For someone who doesn’t usually check reviews before finding a quick spot to eat in, I tend to get quite lucky when stumbling upon great places to eat abroad. We initially stopped by La Fenice café when looking for somewhere to sit whilst we waited for our car- but of course couldn’t resist the sweet treats that sat behind glass at the entrance.
It’s been a while since I’ve had English Breakfast tea. I’d ditched caffeine entirely, (by that I mean all caffeine except for what’s in chocolate) earlier in June and had made a switch to non-caffeinated herbal teas instead. As you can see from the pictures, there were only two teacups present that belonged to my caffeine-addict parents as I opted for a glass of champagne instead (to keep to the tradition of afternoon tea, of course). La Fenice is a small café situated on the midpoint of a hill, that’s about a ten minute walk from the Spanish Steps and Piazza Trinità dei Monti. Whilst the location seems to be a popular area with nearby hotels and local carparks, there weren’t very many people in the café.
La Fenice offers a wide range of sweet and savoury delicacies with a price range slightly on the higher side- however, the atmosphere and selection of pastries and cakes were too good to resist. We stopped by on two other occasions as the café was on the way back towards our hotel, but we never ate in there again due to the carrot cake remaining absent from their dessert selection (and that was the main reason why I wanted to return).
Whilst their pastry and cakes were great, it was the interior design and pretty tea sets that captivated me the most about the café. You can’t walk down a single street in Rome without passing by at least two café’s- yet none of them had the same traditional feel that La Fenice had. Come to think of it, I think I loved the place because it reminded me of London a bit.
Of course I loved my café hopping time in Rome, appreciating the art of snack-making that the Italians seem to have perfected, and enjoying Prosecco in it’s land of origin- but of course nothing compares to afternoon-tea time in London (in my biased opinion).
If you ever find yourself in close proximity of La Fenice, be sure to try their Carrot cake- and if they don’t have it, as they often don’t, a glass of Prosecco will sure hit the spot.