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Reviewed 12 April 2019

The cafe is free to enter even if you aren't going to an exhibition. The woman who took our order was friendly and patient, while the man who brought it to our table was efficient and charming. The environment is tranquil (we sat in the...cloisters) and tables are nicely spaced out. Food was on the pricey side, but the quality and presentation is high standard. 15 euros for a mozarella and tomato baguette (actually 3 mini baguettes) and 7 euros for a small selection of tempura vegetables). We just had these few snacks and coffees, but I wish we had stayed for longer and had a proper full lunch to take advantage of the lovely setting and obvious quality food. (Although the menu is short.)More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 25 March 2019 via mobile

A really lovely, quiet, cool location for lunch during a hot and crowded day. The menu is limited, so I chose a burger and it was fantastic. The cake selection looked good, but I didn't try it. I wouldn't suggest anyone goes there for the...food. Go for a bit of peace and a rest from the crowds nearby, and enjoy decent food - and Raphael frescoes - while you are there. It's a lovely place.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 11 March 2019

this kindda place I love, for I don't expect greatness as for what I eat - coffee was OK, wine was fine, didn't taste much food but it was OK - , but being able to have a break there is something I'd love to...do more often, the cloister is beautiful and quiet !More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

It is 5 minutes walk around Piazza Navona. We found this place from the reviews of Lonely Planet. We were not expecting to find such a great environment. First the amazing sculptures welcomed us, then we kept on watching them from the first floor. There...is an exhibition in the building, if u would like to visit it was 14 euros. But if you prefer only enjoying the place, you can go upstairs to sit at the cafeteria. There is also a bookshop upstairs. When we visit the exhibition name was ‘Dream’ I guess it changes in every period. I definetely recommend to go there.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 17 December 2018 via mobile

Located on the first floor (American) of the Cloister of Bramante (attached to the church of Santa Maria della Pace) is a lovely cafe with specially-designed tables that allow guests to sit in the seats surrounding the courtyard. Pictured is the view from one of...those seats. I've been here many times over the course of many years. Their menu, always interesting, changes regularly. You can have a meal, a pastry, a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. There are stairs to climb. It’s free to go inside and go to the cafe. There is a charge for museum exhibits. This visit, the cloister was protected from the elements by a tornado-vortex-shaped plastic “roof.”More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 27 November 2018 via mobile

Instantly fell in love with this place. We saw the exhibition at Chiostro del Bramante on a rainy Monday and decided to have a refreshing drink and have a little rest after. It was around 4 PM. I ordered freshly squeezed juice (orange, carrot, lemon)...and my husband took mint milk. The girl at the bar was very sweet. She said she’ll bring us our drinks to the lounge where we wanted to stay. It was so marvelous there!!! I have a bunch of adjectives coming to mind to describe it: stylish, artsy, cozy, charming, serene, etc. It has a character. Truly my kind of coffee place (next time I’ll take coffee and maybe a slice of cake)))). Music was in Christmasy mood, maybe too early for November 19th, but I loved it))). People sitting there looked mostly like art students, all busy in their computers, notes, etc. No noise, some quiet conversations and work. Such a lovely place! I felt so comfortable there! Didn’t want to leave. Also, you can admire Raphael frescoes through the window in the lounge. Superb! P.S. Besides the lounge you can sit at the more modern white room where you order, or outside at the glass tables if you wish to look at the cloister and have some fresh air.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

We were introduced to this spot by our Roman friends. In the midst of the hustle and noise of tourist infested Rome, this is a retreat. The second time we visited we found an older couple each writing in their journals; a young very handsome...priest speaking earnestly with a young woman; two lovers pretending to study together as their legs are intertwined up to their waists but the books are open on the table; a young woman completing a sketch. We found no loud music, no pushy wait staff and no tourists in t-shirts complaining. I’m considering not publishing this review for fear this haven will be ruined.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

We had lunch in this quiet little museum cafe and it proved the perfect break from our sightseeing in Rome. Located just a block or two from the hubbub of Piazza Navona, this was the perfect spot to recharge. The lunch menu is not very...long, but both items that we ordered were delicious. I got the grilled chicken caesar salad and my two traveling companions had a salad with smoked salmon that they said was excellent. We were offered a table in the air-conditioned interior as it was quite hot that day, but we chose to sit outdoors with the other diners with views of the cloisters. Bottles of cold Italian beer sufficiently cooled us down for our meal. I just wish that we could have gone back one evening to have drinks in this lovely setting. One more thing to note, as this is located upstairs, while you do not need to enter the museum to visit the cafe - entrance to the cafe being clearly signposted on the street - they let us know that if we wanted to use the elevator to access the cafe, we could go through the museum and just let them know what we were doing.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Lovely little cafe, view of the cloisters and frescos on the way in, interesting menu and great cakes! Well worth stepping off the main drag to eat here away from the tourists and chaos in the Piazza Navona! Prices reasonable. There is a museum here...too but you can just head up to the cafe without paying the entrance fee. Take time to step into the lounge on the same floor as the cafe. There is a glass window with a view down into the church through which you can see a Raphael fresco.More

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

One of my favorite places in Rome, a quiet café in the first floor of the chiostro. Perfect for a beer.

Date of visit: June 2017
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