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What are the top ten places to eat in Florence?

Filled with restaurants for all tastes and budgets, it is possible to eat very well in Florence! We have prepared a special list of restaurants for you to enjoy in Florence!

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What are the top ten places to eat in Florence?

Walking through the streets of Florence, you will find many places to eat calmly and taste many local specialties. There are countless options, such as: restaurants, bars and cafes. Not to mention the delicious ice creams found in the city. Here you will have a special list for you to enjoy in Florence. Let’s go to our post of the day: What are the ten best places to eat in Florence? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Introduction

Speaking of places to eat and drink in Florence, you will realize that as there are many options, at times it is difficult to find a particular place. For this reason, we decided to dedicate this section to the experiences and opinions about the different restaurants in the city that we had the opportunity to experience personally or that have been recommended. Below you will find some suggestions of different restaurants and bars in Florence, but when choosing, you should always be guided by your instinct as well as your appetite.

Restaurants in the Historic Center

If we have to get to know the city, it is through its most authentic traditional flavors. Let’s start with the many restaurants that are in the historic center, in fact, if you want good food and enjoy the atmosphere of the center, follow our recommendations for restaurants not to be missed in the center of Florence.

Typical Florence Food

As you can imagine, Florence is full of restaurants, pizzerias and trattorias (taverns), from the city center to the surrounding hills. We are facing a gastronomy that is based on simple and healthy dishes: tasty soups made with traditional ingredients, roasts and grilled meats, such as the famous Florence steak, but also cooked meats, cheese, vegetables and fresh fruits, being meats and cheeses completely unavoidable.

Restaurant Concentrations

The highest concentrations of restaurants and food quality are found around Santa Croce and Oltrarno. Remember, too, that the menus of Tuscan restaurants change frequently, sometimes even daily.

1) What are the top ten places to eat in Florence? GOLDEN VIEW OPEN BAR

A restaurant in the center of Florence that is worth a trip is the Golden View Open Bar, where you can dine on one of the most beautiful terraces on the River Arno, in a restaurant that attracts many tourists, but it is nothing like restaurant for tourists. The local dishes are made with care and refinement, like the Florentine steak. And to bring the flavors of the sea, you can taste the sea bream fillet or sesame crusted tuna. For a more informal meal, choose pizzas, topped with ingredients like Tuscan salami and DOP buffalo mozzarella. The location is definitely extraordinary, the restaurant is on the old bridge, the best point of view to enjoy the Renaissance work while enjoying good food and beautiful scenery. Find out more and make your reservation here!

2) What are the top ten places to eat in Florence? CUCINA TORCICODA

A few steps from Santa Croce, you can enjoy a modern tavern, Cocina Torcicoda. Comfort and style don’t let you be fooled, in fact, here is classic Tuscan cuisine. With pappardelle with duck and Chianina steak that are perfectly prepared, among the house specialties, there are also hamburgers with homemade bread. A real pleasure. Find out more and make your reservation here!

3) What are the top ten places to eat in Florence? BISTROT IL DESCO

We will start from the tourist area of ​​Florence, the Duomo. Even here you can eat very well without spending a lot. We find an oasis of taste among many tourist restaurants that are not very inviting. Bistrot “Il Desco” offers quality cuisine, with dishes exclusively made from fresh, seasonal products. The vegetables come directly from the managers of organic farms, such as extra virgin olive oil. The atmosphere is friendly, welcoming and pleasant. The choice of dishes is quite diverse, including vegetarian dishes and desserts of excellent quality and flavor. Find out more here!

4) What are the top ten places to eat in Florence? ENOTECA PINCHIORRI

If for ordinary mortals Desco can be considered a good choice, for those who have no problem with their “wallet”, they can visit the famous Enoteca Pinchiorri, which is located on via Ghibellina, not far from the station and, at the end of St Lawrence’s market, often cited as one of the best restaurants in the world. Do not panic, although in fact we are in front of a Michelin-starred restaurant, in a Renaissance palace and a 150,000-bottle wine cellar, where very few people can afford dinner, and it is a must to wear a suit and tie, it is more than that a place to go, being almost a curiosity that you should know. Or a place to go to celebrate a really special occasion! Find out more here!

5) What are the top ten places to eat in Florence? TRATTORIA ZÀ ZÀ

Another restaurant that is not in the tourist center of Florence, but which is well worth a detour to visit is the Trattoria Zà Zà, with a real and rustic character, although enriched by modern details, such as the frescoes on the walls. From the kitchen, you can expect dishes like steak, Pappa al pomodoro, porcini mushrooms and fresh carbonara truffles. Find out more here!

6) What are the top ten places to eat in Florence? LA MARTINICA

An institution in the center of Florence, La Martinica. For thirty years it has captivated the Florentine palate with its careful preparation of dishes: homemade pasta, as well as cakes, and a change proposed each week, depending on the raw materials available. What to eat when in its kitchen? Pappardelle, tagliolini with truffles and the Florentine steak are completely unavoidable. Find out more here!

7) What are the top ten places to eat in Florence? LA GIOSTRA

The center of Florence does not only offer common restaurants and bars, but also fine restaurants. One of them, for example, is La Giostra with an almost unique atmosphere in the entire city. And if you don’t believe it, know that this place was founded by Prince Dimitri Alberto Kunz himself, being today guided by his children. You can enjoy delicacies such as carbonara with white truffles from Alba, tagliata of Chianina with aromatic herbs and Maremma Kalvill mignon with foie gras. Find out more here!

