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Bar de L'O


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Chic cafe and bar on the ground floor of the Hotel L'Orologio. Facing Piazza Santa Maria Novella, just around the corner from the train station.

Bar de L'O provides a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy a cocktail, a coffee or even a light business lunch.


Caffè Belvedere in the Bardini Garden


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Enjoy a coffee and a stroll amongst some of the most beautiful gardens of Florence.

The Bardini garden has only been open to the public for about the last 10 years. Therefore this place, that offers one of the most extraordinary views of the historic center of Florence, has remained relatively little known by Italians and visitors alike.


La Bussola


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Best pizza in town! Even with a few updates over the years, La Bussola has retained some its 1960's style in the original long marble bar with suspended seats of chrome and wood.

Settle in at the bar and order your favourite pizza or try something new from the separate list of superior pizzas with all Tuscan ingredients from specialist producers.


Procacci


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One of the oldest gastronomic venues in Florence.Revive yourself during a busy morning shopping in the prestigious Via Tornabuoni with a visit to the unaltered nineteenth century Procacci café. Since 1885 Florentines have been gathering here to taste the house speciality, a tiny bread roll spread with the pungent crema di tartufo (truffle paste), and a glass of lightly spiced tomato juice. Stand at the green marble bar or sit at one of the little tables for no extra cost and enjoy the ambiance which attracted the royal seal of approval in 1925. Tradition has it that the tiny truffle sandwich goes with tomato juice but it is also worth trying with a glass of cold prosecco or white wine. If you have a passion for truffles, buy some crema di tartufo or dig deep and buy a whole fresh one (in season) from the little glass case to take home with you.

Lounge bar Lungarno


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An elegant room with a view. For a coffee with style, try the lounge of the Lungarno Hotel. Make yourself comfortable in one of the deep cream-coloured sofas and gaze across the river to the Ponte Vecchio. With soft lighting and gentle music this is a great place to relax from sightseeing and soak up a different atmosphere. Rather like a gentleman's club, with the open fire and framed engravings and prints, good coffee is served with petit fours and art books are close at hand to browse the treasures of Florence. In summer there are a few tables outside also with a river view. Service is impeccable and the powder room is exemplary.

Paszkowski


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A traditional coffee house in the centre of Florence.One of the most well known historic cafés in Florence is the Caffè Concerto Paszkowski. On the same site as it was when it started life as a Polish brewery in the nineteenth century Jewish ghetto that Piazza della Repubblica once was, Paszkowski now has pride of place in the piazza. Stand at the bar for a coffee and a pastry or an aperitif to admire the miniature cakes, petit fours and chocolates in the shining glass cases and enjoy the theatre of the smartly dressed bar tenders as they prepare the cocktails. There are some tables outside reserved for a self service simple lunch at a fraction of the waiter-served price. Look in the glass counter at the end of the bar, decide what to eat, go to the cash desk to pay and then take your receipt back to the food counter to order and collect your lunch. Ordering from the main menu is considerably more expensive. In the evenings there are concerts on the terrace and the price of drinks at a table reflects this, although drinks inside at the bar remain reasonable.

Fusion bar


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Elegance and style at the Ponte Vecchio.What it lacks in the way of a view, the terrace of this Ferragamo family hotel makes up for in sheer elegance. Umbrellas and sofas in white with dark hardwood decking bring understated sophistication to an otherwise plain piazza hidden from the crowds at the Ponte Vecchio. Minimal décor with maximum impact continues inside with huge standard lamps, wooden blinds, and soft tones. Stools provide ring side seats to observe the art of bar tending and a neat row of tables lines the wall for those who prefer an intimate cocktail. Interesting tasty morsels served with cocktails are inspired by the fusion cooking of the restaurant menu; help yourself from the bar during the early evening or trays will be served to you at your table. If the bar is busy and it is too warm outside, try the airy space of the library to relax into one of the cool white sofas. Exhibitions of photography and contemporary art are held here throughout the year and can be admired in the bar and the library as well as the hotel lobby.During the summer months, cross the piazza from the Fusion Bar to the sister hotel Continentale and take the elevator to the top floor to enjoy a cocktail with a breathtaking view of the city from the medieval tower around which the hotel is built. After dinner drinks are candle lit for the most romantic of settings.

Pitti Gola e Cantina


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A glass of wine on the doorstep of the Pitti Palace.When you leave the splendor of the Palazzo Pitti, relax for a while with an excellent glass of wine in the enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina, right opposite the main entrance of the palace. There is a good choice of wines by the glass, including exquisite dessert wines, and a daunting list of wines by the bottle, displayed on shelves from floor to vaulted ceiling. You can see by the attention they give to pouring the wine that the expert owners care that you enjoy your visit here, so whether you have a glass of wine on a high stool at the bar or share a bottle at one of the marble topped tables, you know you are in good hands. The crostini and cheeses rank among the best for a tasty bite and dishes of hand made fresh pasta make a simple meal. Prices start very reasonably.

Open bar


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Splash out for a river view.For an unforgettable view by the river of the Ponte Vecchio, the Vasari Corridor and the Uffizi, try the Open Bar for a pre or after dinner treat. Excellent cocktails are served with appealing appetisers in this chic, almost water level bar.The creative cocktails are the thing to try, such as porous pebbles steeped in vermouth - an interesting addition to a classic cocktail, and although you pay a little more than average for drinks you can help yourself to the "aperitivo" or pre-dinner buffet, an abundant choice of beautifully presented finger food. Book ahead if you want to be sure of a window table and watch the changing colours of the historic buildings as the sun goes down. Come after dinner to gaze at the beautifully lit Ponte Vecchio as you listen to live jazz at a candle lit table.