Restaurants

Top Choice Osteria in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Osteria Il Buongustai

Run with breathtaking speed and grace by Laura and Lucia, this place is unmissable. Lunchtimes heave with locals who work nearby and savvy students who flock here to fill up on tasty Tuscan homecooking at a snip of …
Top Choice Sandwiches in Oltrarno

Gustapanino

It's dead simple to spot what many Florentines rate as the city's best enopaninoteca (hip wine and sandwich stop), with no seating but bags of square space and church steps outside – just look for the long line in f…
Top Choice Sandwiches in Santa Maria Novella

Mariano

Our favourite for its simplicity, around since 1973. Sunrise to sunset this brick-vaulted, 13th-century cellar gently buzzes with Florentines propped at the counter sipping coffee or wine or eating salads and panini…
Top Choice Tuscan in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Mercato Centrale

Meander the maze of stalls rammed with fresh produce at Florence's oldest and largest food market, on the ground of a 19th-century iron-and-glass structure. Then head up to the shiny new 1st floor – a vibrant food f…
Top Choice Sandwiches in Santa Croce

Semel

Florentines swear by this pocket-sized sandwich bar opposite Sant' Ambrogio food market. There is no fixed menu, rather an impossible-to-decide choice of six gourmet combos, crafted with love by passionate owner and…
Top Choice Pizza in Oltrarno

Berberé

Florence's stunning new kid on the block, this modern pizza space in San Frediano is an inspirational cocktail of perfect pizza, delicious craft beers brewed by small producers and striking contemporary interior des…
Top Choice Burgers in Oltrarno

Gnam

Bread arrives at the table in a brown paper bag and fries are served in a miniature copper cauldron at this green, artisanal burger joint in San Frediano. Ingredients are seasonal, locally sourced and organic – and …
Top Choice Tuscan in Oltrarno

Culinaria Bistrot

No dining address in Florence captures the culinary magic of 'farm to table' dining quite like this San Frediano bistro, an instant charmer with its exposed red-brick vaulted ceiling. French chef Jacques Pachoud onl…
Top Choice Tuscan in Oltrarno

Il Santo Graal

Its name is no concidence. The Holy Grail, with young chef Simone Cipriani at the helm, is rapidly becoming just that when it comes to superb Tuscan cuisine with an inventive twist. Think kale-dressed spaghetti in a…
Top Choice Tuscan in Santa Croce

Il Teatro del Sale

Florentine chef Fabio Picchi is one of Florence's living treasures who steals the Sant' Ambrogio show with this eccentric, good-value members-only club (everyone welcome, annual membership €7) inside an old theatre.…