Eat, Drink, & Be Merry: Tips From a Local

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“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” – Paul Prudhomme

Of course if you haven’t already guessed, I am a glutton for great food and good drinks. Enjoy!

Here you will find my best lists on restaurants, aperitivo, coffee, pizza, fine-dining, options for big groups, budget spots in FlorenceTuscany and or/Italy. Also if you are looking for great places near the Santa Maria Novella train station, read this first. I change these often, typically a few times a week depending on my personal experience at places. Consider this a forever project that means me eating a ton, and telling you about it.

Remember that often places are closed on Monday’s so I recommend you check out this list of where you can eat & drink that are always open on this day. Looking for a new, exciting place to eat in Florence, try this list! 

This is a list that I am constantly working on, as you know a place could be good one minute, change management, and than everything goes a bit sour so this is something I take into consideration when I visit a restaurant. And if I am missing something, let me know! I’ll try it and if it’s good – it will make this list and I’ll credit you :).

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New & Noteworthy

In order to spotlight the newest places open in Florence that I adore, I created this section to celebration innovative new cuisine in the city.

 

Santa Rosa Bistro | Aperitivo in a secret garden. I am really excited about this new spot hidden behind the walls close to Borgo San Frediano on via pisana (along the lungarno). It’s a new place that has just opened and wants to “cover all basis” as far as aesthetically cool Florentine spots go. Think coffee in the morning, easy lunches and of course the omnipresent aperitivo tucked away in one of my favorite areas of town, hidden but definitely walkable from the center of Florence. The wine list is curated by the fab Enoteca Pitti Gola which already elevates its status in my eyes. address:

Lungarno Santa Rosa, Florence, +39 055 2309057

  • Fulin | A gourmet Chinese dining experience that even made it in Italy’s foodie magazine, Gambero Rosso. Fulin is out to make quality Chinese cuisine the way you would find in Hong Kong, Beijing in a beautiful ambiance in a suburban (and easy to get to) neighborhood. This will no doubt impress even the Florentines. I had the chance to lunch there recently and wow, just wow. This is top notch on every level. Antipasti range around 7-8€ while larger courses 12-15€. I highly recommend sharing a variety of dim sum like dishes, especially the bamboo carrot involtini, a variety of freshly-made dumplings, rice noodles with chinese mushrooms, and cantonese pork, twice-fried with an orange sauce. Don’t skip dessert either! address: via Giampaolo Orsini, 113. tel. 055 684931. Reservations highly recommended. 
  • Ristorante Vivo | Seafood in a contemporary ambiance that won’t break the bank. Located in the ever-growing-in-gourmet-popularity piazza annonini is the lovely Vivo, a new addition into the seafood in Florence scene, they have an original location in Capalbio. I have yet to try it myself but I have read a ton about it and I am definitely going to plan a personal visit soon. I like the fact that from antipasti to second courses, the price ranges around 8€-10€ and the menu changes daily based on the fish caught. A definite refreshing trend from articles like this, which have scared me from eating seafood in the USA: My friends who HAVE visited, assured me that it’s worth checking out, though they point out that the open plan seating doesn’t truly allow for a romantic evening. For an honest review (in Italian) check out this post by La Forchiettiere. address: Largo Annigoni 9 A/B – zona sant’Ambrogio – Firenze. Reservations highly recommended. +39 333 1824183.
  • Fishing Lab Murate | Affordable seafood joint in a decidedly unique location in central Florence. You can have lunch or dinner next to first century Roman ruins, and the lunch won’t break the bank either. The menu is mostly fish (duh), with plenty of raw tartare options, ‘crude’ platters, fried mixed seafood, fresh pastas, grilled shrimps and street food options. What I liked about this place is that they offer half portions for very cheap prices, which means you can try more. I liked the fried fish platter, grilled huge shrimp and interesting wine/bubbles menu that start around 2€ a glass. You definitely should make a reservation as the place looks to be huge popular. address: via del Proconsolo 16r, Firenze. Tel. 055 240618. 
  • Il Carduccio | Your new ‘organic’ living room just steps from Palazzo Pitti. New spot Carduccio is located just steps from Palazzo Pitti in a charming space that offers Oltrarno patrons a fresher farm-to-table experience. Open 8-8pm M-Sat (reduced on Sunday) I can already tell this will be my go-to spot for great salads and cold-pressed juices. address: Sdrucciolo dei Pitti, 10, 50125 Florence FI, Italy
  • Raw! | Via Sant’Agostino, This place just opened a few days ago and is a raw vegan tiny caffe just behind Santo Spirito on via sant’agostino. Owned by a young couple, one half Swedish, one half Florentine on a quest to provide people on a raw diet with options. They offer vegan panini and their own gelato made with coconut water. They also sell whole coconuts to drink and are working on infused juices. I’m intrigued but if you’re still hungry there’s S.Forno nearby ;-).
  • Dogana Wine Bistro | Nestled in piazza ferrucci is a vintage-inspired wine bar which always seems to be packed and it literally just opened. It’s a mostly Italian crowd and I can’t vouch for the food, but I do like the ambiance and decor, and it looks to be quite a hit in this more hidden corner of Florence. address: P.zza ferrucci 3r. Open daily, 6pm-12am.
  • Corte Reale | A street food outdoor space at the Santa Maria Novella train station? Yep! And it’s quite cool. This just opened area that feels slightly like being in another city has just opened and seeks to give the Florentine summer scene a cool edge in an area not really known for after hours fun. I stopped by for a drink and took in the cool atmosphere, on one side, you have the largest bar I’ve ever seen, another side are street food trucks lined up and serving gelato (Vivoli), burgers and yummy friend things. The cocktail was mediocre but I liked the spot, I could definitely see myself back here in the future, just will order beer or wine instead.
  • Braceria Malatesta | Italian Food in a resurrected restaurant (open since the 50’s) by the Baglioni family close to the Santa Maria Novella train station on via nazionale 36r. I missed the inauguration but Nico and I walked by the place since it seemed to get quite a nice amount of attention, possibly because this street really needs to up its game when it comes to food and nice place for both locals and tourists to enjoy. The Italian menu features handmade pastas, meats and cheeses from the Mugello area, tartare, Florentine steak and much more, a very meat-based menu. They are also have an inside garden which looks very cool from the pictures. Facebook. 

My Favorite Lunch Spots in Florence

  • Cheap & traditional lunch in my favorite trattoria, Osteria il Buongustai in Florence (close to piazza della signoria). Lunch is less crowded than dinner and they offer a decently priced menu for locals during the week.
  • Best Panino | For one of the best panini in the city, stop by Ino, Via Georgofili 3. This place is one of the best for stuffed foccaccie and wine, also try their cantucci and vin santo.
  • Best Lunch Deal | The menu at Trattoria Giovanni at Via Sant’Agostino, 38 is impressively affordable and changes seasonally, for around 11 euros. Mon-Saturday (really) you can get this menu which includes a first course, second course, side and water. It’s also a nice little sit-down place so you won’t feel rushed to leave.
  • Best Bakery | Light lunch, S.Forno, Via S. Monaca 3r, 50124 Florence, Italy. Open 7:30-7:30pm. They are by far the best stop for bread, panini, cakes in a very awesome shop, by the visionaries of Il Santo Bevitore.
  • Best Panino | Semel in Sant’ Ambrogio is an quintessential Florentine spot. Think cubby holes for your tiny wine glasses and small sandwiches with high-quality ingredients like anchovies, fennel and orange eaten standing up. You have to go here. Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti 44/r.

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  • In San Lorenzo, Trattoria Sergio Gozzi (also known as ‘da sergio’)  is one of the best local options serving traditional Tuscan fare since 1915 , as reminded to me by my friend Coral of Curious Appetite. address: Piazza di San Lorenzo, 8R, 50123 Firenze
    Phone:055 281941
  • Teatro del Sale, is where it’s AT! Love this place for a variety of reason including the casual atmosphere, abundance of (fantastic food). Cheap and wonderful, just go! address: Via dè Macci, 118.
  • Casa del Vino, light lunch in the san lorenzo neighborhood. highly recommend. Via dell’Ariento, 16/R, 50123 Firenze.
  • Libreria Brac is a local favorite and my go-to for avocado salads and nice wine. Via dei Vagellai, 18, 50122 Firenze make a reservation, they are always full. +39 055 094 4877
  • Irene, retro bistro in piazza della repubblica, may be located in the fancy Savoy hotel but they have a wonderful lunch menu that won’t break the bank. Fresh, Tuscan cuisine in a very cool ambiance.
  • Quelo Bar, Via Borgo Santa Croce, 15r, 50122 Firenze, +39 055 1999 1474. Very chill place with great salads, fresh juices and coffee. Love it here!
  • Gecko Bar & Grill is brand new and a lot of fun, the ambiance is wonderful and so are the fresh juices, they offer a lunch buffet for only 10 euros and it is actually good. Located in the oltrarno area. address: Via dei Renai 11
  • Gluten-Free | Quinoa in  Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, 1 is a great spot for those who want to eat in a pretty little courtyard and are looking for a healthier option.
  • Gilda’s Bistro in Sant’ambrogio is cozy and cool, with excellent down-home Italian food in an area of town where you can be sure you’ll eat better. address: Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 50122 Florence, Italy.
  • For organic and local products, try Ristorante San Michele all’Arco for lunch on Via dell’Oriuolo, 3/red, 50122 Firenze. It’s close to ‘Lion’s Fountain’ and Ebys bar under an ancient arch not far from Santa Croce and Sant’Ambrogio. I love sitting here and watching the world go by, I recommend trying the ‘cinta senese’ if you are into pork products, it’s excellent here.

