Restaurants

Top Choice Bistro in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Irene

Named after the accomplished Italian grandmother of Sir Rocco Forte of the same-name luxury hotel group, Irene (actually part of neighbouring Hotel Savoy) is a dazzling contemporary bistro with a pavement terrace (h…
Top Choice Tuscan in Oltrarno

Essenziale

There's no finer showcase for modern Tuscan cuisine than this loft-style restaurant in a 19th-century warehouse. Preparing dishes at the kitchen bar, in rolled-up shirt sleeves and navy butcher's apron, is dazzling …
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, membership €7) inside an old theatre. He co…
Top Choice Tuscan in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Trattoria Mario

Arrive by noon to ensure a stool around a shared table at this noisy, busy, brilliant trattoria – a legend that retains its soul (and allure with locals) despite being in every guidebook. Charming Fabio, whose grand…
Top Choice Food Hall in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Mercato Centrale

Wander the maze of stalls rammed with fresh produce at Florence's oldest and largest food market, on the ground floor of a fantastic iron-and-glass structure designed by architect Giuseppe Mengoni in 1874. Head to t…
Top Choice Tuscan in Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

La Leggenda dei Frati

Summertime's hottest address. At home in the grounds of historic Villa Bardini, Michelin-starred Legend of Friars enjoys the most romantic terrace with a view in Florence. Veggies are plucked fresh from the vegetabl…
Top Choice Tuscan in Oltrarno

Il Santo Bevitore

Reserve or arrive right on 7.30pm to snag the last table at this ever-popular address, an ode to stylish dining where gastronomes eat by candlelight in a vaulted, whitewashed, bottle-lined interior. The menu is a cr…
Top Choice International in San Lorenzo & San Marco

La Ménagère

Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, good coffee or cocktails after dark, this bright industrial-styled space lures Florence's hip brigade. The concept store is a fashionable one-stop shop for chic china and tableware, d…
Top Choice Street Food in Florence

La Toraia

'Bringing the countryside to the city' is the driver behind this cherry-red artisan food truck whose name translates as 'breeding shed'. Parked riverside, a 15-minute stroll east of Piazza di Santa Croce, the truck …
Top Choice Tuscan in Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

La Bottega del Buon Caffè

Farm to table is the philosophy of this Michelin-starred restaurant where head chef Antonello Sardi mesmerises diners from the stunning open kitchen. Veg and herbs arrive from the restaurant's own farm, Borgo Santo …