Florence is a food lovers paradise. So finding where to eat in Florence can be daunting. The great thing about Florence is you don’t need to spend a lot to have delicious authentic meals. While I am a huge foodie, there is nothing I hate more than paying a lot for sub par food. I am of course willing to splurge, if I know there will be a return on investment, ergo a full and happy tummy. My favorite places to eat in Florence are so varied.
Life is a balance and while I definitely do not recommend eating at Michelin starred restaurants every night it’s nice to splurge. But so many delicious and authentic establishments are no frills hole in the wall places. If you only limit yourself to places that are expensive you are missing out on some amazing food and culture. After all the majority of Italians do not dine at Michelin restaurants but at little mom and pop restaurants. So with that in mind my list of the top places to eat in Florence has a bit of everything, mixed in with a dash of gelato of course.
Where to Eat in Florence, Italy
Osteria Il Gatto e la Volpe – Another favorite of mine is Il Gatto e la Volpe not only for its generous portions, budget friendly prices but also the abundance of options. Picky eaters can rejoice at a massive menu sure to have something for everyone. Address: Via Ghibellina, 151/r, 50122 Firenze. $
Gusta Pizza – I cannot tell you how many Gusta pizza pies I have eaten during my time studying abroad. Too many according to my mother, but nonetheless seriously the best pizza in Florence. Check out more about Gusta Pizza here. Address: Via Maggio, 46r, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy. $
Trattoria La Casalinga -With pastas starting at 7 Euros Trattoria La Caslinga is not only affordable but a tuscan treasure. Locals dine here in hords and the menu is so big so its great for groups and picky eaters. Address: Via dei Michelozzi, 9/R, 50125 Firenze. $
I Fratellini – Like most of the painio shops in Florence I Fratellini is a family owned hole in the wall establishment. So unassuming, yet so very good. I’ve had a lot of paninos in Florence from “the best” but I Fratellini is really the best. Cheap, steps from the duomo and fresh – just go. Address: Via dei Cimatori, 38/r, 50122 Firenze. $
Le Vespe Cafe – A great brunch spot no matter your budget. Their menu has a really wide assortment from classics like pancakes to sandwiches names after locals. Address: Via Ghibellina, 76 red, 50122 Firenze. $
The Diner – Okay so the diner is a little slice of home away from home. I came here whenever I wanted a dose of American food, but their cheddar broccoli is the best I’ve ever had to this day. If you’re studying abroad or simply craving some American food this is the spot. Address: Via dell’Acqua, 2, 50122 Firenze. $
Trattoria 13 Gobbi – This one goes straight to Priscilla for introducing me to this epic restaurant. You are welcomed to a cosy atmosphere where the food is simply sublime. The pasta is the name of the game here or try their Floretine steak. Address: Via del Porcellana, 9R, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy. $$
Le Volpi e L’Uva – Wine bar and local hang out, Le Volpi e L’Uva is the place to sip wine. The staff is super knowledge yet the space is unpretentious. The perfect place to sit among friends, people watch and devour a cheese board. Address: Piazza dei Rossi, 1R, 50125 Firenze. $$
Floret – Is what was missing when I was living in Florence. Their motto is “eat healthier, not less,” and with their health inspired menu you can do just that. This is a great brunch place as well. Reasonably priced, they don’t mind digital nomads and they have tacos? Yep, see ya there. Address: Located inside Luisa Via Roma (La Terrazza), Via Roma 19/21r, 1st floor, 50123 Firenze. $$
Regina Bistecca – If you’re looking for an epic steak than Regina Bistecca is for you. Here steak reigns supreme and the craft cocktails are delicious. Address: Via Ricasoli, 14, 50122 Firenze. $$
Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura – The uber famous Italian Fashion house is adding food to its arsenal. Set inside the new Gucci Garden, an experiential museum-retail concept, Gucci Osteria is lead by chef is Massimo Bottura. Massimo is proprietor of three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana, which in 2016 was named the best restaurant in the world. The prices aren’t as crazy as you would think the 20-40 range for mains and the menu is extensive. Address: Piazza della Signoria, 10, 50122 Firenze. $$
Locale – Unlike the other options Locale is very much fine dining. Situated in a Renaissance building once owned by the Medici family, the space is stunning. The food is delicious albeit a bit pricey so worth the splurge and the bar is perfect for those looking for a more refined night out. Address: Via delle Seggiole, 12/red, 50122 Firenze. $$$
Borgo San Jacopo – Overlooking the Arno river Borgo San Jacopo boasts a Michelin star and a stunning view. Some seats in the house offer direct views of the Ponte Vecchio which makes this one of the most romantic restaurants. Address: Borgo San Jacopo, 62/R, 50125 Firenze. $$$
While you may think that all gelato is created equal, you would be wrong. Alot of the tourist trap gelato stands are loaded with sugar and lack the creamy texture of true gelato. I am a sweets girl I could eat bucket loads of gelato everyday and still walk down the streets for seconds. I am that serious about gelato and below are my all time favorite places in Florence to get gelato.
Top Places to Get Gelato in Florence, Italy
Gelateria My Sugar – At Gelateria My sugar there is some seriously epic gelato. Super cream and with loads of flavours and all made in house. Within walking distance of the Mercato di San Lorenzo, the famous market to get food, spices and leather. Address: Via de’ Ginori, 49/red, 50123 Firenze. $
Gelateria Artigianale La Strega Nocciola – Okay hands down this was my favorite gelato in Florence. This was just a mere steps from my apartment and far too many times on the way home I would sneak in for a treat. What I love most about this place is the unique flavours. My go to combo was the classic chocolate and lavender. Pure Bliss and steps from the Ponte Vecchio. Address: Via de’ Bardi, 51/red, 50125 Firenze. $
Gelateria Santa Trinita – Located in the historical Frescobaldi Palace, facing the Santa Trinita Bridge this place has the best panna cotta gelato. While their other flavours are delicious – I come here specifically for the panna cotta one. I don’t even know what panna cotta was or is for that matter but they make the best gelato version if it. Everyone who I have brought here to try it loves it. Address: Piazza Dei Frescobaldi, 8/red, 50125 Firenze. $
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Top Places to Eat in Florence, Italy