There’s more to Florence than sightseeing and people-watching. Check out our 6 places to eat in Florence that’ll change your life.

Once you’ve climbed up to the top of the Duomo, visited the Uffizi Gallery and walked over the famed Ponte Vecchio, fill up at these top food destinations in Florence, Italy.

1. La Ménagère

A combination of a concept store, café, florist and live music venue, La Ménagère is a one-of-a-kind find in Florence.

Open from breakfast through to aperitivo hour and late into the evening, you can fill up on homemade croissants or a hearty dinner, all in a converted industrial warehouse space.

2. Ditta Artigianale

Ditta Artigianale is Florence’s favourite speciality coffee roaster – and for a good reason. The roaster has three café locations across the city and really knows how to make a good brew. Insider tip: head to the Via Dello Sprone location at sunset when it transforms into a tapas and wine bar.

The team recently launched its own gin, Peter in Florence. It’s created with botanicals exclusively from the Tuscan region. It’s definitely worth a visit for an evening tipple and also definitely deserves to be on our list of places to eat in Florence.

3. All’Antico Vinaio

You know the panini are good when the locals queue up for them. Make sure you visit All’Antico Vinaio for a lunchtime panini stacked with prosciutto and mozzarella and lashings of olive oil. You won’t regret it.

4. The Mercato Centrale

Abandoned for years, the Central Market in Florence was revived in 2014 and now hosts some of Florence’s best producers, artisans and restaurants (and a cooking school) under one roof.

From wine and cheese to seafood, gelato and dumplings, it’s one not to miss for foodies.

5. Trattoria Mario

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You can’t leave Florence without eating a kilogram of Florentine steak and a hearty tagliatelle ragu. Trattoria Mario is famed for its Florentine food.

Just keep in mind that it’s open at lunchtime only and extremely popular with locals and tourists alike, so plan your trip accordingly!

6. Gelato Dei Neiri

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You’ll need to do some hunting to find this little-known gem. But it’s worth the effort. We’ve voted it the best gelato in Florence.

Try the pistachio and dark chocolate flavour. Although, to be honest, you can’t go wrong with any of their flavours.

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Emma Reyes
Emma is from Sydney, Australia and recently spent four months travelling solo across Europe. A self-confessed foodie, she loves discovering the best restaurants of every city she visits.