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  • A Crudo is a new spot in the oltrarno serving up tartare (and many different kinds), Tuscan crostini, cured meats and cheeses and nice salads. I have a wonderful experience there recently and would recommend to anyone looking for a light lunch. address: Via Mazzetta, 5A
  • Sexy Bistro | Irene at the Hotel Savoy is not only sexy in its design but also has some interesting and affordable lunch menus. Highly recommend, you can read my write-up here.
  • Hosteria Il Desco, Via delle Terme, 23/ r. Cheap & Traditional, try their daily lunch menu (great for sit down, peaceful lunch). Tuscan Food.
  • Trattoria ‘Da Mario‘,  Via Rosina, 2, 50123 (san lorenzo neighborhood) famous and very crowded. Budget!
  • The New ‘Fancy Food Court’ with Tuscan specialties like lampredotto and fresh pasta, Mercato Centrale
  • Ete bistro & Ditta Artigianale are great light lunches with a cool, contemporary vibe.
  • Vegetarian restaurants in Florence – updated!
  • Cheap eats in Florence, guest post at Budget Traveller.
  • Hosteria il Desco is a wonderful place for lunch in the center. Cheap, local & delicious!
  • Trattoria Il Giova (for lunch or dinner) is awesome, fresh food and fun ambiance near one of my favorite piazzas in town.
  • Trattoria Anita – set menu, very good local dishes (great if you are on a budget).
  • Without a doubt one of my favorite places for lunch – locals agree! Oltrarno area of town. Chicco di Caffe! 
  • For great local food – I really like this restaurant in Piazza Tasso – Al Tranvai (cute & tiny interior but very yummy traditional dishes). http://www.altranvai.it/home_inglese.html
  • Italian | Industria Firenze. Elevated Italian food in a carefully curated spot (everything new looks like it came from Berlin in Florence) on borgo ognissanti, one of my favorite areas of town. I went there for lunch recently and liked their pizza ripiena. This place has potential but perhaps too big of a menu.

Florence Street Food ‘Eat Like a Local’ 

Eating street food is a local pastime with dishes like ‘lampredotto’ and trippa’ being the stars of the show, don’t be squeamish, it’s good! I recommend trying these tasty panini at least once, don’t forget the ‘green sauce!’ you will thank me later. The best ones are Nerbone located in the ground floor of the central market in San Lorenzo. Next up is the famous ‘trippaio del porcellino’ by owner Orazio, who owns a stand in Piazza del Mercato Nuovo. I also like thevSergio Pollini Lampredotto truck on via dei macci (sant’ambrogio neighborhood), plus one  located in the San Frediano neighborhood and Aurelio I’ Re Del Lampredotto further down.

Check out this video by the Tuscany region on street food.

Ps. In 2014, they just opened a Food Truck serving gourmet burgers along the river, La Toraia, Lungarno Cristoforo Colombo, 11 (Via del Campofiore), 50126 Florence Tuscany. Link here. 

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Where To Go For Dinner in Florence

  • Slow Food | Culinaria Bistro is run by an association of people that promote slow food in Florence.  Piazza Tasso, 13R Florence, Italy (near Santo Spirito) CLOSED TUESDAYS.
  • Thanks to Coral who arranged this place for my bachlorette party, I have discovered the lovely Club Culinario Toscano da Osvaldo located near piazza santa croce, which serves some of the best Italian food I’ve had in a long time. address: Piazza dei Peruzzi, 3R, 50122 Firenze, call for reservations: +39 055 217919.
  • If I am looking for a nice steak in the center, I typically head to Buca Lapi. Quite literally ‘down below’ it serves up Tuscan food and its considered to be a real find. address: Via del Trebbio, 1r, 50123 Firenze
  • One of the best places for authentic Tuscan food without a doubt is I’Brindellone (not fancy), Piazza Piattellina (piazza carmine) – I adore this place (truffle pasta and wonderful bistecca!) and it’s always full of locals. Call for reservations =39 055 217879.
  • Gourmet Fusion | Gurdulù on via caldiae 12-14r. CiBi is no longer and something else better is in its place. Yes Santo Spirito has gotten a foodie upgrade with new spot Gurdulù who has a master chef  at their helm, the lovely and affable Entiana Osmenzeza who creates the (small) menu from her heart and soul, basically whatever she feels like that week. The vibe is retro, modern which has taken over the city lately. But luckily (to me) the food matches the decor. Try the tasting menu and go for the chesnut and sweetbreads, truffles and trippa and the rana pescatrice which we adored, along with a Sicilian Etna bianco from their 200 bottle wine list. Don’t miss dessert, the ‘mont blanc’ was spot on! Expect to spend around 110 for two people.
  • Teatro del Sale, address: Via dè Macci, 118 is an institution in Florence. Food is served buffet style, screamed from the kitchen as dishes are brought out as soon as the chefs can cook them. Romantic? Probably not. But it is most definitely fun and Florentine, check out what dinner shows they host every week.  see the program and more here.
    • Arà è Sud | Sicily meets Florence in this brand-new already-esteemed restaurant located on via della vigna vecchia. Here you can gorge on a myriad of Southern dishes from Italy’s biggest island which means plenty of fish, cannoli, and yes your arancini. It’s fantastic! — GO!

  • Cocktails at Locale, the hottest new spot on via delle seggiole, is a cocktail-connoisseurs dream! I had an excellent dark & stormy (made with Ginger beer) there recently. Naturally they don’t have a website or contact number, but I recommend just going. facebook. 
  • Il Santo Bevitore, Via di Santo Spirito, 64/66, Firenze. They make a wonderful pork filet with apple. I adore this place and the next door Il Santino for aperitivo.
  • For a nice dinner in a romantic ambiance, try Enoteca Le Barrique on via del leone (oltrarno). Great food, great wine, great service and a good price!
  • Trattoria Giovanni is my go-to lunch spot near our house in the oltrarno. Their lunch menu is very affordable but so is dinner, they have a wonderful variety of fresh pasta dishes and Tuscan favorites like bistecca. Via Sant’Agostino, 38, Firenze, reservation recommended. +39 328 072 8028.
  • Il Magazzino (for traditional Tuscan fare) in my beloved local piazza della passera and everything around this square is great!
  • Irene is a sexy bistro that would make for the perfect girl’s night out in piazza della repubblica. The food is Tuscan with a fresher, healthy twist, great drinks.
  • Ristorante Pane e Vino,  Piazza di Cestello, 3R, Firenze is one of my new favorites. Located in the oltrarno side of the city, the menu is creative and distinctive, oh and they make their pasta fresh in-house. I highly recommend getting a wine pairing, as their impressive wine list is fabulous, you can’t get wrong with this place!
  • Il Gecko is the place to go for a nice drink or bbq ribs, aka when you are tired of Italian food or need a huge ice coffee. Great burger in the san niccolo neighborhood. contemporary nice decor and the right price/quality ratio. Via Dei Renai 11/R
  • La Menagere, is the hottest new restaurant in Florence, on via de’ginori in the san lorenzo neighborhood. Go there for lunch, dinner, coffee, pick up flowers, it’s all concept and cool. I’ve tried both their aperitivo & tapas plus lunch and loved it all all! Read more here. 
  • The La Bottega Del Buon Caffe’ is ‘five stars all of the way’ in my opinion and just received a Michelin star, worth every penny. address:  Via Antonio Pacinotti, 44, Firenze FI
  • Not exactly in the center but a former grocers turned restaurant I really enjoy is Trattoria du Burde on Via Pistoiese, 6/R, 50145 Firenze.
  • Il Guscio is away from tourist crowds and serves some really fabulous Tuscan dishes in a cozy ambiance. Open for both lunch and dinner, this is a local favorite! via dell’orto 49, Florence. San Frediano neighborhood.
  • La Bocca di Leone on via pisana 39 is trendy, hip and serves a damn good truffle dish that will have you coming back for more. A real find!
  • A nice place for dinner (with cool art)  in the city is La Cucina del Garga, Via San Zanobi, 33, 50129.
  • Wonderful small restaurant for lunch or dinner near the Accademia della Galleria (which houses Michelangelo’s David) Osteria de l’Ortolano.
  • My favorite seafood restaurant in Florence, Italy.
  • Great seafood with a view – It may be expensive but my guilty secret is Golden View Open bar, right by the Ponte Vecchio. Super awesome spaghetti alle vongole veraci and great wine list.
  • Santo Graal (The Holy Grail) on via romana is simply divine. They offer a menu with traditional & innovative dishes. On the pricier side.
  • Touch Florence – awesome local food with a technological twist!
  • One of my top spots for Bistecca alla Fiorentina – Florentine steak. Trattoria Osvaldo. 
  • Fun place in the center for local dishes, while it IS touristy – the food is very good! Il Latini. 
  • One of my new favorite restaurants in Florence – awesome outdoor garde, – awesome cheese & cured meat boards, you should try this restaurant. Beppe Fioraia Firenze.
  • Want to try local dishes like trippa & lampredotto? I tried a few dishes at Osteria di Giovanni and loved it (plus they also serve lots of other really delicious food like Bistecca Fiorentina).
  • Trattoria Sostanza is a historical restaurant in the city serving up simple, delicious food like chicken infused with butter – yum!
  • Cibreo trattoria and Teatro del Sale, very very good! Fabio is owner of all three of the Cibreo enterprises and runs it all extremely well, I prefer the trattoria (price wise) and Teatro del Sale is a lot of fun! Think awesome buffet with entertainment.
Pasta art from Villa Campestri

