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What & where to eat in Rome: Piazza Sant’Eustachio

What & where to eat in Rome: best restaurants near Piazza Sant’Eustachio

Of course, since this piazza is so famous for the bar, you definitely have to try the coffee at Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè.

When missing this coffee house, “bar” for Italians, you won’t be able to say that you’ve tasted coffee in Rome. It is just an institution.

Remember that if you decide to sit down at tables outside,  you’d pay the extra charge for the service. A coffee at the bar is € 1.20 approx, at the table, it is € 3.60.
If you want to try a good gelato, right in front of the Caffè, there’s Gunther Gelato, one of the best “gelaterie” in Rome. They offer some very unique flavors (like for example Pine or carrots & celery). Therefore, I can assure you that this is one of the best places.

Our eclectic chef, Gunther Roeggher, chooses wisely every single ingredient. Only 100% natural ingredients, no colors or sugars or preservatives in this gelato.
One of the best restaurants in this area is Ristorante Archimede (Piazza dei Caprettari 63), a small place with few tables outside between plants. Here you can eat typical Roman cuisine and homemade pasta.
For your gourmet dinner stop at Casa Bleve (Via del Teatro Valle), opened every day except Sundays lunch and dinner.

Very hot day? don’t miss to refresh your brain with a delicious granita di caffè con panna. Just find the best granita (crumble ice coffee with wipcream on top) at Caffè Tazza D’Oro (Via degli Orfani).

What else? join a Espresso, Gelato and Tiramisù tour of Rome, you’ll taste the best with a local foodie guide.
Other restaurants really close in Navona area or Pantheon area, find those on our blog posts.

Piazza Sant’Eustachio in Rome: a little bit of history

Piazza Sant’Eustachio is a very famous square of Rome, in the district of Sant’Eustachio.

This square has always been very famous for the basilica of Saint Eustace, who is revered as a Christian martyr and soldier saint.

Eustace was a Roman general who served the emperor Trajan in the 2nd Century A.C. While hunting a stag in Tivoli, he had a vision of a crucifix lodged between a stag’s antlers. After this vision, he was converted to Christianity and had himself and his family baptized.

For this reason he was martiryzed, with his entire family. The stag is still the symbol both of Saint Eustace and present almost at every corner of the area.

You can ask everyone how to reach Sant’Eustachio square. Everybody knows this place, however more for the coffee house than the important Basilica.

The Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè is the best bar and coffee house in Rome. It opened in 1938, during World War II and today here you can taste the best coffee of Rom.

Since this place is even a coffee house, they have their own brand of coffee and that’s what they use to make the coffee they serve at the bar.

When to go

This is one of the most enchanting Rione of Rome. It’s the perfect place if you want to have a walk and just go around without destination. My advice is to go during the week, not in the weekend, because it will be full of people. Likewise all bar, “gelaterie”, and restaurants, is preferable to visit it during working hours. In other words, if you follow local habits you’ll better enjoy the real Roman atmosphere.

How to reach it

Piazza Sant’Eustachio is very easy to reach, there are no buses that arrive here, but you walk from the Pantheon or from Largo di Torre Argentina, the square where arrive a very lot of buses (e.g. number 64 or 40 from Termini or number 916, 70 and so on).