Party Earth Review Located in the heart of Florence’s Santa Croce district, Lochness Lounge is a cozy and intimate lounge usually occupied by a laid-back clientele of young artsy locals and international students who gather to chat, tap their feet to the DJ’s beats, and sip cocktails. On first sight, the red walls, curtains, and sofas give ... more
Via de’ Benci, 19r
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 Although Yab is closed most nights during the summer, it nonetheless enjoys a reputation as one of the city’s premier dance clubs. Located just a couple of blocks from Piazza della Repubblica, this ultra-chic club, lounge, and restaurant attracts a large crowd of stylish, upscale patrons, especially on Mondays and the weekends ... more
Via dei Sassetti, 5
Party Earth Review Located right in the heart of the Santa Croce neighborhood, Kikuya is the oldest English pub in Florence and, despite the typically Italian terracotta floors and stone ceiling, sports a decidedly English feel. Clean and simple, the bar features English football banners on the walls, small wood tables and stools, and a selection ... more
Via de’ Benci, 43/r
Party Earth Review Perhaps the most popular American-style sports bar in Florence, The Red Garter has enough rooms, nooks, and cozy corners to accommodate any mood, and attracts a young and rambunctious crowd of English speakers eager to order a pitcher of beer and kick back with their compatriots. Sports fans will want to congregate in the ... more
Via de’ Benci, 33-35/r
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
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
Party Earth Review The Fish Pub’s fish store façade and fishing décor may be amusing, but the main focus at this popular bar is less on ambiance and more on the rowdy patrons, daily Happy Hour, and free buffet. Although the clientele is largely English speaking, the lack of a cover charge attracts a relatively diverse mix of people who wander ... more
Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 44/r
Party Earth Review One of the most popular gathering spots in the city, Dolce Vita is a chic little bar whose buzz of activity draws a stylish and flirtatious crowd of young professionals and locals that often overflows into the piazza. Although a separate wine bar offers an impressive selection of wines, the centerpiece of the venue is the ... more
Piazza del Carmine
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 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 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
Foodies may find that the city's large tourism industry has been a bane on the quality of restaurants in Florence, and it’s true that a lot of Florence eateries are betting they won’t ever have to serve the same customer twice.
But there are also plenty of lovely little Italian diners and cool cafés to be had, and even if the meal is subpar, at least a bottle of brilliant Chianti wine is never hard to find.
The trendy neighborhood trattorias get busy around 1pm for lunch and 8pm for dinner, with everyone piling in along communal tables to feast on paninis, talk, and have fun with a little too much wine.
Like most restaurants in Italy, visitors can expect the majority of Florence’s to be quite small, so reservations when possible are always a good idea. Tripe sandwiches – available at casual stands all over town – are a favorite quick hunger fix for locals, as are stalwart city staples like fegatini (chicken-liver spread) and ribollita (minestrone).
The best bet for authentic restaurants is to head away from the Duomo and over to Santa Croce or Oltrarno. Keep in mind, however, practically every restaurant tends to change its menu frequently, so dropping in on the same place twice may yield a very different dining experience.