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Paszkowski


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A traditional coffee house in the centre of Florence.One of the most well known historic cafés in Florence is the Caffè Concerto Paszkowski. On the same site as it was when it started life as a Polish brewery in the nineteenth century Jewish ghetto that Piazza della Repubblica once was, Paszkowski now has pride of place in the piazza. Stand at the bar for a coffee and a pastry or an aperitif to admire the miniature cakes, petit fours and chocolates in the shining glass cases and enjoy the theatre of the smartly dressed bar tenders as they prepare the cocktails. There are some tables outside reserved for a self service simple lunch at a fraction of the waiter-served price. Look in the glass counter at the end of the bar, decide what to eat, go to the cash desk to pay and then take your receipt back to the food counter to order and collect your lunch. Ordering from the main menu is considerably more expensive. In the evenings there are concerts on the terrace and the price of drinks at a table reflects this, although drinks inside at the bar remain reasonable.

Cafe Giacosa


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Leopard skin and zebra prints all the way with Roberto Cavalli.Start the day at Caffè Giacosa with a cappuccino and one of the best pastries around, or for an afternoon treat, check out the luxurious house speciality, a "caffè marocchino", a short espresso coffee topped with milk foam and laced with rich, dark melted chocolate. If you are feeling a little decadent after a day of luxury shopping in Via Tornabuoni and you want to hang on to it a little longer, slip in to Giacosa for a cocktail. Stand shoulder to shoulder with the well-heeled and enjoy the comings and goings or pay slightly more for waiter service at a table or on the terrace. The legendary Negroni cocktail, now a favourite Florentine aperitif, was invented at Giacosa a century ago when the Count Negroni regularly propped up the bar and asked the barman to sharpen up his cocktail of Campari and vermouth with a shot of gin. For a more historic ambiance try the Giacosa offshoot just across the road at the Strozzi Palace. Drinks are served to your table in the once private courtyard of the enormously rich Filippo Strozzi .