Florence, the foodie capital of Tuscany is a place where everybody will find something for themselves. Travellers who want to have a quick and inexpensive bite will find something, as well as the most demanding gourmands. Depending on how much do you want to spend on food and since the list of osterias, enotecas and cafes is almost limitless I’ve come up with a quick food guide to Florence. These are the places that we visited and loved and here you will find a guide to everything… Where to go for a quick and inexpensive bite, where to have the most delicious and most good looking ice-cream, where to have an actually affordable coffee and so on. Already hungry? Then continue reading. 🙂
San Lorenzo Market
Piazza di San Lorenzo, 9
Here on this indoor market you will find everything – from Florentine tagliata, delicious pasta, biggest truffle we ever saw, pizza, wine, and so on. The prices are similar as if you went to the restaurant but here you have a wide selection of anything you might want under one roof. There is also an outdoor market selling clothing, leather goods, souvenirs, etc.
Via del Corso 44/46r
If you want the most good looking ice-cream head over to Amorino, as it’s not only really pretty, but also really delicious! What is more they offer also lactose-free ice-creams and they can make you a rose shaped ice-cream up to 5 different flavours! On top of that you can also have a macaroon on you ice-cream. How cool is that?
Osteria dell’ Antico Vinaio
Via dei Neri, 74/R
The best sandwiches in town! We stumbled upon this place by accident and only later found out that this is the most popular sandwich place in whole Florence. Highly rated on TripAdvisor without a doubt proved that it is worth waiting half an hour to get your hands on one of the most delicious sandwiches ever. But don’t worry the waiting time is not always so long, only during the lunch hour, that is between 13.00 and 14.00. We loved these sandwiches so much that we went there two days in a row and the sandwich the we chose was “The Boss.” Filled with Tuscan prosciutto, Pecorino cheese and truffles we also requested to add some extra rocket and tomatoes. Heaven! Sandwiches are really big so it’s also possible for two people to share one. At a price 5 € for a gourmet sandwich and 2 € for a glass of wine that is a steal in Florence!
I’ Banco dì Duomo
Piazza delle Pallottole, 1
This smoothie stand is right next to the Florence Cathedral so it’s perfect to head there for a quick fruit fix after climbing 500 stairs up to the dome. They offer inexpensive smoothies, fruit cups and some other goodies.
Piazza della Signoria, 5
Rivoire, a chocolate shop with long tradition is located on the Piazza della Signoria and is known to be making chocolate since 1872. The prime location of the cafe and the tradition make it more upscale and expensive, but if you are looking for a place to enjoy some coffee and delicious treats with gorgeous view this is the place. The interior of the cafe is decorated with dark wood and marble that give it a more elegant feel, while the tables outside have a wonderful view over to the Palazzo Vecchio. The drinks, especially coffee is really expensive (think 3€ for espresso and around 6€ for a latte), but the pastries are kind of reasonably priced. They also offer numerous cocktails and a wide variety of different cakes and of course chocolates.
Borgo degli Albizi, 87
If you don’t want to spend fortune only on coffee in Florence, then head to the Milkeria where they not only offer cheap coffee, but also sweets like pancakes, waffles and some other snacks. For the comparison – latte here is only 1,5€ whereas anywhere else in Florence you would pay around 4€ or more. Charming rustic chic interior makes this place perfect for a morning breakfast or afternoon pancake cravings.
Florence truly is a foodie heaven. Even quick bites on the go are delicious. There are still a lot of places I want to try, like silver spoon dining, the classic Gilli Cafe overlooking Piazza della Repubblica, trendy Gucci Cafe and many more, but unfortunately time didn’t allow us. So I guess until next time. 🙂
Have you been to some of this places? Are there some others that you particularly enjoyed and should be added to the list? Let me know 🙂