Rome: Top 10 Design Spots

1. CHIOSTRO DEL BRAMANTE

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Chiostro del Bramante: Via Arco della Pace, 5

Designed by architect Donato Bramante in the Renaissance, it shares walls with the church of Santa Maria della Pace, which hosts artwork by Raphael. The cloister is famuos for its niche, but well-curated art exhibitions (Basquiat‘s being the last one) and its small cafe, from which you can admire the peaceful internal courtyard.

2. THE CORNER

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The Corner: Viale Aventino, 121

Designed by Danilo Maglio, this lovely boutique hotel hosts a restaurant offering access to a basement bar through an old phone booth.

3. OSTERIA DELLE COPPELLE

Part of the Cohouse Group — which owns also The Barber Shop, The Fish Market, and Cohouse Pigneto — this restaurant offers al fresco traditional Roman dining, with a twist. You can then enjoy cocktails in the hidden bar Dérriere, which can be accessed though the restaurant’s cupboard.

 4. PALAZZO DAMA

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Designed by Antonio Girardi, the beautiful building hosts a hotel, the restaurant and bar L’Autre Dame, a terrace where you can enjoy a coffee or drink right beside its pool, and the classic Raspoutine club, with its red velvet interiors and DJ Lorenzo Rumi.

4. MAXXI

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Maxxi Museum: Via Guido Reni, 4

Showcasing some of the best contemporary art exhibitions, the building itself is the creation of Zaha Hadid Architects and has a small cafè.

5. JERRY THOMAS

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Jerry Thomas Speakeasy: Vicolo Cellini, 30

Probably the most famous speakeasy bar in Rome, it is also acclaimed as one of the best bars in the world. If you managed to find it and to guess the password, enjoy sophisticated cocktail recipes or old classics, whilst immersed in the 1920s atmosphere recreated with a bohemian furniture and the waiters’ personal styles.

6. G-ROUGH

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G-Rough: Piazza di Pasquino, 69
A work of Emanuele Garosci, this luxury boutique hotel combines the tradition of an ancient roman building with the seamless modern feel of glass. Located in the heart of Rome, it is a wonderful venue to enjoy a drink or even an entire stay.

7. VERANDA

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Veranda: Borgo Santo Spirito, 73

Situated in the historical Palazzo della Rovere, the restaurant’s ceilings are covered in Pinturicchio’s frescos, making brunch an out of the ordinary one.

8. COHO LOFT

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Cohouse Pigneto: Via Casilina Vecchia, 96

Again an opening of the Cohouse Group, which owns some of the coolest new restaurants and bars in Rome (Terrazza San Pancrazio, Coffee Pot, Osteria delle Coppelle), this space offers evening entertainment with drinks and live DJs.

9. ZUMA

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Zuma: Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 48

By interior designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu (Glistt Studio) and chef Rainer Becker, Zuma’s quality will not leave you disappointed, especially if you book on their terrace at the top of iconic Palazzo Fendi, where the view is breathtaking.

10. BIOLOSOPHY

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An opening of Antonio Girardi and his partner/health guru Morgan Witkin, the spot is the go-to place for a salad or a smoothie, in the center of Rome.

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