramped little tables. We have chosen our five favourites which are located in areas filled with young people, students and creatives.
Giufà – San Lorenzo
Tuba Bazar – Pigneto
A bookshop with a focus on the female (and feminism), Tuba has recently celebrated its tenth birthday and, as usual, has organised many events dedicated to women, book launches and themed aperitivo evenings. Other than the books, the teas, beers and wines are all moderately priced and you can enjoy them either inside the cafe or at the tables outside. There’s also an impressive collection of sex toys on display which are available to buy.
Lab 116 – San Lorenzo
This bookshop in San Lorenzo has just opened. It’s also a bistro and has both a study room and a creative space where they organise courses and host events. The selection of books is still being gradually added to but the atmosphere and choice of music will tempt you in if you’re passing by. We recommend heading here for breakfast (you can enjoy croissants and smoothies which aren’t too pricey) but there’s also a delicious aperitivo on offer with delicious wines and bites to eat which are sourced locally.
Caffè Letterario – Ostiense
A bookshop, library, cafe, and co-working and event space, Caffè Letterario is an eclectic but relaxing place in the Ostiense-Piramide area, not far from Roma Tre University. Here you can tuck into brunch, enjoy a buffet style dinner (12 euros including a drink) and listen to live music in the early evening. The only downside is that it’s not super cheap.
Lo Yeti – Pigneto
Not far from the pedestrianised main thoroughfare in Pigneto, Lo Yeti is the perfect spot to find refuge with its low level lighting and comfy seating. We recommend kicking back here with a novel, a cup of tea or a glass of wine on a winter afternoon. You can tuck into many different snacks from their food menu, ranging from cold cuts (8-13 euros) to salads (7 euros) or panini (with meats or vegetarian and vegan fillings priced between 3-4 euros). Their programme of talks, exhibitions and acoustic nights is worth following.
Traduzione a cura di Corinna Parker