When you are sightseeing in Florence and want to stop for a great cup of Italian coffee, here are six places to satiate your craving and get a serious dose of caffeine.
Chiaroscuro is a popular coffee shop in Florence for both locals and those seeking to try coffees from around the world. Choose an American style drip coffee made with exotic blends from Ethiopia, St. Domingo, India, Brazil, or Mexico, or go with a local espresso.
For those looking for more than a cup of coffee, Chiaroscuro also has food available. Some people enjoy grabbing a quick bite with their coffee during a busy day of sightseeing, or, since many restaurants do not open until 8pm, this is a good place to grab a quick dinner if you have plans for an evening show. If you order a drink, you can enjoy a buffet of appetizers to tide you over during your show!
Via del Corso, 36/r
Firenze, 50122 Florence Italy
Phone: 055 21 42 47
Credit cards accepted
2. Caffe Rivoire
This may not be one of the cheapest spots in town, but being centrally located in the main tourist area makes it a popular stop. Like older cafes in Italy, if you want to sit down and enjoy your coffee, expect to pay an extra charge for table service. The outdoor seating provides excellent views and people-watching opportunities, just be mindful of what you order if you are on a tight budget.
Be sure to try their daily desserts and chocolates — two things they are most well-known for.
Piazza della Signoria 5r
055 214 412
3. Donnini Caffe
Located in the Piazza della Repubblica, Donnini offers excellent espresso and cappuccino drinks. Its central spot in the square means a hefty service charge if you want to sit outside and take in the views. The 15% service charge can rack up if you order food.
The drinks are some of the best you can find in Florence so if you just want coffee and a quick nibble, stand at the bar and enjoy your espresso there.
4. Caffe Giacosa
Another place in Florence to get your caffeine fix is Cafe Giacosa. Many believe this place is definitely the best cappuccino in all of Florence. An added bonus is its history and ties to designer Roberto Cavalli.
Cafe Giacosa used to go by the name bar Casoni and it is where the Negroni cocktail was invented around 1920. Gaffe Giacosa was relocated to the old bar Casoni and it was a meeting place for royals and other elite. Cavalli restored the building, keeping many of the historical architectural elements intact.
Today, it offers sweets, pastries, wines and spirits, restaurant, tea room, and a chocolate factory. This should definitely be one to visit.
Via Tournboni 83r
55 239 6226
5. Caffe Gilli
Gilli is another cafe in Piazza della Repubblica, just on the opposite corner from Donnini. Like Caffe Giacosa, Gilli has interesting history. It dates back to 1773, and was opened by the Swiss Gilli family. It was “The sweet breads Boutique” and attracted more of Florence’s elite. It moved several times, eventually winding up in the Piazza della Repubblica.
The coffee and chocolates are impressive and like Caffe Giacosa, worthy of a stop from a historical standpoint alone.
6. Espresso Academy
How about skipping the cafes and learning to make your own espresso? In Florence, you can visit the Espresso Academy where you can take a variety of courses, from learning about espresso to a tasting course that teaches you how to appreciate drinking it! For something even more unique, consider the coffee cocktail course.
To learn more about the Espresso Academy and the current course schedule, please see the Espresso Academy’s website.