8) What are the top ten places to eat in Florence? RISTORANTE OLIVIERO 1962

Another fine restaurant is Ristorante Oliviero 1962, located between Ponte Vecchia and Piazza Santa Trinita, open since 1962, and since then it has maintained a prestigious name. The kitchen has two souls, one linked to tradition, the other to contemporary gastronomy. If you prefer the traditional, then try the filet. When you’re in the mood to try new things, try your luck at sampling proposals like the delicious foie gras bloc with quince jam, dor d’épices or the chopped shrimps with saffron oil. Find out more here!

9) What are the top ten places to eat in Florence? TRATTORIA 4 LEONI

In a small square of Florence on the shape and with a particular name, it is really a restaurant to recommend. The Trattoria 4 Leoni, which is located in Piazza della Passera, a few steps from the Pitti Palace, in the dell’Otrarno district. A restaurant where you can eat good Tuscan cuisine, traditional and revisited, spending what they say in Florence ”il giusto”, which is adapted to what you eat and the quality of the food. The interior is rustic, with modern design elements, and it frequently hosts exhibitions of contemporary art by Florentine artists. The menu is not particularly large, but it offers the flavors of all dishes and for all tastes. Find out more here!

10) What are the top ten places to eat in Florence? LAMPREDOTTO

You cannot leave Florence without trying at least once to eat at the oldest Florentine fast food, with a history that has lasted 1000 years to eat the traditional lampredotto (Lamprey), a kind of dark brown tripe, whose name comes from its wrinkled appearance . Find out more here!

Tip of the day

Tripe tents, find them in countless stands in squares in the center, equipped with impeccable cuisine to be taken directly from the pot in which they are cooked with herbs and tomatoes, cut and prepared in portions, and finally immersed in a broth, served on trays or with sandwiches. A DELIGHT!!!


How to get to Florence?


Florence is well connected to the rest of Italy, as well as to Europe, being easily found, both by land and by air.

1) How to get to Florence? BY AIRPLANE

Amerigo Vespucci Airport is next to the highway exit, just 4 km from the city center. The airport also connects the Tuscan capital, with most major European cities. To reach the center of Florence and the airport you can use one of the several taxis, usually available at the exit from the arrivals area, or using the “Vola in Bus” bus that connects the airport to the train station in Florence Santa Maria Novella. How to get from Amerigo Vespucci Airport to Florence Center?

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2) How to get to Florence? BY TRAIN

Trains run very well within the capital of Tuscany and with the other regions, as of 2009 some high-speed trains were also introduced – Frecciarossa, allowing movement in Naples-Rome-Florence-Bologna-Milan to be carried out in a very short time.

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3) How to get to Florence? BY CAR

Florence is also a turning point on the Italian highway network. Being very well connected with the main cities in the north of the country, while going south, Rome is just an hour and a half by car. The A1 motorway is the main artery connecting Italy from north to south, with four exits to Florence. TRAVELING BY CAR IN ITALY: EXAMPLE OF ROUTES. If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy on the blog  Your Travel to Italy. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.

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Hotels I recommend in the Historic Center

In the Historic Center (Old Town), is really easy to admire all the main attractions of the city very easily. The old town of Florence corresponds to the oldest and most beautiful part of the city. If you want to stay in the real heart of Florence, choose hotels in the central areas of Piazza Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, Cathedral, Gallery of Offices, etc.

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Hotels that I recommend in Oltrarno

Always staying very close to the Historic Center, you can also stay in Oltrarno, close to the most characteristic craft shops in the whole city and much more. The area is perfect for those who want quiet accommodation and for those who want to breathe the real Florentine atmosphere. At the same time, you will be close to the center of Florence, a short walk from the main monuments, squares, churches, restaurants, shops and museums.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

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Hotels that I recommend in Santa Maria Novella

Another interesting neighborhood to stay is Santa Maria Novella. This is a particularly exclusive area because of the proximity to the station (great if you want to do a lot of tours leaving from Florence) and the famous Church of Santa Maria Novella, a very important reference in Florence.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.

Hotels that I recommend in Santa Croce

Another neighborhood where you can stay is Santa Croce, where the homonymous church is located. This area, located in the southeastern part of the historic center, is close to the most interesting monuments and has its fulcrum in the church of Santa Croce. Among the scenic palaces in this district, there are many hotels that can accommodate you for a wonderful weekend in Florence.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.

Hotels that I recommend in Campo di Marte

Another economic possibility, where you can stay in Florence, is Campo di Marte; in this area there are several well-equipped and affordable hotels. It is a quiet and charming residential area in Florence, well connected to the historic city center by public transport. Campo di Marte has its own train station where several regional and high-speed trains stop, with which you can easily reach other Tuscan cities and major cities in Italy. It is a great choice if you have rented a car too.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.

Hotels I recommend outside the Historic Center

And so, if you decide to breathe a less touristic air, a good choice could be to stay in Florence right outside the historic center, where hotel prices are cheaper and the most convenient solution if you come by car. Another possibility is to stay away, in some nearby town, and experience the silence of the wonderful Tuscan landscape, but in this case it is necessary to have a car.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.


Conclusion

What are the top ten places to eat in Florence? Florence, considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, is the ideal place to celebrate a birthday or a special moment. Many tourists choose to spend their holidays in Tuscany, just to stay for days going hand in hand at the embankment or at the Vecchio Bridge (“Old Bridge”).

If after a day of walking around the city, you are hungry and looking for a special place to end the night, here are many ideas to spend a beautiful romantic evening, with excellent food approved by the inhabitants of the city, and outside the traditional tourist menu with a charming atmosphere in one of the most beautiful cities in all of beautiful Italy.

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