Florence, or Firenze as the Italians say, is where beautiful ancient architecture meets fine dining. Next to the charming trattorias, there’s also a ton of restaurants where locals would never even peek into, and often it’s hard to tell which is which! Fortunately, you’ve got TravelGeekery to guide you to the best local spots :) Read on!
Truffle lunch @ the Central Market
Florence central market is opened every day, but gourmet locals flood it especially on the weekend. The market is a great place to shop where locals come to stock up on groceries and fresh produce as well as to have a great lunch. One of the best options there is a little truffle restaurant named Il Tartuffo Luciano Savini. Italians are crazy for their truffles, and you will be too! Taste their awesome homemade pasta in its beautiful simplicity seasoned with salt, butter and truffles. Black truffles are great to try, especially if it’s your first time. The more rare and expensive relative, the white truffle, is an excellent option for gourmets. Just order your plates full of awesomeness and while waiting, check out the real truffle on display (especially the price tags).
Tagliolini (spaghetti) with black/white truffle: 16/22 EUR
Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 50123 Firenze, Italy www.mercatocentrale.it
With your belly nicely full, walk the streets around the Dome and make your way to Piazza della Signoria, where our coffee stop is.
Stand-up coffee @ Bar Perseo
Named after Perseus, a mythical Greeh hero who beheaded the evil Medusa, this classy café is where both locals and tourists alike stop for a little cup of macchiato. Order that or a cappuccino and marvel at the fast work of professional waiters who look like they came from the past century. You’ll sip your coffee by the counter and watch the buzz. Why not sit down? This is how locals do it! Generally speaking, just standing to have a cup of coffee is significantly cheaper than sitting down. The difference can be as big as 3 EUR for a cappuccino!
Piazza Signoria, 16, 50122 Firenze, Italy
There’s a lot to admire around Café Perseo. You can check out the picturesque bridge, Ponte Vecchio. Or perhaps do some shopping on Via dei Calzaiuoli. Eventually, wander towards Piazza Santa Croce with a majestic Basilica overlooking the square. In one of the streets that lead to it, there’s another hidden gem!
Wine and snacks @ Note di Vino
Note di Vino is a tiny wine bar owned by Lorenzo and Letizia. Locals keep this place packed as their selection of wines, snacks and light meals is of a supreme quality for a reasonable price. The owners are very friendly and you’ll always feel welcomed. That is, if you find a free spot! It’s no wonder this bar is so popular. If you like red wine, try out their Chianti. White wine fans can go for the smooth Pinot Grigio. In any case, make sure you try snacks from their menu! If your Italian speaking skills are rather non-existent, ask for help :) They have delicious meat & cheese platters, bruschetti and warm panini. Your sweet tooth can get satisfaction with some yummy Italian biscuits (cantuccini) and sweet wine. Their shelves are also stacked with goodies, so if you particularly love something you eat there, you can buy it and bring home. I can wholeheartedly recommend this authentic wine bar; the owners totally deserve your business!
Borgo dei Greci, 4, Firenze, Italy
After taking a few days to explore Florence, I decided to revisit the places I loved the most. So I ended up at these three gourmet spots and the bliss lasted for hours…! Go check them out and let me know if you enjoyed this much too.
I didn’t pay that much attention to all the sights in Florence, sadly, but if you need inspiration, I found this 3-day guide well put together.
And of course, Italy is not just Florence! Read about the best places to visit in Italy.
If you’re struggling to decide between Florence and Rome, this post comparing both cities will help you with that!
Have you made it to Florence yet? What were the highlights of your trip?
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