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Bar La Terrazza at La Rinascente


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Some of the best views in town can be enjoyed near the historic center of Florence, from the rooftop cafe of the “Rinascente” department store.

The cafe generally keeps the same hours as the store, which means that you will find this viewpoint open nearly every day, including Sundays. Make your way up the narrow stairways to the Caffé La Terrazza and you will be rewarded with particularly stunning views of the Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica and surroundings.

The terrace is relatively small so you may find yourself waiting for a place to sit on a nice day.


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.


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.

Old Stove Signoria pub


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A pub with a view.Sitting in one of Florence's most historical piazzas, the Old Stove Signoria pub has one of the best outdoor spaces. Lodged between the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's medieval town hall, and Palazzo Uguccioni in monument-filled Piazza della Signoria, you really can't beat the people-watching potential of this pub. Enthusiastically decorated as Irish pubs go, the interior has the dark wood and kitchy ornaments that pubs call for, and even a huge basement area complete with fireplace for the rough weather. But why forego the opportunity to sit outside with Medici duke Cosimo I's sculptures looming over you in this fantastic and fascinating piazza? The menu is strictly a pub menu, offering imported draught beers from 3.50 euro for a half-pint, local and imported bottled beers as well as cocktails, spirits, soft drinks and international snacks.

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An artisan workshop turned cafe and so much more.This cafe/bar recently took over the studio of wood sculptor, Alfonso Bini, one of a dying kind in the old tradition of the neighbourhood's artisan workshops. To pay homage to the workshop, which has been around since 1887 but closed two years ago, the cafe's decor is stylishly set up with the sculptor's tools and iconic works – a revival of the old workshop's spirit.The wood sculptures, which started out as forms for hats and evolved into creative works in their own right, mingle with large, black and white photographs of the old studio, old machinery from the studio, a jukebox, books available for customers to read or buy, and a comfy array of retro, mismatched leather stools and chairs to sit and enjoy a coffee or a crepe (try the one with cream and nutella). The short but sweet menu also offers some quick nibbles to go with coffee or a late night drink plus one of the city's best selection of artisan gelato from Gelateria Carabè.Open till late, this little bar becomes a meeting place for the sophisticated young artsy types of town and perfectly captures the essence of this artisan quarter of Florence. Come here Thursday nights for a bit of live music (Blues).

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.