Top ChoiceTuscan 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...

Top ChoiceTuscan 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 ChoiceVegan in Oltrarno

#Raw

Should you desire a turmeric, ginger or aloe vera shot or a gently warmed, raw vegan burger served on a stylish slate-and-wood platter, innovative Raw hits the spot. Everything served here is freshly made and raw...

Top ChoiceTuscan in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Trattoria Mario

Trattoria Mario

Arrive by noon to ensure a spot at this noisy, busy, brilliant trattoria – a legend that retains its soul (and allure with locals) despite being in every guidebook. Charming Fabio, whose grandfather opened the...

Top ChoiceTuscan in Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

La Leggenda dei Frati

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...

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Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale

Wander the maze of stalls crammed with fresh produce at Florence's oldest and largest food market, on the ground floor of an iron-and-glass structure designed by architect Giuseppe Mengoni in 1874. Head to the...

Top ChoiceTuscan 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...

Top ChoiceBistro in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Irene

Irene

Named after the accomplished Italian grandmother of Sir Rocco Forte of the eponymous luxury hotel group, Irene (part of neighbouring Hotel Savoy) is a dazzling contemporary bistro with a pavement terrace (heated...

Top ChoiceTuscan 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...

Top ChoiceInternational in San Lorenzo & San Marco

La Ménagère

La Ménagère

Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee or cocktails, this industrial-styled space lures Florence's hip brigade. The concept store is a fashionable one-stop shop for chic china and tableware, designer kitchen gear...

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Gurdulù

Gourmet Gurdulù seduces fashionable Florentines with razor-sharp interior design, magnificent craft cocktails and seasonal market cuisine from young local chef Gabriele Andreoni. A hybrid drink-dine, this address...

Top ChoiceStreet 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...

Top ChoiceStreet Food in Santa Croce

Terrazza Menoni

Luca Menoni's meat stall inside the Sant'Ambrogio covered market has been a favourite with locals since 1921 (his father first ran the business) and now the Florentine artisan has struck gold with a sassy...

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Mariano

Mariano

A local favourite for its simplicity and correct prices, around since 1973. From sunrise to sunset, this brick-vaulted, 13th-century cellar gently buzzes with Florentines propped at the counter sipping coffee or...

Top ChoiceItalian in Florence

In Fabbrica

In Fabbrica, 1.5km south of Porta 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...

Top ChoiceCafe in Santa Maria Novella

UqBar

Grab a vintage pew between book- and bottle-lined shelves inside the city's most dynamic independent bookshop, select a glass of well-chosen wine, and tuck into a tasty 'slow food' lunch that changes daily....

Top ChoiceFusion in Santa Croce

Ciblèo

Iconic Florentine chef Fabio Picchi draws on his past experience working in Japan to give Tuscan staples an oriental twist – chopsticks provided – at this intimate fusion eatery, across the street from...

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Regina Bistecca

Plump for a high stool and beautifully mixed Negroni in the wood-panelled American bar, lined with bookshelves and vintage prints in homage to the space’s former life as an antiquarian bookshop (since 1875). Or...

Top ChoiceOsteria in Santa Croce

All'Antico Vinaio

The crowd spills out the door of this noisy Florentine thoroughbred, pride and joy of the Mazzanti family since 1991. Push your way to the tables at the back to taste cheese and salami in situ (reservations...

Top ChoiceOsteria in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Osteria I Buongustai

Osteria I Buongustai

Run with breathtaking speed and grace by Laura and Lucia, 'The Gourmand' is unmissable. Lunchtimes heave with locals and savvy students who flock here to fill up on tasty Tuscan home cooking at a snip of other...