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Top choice cafe in Santa Maria Novella

This contemporary bookshop with hip cafe and pocket theatre at the back makes a refreshing change from the usual offerings. A salvaged mix of vintage tables and chairs sits between book- and bottle-lined shelves in the relaxed cafe, actually called 'UqBar' after the fictional place of the same name in a short story by Argentinian writer Jorges Luis Borges.

Its weekend lunches are particularly popular: think healthy salads, a couple of homemade mains chalked on the board, and delicious muffins and cakes.