Pasta art from Villa Campestri

 

Traditional Tuscan

  • Hands down favorite is Trattoria L’Brindellone, Piazza Piattellina 10-11/r, 50124 Florence, Italy. +39 055 21 78 79. Make reservations, great Tuscan food and steak, no need to dress up here, it’s a locals joint.
  • Another place to get great steak in the Oltrarno neighborhood is Antico Ristoro di’ Cambi, address: Via Sant’Onofrio 1R, 50124 Florence Italy.
  • Best Typical Spot In San Lorenzo | Sergio Gozzi, no frills Tuscan food at its best. Highly recommend if you are in the San lorenzo neighborhood. Open ONLY for lunch: 12:00-3:45pm. Piazza San Lorenzo, 8r, Firenze, Italia.
  • Gilda Bistro, down-home cooking in an elegant spot in the heart of Sant’ambrogio, love the peposo (slow-cooked spicy beef) and their dishes of the day. address: Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 40-red, 50122 Firenze.
  • Alla Vecchia Bettola, traditional Tuscan in a pretty spot near piazza tasso, AddressVia Vasco Pratolini, 3, Firenze, Phone055 224158. 
  • A find near the Ponte Vecchio is Buca dell’Orafo. No frills Tuscan cuisine in a rustic ambiance, people come for the food NOT for the amazing service. address: Via dei Girolami, 28, Firenze. Open Tuesday-Saturday lunch and dinner 12-2:30, 7:30-10pm. and Monday 7:30-10pm.
  • Near piazza della signoria? Try Vini e Vecchi Sapore, Via dei Magazzini, 3, Firenze. Make reservations beforehand as this place is popular and in all of the guide books: +39 055 293045.
  • Tucked away in the Oltrarno is the lovely family-run Trattoria I’Raddi where you can eat Tuscan in a place that doesn’t break the bank. address:  Via D’Ardiglione, 47/r, 50124 Firenze. 
  • Perseus is one of the top restaurants in town to eat the famous ‘bistecca alla fiorentina’ (Florentine steak). I like it, but it is quite expensive and you can find equally as good elsewhere. Viale Don Giovanni Minzoni, 10/R,
  • Da Ruggero is a local Tuscan favorite among friends, it is located a little further out but it is worth the taxi ride or longer walk. Here you will get the non-nonsense, authentic local experience run by a local family. The dish to order here? Bollito or boiled Tuscan meats (tasted better than it sounds) served with salsa verde.  address:  Via Senese, 89/red, 50124 Firenze. 
  • Another simple Tuscan spot that deserves praise is Trattoria Enzo e Piero on Via Faenza. The service can be a little iffy but the price/quality ratio is pretty legit. 105r, 50123 Firenze.
  • One favorite among us and many locals is Trattoria dell’Orto, Via dell’Orto, 35, 50124 Firenze, 055 224148. On the ‘other side of the river’ this is where you want to go to eat traditional Tuscan food in a rustic ambiance. Really fantastic steak!
  • Buca Lapi, is an awesome place for steak and Tuscan food and its considered to be a real find. address: Via del Trebbio, 1r, 50123 Firenze
  • Trattoria Sostanza is always a sure bet for great food ‘bistecca alla fiorentina’ (Florentine steal) and my favorite, the butter chicken.  The desserts are also superb, but share as portions are abundant. One of those places that I adore taking out of towners for the simple, wonderful ambiance. Via della Porcellana 25. Reservations recommended. It’s not cheap (sides are 9 euros) but it is a nice splurge.
  • Trattoria Il Guscio in the oltrarno is a nice choice. Via dell’Orto, 49, very simple, down-home cooking at a good price. The seared tuna with pistachio is probably my favorite, plus they provide large portions.
  • Lunch, Osteria Il Buongustai (near piazza signoria)  Via dei Cerchi, 50122 Firenze. Lunch spot I adore.
  • Trattoria Da Mario, Via Rosina, 2, 50123 Firenze. (San Lorenzo neighborhood). Casual.
  • Ristorante Il Tranvai,  Piazza Torquato Tasso, 14r, 50124 Firenze. A little further out there but I adore it! Casual.
  • Accademia Restaurant,  Piazza San Marco 7R – 50129 Firenze. Hearty Tuscan fare.
  • Alla Vecchia Bettola, Via Vasco Pratolini, 3, 50124 Firenze
  • Trattoria Osvaldo for steak, Tuscan cuisine and a nice ambiance a little outside of the city center. It looks like your grandmother’s kitchen but here, that’s a great thing. You won’t leave full here. address: Via Gabriele D’Annunzio, 51R
  • Il Sabatino, via Pisana 2, This is a true Florentine bare bones institution. The menu is cheap and simple and you can be assured of the fact of its authenticity. +39 55 225955.. Awesome & cheap!
  • Looking for a wonderful steak? Try Trattoria 13 Gobbi, it’s near the train station and they have some of the best steak in the city. Address: Via del Porcellana, 9R, Firenze.
  • Trattoria Camillo is a popular mainstay with white tablecloths and somewhat haphazard service on borgo san jacopo. It’s the kind of spot that the NYTimes raves about in 2008, however true locals know how overpriced it is. The ambiance is nice and the food is good but the prices are somewhat higher than the norm, but it must be the white tablecloths. I like the fried sage and veal scappoline with lemon. address: Borgo S. Jacopo, 57/r, Firenze.

Seafood in Florence

Florence is nowhere the sea, but luckily it is possible to find decent places here. If you can’t make it to the Tuscan coast (and Livorno for the famous fish stew ‘cacciucco’ try these spots.

  • Ristorante Vivo | Seafood in a contemporary ambiance that won’t break the bank. Located in the ever-growing-in-gourmet-popularity piazza annonini is the lovely Vivo, a new addition into the seafood in Florence scene, they have an original location in Capalbio. I have yet to try it myself but I have read a ton about it and I am definitely going to plan a personal visit soon. I like the fact that from antipasti to second courses, the price ranges around 8€-10€ and the menu changes daily based on the fish caught. A definite refreshing trend from articles like this, which have scared me from eating seafood in the USA: My friends who HAVE visited, assured me that it’s worth checking out, though they point out that the open plan seating doesn’t truly allow for a romantic evening. For an honest review (in Italian) check out this post by La Forchiettiere. address: Largo Annigoni 9 A/B – zona sant’Ambrogio – Firenze. Reservations highly recommended. +39 333 1824183.
  • Burro e Acciughe | one of the newest fish spots in Florence is nestled in the ever-more-trendy Oltrarno neighborhood of town and is already gaining a loyal following. I recently had a date night there with Nico and was super impressed with my “millefoglie of fish with a delicate pure side”, also nice choice of wine, go for the Sicilian Etna Bianco, 22€ a bottle.. address: Via dell’Orto 35, Florence 50124
  • Fishing Lab Murate is the hottest new  street food fish place smack dab in an amazing palazzo with 14th century frescoes and Roman ruins with actually affordable prices.  Ask to see the oldest portrait of Dante. Via del Proconsolo, 16R – +39 055 240618
  • Pescheria San Pietro, directly in front of the train station, address:  Via Luigi Alamanni, 7. They have a fabulous lunch menu which I recommend and make their own fresh pasta. Open daily 8-1pm, mentioned in my article on cool places near the station.
  • Seafood: Tuscan Food | Borderline, near the Santa Maria Novella Train Station, Corso Italia 35, 50123 Florence, Italy. This new bistro continues the excellent move of restaurants worth drooling over near the central train station. The food here is elevated seafood and Tuscan fare, think tuna tartare, taglioni with swordfish and mint. The ownership is the same from ‘da tito’ another great local restaurant. Prices are medium $$$ but I doubt you would be disappointed!
  • Fiaschetteria di pesce, where the locals go near the ponte alle vittorio roundabout. Get there early as it gets crowded. The menu of primi (first courses) changes daily and you can pick your fish directly from the glass display in the front. Interesting wine list. Service is questionable at best, you tend to get that ‘Florentine’ stink-eye but go anyway, it’s good. address:Piazza Taddeo Gaddi 5/r, Firenze, Italia, open 7:30am-9pm (you can also buy fish here).
  • Il Guscio, neighborhood: san frediano, Via dell’Orto, 49. Good home-cooking and excellent fish dishes. Open Monday-Friday 12-2:30pm, 7:30pm – 11pm, Saturday 7:30am – 11pm, closed Sunday.
  • Pasticceria Giorgio, neighborhood: soffiano, address:  Via Duccio di Boninsegna, 36. Known for the excellent pastries but the surprise is that they also have great fish dishes. Go for lunch. Tuesday-Saturday 7:00am-8pm, Sunday 7am-1pm, closed Monday.
  • Bistro del Mare, neighborhood: Ponte Vecchio,  Lungarno Corsini, 4. Nice fish restaurant that serves great crudo (raw). Open Tuesday-Sunday 12:30pm – 2:30pm, 7:30pm -10:30pm, closed Monday.

*Don’t go to Il Spuntino di Pesce on via sant’Agostino. Recently a friend went and got food poisoning and they also tried to overcharge her and her friend. Not cool.

