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 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 view in Florence. Veggies are plucked fresh from the vegetable …
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 …
Top Choice Italian in Florence

In Fabbrica

In Fabbrica, 1.5km south of Porto Romana along Via Senese on the Oltrarno, fuses Florence's outstanding tradition of craftsmanship with its equally fine cuisine. Meaning 'In the Factory', In Fabbrica is just that. B…
Top Choice Seafood in Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

San Niccolò 39

With street terrace in front and hidden summer garden out the back, this contemporary address in quaint San Niccolȯ is a gem. Fish – both raw and cooked – is the house speciality, with chef Vanni cooking up a storm …
Top Choice Gelato in Florence

Gelateria Pasticceria Badiani

Known throughout Italy for the quality of its handmade gelato and sweet pastries, Badiani is located in the Campo de’ Marte neighbourhood just outside the historic city centre but is – as any local will tell you – w…
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 home cooking at a snip of…
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 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 coo…