Hidden in a patch of leafy perennials and tall umbrella pines, the lush Tree Bar provides Romans with a relaxing, green retreat in the middle of gridlock traffic and city bedlam. Not far from the Stadio Flaminio rugby stadium, MAXXI contemporary art museum and Auditorium Parco della Musica concert hall, in the verdant Piazzale Manila park that divides two main boulevards, Viale Tiziano and Via Flaminia, the Tree Bar’s large eco-friendly structure includes a spacious indoor area and a breezy patio under the trees. This is where in the warmer months, patrons can lounge under a canopy provided by nature, enjoying the en-plein-air vibe, from early breakfast, until late at night.
I’ve stopped by here on many occasions for either a classic Italian morning pick-me-up, knocking back large cappuccinos and fragrant, flaky croissants or slices of homemade pie. I’ve brought girlfriends for informal get-togethers, wedding showers, or for business lunches over platefuls of local Mediterranean cuisine, Mostly I like to relax during the Tree Bar’s hip aperitivo happy hour, which is graced by a richly varied tapas buffet, warm lighting, laid back piped tunes and other jazz, funk, and rare-grooves live music events.
You can swing by for dinner too, and peruse the chalked menu scribbled floor to ceiling with Tree Bar’s daily regional specialties, seasonal salads, vast assortment of cold cuts, rare cheeses and homemade desserts, whilst picking bottles from the very attractive wine list.