Coffee Break

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.

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.