Coffee is part of Italian culture and cafés and have represented for years an important place for artists, intellectuals and people in general. Bars are places to meet, to chat, to make friends and spend some time. Here my top list of my favorite coffee bars in Florence, one for every mood.
Le Murate – for peaceful readings
This café is located in the area of Sant’Ambrogio in a former Benedictine convent, turned into a men’s prisons in from 1883 to 1985. It’s a literary coffee bar organizing lots of cultural events all year-round, from exhibits to live performances. It’s open from breakfast to after dinner. What I like it’s sitting in the colorful courtyard drinking cappuccino and reading a good book.
Le Murate, piazza delle Murate – open everyday from 9am to 1am – www.lemurate.it
Caffè delle Oblate – for a coffee with a view
This café is located on the covered terraces of the old convent of Oblate nuns. This top floor was originally used to hang the cleaned bed sheets from Santa Maria Nova Hospital – just next door and connected with an underneath passage. Nowadays it’s a panoramic coffee bar part of Florence public library. It probably offers one of the best views of Brunelleschi’s Cupola. What I like about this cafe is the view over the Cupola.
Caffè delle Oblate, via dell’Orioulo 24 – open Monday from 2pm to 7pm and from Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 12am; closed on Sunday- www.caffetteriadelleoblate.it
Caffè Gilli + Scudieri – for a sophisticated sip of history
These cafés are two historical coffee bars of Florence. During the 19th century artists and intellectuals used to meet here and discuss about the future. Both are famous for their delicious pastries and superb service with waiters in uniform. What I like about these cafés is the sophisticated atmosphere.
Caffè Gilli, piazza della Repubblica 39R – open every day from 7.30am to 12am
Caffè Scudieri, piazza Duomo 19R – open every day from 7am to 9.30pm – www.scudieri.eu
La Ménagére – for a bohemian experience
This is the most instagrammable place in Florence, in my humble opinion. It’s a large coffee bar, bistrot and restaurant with a flower shop and design store inside. It’s a French-style café opened from breakfast to after dinner; what I like is the bohemian atmosphere and the interior design.
La Ménagére, via dei Ginori 8R – open every day from 7am to 2am – www.lamenagere.it
Ditta Artigianale – for a real coffee experience
This coffee bar is famous for its hipster atmosphere and large variety of coffee. The owner is a winning barista, who personally selects the coffee’s varieties in South America and around the world. Another peculiarity of this place is the use of LaMarzocco coffee machine, one of the best coffee machines in the world based in Mugello. What I like about this place is the hipster atmosphere and the brunch menu.
Ditta artigianale, via dei Neri 32R, open every day 8am to 10pm – www.dittaartigianale.it
Which one did you like the most? Do you have other favorites?