Why “at the Forum”? Well, first because they have pesky rules against eating “in the forum”; there is no bar caffe’ to speak of. And second, because breakfast “at the Forum” refers to the hotel where un cappuccino e cornetto can be had.
Given its location, it might as well be “in the forum”. Drop your camera from here and you’ll need to call the Archaeological Superintendent to retrieve it. To be precise, the Forum Hotel is technically “on the forum”. Demolish it and there would be more temples beneath, although we’ld be short one amazing spot per prendere un caffé.
Walk into the hotel like you own it (elegantly dressed, greet the front desk manager with a “buongiorno” but do not stop) and make a right to the elevators at the end of the lounge/hallway. Go to the 5th and top floor restaurant where hotel guests are having their continental breakfast. Nice but… ham and cheese? At the end of the buffet area, greet (i.e. tip) the host and say you’re going di sopra (above). Order your cappuccino from the barista by his coffee machine to your right, and carry this yourself up the narrow old brick steps to your right. (Table service upstairs only begins in the evening for the busy cocktail hour.)
You’ll have one the most spectacular terraces of Rome all to yourself, bougainvillea, roses, and jasmine in full bloom. Take the best table, you’ll know which, and enjoy your caffé… the forum and all of ancient Rome at your feet.