A traditional coffee house in the centre of Florence.

One of the most well known historic cafés in Florence is the Caffè Concerto Paszkowski. It started life as a Polish brewery in the nineteenth century Jewish ghetto, but when the area was redeveloped, Paszkowski kept the same site and now has pride of place in the Piazza della Repubblica.

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 (far end from the cash desk), 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 taken standing at the bar remain reasonably priced.