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Bar de L'O


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Chic cafe and bar on the ground floor of the Hotel L'Orologio. Facing Piazza Santa Maria Novella, just around the corner from the train station.

Bar de L'O provides a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy a cocktail, a coffee or even a light business lunch.


Bar La Terrazza at La Rinascente


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Some of the best views in town can be enjoyed near the historic center of Florence, from the rooftop cafe of the “Rinascente” department store.

The cafe generally keeps the same hours as the store, which means that you will find this viewpoint open nearly every day, including Sundays. Make your way up the narrow stairways to the Caffé La Terrazza and you will be rewarded with particularly stunning views of the Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica and surroundings.

The terrace is relatively small so you may find yourself waiting for a place to sit on a nice day.


Caffè Belvedere in the Bardini Garden


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Enjoy a coffee and a stroll amongst some of the most beautiful gardens of Florence.

The Bardini garden has only been open to the public for about the last 10 years. Therefore this place, that offers one of the most extraordinary views of the historic center of Florence, has remained relatively little known by Italians and visitors alike.


Trattoria Sostanza


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An old favourite near Santa Maria Novella.

Many things have been written about this quirky niche of old Florence, to which people come for the atmosphere and a taste of past times.

The charm of this place is that it genuinely has remained unchanged for many years. The walls are half tiled in plain white and above them there are news cuttings and memorabilia of a famous clientele of years gone by.
The waiters wear an old fashioned uniform of grey jackets tucked into their white aprons and have a no-nonsense approach.


Gelateria dei Neri


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Named after the street where you find it, this ice cream shop is worth seeking out!

La Bussola


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Best pizza in town! Even with a few updates over the years, La Bussola has retained some its 1960's style in the original long marble bar with suspended seats of chrome and wood.

Settle in at the bar and order your favourite pizza or try something new from the separate list of superior pizzas with all Tuscan ingredients from specialist producers.


Procacci


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One of the oldest gastronomic venues in Florence.Revive yourself during a busy morning shopping in the prestigious Via Tornabuoni with a visit to the unaltered nineteenth century Procacci café. Since 1885 Florentines have been gathering here to taste the house speciality, a tiny bread roll spread with the pungent crema di tartufo (truffle paste), and a glass of lightly spiced tomato juice. Stand at the green marble bar or sit at one of the little tables for no extra cost and enjoy the ambiance which attracted the royal seal of approval in 1925. Tradition has it that the tiny truffle sandwich goes with tomato juice but it is also worth trying with a glass of cold prosecco or white wine. If you have a passion for truffles, buy some crema di tartufo or dig deep and buy a whole fresh one (in season) from the little glass case to take home with you.

Lounge bar Lungarno


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An elegant room with a view. For a coffee with style, try the lounge of the Lungarno Hotel. Make yourself comfortable in one of the deep cream-coloured sofas and gaze across the river to the Ponte Vecchio. With soft lighting and gentle music this is a great place to relax from sightseeing and soak up a different atmosphere. Rather like a gentleman's club, with the open fire and framed engravings and prints, good coffee is served with petit fours and art books are close at hand to browse the treasures of Florence. In summer there are a few tables outside also with a river view. Service is impeccable and the powder room is exemplary.

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 .

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