Best Places To Get a Pizza in Florence

  • When Santarpia opened (near sant’ambrogio) you can better believe that there was a line of hungry Florentines out the door, Giovanni Santarpia is a legendary pizzaiuolo who was once in San Donato at Palazzo Pretorio, a place that Nico and I had no problem driving 40 minutes for a truly supreme pizza pie. Now open in Florence  in a pretty simple ambiance, the only problem is getting a reservation before 10pm. Call ahead, but seriously ahead! From the classic margherita to pizza topped with lampredotto. Address: Largo Pietro Annigoni, 9, 50122 Firenze, Phone:055 245829
  • Da Gherardo is in the san frediano neighborhood and roughly the size of a postage stamp, however, I really like the unique, very tight, ambiance and the pizza is really good, Neapolitan style. on Borgo S. Frediano, 57/R, 50124 Firenze. Reservations highly recommended, best for groups of 2-4 people max. +39 055 282 921, open daily 7:30pm-1pm.
  • Mangia Pizza | A casual lunch spot offering gourmet pizzas in the center of town, following the original popular location based in Prato. It’s already highly popular and definitely worth trying. Closes at 7pm.  address: Via Lambertesca, 24/26/R, 50122 Firenze.
  • My favorite to-go pizza in Florence is Pizzeria O Scugnizzo (Napoli style pizza) on Via Dell’orto, 25/R, Firenze. Open nightly 6:30-11:30pm
  • Pizzeria Torcicoda is one of the best places in town for pizza, near santa croce. quality ingredients and excellent craft beer. address: Via Torta, 5, Firenze. Open daily, 12pm-12am. +39 055 265 4329
  • Yummy Napolotano pizza’s on via dei macci, make sure to make reservations, very rustic in the sant’ambrogio neighborhood.
  • One of the best pizzas can be found in the new ‘primo piano’ above the central market in san lorenzo, mercato centrale. The pizza is out of this world.
  •  Berbere in piazza nerli (oltrarno ), brand new quality pizza & craft beer, I LOVED the pumpkin, ricotta and spicy mostarda version. Facebook page. Go for the daily pizza, always. Open 7 days a week, 12.00 – 15.00 / 19.00 – 23.00.
  • New spot Briscola, from Milan, is a tasty pick near the train station on Via del Campidoglio 8R – Firenze.
  • Near the Campo di Marte Area is a fantastic new spot for artisan pizzas and craft beers, Don Fefe, Via Giuseppe la Farina, 29, Firenze.
  • For a NYC Bistro type place that makes fabulous pizza, head to La Bussola, Via Porta Rossa, 58r, 50123 Firenze.
  • A real ‘find’ in Florence, wonderful pizza & pasta,  Cucineria La Mattonaia, Via della Mattonaia, 19R, 50121 Firenze FI.
  • Caffe Italiano (the pizzeria not the Osteria). They only have three choices – Margarita, Napoli or Marinara. Show up around 7pm to get a spot in this tiny location near S.Croce.
  • Vico del carmine, Via Pisana, 40/r, 50100 Firenze is pretty average but it’s lively and fun and can fit bigger groups, reservations recommended. 055 233 6862.
  • You may be surprised but one of the best pizzas in Florence is definitely at the Mozzarella bar on via tornabuoni! 
  • A local favorite is Pizzeria Spera,Via della Cernaia, 9, Firenze near the Cure district of Florence, it gets packed quickly so making reservations would be wise!

pizza in florence

Coffee, Tea and Relaxing in Florence

  • Coffee & More | Ditta Artigianale: The Oltrarno edition. To my utter delight, contemporary coffee bar Ditta Artigianale has just opened a second location on via dello sprone 5r. With 220 square meters of cool design space, this Ditta will keep its coffee tradition while also adding a full restaurant and bustling craft cocktail bar once the clock hits 6:30pm. I’ve already been way too many times and love it. You can read my post about it here.
  • The hippest new coffee joint in town is owned by a world famous barista, Ditta Artigianale Oltrarno. Plenty of cold drink options too. The original location is on Via dei Neri.
  • Gucci Caffe’ is somewhere I tend to go for meetings or grab a cappuccino or three while working on my computer, Piazza della Signoria, 10.
  • La Ménagére, address: Via de’ Ginori, 8, also a restaurant, the coffee bar area is quite nice and they don’t mind if you pull out a laptop. Open daily 7am-2am. The coffee is from Ditta Artigianale.
  • Caffè Cibrèo is an institution in Florence, with a classic style in the heart of piazza Sant’Ambrogio. The perfect spot to bring a guest and have an espresso or three before hitting up the local market. address: Via Andrea del Verrocchio, 5r, 50122 Firenze.
Chilling at Cibreo, on a sunny day, the outside terrace is a popular meeting point. Photo credit: Christine Juette Photography

Chilling at Cibreo, on a sunny day, the outside terrace is a popular meeting point. Photo credit: Christine Juette Photography

  • San Tea House is a new place that has just opened up on the ‘oltrarno’ side of the Ponte Vecchio. The exact address is: Via Dè Barbadori, 21. Very cute little space on an otherwise pretty quiet street, here you can get your fix of tea (bubble tea included) fresh fruit juices and more. Closed all of August.
  • A kid-friendly spot is new spot Anderson, Via Borgo Santa Croce, 21. Open 10am-10pm. The website is well-done.
  • One local find is the Le Murate Caffè Letterario Firenze which despite being in the center of Florence, seems to attract mostly locals. Come for a cappuccino in the courtyard of an ex-prison. address: Piazza delle Murate, 50122 Firenze
Relaxing at Murate on a sunny day, Photo Credit: Christine Juette Photography

Relaxing at Murate on a sunny day, Photo Credit: Christine Juette Photography

  • My ‘local’ is Cafe degli Artigiani in piazza della passera, no-nonsense and you can sit outside and eat a light lunch.
  • What about just coffee and tea but you don’t feel getting overcharged? Here are my local spots of trendy & comfy coffee & tea bars. I always add to my list when I discover new ones.
  • Where can you go for cappuccino art in Florence, the photo below was taken at News Cafe in the San Lorenzo neighborhood, Via del Giglio, 59, Firenze.
  • Best places for ice coffee and WIFI browsing 
  • Dolce Lab on via dei macci, really really great muffins!
  • Hemingway’s, piazza piattellina (near piazza della carmine)
  • Via del te, tea room  (two locations Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 22/23r and via di santo spirito)
  • Red, library & bookshop,  Piazza della Repubblica, 26
  • Todo Modo, Bookshop, library and free WIFI, Via dei Fossi 15 rosso 50123.
  • La Cite,  Borgo San Frediano, 20, 50124 Firenze. Awesome place in the oltrarno, Free WiFi.
  • Quelo bar (santa croce), Via Borgo Santa Croce, 15r.
Where can you get a Duomo on your cappuccino: News Caffe!

Where can you get a Duomo on your cappuccino: News Caffe!

Where to get the best gelato in Florence

  • Top Choice, Gelateria My Sugar, Via de’ Ginori 49r (San Lorenzo neighborhood). Brand-new artisan joint owned by two passionate people, try their pistachio & yogurt! Highly recommend. Open daily from noon until 11pm. website.
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Photo: My Sugar Gelateria & Yogurt

  • Geleteria Carapina, Via Lambertesca 18 (close to the ponte vecchio), probably one of the best in Italy (my opinion).
  • Carabe (Sicilian), Via Ricasoli 60/r close to the Duomo. Really awesome fruit gelato. This place just ROCKS
  • Geleteria dei Neri, Via dei Neri 20/22R. Better than Vivoli, just sayin. 
  • Geleteria della Passera, Piazza della Passera 15 (close to Palazzo Pitti). Don’t think about the awkward name of the Piazza but they make great sorbets.
  • Geleteria dei Medici, via dello statuto. Well worth the trek!
  • Gelateria Edoardo, piazza del duomo, makes their own cones and has cinnamon gelato, overpriced but decent.
  • La Sorbettiera, Piazza Torquato Tasso, 11. Well worth the walk, plus this piazza is full of hidden foodie gems! This is one of the best, hands down.
  • In Sant’Ambrogio, stop by Gelateria Il Procopio, Via Pietrapiana 62r (Piazza Dei Ciompi).

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Get Out Of Town (Great Restaurants)

Because what really compares to a lunch in the countryside, get outta town is my motto when the Ponte Vecchio starts to look like a heaving mass of people that never ends. We love the below places and can vouch for them all.

