Florence Highlights: Cafés, Restaurants, and Shops

Palazzo Vecchio (photo by K.Sark)


Osteria All’ Antico Vinaio – Sandwich Deli (Via dei Neri, 74) 5-Euro sandwiches, freshly made to order and you get to pick your own ingredients from a long list of delicious choices and freshly baked focaccia bread! Great for lunch and take-out (only a few tables inside). Open daily from 8am-10pm, and till 6pm on Sundays.  €5.

Green figs at Mercato Centrale (photo by K.Sark)Mercato Centrale – Market Hall with many cafés and delis on the second floor and food market on the main floor (Piazza del Mercato, near San Lorenzo, north of the Duomo) Open daily from 10am-10pm. Try open sandwiches and bruschetta from Fromaggi di Franco Parola, anything from the David Bedu bakery, fresh pasta, or stone-oven pizza. €5-25.

Ara: E Sicilia – Bakery (Via Degli Alfani 127) Try their Arancini (rice balls with various fillings) or Scacce (cheese and veggie baked pockets)! €3-5.

Olive tree (photo by K.Sark)


Farm to Table (photo by K.Sark)Ristorante San Michele All’Arco – organic farm to table restaurant with organic meats, veggies, pasta, olive oil, honey, etc. from the Fattoria San Michele a Torri farm in Scandicci (15km outside of Florence). Their products are sold at various shops in the city and the restaurant is located at (Via Oriuolo 1r) Open for lunch until 2:30pm, and then again for dinner 7:30-11pm. Try their fried zucchini flowers, Pecorino and Pear platter, Eggplant Parmiagana, and any of their pasta dishes. They have the best Tiramisu in the world! €15-35.

Osteria del Proconsolo – Pizzaria (Via del Proconsolo 59r, near the Duomo) Open daily 10am-2am. Try their pizza with grilled peppers! €15-25.

Sesto on Arno – Rooftop restaurant and bar on the 6th floor of the Westin Excelsior Hotel (Piazza Ognissanti 3) Open daily 12:30-2:30pm, and evenings 7:30-10:30pm. Easier to get a table with a reservation. The view is great! €25-55.

Sunrise over the Arno River (photo by K.Sark)

Other side of the river:

Trattoria da Ginone – Traditional restaurant (Via de’ Serragli 35r) Try their pasta with the Salina sauce and their Torta de la Nonna cake! €15-25.

Antico Ristoro di Cambi – Traditional restaurant since 1950 (Via S.Onofrio, 1R) Try their pastas! €15-25.

Vespas (photo by K.Sark)


Edoardo Gelato Biologico (photo by K.Sark)Edoardo – Il Gelato Biologico – Organic and best gelato in the city (Piazza del Duomo, 45r) Open daily 11am-11:30pm. Try their peach gelato, pistachio gelato, and crepes! €3-6.

Gelateria Santa Trinita – Second-best gelateria in the city with a wider selection of flavours (Piazza Frescobaldi, 11,12r, Ponte Santa Trinita) Try their strawberry gelato and Mascarpone ice cream! €3-6.

Edoardo Gelato Biologico (photo by K.Sark)


Signum – Papery and notebook shop (Borgo de’ Greci 40r) Locally made and bound paper, cards, notebooks, calendars and souvenirs. Great for presents!

Paperback Exchange – Anglo-American Bookshop (Via delle Oche 4r, behind the Duomo) Open weekdays 9am-7:30pm, Saturday 10:30am-7:30pm.

Eataly – Gourmet Shop (Via De’ Martelli, 22r) Italian food, wine, candy, soaps, oli, etc. Open daily 10am-11pm. Great for presents!

View from Piazza Michelangelo (photo by K.Sark)

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1 Response to Florence Highlights: Cafés, Restaurants, and Shops

  1. tovarishsukhov says:

    I’m very perplexed at your choice of Gelateria Santa Trinita, as second best. Not really in the top ten, according to my connoisseurship 🙂

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