Bookshop Cafes in Rome: five spots where you can work with wifi and a coffee

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

Libreria Giufà gli interni
The Giufà bookshop, located in San Lorenzo, is a cosy and busy little place. On the many shelves that stretch from the floor to the ceiling you’ll find an array of independent publications including many comics and graphic novels. Here you can gradually segue from working to enjoying the aperitivo hour without leaving your table – there’s a delicious glass of organic wine (3-7 euros) on offer which is served with taralli and lupin beans and a slice of homemade quiche.

Giufà Libreria Caffè, Via degli Aurunci, 38. Tel.: +39 06 44361406; open from Monday to Thursday from 10am to midnight, Friday and Saturdays from 10am to 1am. Website and Facebook

Tuba Bazar – Pigneto

Tuba Bazar, il dehors

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.

Tuba Bazar, Via del Pigneto 39/a. Tel.: 06 7039 9437; open every dat from 8am to half past midnight. Website and Facebook

Lab 116 – San Lorenzo

Lab 116, bookshop

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.

Lab 116, via dei Volsci, 116. Tel.: +39 06 45763110Website and Facebook

Caffè Letterario – Ostiense

Caffè Letterario, gli interni

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.

Caffè Letterario, Via Ostiense, 95. Tel.: 06 5730 2842; open from Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 2am, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 2am. Website and Facebook. 

Lo Yeti – Pigneto

Lo Yeti, gli interni

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.

Lo Yeti, via Perugia, 4. Tel.: 06 702 5633; open from Tuesday to Friday from 3,30pm to 1am, Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am to 1am. Website and Facebook.

Traduzione a cura di Corinna Parker

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