  • BAGNO A RIPOLI | Just outside of Florence is Trattoria La Gargotta, offering Tuscan home-cooking with a beautiful outside terrace with a far-off view of the Duomo. Dinner around 40 euros per person (with wine).  Via Vicchio e Paterno, 19, 50012 Bagno A Ripoli FI. + 39 055 631444.
  • PRATOVECCHIO (AREZZO) | Ristorante La Tana Degli Orsi. I will probably get killed by my Italian friends for sharing this extreme gem of a restaurant but let’s just say it is so good that you need to book a month ahead of time to get a spot. address: Via Roma, 1, 52015 Pratovecchio AR. Phone: +39 0575 583377
  • Just outside of Florence is the lovely Trattoria Omero, on Via del Pian dei Giullari, 47. Pappardelle with duck and other delights await you along with the beautiful terrace.
  • CHIANTI | Mac Dario in Panzano-Chianti (Tuscany)
  • SAN VICENZO | Il Sale at Poggio ai Santi is a dream restaurant. Nestled in one beautiful boutique hotel, this location overlooks the sea and on a clear day you can spot Elba island and Corsica. Il Sale is the restaurant and they adhere to s strict-Tuscan only philosophy. This is hands down one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to in one of the most charming locations. Romantic, special occasions, friends, it’s perfect for everything. address: via San Bartolo, 100 I-57027 San Vincenzo (LI) – tel +39 0565 798032.
  • BAGNO A RIPOLI: Ristorante 588 at Borgo i Vicelli, one of my newest finds is a 25 minute drive from Florence in the bagno a ripoli hills, chef Andrea whips up a variety of creative cuisine taking inspiration from their abundant vegetable garden. address: VIA ROMA N. 588 50012 BAGNO A RIPOLI (FIRENZE), TEL. +39 055 699003
  • EMILIA-ROMAGNA | La Tana di Charly (best restaurant in Emilia-Romagna), no really!
  • VALDARNO | One of my top restaurant recommendations in Tuscany is Il Canto del Maggio, a 40 minute drive from Florence in the Valdarno area of the region. Read my review and details how to get there here. This place rocks my WORLD!!!
  • PONTASSIEVE | Fattoria LaVacchio near Pontassieve. Amazing food, amazing views & locally produced wine – all at a fabulous price! This is a place you want to go.
  • MUGELLO | Restaurant L’Olivaia at Villa Campestri – open during the summer months and creative menu based around their excellent EVOO. address: Via di Campestri, 19/22, 50039 Vicchio di Mugello FI. +39 055 849 0107
  • AREZZO | Ristorante Il Goccino, address: Via Giacomo Matteotti, 90, 52046 Lucignano Arezzo. One of the best restaurants in Tuscany, under the watchful eye of Chef Susanna.
  • VAL DI PESA | Palazzo Pretorio, Via del Giglio, 26, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa FI. Best pizza EVER!
  • BAGNO A RIPOLI | A ‘Casa del Popolo’ in the Florentine fraction of Bagno a Ripoli, Osteria Nuova is a hit with locals looking for al-fresco dining with affordable prices. Highly recommend the daily menu & pizzas. address: via roma 448, facebook.

Ethnic Fare in Florence, Italy

  • Brunch | The best brunch in Florence is definitely at the Le Vespe Cafe, Via Ghibellina 76R (near piazza santa croce).
    • Pine&Apple | Chinese Food in the San Lorenzo neighborhood in an ambiance that I can only describe as ‘Nordic.’ While I haven’t yet eaten here, (I’m going this Friday). I felt it worth adding because Nico and I were very impressed with both the short menu offering up dishes like ‘hand made dumplings with beef and chives’ and the smart interior, which is a step up from the anything-but-cute Chinese options nearby. address: via san zanobi 44r, Facebook page. Open lunch and dinner (12-3pm, 7:30-11pm).
  • For Thai & Sushi fusion that actually ROCKS, try Niwa, address: Via del Ponte alle Mosse
  • Gnam Firenze is a hip new burger & natural soup joint in the oltrarno, it has rave reviews by my friends who have tried it. website. 0 Km and organic products.
  • Japanese Buffet | Minokichi, Fortezza di Basso neighborhood. Via dello Statuto 21 AB. All you can eat Sushi and more from  22.90 euros and has already gained popularity with locals. (lunch is 12 euros).
  • Ramen | Koto Ramen. Yes a new place has opened near the Santa Croce neighborhood that will be serving the ramen needs (and Japanese tapas) of locals and foreigners alike. No longer is ‘Banki Ramen’ the only spot in Florence. It looks cool and I am sure this will be quite a hit and I might wait for the fan-fare to die down before trying it myself to avoid crazy crowds. Address: Via verdi 42r
  • Thai Street Food | Icchethai StreetFood Firenze, I haven’t tried it yet but as soon as I saw ‘thai street food’ I had to add this here so at least you guys could know about it. It just opened, address: Lungarno cellini 25c (not far from the San Niccolo tower).
  • American | Hard Rock Cafe in Florence, Italy.
  • German/Bavarian | Bavarian in Florence, fried bread & garlicky cheese galore!.
  • Taste Festival in Florence, once a year foodies invade the city.
  • Sushi | New Sushi place Iyo Iyo, is in the historical center and has an actual Japanese Chef.  Borgo Pinti, 25, 50100 Firenze. One to watch.
  • Sushi | Yaguri sushi in Florence, Italy. Very good!
  • Lebanese | I really like this Lebanese joint in the Santa Croce neighborhood, Valle Dei Cedri, you can also order take-out from them via the website thefood.it. address: Via Borgo Santa Croce, 11, 50122 Firenze.
  • Ramen| Real Ramen in Florence, fantastic little place near Piazza Santa Maria Novella. They even do cold, summer versions.
  • Chinese | Love Dim Sum? This is THE place to go in Florence.
  • American | American bakery serving up delicious bagels, sandwiches & desserts.
  • Jewish | Looking for kosher? rest assured there is a great vegetarian kosher restaurant in Florence. Falafal!
  • Cuban | La Bodeguita Del Medio, Via Ponte Rosso 57r, 50129 Florence.
  • Indian/Chinese/ & More. Takeout – Food delivery, around the city. List here.
  • IcCheThai Street Food. Yes my prayers have been answered, someone has brilliantly saw a gap in the Asian food market and has created a small spot along the lungarno (san niccolo tower) to provide a simple menu of thai food favorites such as pad thai, noodles, green curry, gyoza, fried egg rolls paired with craft beer, wine and more. The set-up is simple and definitely not fancy, but the food is good. I tried the green curry (6.50 euros) made with eggplant and basil, tasty (and very spicy) while the steamed dumplings were jam-packed with flavor. Well done! Open Tuesday-Sunday 6pm-midnight, closed Monday.
  • Il Gesto,  oltrarno neighborhood, is a brand new spot in my neighborhood that offers an eco-friendly way to dine. Managed by an under-30 crowd, here you order small portions of interesting dishes like ‘sushi taco’, ‘mini burger’ falafel’, make your own bombolone, all using little chalkboards that are also used to serve the dishes. The inner decor is also quite awesome. address. Borgo San Frediano 27/r. website. open for dinner 6pm-2am.

Brunch in Florence

  • For a fancypants brunch without a suffocating price, try Florian’s brunch on via parione. For 42 euros you get access to a fabulous buffet full of delights such as oysters, raw rish, mini pancake stacks, all the sweets you can think of. Hot and cold dishes, and a bloody mary buffet. Drinks and food included, 42 euros. The best option ever.
  • Le Vespe Cafe’, Via Ghibellina 76R. hands down best brunch spot in Florence for any budget! They have pancakes, quesadillas, sandwiches named after local streets. You cannot go wrong with this place.
  • For my top ‘Italian’ brunch, go to Teatro del Sale, Via dè Macci, 118. Casual atmosphere, buffet style & truly excellent. More info on the adjoining shows here.
  • Brunch at The Diner in Florence , guest post at Curry Strumpet.
  • 1950’s American Diner, via del moro 85r, this is brand new and not far from the train station.
  • Libreria Brac does a late Sunday brunch: 12-4pm and is perfect for vegetarians and vegans plus people who enjoy a bohemian ambiance. address:
    via dei vagellai 18r – ph. 055.094487
  • Fancy! The Four Seasons in Florence offers up a gorgeous brunch (think 75 euros a person and up!) but they are pricey! Four Seasons is 12-3pm (weekends) Borgo Pinti, 99 – ph. + 39 055.2626450. Another option is to try their fabulous ‘high tea.’
  • Fancy! JK Place in piazza santa maria novella has an awesome Sunday brunch, 12:30 – 3pm. Ask for a seat on the terrace. ph. 055.2645181 www.jkplace.com/indexBrunch.php
  • Fancy! Also Villa Cora has a gorgeous Sunday brunch sourcing local ingredients. Villa Cora: Viale Machiavelli 18 – Florence ph.055 228790 – info@villacora.it

Best Restaurants For Special Occasions

A bit more on the formal side, if you’re looking for a fine-dining experience or something with an extra edge, I highly recommend the following.  

  • Ora d’Aria, when it comes to gourmet eats in the city of Florence, we don’t have a ton of options but we sure do have passion. Ora d’Aria is definitely one of the top spots for Michelin-star dining near the Ponte Vecchio. The decor is modern/classy and the dining rooms take up two different floors, you can order from their a la carte menu or a variety of tasting menus. address: Via dei Georgofili, 11, 50122 Firenze, Phone055 200 1699. Expect to pay around €180-200 a person. cocktails before? Try Fusion bar. 
  • La Leggenda dei Frati

Best Restaurants For Big Groups

Just because you are in a big group, doesn’t mean you should have to eat crap. Here is my top list on where to eat in Florence for 10+ people. Feel free to add any suggestions in the comments below.

