Cafès in Florence

Cafès in Florence A little bit of an explanation is needed regarding Bars and Cafés in Florence and in Italy: If you want a cappuccino, orange juice or cioccolata calda (hot chocolate) then head for a 'Bar' (strange but true!).
There, you can have a sandwich or a light snack, but the emphasis is not on having a alcoholic drink as in Anglo-Saxon countries, although you can have a beer if you want one (but Florentines go to the 'pub').

If you want something a bit more relaxing then head for a caffé: these are much more chic places where you can sit down, talk, read a newspaper or simply watch the world go by...

There is not much distinction between the food/drink you can order in a caffé or a bar, but most working Florentines will use a bar for a quick coffee or snack and the caffè for their leisure time...

In these pages we've selected for you the best Cafés in town...

I Dolci di Patrizio Cosi

 
Borgo degli Albizi 15/r 50122 Firenze | Tel: 055 2480367
This Italian pasticceria (patisserie, pastry shop) is one of the best in town, for the top quality choice of cakes, pies, pasrties they make every day! The studentsVille staff (who has breakfast there almost every morning) suggests the 'mythical' cremini, tortine della nonna and the bomboloni al cioccolato, all home made by Patrizio Cosi, a real Renaissance artist in this field. The cappuccinos and traditional espressos are very good! But, the 'Marocchino' coffee is unforgettable! This place is really worth a 'taste'!

Piansa

 
Viale Europa, 128/130 - 50136 Firenze | Tel: 055 6532117
If you really love coffee you can't miss this renowned Florentine cafè!

Located in the historical Santa Croce district, this cafè is suggested for its high quality, homemade select coffee, fair prices, relaxing atmosphere and interesting architecture inside. Don't miss it!

Caffè Gilli

 
Piazza Repubblica, 36-39r | Tel. 055 2396310.
Gilli dates back at least to 1733, the date engraved on the facade of the building on Via Calzaiuoli, which is believed to be the site of the original café.

Some late nineteenth photographs show a Gilli pastry shop in Piazza della Repubblica (at the corner of Via degli Speziali). The firm moved to its current place in the nineteen-twenties, as evident from the perfectly conserved windows and furniture that make this the only surviving Belle Époque coffee house in Florence today.

Because of the "extravagant" prices we suggest only going with your parents!

Caffè Paszkoswski

 
Piazza della Repubblica 35 | Tel. 055 210236
Inaugurated in 1907, Caffè Paszkoswski, the property of a Polish businessman, first opened as a beer house in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II (today’s Piazza della Repubblica).

It soon became one of the most famous literary coffee bars in town and also became a sort of haven for artists, writers and musicians who dropped in there.

Today Caffè Paszkoswski is one of the most renowned café's in Florence. It's located next to Gilli Caffé, with which it shares the same, sad record of having the most expensive cappuccino in town.

Don't miss the live piano music they play on hot, summer nights! (Usually with singers or dancers!) Watching from the Piazza is free! :)

Hemingway

 
Piazza Piantellina, 9r | Tel. 055 284 781
This bar is famous for their chocolate, so much so that it's better if you make a reservation! (They're only open after lunch until around midnight).

Their biggest specialty is cake! They have won national and international awards for their gourment chocolate masterpieces made by chocolatiers from Italy and Europe!

Prices are high (a Hemingway cappuccino with whipped cream, chocolate and a chocolate spoon is €7!), but definitely an experience you have to have once in a Florence lifetime!

Caffè / Ristorante Pitti

 
Piazza Pitti, 9r | Tel. 055 239 9863
Very chic place...very high prices!

Costs are justified by the bar's super-charming location (exactly in front of magnificent Palazzo Pitti) and by the excellent interior design. Try the anything on the menu with truffles!