Who needs meat! Vegetarian restaurants in Florence

vegNormally, you would never think of Italy as a place for vegetarians. This is a land known for bistecca, cured meats and all sorts of delicious goodness. That being said, the traditional Mediterranean diet is very vegetable based and healthy to boot. Personally, I tend to eat very little meat – just out of habit more than anything so this list is just as good for me than anyone else. Plus you would be surprised how yummy some of these plates really are. Risotto with strawberries, creamy pumpkin soup made with coconut milk & curry, fragrant ravioli – need I say more. Plus with wonderful grains such as farro or quinoa for your protein, who really needs meat?

Well, I do enjoy my bistecca alla fiorentina every once in a while ;-). 

Enough about that, before I go stuff myself with pizza {hint to self-never write a blog post about food when you’re hungry!}, I think it’s about time I wrote a post about where vegetarians can go to get a great meal in Florence. Luckily I live in a pretty dynamic city with all sorts of options, especially in 2013. So put make a cow happy, slap someone with a head of cavolo nero and indulge in your inner veggie lover!

Libreria Brac

This is one of my favorite places to bring people because its super hidden but very central, they have great {and affordable} wine, a nice aperitivo and good food. Reservations are recommended and the service can be a bit slow but just having a glass of wine in that courtyard is pretty awesome! Plus — they serve brunch and are open on Sundays! Via dei Vagellai 18R
50122 Firenze
Phone number +39 055 0944877

Il Vegetariano

 As far as I know, this place has been here quite some time, less of a restaurant and more of a quick-lunch place. It does get rave reviews! In fact, I need to get my butt over here and see what all the fuss is about.Via delle Ruote 30r
50129 Firenze
Phone number +39 055 475030


Really cute library cafe located in the oltrarno area of Florence. They host cultural events here, serve a great aperitivo in addition to the very nice restaurant. Plus they serve Moscow mules which makes this girl, very happy – as you all know! Via dei Serragli 3/R
50124 Firenze
Phone number +39 055 2776205

Konnubio (vegan)

Brand new place open near the train station offering up vegan fare and has a very nice interior, lunch entrees around 15 euros. address is : Via dei Conti 8R, 50123 Florence, Italy: neighborhoodL Santa Maria Novella. I have yet to go there but Italian blogger Elena Farinelli gave it a positive review.

Photo by: Yelp Firenze

Ristorante Quinoa (gluten-free)

This new place is located in Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, 1 in the new ZAP area (old casa della creativita). I recently ventured there with my friends and really liked it. It’s actually a gluten-free restaurant but the veggie options are abundant, great sformatino di vedure, fried mozzarella and greek salads, Plus the design is all sheek and you can eat outdoors!

Photo credit: Quinoa website

Il Fresco Senza Glutine (gluten-free)

This is a bakery a little further out near piazza liberta. They sell gluten-free cookies, pastries and pizza and give you a smile while doing so. Viale Spartaco Lavagnini 2, 50129 Florence.

Photo credit: Yelp

Dolce Vegan

This place is catered to vegans and known for their sweet desserts. Truth be told, I’ve never been there but I would absolutely stop by for a sweet escaoe next time I’m in the area.Via San Gallo 32R
50129 Firenze
Neighborhood: Indipendenza

Photo from ” Yelp Firenze


Next to the beautiful synagogue, I’ve been to this place many times and always enjoyed it. I highly recommend the falafel plate and the apple cake. Plus the guy who works there is a real character.Via Luigi Carlo Farini 2A
50121 Firenze
Phone number +39 055 2480888

Il Sedano Allegro

This place has been in the Sant’ambrogio area of Florence near the market. A small place, but people say it is worth visiting so go ahead and make your celery happy! 😉 . Via Farini 1. Phone number +39 055 2344020. Open Monday through Saturday from 12 – midnight. 

La Raccolta

This place serves up really yummy food and has a surprisingly awesome website. They sell organic foods and even offer take-away. Worth trekking over to the viale for sure!

Via Giacomo Leopardi 2R
50121 Firenze
Neighborhood: Santa Croce
055 2479068


Le Fate

 Very new restaurant that apparently serves you more than just vegan food – your {lunch} or dinner will be aligned with your zodiac star sign + the wine! what??? I am just intrigued enough to go check out for myself – it sounds a little crazy but then again that might just be up my alley!

via San Zanobi, 126/r. Phone: +39 055 3841998


Or what about taking a vegetarian cooking course? I did one with my friend Alexandra and we have a wonderful time. Plus the ravioli was-absolutely-amazing!!! Also don’t forget to read this great post by Cross Pollinate about their own experience in Florence discovering vegetarian food!

**Looking for gluten-free? This is an official list of restaurants etc. that specialize in Gluten free food in and around Florence


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  1. Michelle

    Il Desco on Via Cavour is also great. And you’re right, you should definitely try Il Vegetariano – a Florentine institution for veggie-lovers!

  2. Andy

    I’ve just returned from a holiday in Florence and loved your food guide to the city. I am a vegetarian and found that so many restaurants in Florence catered superbly for vegetarians. In particular L’Osteria di Giovanni and il Santo Bevitore, were outstanding and provided extra choices that were on the main menu for me. I mentioned in advance when booking via email that I was veggie and they did the rest. Thanks for this list, always good to know more when i return, keep up the good work. ciao Andy

    • ggnitaly84

      Thank you Andy! I’m happy you had a nice stay in Florence. :) I agree that Florence is not a bad city to be a vegetarian and there are so many amazing meatless dishes here, you don’t even miss it! Those are both good restaurants – good choices davvero!

      • Andy

        Thank you :) I am in the process of setting up a vegetarian food blog here in the Uk which will focus on eating out and places that I have found and other vegetarians would find to be a good place to eat out in. In particular it will cover my travels and Florence is certainly the best place in Italy that I have eaten, with as you say numerous meatless dishes that flavour the season, the region and traditions of the area.

        • ggnitaly84

          Hello Andy, how exciting! Make sure to pass me along the link once you start the blog. How awesome that you found Florence to be the best place you’ve eaten. I certainly would agree ;). The only problem I have with food here is that there is too much to choose from, I have to walk extensively to counterbalence all of the great food.

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