  • Cucineria La Mattonaia. In the Sant’ Ambrogio neighborhood, this is a top pick and where I took a huge group of friends for Nico’s birthday last year. Beautiful ambiance and really fabulous Italian food, the menu specializes in seafood and pizza, there is something for everyone here. Highly recommend. address: Via della Mattonaia, 19R, 50121 Firenze FI. Phone:+ 39 055 386 0564
  • Pescheria San Pietro. Literally in front of the Santa Maria Novella Train Station. Serving up fish (and a cheap lunch menu), this place is a find among locals who are looking for that perfect fish & chips dish with an Italian twist. They have a downstairs level which is fabulous for big groups. Ristorante Pescheria San Pietro Address: Via Luigi Alamanni, 7, Firenze. Phone: +39 055 238 2749
  • La Pentola dell’Oro. Near Santa Croce and Sant’Ambrogio. Going back in time to eat Mideval (yes) food in a wonderful restaurant. I have taken a few people here and they have all been very happy with the creative and interesting menu. Great for groups! address: Via di Mezzo 24. Phone: (+39) 055 241808.
  • La Beppe Fioraia. In the San Niccolo neighborhood towards Piazzale Michelangelo. I like this place because it is fun, and kind of hidden on a street next to a park in Florence. They have really awesome ‘tagliere’ or cured meat and cheese boards. Great for groups! address: Via dell’Erta Canina, 6r, 50125 Firenze. +39 055 234 7681
  • Ristorante ‘Il Latini’. Near Piazza Repubblica. I recently went back to this place after 4+ years and was delighted that the food was (good) and the service was (great). Often hailed as a ‘tourist trap’ by locals, I saw screw it and go there anyway, I had fun and they can host big groups. address:  Via dei Palchetti, 6R, 50123 Firenze, +39 055 210916.

Family-Friendly Restaurants/Bars

  • Anderson is a new spot located near piazza santa croce that is run as a family-friendly bistro with plenty of toys and space for your little ones. via borgo la croce 21r, open 10am- 10pm Tues & Wednesday, 10am-midnight Thursday to Saturday, Sunday 10am-10pm. more info here.
  • Fosso Bandito, located in Florence’s big green space, Cascine park, this is a great spot to come with your family. address: Via Fosso Macinante, 4, , you can get there with the tram from the station. The restaurant and pizzeria is pretty ok!

Aperitivo in Florence/ Wine Bars

  • Uva Nera is a wine bar that looks straight out of a time-warp, in a good way. Think vintage cinema seating and 1940’s music, the wines on selection + cheese and meat platters are top. Highly recommend. address: borgo ognissanti 25.
  • Langolino Gastrobar Firenze, just steps from Piazza Santo Spirito and a tiny but very cool place. Great quality organic wines, Tuscan cured meats, cheeses and mostarda, salads and crostini. Highly recommend. address: Via delle Caldaie, 8r, Florence, Italy.
  • Il Santino, via di santo spirito, part of my ‘must-try’ five minutes from the Ponte Vecchio. Small space so come early.
  • Pitti Gola e Cantina is a classy wine bar specializing in wines from Piemonte and is known to have one of the best wine lists in the city. Located directly in front of Palazzo Pitti, this is the perfect little spot for a glass of wine before dinner (they do have food here) but reserve ahead or come early as spots fill up fast. address:  Piazza de Pitti, 16. +39 055 212704.
  • Hemingway, a local secret, they make fantastic aperitivo and wonderful cocktails. Plus the ambiance looks like Ernest would like to call home: Address: (on the other side of the river’) Piazza Piattellina, 9, +39 055 284781
  • Gecko Bar & Grill, brand new hip little bar on Via dei Renai 11, they have cocktails, wine and a pretty fab ambiance. Highly recommend.
  • Un Caffe, Via Cesare Battisti | 2/R, Florence, Italy. I love this place, rustic, cool, cheap and wonderful fun ambiance.
  • Imagine happy hour with one of the best views in town – on top of the terrace on Hotel Minerva! 
  • Another aperitivo favorite (a real find) is Libreria Brac on a hidden street near via dei benci! **** make a reservation or they may kill you.
  • Volume, Piazza Santo Spirito 5R, 50125 Florence, Italy. Where the hipsters go.
  • Se’Sto on Arno, Piazza Ognissanti, 3, 50123 Firenze. Rooftop bar on the Westin Excelsiore has a great aperitivo and an ever better view.
  • Le Volpi e l’Uva, piazza dei rossi 1r, cute little wine bar, Call to ensure that you get a spot on the outside terrace.
  • Pitti Gola & Cantina, Piazza de Pitti, 16, 50125 Firenze FI, 055 212704. Fancy place for a (traditional aka you mainly drink) aperitivo. Truly great wines.
  • Another gorgeous terrace that you can have aperitivo – Hotel Baglioni, terrazza brunelleschi has a gorgeous veggie buffet and some of the best Duomo views in town.
  • Rifrullo, Via di San Niccolò, 55r, 50125 Firenze. Where the Italians go for aperitivo. Room for large groups, call ahead.
  • Rivalta, Lungarno Corsini, 12/14 R. Expensive but quality drinks, ski[ teh spritz and go for the cocktail ‘grandma’s roastbeef’ or my favorite ‘moscow mule’.
  • Sweet wine bar is a little out of the center but quite cool and has a nice wine selection and nightly aperitivo. Open  address: Via di Ripoli, 8
  • A secret haunt that many don’t know about is the very cool private bar, L’appartamento which in on Via dei Giraldi 11. Here you must sign up to be part of their association (which costs 10 euros for an entire year) and you can come for aperitivo, drinks, coffee, at a really cool location in the center of Florence. It’s like being in someone’s cool apartment, with a small terrace and full of locals in the know.
  • Rari bar, I love this place and there aperitivo is pretty good! Lungarno Francesco Ferrucci, 24.
  • Forte Belvedere, beautiful place for aperitivo overlooking Florence (summer months)

Best Pasticceria in Florence

  • Pasticceria Giorgio (famous in Florence, amazing pastries!) Via Duccio di Boninsegna, 36, 50143 Firenze
    055 710849.
  • Dolce & Dolcezze in Piazza Cesare Beccaria, 8r, Firenze is always a true favorite. These women are godsends when it comes to that perfect chocolate cake or interesting pastries.
  • Pasticceria Buonamici, via dell’orto 12r. Another historical pasticceria in the oltrarno that is well known for their beautifully made almond biscotti.
  • Cafe Neri close to the Ponte Vecchio, Via dei Guicciardini 3/5 rosso. Excellent pastries next to one of the most visited spots in Florence, the ‘old bridge’ or Ponte Vecchio.
  • Cantinetta da Verrazzano,  via dei Tavolini, a historical bakery in the heart of the historical center, I typically stop here for focaccia on the go.
  • S.Forno, located in the san frediano/santo spirito area. Via S. Monaca 3r, 50124 Florence, Italy.
  • Robiglio, Via dei Tosinghi, 11/R. Hot chocolate, good coffee, pastries to die for, and close to the Duomo.
  • La Pasticceria (Bread & Pastries) in the new floor on top of the fresh fruit & veg market in San Lorenzo. I love love love the eclairs!

Gastronomic Recommendations

  • Meat | Macelleria Mignani, one of the most well-respected butchers in the Oltrarno, for anything meat related (including amazing cured salumi) this is your spot, don’t be scared to ask for advice, every butcher is a home cook.
  • Civaie Mechini – via delle Spade 52/Ra speciality food store near Sant Maria Novella where you can pick up quality faro from Garfagnana, chickpeas, beans and other various Italian elements.
  • Tea & Chocolate |  Oronero, Piazza de’ Pitti, 1r. This is my go-to spot for loose-leaf teas and lovely chocolates, both for gifts and lets be honest, your own personal #treatyourself moments. 
  • Tea | Tealicious, Via Romana, 26. Another wonderful tea spot in the oltrarno, the Brazilian owner is super passionate about her blends and will certainly guide to the best brew.
  • Cheese | Alimentari Sandro, via de’serragli 39r. This is my ‘secret’ go to place for cheddar cheese and well all cheese close to piazza santo spirito and carmine. Wonderful Tuscan options and gourmet French cheeses as well. Worth a stop.

Food Tours in Florence/Tuscany worth trying

KM Zero Tours is company operating out of Montrogoli, Chianti — about 25 minutes from Florence and whose aim it is to take you around small and local producers (cheese, wine and more) and tell you more of the behind-the-scenes story. They also have a beautiful villa to rent (also in sections) where they whip up meals and give you recommendations. They are incredible, and I have found a renewed love of the Chianti area because of them. Website.

Food Tours in Florence –Curious Appetite. Food Blogger in Florence leads various food and wine tours by foot in Florence and wine tours in the Tuscan countryside. Tours are organized by themes (market, food and wine pairing, aperitivo, dinner crawl, artisan workshops, craft beer and more) and location (wine tours in Montalcino and Chianti Classico). I personally had a wonderful experience with Coral aka Curious Appetite Travel on a number of different tours, you can’t go wrong with a person who loves food, is knowledgeable and makes you laugh, check out their tours here.

My top restaurant lists that you can check out on YELP. 

** Or if you are craving a lazy-night at home but don’t feel like cooking, I have compiled a great list of places that deliver food. Enjoy! 

Cooking Classes in Florence I Recommend

  • My favorite place to send people is to the cooking class of Giulia aka ‘Jul’s Kitchen,’ a lovely girl who is based out of her house in the Tuscan countryside (a 40 minute bus ride from Florence – so easy!). She makes traditional Tuscan food in an ambiance that I can only describe as dreamy. You can read more about my experience with her here.
  • Pizza-making in Florence with Curious Appetite. She is my foodie go-to gal in the city, and for those who want to learn how to make pizza, I recommend her class  in Florence which she does together with a  Gambero Rosso awarded chef, you will make your own pizza dough from scratch with artisan gourmet ingredients. Afterwards she will take you wine tasting or on a gelato tour, post-pizza making. Sounds like heaven!
  • DESINARE Cooking school & shop @ Riccardo Barthel is a good choice as well (in the oltrarno too!). They are not the cheapest option but I’ve heard good things. Via dei Serragli, 234, Firenze, Phone:055 221118. The location I should mention is absolutely beautiful. website.

