Brunch at Marigold in Rome

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For many brunch is a religion, worshipped  devoutly every Saturday and Sunday. There’s just something about the mid-morning mealtime that appeals to millennials (and their parents alike!) for a lazy breakfast-into-lunch kind of experience. Truth be told Rome isn’t known for the brunch ritual. An Italian breakfast is traditionally a cappuccino and a pastry, like a flaky croissant, piece of crostata, assortment of cookies, or a muffin. But in the last few years, more and more places are popping up to satisfy the brunch itch.

Frankly most places that claim to offer brunch are really just open for lunch (e.g. start serving at noon) and serve American-style coffee and scrambled eggs. You won’t find those places on this list. To us, brunch is serious business. So this list represents where we go to curb our cravings each weekend.

Marigold

Minutes from Rome’s Pyramid of Cestius in the Ostiense neighborhood, Marigold is Rome’s newest addition to the brunch scene. Enjoy a simple soft boiled egg, avocado toast (on housemade rye bread) with a poached egg, or try the eggs benedict on housemade sourdough bread, organic spinach, local bacon, runny poached eggs and topped with a delicious hollandaise sauce made express. Everything at Marigold is made in house by owners Sofie Wochner and Domenico Cortese, right down to the butter which is made from fermented kefir. Come in for a piping hot cinnamon swirl, a slice of carrot cake, or a scone with jam and butter and enjoy a foamy cappuccino in the nordic-inspired interior.

Address Via Giovanni da Empoli 37 (Ostiense)

Brunch Hours Saturday + Sunday from 9am – 4pm

Brunch Style à la carte

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Babington’s

Brunch isn’t just a weekend highlight at the historic Babington’s Tea Rooms but the everyday lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to get out of the cold for a few hours or take your tea in the afternoon, Babington’s is prepared to serve you your breakfast favorites, like a full English breakfast or saucy eggs benedict. Located at the foot of the Spanish Steps, Babington’s celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2018 and represents one of the veritable relics from Rome during the Grand Tour of Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Address 23 Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps)

Brunch Hours Served all week from 10am – 9:15pm

Brunch Style à la carte

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Coromandel

When Coromandel opened a few years ago, Instagrammers from near and far couldn’t get enough of the pretty interiors and plates that framed the food. Still one of the go-to’s in Rome for a good eggs benedict (or any American/English-style breakfast dish), brunch is still picture perfect at this cosy place just a few blocks from Piazza Navona. On Saturdays and Sundays the 35-seat restaurant fills up quickly, so it’s best to get there earlier or later in the day, or just head on over for brunch during the week!

Address Via di Monte Giordano 60/61 (Piazza Navona)

Brunch Hours Served all week from 8:30am – 3pm (until 4pm on Sundays)

Brunch Style à la carte

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Bakery House

Bakery House was one of the first to hit the scene back in 2012 when the concept of brunch in Rome was just gaining traction. Now with three locations in the Eternal City, brunch at Bakery House features pancakes with fruit, waffles, breakfast sandwiches and wraps, cupcakes, and, of course, a mug of steaming American coffee. Reservations are highly recommended as each of the restaurants are fairly small and demand is high!

Address Corso Trieste 157 b/c (Piazza Istria) | Via Riano, 11 (Ponte Milvio) | Viale America, 89-91 (EUR)

Brunch Hours Saturday + Sunday from 9:30am – 4pm

Brunch Style à la carte

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Portofluviale

Surrounded by some of Rome’s most celebrated works of street art, Portofluviale is a massive all-day dining restaurant that fits the bill for almost all palates. Open daily for late breakfast, brunch,  lunch, aperitivo, dinner and after dinner, Portofluviale dishes out beautiful plates of pasta, wood-oven fired pizzas, a large variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, fish and meat courses – all of which inspires the brunch buffet every Saturday and Sunday. Make brunch boozy by ordering a cocktail from their bar menu.

Hop on the metro line B and get off at the “Piramide” stop. It’s just about a 10 minute walk from there to reach Portofluviale. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

Address  Via del Porto Fluviale, 22

Brunch Hours Saturday + Sunday from 12:30 – 4pm

Brunch Style Buffet

Brunch Cost €20/adult + €12/child (drinks not included)

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