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Summer Food Destinations: Our Favorite Shakes and Juices in Rome

Summer Food Destinations: Our Favorite Shakes and Juices in Rome

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pascucciAfter weeks of rain and chilly weather Rome is sweating due to a North-African heat wave.

Your personal remedy to the very high temperatures doesn’t necessarily have to be a gelato. There is something else, maybe even better, because it is liquid: a shake or a juice.

In the last few days we posted more than once from our favorite place. A downtown little bar that I started to know when I was kid and hasn’t changed much since then. It is still the number one, but we also wanted to offer you good alternatives.

Therefore, here’s our top ten of the best juices and milk shakes in Rome, respectively frappè and frullato. What’s the difference? Frappè has got ice or icecream, while a frullato’s main ingredients are milk and fresh fruit.

We recommend you to try seasonal fruit and if possible to avoid tropical fruit that can’t be grown in Italy and is therefore less fresh and tasty than locally produced fruit. Italy’s typical spring and summer fruits are: strawberries, cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, melons and watermelons.

TOP-EIGHT

  1. Pascucci. Historical bar in the very heart of  Rome’s downtown, near the Pantheon. Any of their shakes/milk shakes is good. I love it with barley, many are crazy for the milk and cherries Monterosa. Small place with a limited number of stools. Open all year-long. You can also eat a sandwich or drink a coffee there.
  2. Papaya. The typical excellent place in Rome’s suburbs, this historical shop can be easily reached by underground, with the line A. Its name already suggest that tropical fruits are their forte. They also sell good ice-cream and fruit salad. Outdoor tables. Average prices. Home delivery service available. Open until very late during the summer months: 2 am.
  3. U Juice. Also known for its smoothies, this place offers traditional style shakes. Modern ambiance, healthy and lean dishes and meals also available. Near Via Veneto, in one of the most elegant areas of Rome, where many hip hotels are concentrated. They can deliver in the borough.
  4. Ginger. Probably the trendiest place in this list, Ginger is a multifaceted place where you can enjoy very peculiar shakes in a cool décor. Quick and standard meals (innovative and international cuisine) Very expensive. In the very heart of downtown Rome, close to the Spanish steps.
  5. Quinto In the very heart of downtown Rome, near Navona square, it offers all sorts of fruits and juices including many tropical and Amazonian ones. They also sell ince-cream, fruit salad and granita. Ideal downtown pit-stop in the Roman summer heat. No tables available. Open until midnight. Competitive prices if compared with what the area offers.
  6. Vitaminas 24. The ingredients on offer for their shakes and juices vary greatly depending on the season of the year. Only super fresh stuff here! Açai is their big thing. Organic dishes and full meals also available. Lots of creative combinations and products on offer. In the Pigneto neighbourhood, off the beaten track but close to the city center.
  7. Vero. A natural fast-food, ideal for breakfast or quick lunches. Famous for its juices and Verofrozen. Free wifi. Three locations in town: in the Prati borough, near Via Veneto and in EUR. Closed on Sundays.
  8. Energia do Brasil. Brazilian ingredients and fruit. Acai is king here. Tropical juices and milk shakes with Brazilian music in the background. In the southern suburb of Centocelle. It is also a pub, a night club and a Brazilian restaurant. Meeting point for the South American community, it also features Brazilian dancing and live music. A funny and lively experience.

Slurp!

In order to view this article offline and get travel directions to the restaurants mentioned below you need to download the GPSmyCity Rome Maps and Walks app from the App Store or Google Play. All our posts turned into self-guided walking tours can be found here.

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