Nightlife in Florence:

73 Comment

  1. Reply
    iida
    15.08.2013 at 16:33

    Love your blog! Going to Florence at the end of August so will read through all these clever tips, thanks for posting! iida

    1. Reply
      ggnitaly84
      18.08.2013 at 21:38

      thank you so much iida! I really appreciate the support

  2. Reply
    Keith B
    03.10.2013 at 12:52

    Santo Graal was excellent, I’d never have found it without your tips.
    Thanks

    1. Reply
      ggnitaly84
      03.10.2013 at 15:20

      thanks Keith

  3. Reply
    Lucia
    29.10.2013 at 17:35

    I have just started to learn italian at my home country and want to go to Florence next year for some course. I just found your blog and it is just perfect! I cannot find better word, but can also say much more than perfect!Thank you

    1. Reply
      ggnitaly84
      30.10.2013 at 1:02

      Thank you do much Lucia! Where are you from?

  4. Reply
    Lucia
    30.10.2013 at 7:57

    I am from Slovakia, I have just started to learn italian and want to go next year in may to Florence and hope one day I will live there:) this blog helps me a lot before my journey

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  6. Reply
    tewie
    06.06.2014 at 1:09

    Best meal ever at enoteca la barrique. Thanks girl in Florence!

    1. Reply
      GirlinFlorence
      06.06.2014 at 9:43

      YOu have no idea how happy that makes me, seriously my favorite place ever!

  7. Reply
    Earl Owens
    10.10.2014 at 17:53

    No Gelateria la Carraia! (Piazza Nazario Sauro [near Ponte alla Carraia], 25r). Gelateria la Carraia was recently voted best in Florence!

    I frequent Gelateria Cillo, via dei Neri 51, near Piazza della Signoria because the sister-owners are so nice and the portions are generous. It’s just up the street from Gelateria dei Neri.
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187895-d2342634-Reviews-Gelateria_Cillo-Florence_Tuscany.html

  8. […] to read. I referred to it a lot while planning my own visit; I particularly love that she has a directory of sorts for where to eat – from pizza places to restaurants. And I admire the amount of research that goes into her […]

  9. Reply
    Chelsey
    04.04.2015 at 18:15

    THANK GOODNESS FOR THIS BLOG! Wow. We would be friends if I lived there. Heading there for a few weeks in July with a bunch of girlfriends and this blog is going to save us from too much of the “tourist” stuff. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Now to book a place to stay! 🙂

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    susan
    17.04.2015 at 22:35

    We are leaving for a 3 week trip to Italy and a week of that in Florence. I have taken many notes from your blog. Thank you for your ideas. I will report back after we have tried your suggestions.

  11. Reply
    Jasmin
    25.05.2015 at 3:04

    I’m planning to go solo trip in Florence this August. Your blog is soo informative and helpful 🙂 Could i ask more questions? Would it be safe to go out at night alone? Or go to the bars alone? 🙂

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      GirlInFlorence
      25.05.2015 at 9:23

      Hello Jasmin, you are more than welcome to ask whatever questions you please, go right ahead! It is completely safe to go out alone in Florence, you just want to be self-aware like in any other city. While it is less common here to go to a bar alone, head to one like Fusion or Slowly and I think you will really like it, I feel like there you can feel comfortable and probably chat with someone, even at a place like Sabor Cubano in the san lorenzo area )

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        Jasmin
        25.05.2015 at 9:49

        Thanks so much for the tips 🙂 for hotel or boutique, where would u suggest a good area to stay at? Which is near the places to go to and near a train stn or easy access to transportation? 🙂

  12. Reply
    Alberto Navari
    26.05.2015 at 14:40

    We are a mother and son owned Bistro who specialize in home cooking and seasonal cuisine. Have you ever dined at us? We are located in San Nicolo. Let us know if you are interested.
    A presto!! Alberto Navari, owner

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    evipolan
    29.05.2015 at 12:08

    Dear Georgette
    I visited Florence with my husband a month I go and really enjoyed it. As we like to follow the local vibe, wherever we travel , we wanted to try bisteca fiorentina. So, we followed your tip (“Hands down favorite is Trattoria L’Brindellone”) and went there to try the bisteca. (And before and after that to Hemingway’s for aperitivo!).
    Well, I would like to let you know that it was a great and authentic experience for us : the food, the place, the service…. it is what we look for when we travel!
    We also found Hemingway’s bar unique.
    Your tips have made precious memories of our trip
    Thank you very much and hope some time it founds …next door, to Greece.

    Evi from Athens, Greece

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      GirlInFlorence
      01.06.2015 at 17:00

      Hello Evi, thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy that you guys went to my local favorite, Brindellone. While fancy it is NOT, this is true ‘Tuscan’ food and somewhere an Italian would actually pay to eat food he could technically get from mamma at home. Hemingways is a real find, not only is it famous for hot chocolate, the drinks are really well done and the place itself is very cute. I hope you make it back here again!

  14. Reply
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    02.06.2015 at 20:58

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  15. Reply
    Priyanka
    02.06.2015 at 21:51

    Hey! Just wanted to know the opening and closing hours of Osteria Il Buongustai 🙂 Thanks in advance!

  16. Reply
    Lorri
    16.06.2015 at 0:46

    Love your blog!!!
    Would love your opinion:
    Dinner in Florence on a Tuesday night and reservations are available at 7:30 or 9:00.
    Which is better? At home in Chicago, 9:00 seems later than we would normally prefer but
    when in Rome (or Florence)……

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      Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      16.06.2015 at 0:49

      I think 7:30 is a little early, but I get that is a little late. Why not go for a drink at Fusion bar first 😉 while you wait!

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        Lorri
        16.06.2015 at 3:38

        Great plan… thank you!!!

  17. Reply
    Concetta
    02.07.2015 at 22:43

    Hi Georgette! Thank you for your blog!!! Im planning to have an october destination wedding in tuscany so im taking notes 😉

    Im thinking of reserving a friday night for a fun welcome dinner in the city …. 50-60 pp

    Any great spots that i should absolutely consider? Hopefully i will be out there bext weekend..

    Crowd is Mixed: maknly italian and us families/friends…

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

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    rebecca.thoren@hotmail.com
    05.07.2015 at 12:52

    Hi!
    Going to Florence come this August and your blog is as sent from heaven! Just wondering – the top picture on this page (one large lemonade-like drink and several tiny cups of proscioutto, cantaloupe and other deliciously looking nibbles), where is it from? Think we are going to pay it a visit….

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      GirlInFlorence
      06.07.2015 at 12:50

      Hell Rebecca, thank you! The photo from the top is from an aperitivo on the rooftop of Hotel Bagliono/terrazza brunelleschi close to the station. Very beautiful vantage point from which to see Florence!

  19. Reply
    Gil
    15.07.2015 at 0:06

    Great post! How did I miss it when you posted it? Your food posts make me hungry. Time for another caffe and some cheese!!!

  20. Reply
    Shara
    21.07.2015 at 5:49

    Our family of 4 will be traveling to Florence soon and my older daughter will celebrate her 14th birthday the day after we arrive. Any good suggestions for where to take her for a birthday dinner?

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      GirlInFlorence
      24.07.2015 at 16:13

      Hello Shara, there are so many nice places in town. Why not go with something like Cucina del Garga?

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  22. Reply
    Kristin
    08.09.2015 at 16:09

    As a fellow american living in Florence I love your posts on food, and new restaurants! Can’t wait to try some of the new places you have found!
    Ps. If you haven’t tried it yet Pasticceria Gualtieri in Porta Romana could be on the list, it is my favorite place for a cappucino and a pastry in Florence. They even have vegan and gluten free options!

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      GirlInFlorence
      09.09.2015 at 9:49

      Ciao Kristin. Thank you so so much. I love to write about food because well, I pretty much live to eat. I will definitely checking out the pasticceria in porta romana, I live nearby and I always need a good excuse to run out for a sweet ;-).

  23. Reply
    Judit
    15.10.2015 at 11:46

    Dear Georgette,

    Can you please highlight me a place to eat, best for a family with three children, having lunch, and spending only one day in Florence?

    Many thanks in advance! 🙂

  24. Reply
    Baljit
    02.11.2015 at 18:48

    Hi, I love your blog!
    I will be travelling to Florence in November with my 8 month old and husband. During our trip it will be my husbands birthday. Can you recommend a place with great food and also special (that will accommodate a baby?) for either lunch or dinner?
    Many thanks!!

  25. Reply
    Julie Syl Kalungi
    18.11.2015 at 23:47

    Wow Georgette,

    I can safely say This is the ULTIMATE MONSTER GUIDE Eating, drinking and making merry I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The Gastronomic Pleasures and cuisine in Florence!

    I was researching a trip to Florence this weekend and I wanted to know where we could eat. Not worried anymore…Will definitely check out the Street foods as I am not squeamish at all…

    Also I would be honoured to add your website as a resource for eating out in Florence, if its okay with you 🙂 Thank you for this awesome blog. Love it

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      GirlInFlorence
      18.11.2015 at 23:51

      Thank you for the kind words and of course you can link it, I appreciate it! There are so many good places to eat in Florence that to not share would be a worse crime 😉

  26. Reply
    Dessy
    25.11.2015 at 22:43

    Heyy, what an amazing blog!! :)) Please, can you recomend me romantic bar or restaurant terrace, with beautiful view to the Cathedral or other central place in Florence for enjoying a glass of wine?

