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10 Great Florence Restaurants for an Authentic Tuscan Experience

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If Tuscany’s capital immediately conjures up images of Renaissance masterpieces and palaces, luxuriant flower gardens and sunsets over the Arno, culinary treasures are no less worthy of your attention. From colorful market stalls to tiny panini stands, wine bars and trattorias, Florence knows how to tantalize the palate. This is Italy, after all!
Here’s a selection of hand-picked Florence restaurants where you can experience the best of Tuscan cuisine. Because at the end of an excursion to the most beautiful villages in Tuscany or the most beautiful piazzas in Florence, you’re going to have to eat something…

Where do locals eat in Florence? Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina, for outstanding wine and food pairing

Where to eat in Florence - Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina - Bonnes adresses à Florence

Located in the trendy Oltrarno district, across from the magnificent Pitti Palace, this intimate spot is the ideal setting for a romantic tête-à-tête. Particularly popular with Florentines (which is usually a good sign), the establishment boasts an expertly curated wine list that focuses on small producers as well as hand-picked products that are vital to Tuscan cuisine. For the ultimate gourmet experience, opt for a food and wine pairing. The owners will happily take your on this unforgettable gastronomic experience.
Psst! This is one of the most sought-after restaurants in Florence. Best to book at least a few weeks in advance.

I Fratellini, for a quick bite

Between visits to the Uffizi, Palazzo Vecchio and the Duomo, it’s a safe bet that all this splendor will work up an appetite. If you don’t want to waste too much time, but still want a good meal, there’s nothing better than an Italian sandwich to fill you up.
The selection at this family-run stand on Via dei Cimatori will make your mouth water. Sausage and eggplant, prosciutto and truffle cream, or pecorino and sun-dried tomatoes: it’s hard to choose from the thirty or so paninis on the menu.

Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, to feel the Florentine pulse

Welcome to the beating heart of Santa Croce! Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio is never empty as locals come to stock up on fresh produce for their daily menus.
A fixture of the Florentine landscape since 1873, the city’s oldest covered market is renowned for the exceptional quality of its produce. Stroll through its colorful aisles of fruits and vegetables, charcuterie boards, fresh pasta and other Italian delicacies and fill up on flavors.

Florence restaurants - Cibrèo Caffè - Bonnes adresses à Florence

Top restaurants in Florence: Cibrèo Caffè, to travel in time

A stone’s throw from the Sant’Ambrogio market, this Florentine institution, which opened in 1989 opposite the restaurant of the same name, welcomes a mixed crowd to sip a cappuccino or a glass of wine in an authentic and welcoming setting.
If you decide to take a seat inside, the eclectic decor, which combines wood paneling, velvet armchairs and vintage lamps, promises to immerse you in a 19th-century atmosphere. Of all the Florence restaurants, this one certainly stands out for its style.

Sbrino Gelatificio Contadino, for the best gelato in Florence

What better way to end an afternoon stroll than with a handmade gelato? Tucked away from the crowds, this little spot offers a selection of gelatos and sorbets that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Pistachio, pear and dark chocolate, fig and walnut… classic flavors compete with original creations. You’re going to want to come back every day of your stay to try every single flavor!

Where to eat in Florence centre? Hostaria da Fulvio, for the festive atmosphere

Florence restaurants - Hostaria da Fulvio - Bonnes adresses à Florence

When you walk through the door of this Italian osteria, the lively atmosphere is sure to pique your curiosity. Not only are the diners festive, but the restaurant’s extravagant decor, highlighted by a fresco on the ceiling and an array of lights and chandeliers, is extremely enticing.
The place is ideal for a romantic tête-à-tête or a festive meal with friends, accompanied by a truffle pasta dish, saffron risotto, seafood casserole or a perfectly grilled steak. In short, you are in for a real treat!

What food is Florence famous for? The bistecca alla fiorentina at La Grotta Guelfa

An emblematic dish of Tuscan cuisine, the bistecca alla fiorentina or Florentine steak is sure to delight red meat lovers. This prime rib from the Chianina breed of cattle can be found on the menus of many of the city’s restaurants, including this one, which serves it the way it should be: thick and rare.
With its combination of wood and wrought iron decor, this historic Florence trattoria offers a pleasant journey back in time over a delicious meal accompanied by a selection of local wines.

Rooftop restaurants in Florence: Loggia Roof Bar, to enjoy happy hour with a view

Located on the top floor of the Hotel Palazzo Guadagni in Oltrarno, this terrace bar is a well-kept secret in the Tuscan capital, offering a panoramic view of the city and its green hills.
Tip: Make sure to book a table in advance if you’re planning to visit at sunset.

Pegna dal 1860, to stock up on gourmet Italian products

Located in the heart of an old 17th-century convent, a stone’s throw from Piazza del Duomo, this delicatessen brings together the crème de la crème of Italian products under one roof.
From fine biscuits and chocolates to olive oils, truffles, cheeses and charcuterie, you’ll find a wealth of gourmet products to pack in your suitcase and take your taste buds on a delicious journey back home. This is definitely not to be missed among all the Florence restaurants.

Le Volpi e l’Uva, for a fine selection of Italian wines

Florence wine bar - Le Volpi e l'Uva - Bars à vin Florence

A favorite among oenophiles, this Florence wine bar boasts an impressive selection of products from the four corners of Italy. With over 30 years of experience in the world of wine, the team at the helm speak passionately about the producers who have carved out a place for themselves in their cellar.
Whether you opt for a table in the intimacy of the bar or a seat on the terrace, let the experts advise you on the wines to pair with a charcuterie boards and cheeses. Psst! You can even book a private tasting.

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