Café / Lounge
Party Earth Review Located a few steps from the Piazzale Michelangelo, Caffè la Torre is a chic café and lounge perfect for a pre-club rendezvous. The café’s patio is a buzzing social hangout on summer evenings as groups gather around tables to sip cocktails and admire the scenic views of the Arno River. The sleek and modern interior consists ... more
Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 65/r
Party Earth Review One of Florence’s most unique nightspots, La Cite is a library bar and jazz lounge with an artsy atmosphere that draws an intellectual clientele of young hipsters and creative types. Patrons gather on sofas or sit around the rustic wooden bar, which is reminiscent of a Tuscan wine cellar, to talk politics over cocktails ... more
Borgo San Frediano, 20r
Art Gallery / Café
Party Earth Review Like its neighbor Negroni, Zoe draws a crowd of well-dressed locals who show up in the early evening to sip cocktails and nibble on carpaccio with melon at the aperitivo buffet before heading out to the clubs. Unlike the elegant Negroni, however, Zoe has a more eclectic vibe owing to its musical mix of funk, soul, and hip ... more
Via dei Renai, 13/r
Café / Pub
Party Earth Review Situated just outside Piazza Francesco Ferrucci, James Joyce may require a bit of a hike to reach, but this cool pub and café is well worth the trip. While the low yellow lighting and vibrant crowd turn the patio into the place to be, the well-designed interior also sports an inviting décor reminiscent of an old English ... more
Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 1/r
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review A unique neighborhood café and bar, Cabiria is situated on the northeast corner of Piazza Santo Spirito and plays host to a diverse clientele. The bar’s colorful atmosphere – accentuated by sunflowers and Van Gogh-esque shades of purple and yellow set against funky beats – attracts residents and internationals of every ... more
Piazza Santo Spirito, 4/r
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review A mix of museum, library, bar, café, and music venue, Volume is nothing if not eclectic and attracts an interesting mélange of Italian hipsters, laid-back locals, and artsy expats. Tables out front are usually packed with cheery groups of young residents, while just inside the doorway, a small reading ... more
Piazza Santo Spirito, 5r
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Located in the center of Florence’s quaint Piazza Santo Spirito, PopCafé is a progressive international eatery and bar with great prices that keep its regulars coming back time and again. As the only all-vegetarian café in Florence, the venue draws a diverse and loyal clientele of students, Florentines, and travelers who ... more
Piazza Santo Spirito, 18a/r
Party Earth Review Sleek and modern with a conservative yet animated vibe, Slowly is a posh little bar and lounge that attracts a stylish clientele of young professionals. A long black bar with electric-blue backlighting is nicely set off by the more subdued black, tan, and red that dominates the décor, while creative light fixtures and plenty ... more
Via Porta Rossa, 63r
Party Earth Review A Happy Hour hotspot for a chic crowd, Negroni is not only a historical piece of Florence’s identity – after all, it was here that the famous Negroni cocktail was invented – but also a modern manifestation of the city’s international character. Besides the diverse clientele that hails from all over the globe, the bar is ... more
Via dei Renai, 17/r
Cafés aren’t just a place to eat or drink in Florence, they’re a way of life as anyone who’s had Italian coffee and partaken in the daily ritual of aperitivo can attest to.
There are so many cafés in Florence that it’s not easy to decide where to go. The first place to start is undoubtedly around the piazzas that make up so much of daily Florentine life. Piazza Santo Spirito, Piazza Santa Croce, Piazza del Campo, and Piazzale Michelangelo dot the city and feature many lazy cafés to while away the hours watching the activity taking place in and around the famous squares.
Of course one of the best ways to enjoy the Florence cafés is through the daily aperitivo. Cafés all over the city open their doors for the Italian version of Happy Hour, inviting guests to eat cicchetti, drink some wine, and engage in casual conversation.
Regardless of where you go or why, cafés are great for brunch or lunch, doing some work outside, grabbing an espresso, hanging out with friends, or having a date during the day. And with all the options in Florence, it’s easy to do any one of them every single day of the week.