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      GirlInFlorence
      26.11.2015 at 10:06

      I would opt for the S.ESTO rooftop bar in piazza ognissanti on the Westin hotel, it is open in both winter and summer and the view is amazing. Also Oblate cafeteria is a local choice!

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  30. Reply
    Jessica C
    04.01.2016 at 20:48

    I love this! I am going to Italy in May and feel lost when it comes to where to go to eat! we are actually staying in the Westin Europa. I noticed a lot of the places you mentioned were across the “Fiume Arno” and we are probably going to want to keep to walking distance. I am going with my husband and are looking for the romantic ambiance. I actually see you commented that this hotel actually has a nice romantic ambiance for dinner. Is there anywhere else around this hotel that are authentic romantic and less touristy? We want the real deal 🙂 I am going to be printing this blog as a guide when we go! thank you!!
    Jessica

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  34. Reply
    Betsy
    05.02.2016 at 19:19

    Hi Georgette,
    I was thrilled to find your blog…so many great things! My husband and I are coming to florence for 10 weeks in March and will be living in your neighborhood! I want to take cooking and painting classes. Your cooking class recommendations are perfect but do you know of painting classes too?
    Thank you so much and if I see you on the street I’ll say hi!
    Warmly,
    Betsy

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    Susan
    22.02.2016 at 18:48

    Hi Georgette – We will be visiting Florence for Easter with friends. I have been combing over your recommendations in and around the city. We are planning to attend the festivities at the Duomo Easter Sunday and would love a recommendation or two for brunch/lunch afterwards. Looking for traditional Italian fare. We will have a group of 7.

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      GirlInFlorence
      22.02.2016 at 18:58

      Hello Susan! How wonderful that you will be in town for Easter. My advice is to get to the Duomo early to see the cart explode (you can always get a coffee at Scuderie before). My favorite Easter recommendation is actually outside of the center (Fattoria LaVacchio) but in the center you can always trust Trattoria Brindellone and Trattoria del Orto for traditional cuisine :). I still haven’t gotten notice of more specific Easter lunches in the center (it’s still a little early for Italy).

  36. Reply
    Amanda
    08.03.2016 at 11:27

    Hi Georgette
    Wonderful post with great information. Your life in Florence sounds very exciting. Well done you! We will be staying at the Hotel Golf which I believe is near the historic centre. We will be there for 3 nights at the start of May. Could you recommend some of your favourite restaurants or places to eat. I am a bit of a foodie and believe good food contributes to a good holiday.

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      GirlInFlorence
      15.03.2016 at 16:57

      Thank you Amanda, can you give me an idea of what range of places? For example, for no-frills Tuscan food, I always go to Brindellone, otherwise for something a bit more contemporary, I’m loving the new Gurdulu restaurant on via delle caldaie, there are so many awesome options!

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        Amanda
        16.03.2016 at 10:38

        I’m not fussy, just good food & service so happy to go with your suggestions Georgette. Anything near our accomodation would be preferable. Happy to go anywhere for lunch.

  37. Reply
    Ben Stewart
    08.03.2016 at 23:46

    Hi Georgette!

    I am coming to Florence March 18th to propose to my girlfriend.

    Where would be an incredible restaurant to dine at afterwards? Great wine is a must!

    I love the blog!

    Ben

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    Laurel
    21.04.2016 at 10:24

    Thank you for your blog! I’m in Florence currently, for 9 days visiting a friend, and we’ve been trying quite a few of your recommendations! Most have been great and my friend is happy to find out about more great dinner places as she has only lived here a few months.

    I’m staying in an Airbnb in the Santo Spirito area and loving the neighborhood!

  39. […] these are a combination of suggestions from a variety of travel websites (most notably Girl in Florence), plus some from friends and my own experiences. I have NOT been to all of […]

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    Ingrid Sylvia
    04.05.2016 at 10:14

    What an inspiring blogg you have!!!! We’re staying in Florence 5-9 May 2016 and we would like to have a dinner surrounded by the beautiful tuscan landscape but without going on a wine tour (we dont want the crowdy busses and stressing schedules). It may be at a winery though or at a local Tuscan villa/restaurant. Any ideas? I also plan to surprise my husband with a picnic outside Florence, and I was thinking about taking the bus to Fiesole to find a private spot to have a romantic picnic. Any other/better ideas? Do you know if it is easy to buy picninc food at restaurants or other places?

    🙂 -Ingrid from Norway

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      GirlInFlorence
      04.05.2016 at 10:53

      Hello Ingrid, thank you! There is a lovely restaurant close to Florence with a nice view outside that you can arrive by bus or taxi, at Fattoria Maiano, I would try that. Just look up Ristorante Lo Spaccio in Florence and make a reservation. Fiesole is a wonderful place for a picnic, I would stop at the conad in piazza san marco and perhaps osteria ortolano nearby to get some goodies to take with you before hopping on the number 7 bus.

      Hope that helps!

  42. Reply
    Natasha
    11.05.2016 at 11:55

    I LOVE your blog so much, its like a mini-encylopedia on Florence. So helpful since I am visiting in 2 weeeks.

    Thanks for putting it together.

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      GirlInFlorence
      12.05.2016 at 9:22

      Ciao Natasha, thank you so much for your kind words, I very much appreciate that!

  43. Reply
    sandra
    15.06.2016 at 16:41

    This list is FANTASTIC THANK YOU!! I need a favor!

    Can you send me TOP place for each of the below:

    Pizza:
    Panini:
    Lunch: ok maybe top two here lol
    Wine bar / Apperitivo
    Desert:

    Its so hard to pick from your amazing long lists so I need HELP 😀

    Thanks

  44. Reply
    sandra
    15.06.2016 at 16:42

    Oh and one more:

    Top english cooking class:

    THANKSS XXX

  45. Reply
    Julia
    21.06.2016 at 22:09

    Whaaaaa, so many things to trrrrrrrry! I’m super exited to try some of these spots! Hopefully, my travel partners can keep pace with my want to try as much food as possible, lol.

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  47. Reply
    kirsten ritchie
    14.08.2016 at 9:58

    Hey! I am from New Zealand and am traveling through Europe for must time with my husband on our honeymoon. We have just finished going through Florence (which was the prettiest place we have been to throughout Europe). We had the best time there but I really think you deserved an email to tell you that it was thanks to your great guidance and tips. Unfortunately, some of the places were closed given it is August but osteria il buongustai was amazing as a first stop. We had come from Venice and cinque terre were food was over priced and we struggled to find a traditional meal at low cost. This place was perfect. It met all our expectations of Italy – cheap but delicious Chianti, the carbonara !!!! And that beans and truffle butter on toast was fantastic. We also loved that the whole family from young kids to grandparents were bustling around cooking and serving people. We hadn’t had a proper gelato until we went to carapina. We also had great gelato at geleteria del neri. We went to your go-to spot for pizza il scugnizzo bit it was shut and ended up at neromo and were so happy in pizza heaven! We defintaely didn’t have long enough there and will be coming back! We also did the belloaguardo hill wall because we like to avoid hordes of people experiencing the same thing. I’m so glad we did. Walking those streets of Florence and seeing those houses, the olive groves and then finally the view over Florence was one of the most beautiful things my eyes ever set eyes on. That is how I had imagined Florence to be and I never would have experienced that if it wasn’t for your recommendation. We got to hotel belloaguardo and they actually let us in to take photos of their view 🎉. Anyway – thanks so much for your blog. It made our short time in Florence the best we have experienced in the 8 weeks of traveling. 🙂 thanks!!!!! Kirsten

  48. Reply
    Suzie
    23.08.2016 at 3:47

    Fantastic blog – so much great insider information..
    I have a tough brief for a restaurant. It’s my 40th birthday when we ill be in Florence and we are looking for a great restaurant for lunch – preferably outside and that has great food and atmosphere. We are travelling with our 2 kid (5 and 8 years) so nothing too formal and small
    Any recommendations would be great !
    Thanks

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      GirlInFlorence
      24.08.2016 at 12:52

      Hello Suzie, thank you for the kind words and the support, I appreciate it :). I really like Fattoria LaVacchio which is about a 40 minute drive outside the center towards Pontassieve, it has a nice terrace where you can eat and all of the food is really awesome organic Tuscan fare, they make their own olive oil and wine too. Otherwise look into Borgo i Vicelli’s 588 restaurant in Bagno a Ripoli (this is a new fabulous find with a great young chef) and Osteria il Canto del Maggio which I also adore, close to the city of Arezzo. Hope that helps!

  49. […] the food and drink scene here, I highly recommend you also check out: Nardia of Lost in Florence, Georgette of Girl in Florence, Emiko Davies (Emiko does recipes and details Tuscan Food so you can become a better informed […]

  50. Reply
    Natalie Burns
    02.09.2016 at 23:16

    Tried couple of your recommended restaurants and loved them! Thanks so much! We are 3 generations meeting in Florence from all over the world 🙂

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      GirlInFlorence
      05.09.2016 at 7:50

      Three generations, that is wonderful! Happy to know you guys enjoyed the recommendations 🙂

  51. Reply
    Karine
    05.09.2016 at 11:15

    Hey there,
    Thanks for the awesome suggestions! It was our third visit in Florence and we wanted to enjoy it without the tourist visiting everything feel to it.

    We had a blast, purchased some cool jewelry from Nora and leather from la escuola del cuoio, and hung out in seriously cool cafes.

    We did a bisteca fiorentina competition while we were here: Cipolla Rossa took the crown! And what can I say about My Sugar beyond oh.my.god. ?

    I wish there was an blog like yours every city we visit!

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