Where to Eat and Drink
After your visit to the Piazza del Duomo, Scudieri
is perfect for a sweet treat serving chocolate models of David and traditional cakes(tel. 055 21 07 33, Piazza di San Giovanni 21r; 7.30am-9pm). Fiaschetteria Nuvoli
. A fischetteria is a sort of bar serving Tuscan wine and crostini or other local snacks (tel. 055 239 66 16; Piazza dell’Olio 15r; 7am-9pm Mon-Sat).
Among the celebrated cafés around Piazza della Repubblica are:Caffè Gilli
in its Liberty style has been serving tastebud-dazzling cakes and great coffee for about 300 years (tel. 055 21 38 96; www.gilli.it
; Via Roma 1r; 8am-midnight, closed Tue Mar-Oct, 8am-9pm Nov-Feb).Caffè Concerto Paszkowski
is also of the same high standard (tel. 055 21 02 36, Piazza della Repubblica 31-35r; open 7am-1pm closed Mon).Giubbe
is the place where Futurist artists used to gather for coffee (tel. 055 21 22 80; Piazza della Repubblica 13-14r; 8am-1pm).
A favourite spot to savour a coffee or a chocolate delight is Caffè Rivoire
on the Piazza
della Signoria. Perfect for people-watching or just for relaxing in the square´s splendour. It has been open since the end of the 19th century (tel. 055 21 44 12; nº4; open 8am-midnight, closed Mon).
Fashion enthusiasts and those who have been window-shopping down the famous Via Tornabuoni should head for Cafè Giacosa
, another one of Roberto Cavalli’s creations ( tel. 055 211 656; Via della Spada; open 9am-11pm Mon-Sat).
Another stylish place is Colle Bereto
(tel. 055 28 31 56; www.collebereto.com
; Piazza Strozzi 5; open 11am-3am; closed Mon). Robiglio
is very near the Spedale degli Innocenti (Via dei Servi; open 8am-8pm, Closed Sun).
In Oltrarno, visit the Gelateria Santa Trinità
(Via Maggio and Lungarno Guicciardini; open 11.30am-midnight).
, delightful fare, wine and setting, is deservedly the top name in Florence’s culinary scene. Its cuisine is a combination of traditional Tuscan and a more modern, innovative style. Agnolotti di polenta con code di scampi, pomodorini canditi, olive nere e oregano
: (scampi ravioli with candied tomatoes, black olives and oregano). Its wine selection is also excellent (tel. 055 242777; www.enotecapinchiorri.com
; Via Ghibellina 87; closed 15th-27th Dec, 3 weeks in Aug, Sund and Mon, dinner only with the exception of Thu, Fri and Sat).
Highly distinguished City
serves classic meals ( tel. 055 42401; www.florencenovoli.stayhgi.com
; Via Sandro Pertini 2/9, Novoli).Il Latini’
s fare is excellent value. Popular with both Florentines and tourist, you can be assured that everything emerging from the kitchen is homemade and prepared with much care.(tel. 055 210916; www.illatini.com
; Via dei Palchetti 6 r; closed 24 Dec- 5th Jan and Mon). Rivoli
is just by Santa Maria Novella, where long ago in the 15th century there was in fact a convent. You can pick one of the set meals or choose from the la carte menu (tel. 055 27861; www.hotelrivoli.it
; Via della Scala 33). Il Patio
, named after its setting, a glass covered patio, serves classic fare (tel. 055 2381301; www.sofitel.com
; Via de' Cerretani 10).Il Guscio
is a family-run restaurant, passed down through the generations. They have mastered the art of preparing tasteful typical and local dishes accompanied with wines produced locally (tel. 055 224421; www.il-guscio.it
; Via dell'Orto 49; closed Aug and Sun and Sat in Jul). dei Frescobald
i, belonging to the wine producing estate, serves great wines and regional delights. Its dining hall is beautiful in stone and wood (tel. 055 284724; www.deifrescobaldi.it
; Via dè Magazzini 2/4 r; closed 1st-7th Jan, 10th-31st Aug, Sun and Mon lunchtime). Baldini
has well-represented the whole of Italy on its menu, though Florentine dishes abound. Its atmosphere is especially welcoming (tel. 055 287663; Via il Prato 96 r; closed 24th Dec-3rd Jan, 1st-20th Aug, Sun lunch Jun-Jul and Sat and Sun dinner). Rossini
is situated within spitting distance of the Ponte Vecchio. Its menu lists typical dishes given an innovative twist (tel. 055 2399224; www.ristoranterossini.it
; Lungarno Corsini 4; closed Wed). Villa San Michele
offers innovative dishes and its terrace is a real vantage point from which to admire the city ( tel.055 5678200; www.villasanmichele.com
; Via Doccia 4; open 3rd Apr-15th Nov). Ruth's
serves tasty and hearty dishes at affordable prices.Ideal for a change from Tuscan cuisine as it focuses on Hebrew culinary delights: and has both vegetarian and fish dishes (tel. 055 2480888; www.kosheruth.com
; Via Farini 2; closed Fri evening, Sat lunchtime and Hebrew holidays).
Head for Pane e Vino
for dinner. Although there is a real creative flair to the Tuscan dishes prices are reasonable. (tel. 055 2476956; www.ristorantepaneevino.it
; Piazza di Cestello 3 r; closed 10th- 24th Aug and Sun).. Athenaeum
prepares creative dishes to satisfy all tastes. The dining room makees interesting use of light to great effect ( tel. 055 589456; www.hotelathenaeum.com
; Via Cavour 88; closed Sat lunchtime and Sun).Il Profeta
also reserves space on its menu to all parts of Italy, including Tuscany. Its service is impeccable and its setting is the heart of Florence ( tel. 055 212265; www.ristoranteilprofeta.com
; Borgo Ognissanti 93 r; closed 10th-25th Dec and Sun, except Apr-Jun and Sep-Oct, tax and service charge: 10%).