Five of the best places to eat in Florence, 2016

Florence may be home to some of Italy's richest architectural treasures but its kitchens are just as rich. Here are five of the best places to eat in Florence for 2016

I’ Brindellone

I’ Brindellone sits on the corner of Via del Leone, near Piazza del Carmine, a resolutely un-touristy spot in the San Frediano district. It’s where the locals come for an honest bistecca and down-to-earth service. Piazza Piattelina, 10; 00 39 055 217879


Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino

In Florence’s cutest piazza, Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino specialises in making offal undeniably delicious. The house antipasto plate is a must; their lampredotto meatballs will turn even the pickiest eater into an offal fan. The pear and
taleggio cheese risotto is definitely worth a trip. Piazza della Passera 2; 00 39 055 215969

Trattoria Mario

You can’t come to Florence and not have lunch at Trattoria Mario. It’s very busy, with a no-bookings policy, so you may well find yourself eating elbow-to-elbow with other diners, but it’s a Florentine institution – and worth the crush. trattoria-mario.com

Le Volpi e L’Uva

For a glass of wine, look no further than lovely wine bar, Le Volpi e L’Uva. The carefully chosen (and often changing) list of boutique or natural wines here means you’ll always find something wonderful to drink. The crostini with lardo, honey and black pepper or a platter of Italian cheeses go down well, too. Piazza dei Rossi 1R, 50125; 00 39 055 2398132

Cafe Verrazzano

My favourite spot for a snack is Cafe Verrazzano. It serves some of the best coffee in town as well as delicious pastries, focaccia and cecina (thin, crêpe-like pancakes). There’s not much space to sit, so sip your coffee standing up, as locals do.

Words Emiko Davies


Photographs Getty, Phototravel/Corbis, Rob Streeter