Where Do Locals Eat in Florence: Must-Try Markets, Pastries, Street Food, & More

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Let’s face it: Florence is crawling with tourists. During high season the streets and sites are packed, and tourist traps masquerading as authentic restaurants are on every corner. For the unprepared but curious traveler seeking the real deal, you might be wondering where do locals eat in Florence? With over 2,000 restaurants in Florence, there […]

Tuscan Cheese: A Guide to Caciotta, Pecorino, Ricotta, & More

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When you get a basic overview of Italian food, you’ll quickly realize how regional the cuisine is. So regional that one dish can change in subtle yet meaningful ways between neighboring towns, let alone entire regions. So, when a cheese connoisseur headed for Tuscany starts looking into what uniquely Tuscan cheeses they should try, they […]

The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Florence

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Once upon a time, if you asked the average Florentine waiter for a meat-free meal and then took issue with the bits of pancetta in your greens, you’d hear something like, “That’s not meat, it’s flavor”. Completely devoid of the sarcasm you might assume would accompany such a retort. Yes, Florence loves its carne. But […]

Our 7 Picks for the Best Italian Restaurants in Florence


We’ll just come right out and say it: it feels silly to be talking about the best Italian restaurants in Florence! It reminds us of a video by Italian TikTok creators lionfieldmusic: “Do Italians eat Italian food in Italy?” (If you’re on the app, look them up! They post hilariously wholesome content about Italian culture.) […]

Restaurants with a View in Florence: Our Top 5 Picks


There’s so much to see and do in Florence that it can be tempting to simply grab a quick bite to pack in as much as you can. But when you are craving a relaxing sit-down meal and panoramic vistas of the city’s iconic skyline, it’s time to head to the best restaurants with a […]

Oldest Restaurants in Florence: The Ultimate List

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You may already know that Italy wasn’t a country of its own until 1861. But some things have always united us: our love for food, respect for tradition, and great joy when the two come together. And there is no better place to experience this than in one of the oldest restaurants in Florence. More […]

What to Eat in Florence: Our Top Picks for Florentine Fare

Trying traditional dishes is one of the best things about traveling to Tuscany!

If Tuscany in general is well-loved by foodies (and we can agree it is), one can argue that Florence is the region’s pièce de résistance. But with so many options the question remains – what to eat in Florence?  One of the truest pleasures for any food lover in Italy is how a dish can […]

Our Top 8 Restaurants Near the Uffizi Gallery

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For the art buff, the Uffizi Gallery is hands-down the finest collection of art in the birthplace of Renaissance. The location is perfect for spending a day in the heart of Florence. Enjoy the soft breezes coming off the Arno River and explore loads of cute shops, museums, and restaurants near the Uffizi Gallery. Whether […]

Top Florence Restaurants by Neighborhood: Santa Croce

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One of the best ways to explore Florence is to pick a street, start walking, and see where the city takes you. When you start your journey behind the bustling Duomo area, you’ll quickly end up in the eclectic and historic Santa Croce neighborhood. Hope you got hungry while doing all that walking, because the […]

Where to Find the Best Pastries in Florence

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Florence is known for its meat dishes and savory schiacciata. But even travelers with the sweetest sweet tooth can find delicious pastries in this city. Today, we’re sinking our teeth into the best pastries in Florence! Cornetteria Notte You’re probably already familiar with French croissants. But in Florence, we call them cornetti. And they’re so […]

Best Desserts in Florence: 6 Sweet Treats You Shouldn’t Miss

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At the end of an unforgettable meal, there’s only one thing that can crown it all perfectly – a delicious dessert. And while desserts in Florence may not be as famous as Florentine steak, they’re still an unforgettable experience. But what should you order, and where? We’re here to help! Here’s the ultimate list of […]

The Complete Guide to Craft Beer in Florence

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Tuscany may be the place to go for wine lovers, but Florence always has a spot for any taste. Recently, the craft beer scene has been growing throughout all of Italy. Producers have taken an interest in experimenting with different hops, styles, and flavorful ingredients. Let’s explore some of the best places to grab a […]

Eating in Florence with Kids: Our Tips & Kid-Friendly Restaurants

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Deciding where to go and what to eat as a family can be tricky even in your hometown. When traveling in Florence with kids, making those same decisions can be just plain overwhelming.  But never fear! This guide will help you navigate eating in Florence with kids. Keep reading for our recommendations of what to […]

Our Favorite Florence Restaurants by Neighborhood: Duomo and Old City

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Finding the best restaurants near the Duomo in Florence is tricky. In the city center, tourist traps hide on every corner.  And even learning to behave as a perfect Florentine may not get you the authenticity you’re looking for. Sometimes it’s just too hard to tell the good places from the bad ones.  You don’t […]

7 Trendy Restaurants in Florence You Need to Try

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As opposed to what you might think, eating out in Florence doesn’t have to be all pasta al ragu, Fiorentina steak, and ribollita. Florentine cuisine on its own can be quite diverse, but sometimes you might just get a craving for something a little non-traditional. Staying in this beautiful historic city doesn’t mean you always […]

Outdoor Dining in Florence: 7 Spots to Try

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There’s something romantic and glamorous about outdoor dining in Florence. We’ve all seen the Golden Age movies with well-dressed stars in their sunglasses and headscarves sipping cocktails al fresco. Why not embrace your own main character energy when you enjoy a drink or a meal outside in Florence?  You’ll notice tables outside in nearly every […]

3 Fascinating Historical Cafes in Florence

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For centuries, cafes and eateries have been gathering places for families, friends, artists, writers, philosophers, and revolutionaries. While people come and go, some cafes stay put and continue to serve hungry (and thirsty) customers to this day. In fact, there are several historical cafes in Florence that you should add to your list when you […]

Top Vegan Restaurants in Florence (& What to Order)

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You certainly know that Florence is renowned for its Florentine steak. So, it may come to as a surprise to you that Florence is also one of the most vegan-friendly big cities in Italy!   Okay, we’ll give you a second to recover from the shock. But now, let’s move on! We’re so excited to […]

Where to Find the Absolute Best Panini in Florence

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Can you really have a trip to Florence without snacking on a panini at least once? Probably not—just like a cheese platter filled with chunks of pecorino drizzled with honey, or a glass of Chianti, panini (panino in the singular) are an essential cultural element. But where can you find the best panini in Florence?  […]

Best Brunch in Florence: 6 Places You Can’t Miss

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If an Italian nonna sees her grandchild waking up at midday after a late night, she’s going to be pretty disappointed when they skip breakfast and go directly to lunch.   And she won’t miss the chance to say sarcastically, “Having spaghetti first thing in the morning isn’t good for your health.”  But no need for […]

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