La Cite

Bar / Café / Live Music Venue / Lounge
La Cite 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. Florence Italy 43.7692532 11.2456102
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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... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Sa 10am–1am, Su 4pm–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth La Cite Review

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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.

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 or a glass of regional red wine, while the evening’s drummer provides a cool background beat.

Although the focus at La Cite is clearly on conversation – and patrons are always ready to share their views with anyone who will listen – the bar also offers plenty of other diversions to keep more taciturn types occupied.

Besides the live music, La Cite is particularly known for its considerable stacks of alternative books. Spread over two floors, the library features various living-room seating arrangements nestled between the shelves, perfect for relaxing with a book or just nodding to the music.

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Tip from Jonah:

This place is always crowded, so arrive early to claim a seat. Musicians should check online for information about open jam sessions – and then just show up ready to play.

  • Crowd

    Hipsters, students, and artists of all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Daily live music, as well as art shows, poetry readings, and an extensive library of books from around the world.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Regular snack pastries available throughout the week. Special Ethiopian-styled buffet offered Fridays from 7–10pm. Standard selection of Italian breakfast and lunch fare served Sundays till around 1pm.

  • Prices

    Pastries €1., aperitif Ethiopian (Fridays 7–10pm only) €10. Beer €4, wine €2.50, cocktails €5, coffee €1.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Draws a crowd every night. Patrons can check the schedule online for a musical act to suit their tastes.

La Cite User Reviews

Average rating:
Hipster Hangout
Danny d. Apr 7, 2013
I love the vibes at La Cite. You can come during the day to chill out, drink a cappuccino and use the wifi, or you can come at night to listen to the live music that's different every night. The actual layout of the "library/cafe" is very cool, with different lofts and seating areas everywhere you can imagine. I highly recommend checking this spot out if you're looking for an authentic Italian hangout spot.
chill, study, or get drunk
Twiggy B. Apr 3, 2013
When you first walk in, your eyes automatically strain to every-which direction. You look up, and there is a loft-reading area. You look to the left, you see art work,tables, a more silent side to this lounge. Look to your left, you will see a small stage, a piano, and couches. Look directly in-front of you when you enter, and there is your ordering counter, and from there, you decide if you would like to wake up to a nice shot of espresso of a nice shot of liquor. They have a variety that works with any hour of a full day. What I enjoyed most about the lounge is it had an atmosphere that blended in well with any given hour of a day. When I would leave class, I would come here and study while other students did as well. When the night came close, I was here meeting with friends and grabbing a drink while listening to a wide-range of music.
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