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An artisan workshop turned cafe and so much more.

This cafe/bar took over the studio of wood sculptor, Alfonso Bini, one of a disappearing kind in the old tradition of the neighbourhood's artisan workshops. To pay homage to the workshop, which has been around since 1887 but closed a couple of years ago, the cafe's decor is stylishly set up with the sculptor's tools and iconic works – a revival of the old workshop's spirit.

The wood sculptures, which started out as forms for hats and evolved into creative works in their own right, mingle with large, black and white photographs of the old studio, old machinery from the studio, a jukebox, books available for customers to read or buy, and a comfy array of retro, mismatched leather stools and chairs to sit and enjoy a coffee or a crepe (try the one with cream and nutella). The short but sweet menu also offers some quick nibbles to go with coffee or a late night drink plus one of the city's best selection of artisan gelato from Gelateria Carabè.

Open till late, this little bar becomes a meeting place for the sophisticated young artsy types of town and perfectly captures the essence of this artisan quarter of Florence. Come here Thursday nights for a bit of live music (Blues).


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