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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.


Gelateria Carabe


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The best ice cream shop for streets around, it's certainly worth a visit at some point during your stay in Florence.

Ristorante Accademia


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A pretty piazza, a beautifully lit church and outstanding food. Set in one of the prettiest tree lined piazzas in Florence, the Accademia restaurant is right opposite the church of San Marco which is beautifully lit in the evenings. This one room restaurant offers a friendly welcome and the informal, English speaking waiters are suitably attentive not intrusive. Award winning salumi feature among the antipasti and there are excellent old fashioned primi (try the spaghetti with tiny meatballs of veal). Main courses are of a constantly high standard, including delicious stuffed rabbit, tender veal steak and an outstanding beef fillet with juniper berries. A blackboard announces the availability of fresh fish and shellfish in addition to the main menu. Alternatively, order the commendable tasting menu and have a different glass of wine included with each course. The extensive wine list which runs to about two hundred and fifty labels, has been carefully compiled by Gianni, one of the owners, a qualified wine expert.

Osteria I'Brincello


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A simple family run trattoria close to the central market.Busy with Florentines and visitors alike, this simple family run trattoria is known for the quality of its food and the fair pricing. Presumably the quality and notable freshness of the ingredients has something to do with being so close the celebrated central food market. There is a rustic feel to the décor and lively chatter makes for a cheerful ambiance. Exceptional home made fresh vegetable soup could be followed with a deliciously tender and perfectly cooked pork chop to make a simple inexpensive meal. For something more celebratory, but without breaking the bank, start with the antipasto of outstanding cured meats and share a Florentine steak. Accompany your meal with house wine and you will be charged for the amount you drink, not the whole bottle, unless you finish it! Service is friendly, unpretentious and straight forward, and customers are expected to be so too. If you are looking for sophisticated and formal, to avoid disappointment save I'Brincello for another day. 

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.

Officine Panerai


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The ultimate in watchmaking: history, prestige, technology and sex appeal.Spoil yourself or a loved one at Officine Panerai with one of their world class watches. Based in Florence since 1860 as one of the original watchmaker shops on the Ponte alle Grazie bridge, the shop moved to its current location in front of the Baptistery at the turn of the century. By then, Officine Panerai had made a name for itself as the official supplier of the Royal Italian Navy. Over the decades it continued supplying the Italian navy not only with the latest technology watches that could be submerged to never-before-seen depths by divers, but also depth gauges, torches, compasses and other underwater instruments which can still be seen in the Historical Archives hosted in the shop. Don't be shy, to be let in just ring the buzzer on the right hand side of the door.

L'Occhialaio


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Sleek and sexy eyeglasses - an Italian fashion must.Many people don't know that eyeglasses were invented by a Florentine in the 1200s, but it perhaps explains why you might notice that Florentines will very often be seen flaunting them, whether they be regular optical eyeglasses (with or without a prescription!) or sunglasses (as a rule, Italians are allowed to wear sunglasses indoors, or at night, without being ridiculed. It's an Italian fashion thing, like fur coats). From sleek aviator styles to colourful plexi styles to 60s style cats-eye glasses you will find all the iconic styles, neatly displayed like a museum exhibit. Find labels such as the covetable and understated Oliver Peoples, Okki and Paul Smith at the stylish L'Occhialaio.

Trattoria Mario


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The place to take a good appetite after visiting the central food market.Since 1953 this trattoria has been serving no-nonsense traditional home cooking, to which the line outside is testimony. Put your head round the door and tell one of the spirited waiters how many places you need and he will seat you as and when he can amongst the other diners. From most of the shared tables you can see into the frenetic narrow kitchen through the glass partition but your attention will soon be drawn back by the constant delivery of wine and food, the arrival and departure of other diners and the excited chatter coming from all around. The menu is short, simple and rigorously Tuscan; fresh pasta to start and meat to follow. This is a great place to try the real Chianina Florentine beefsteak, bistecca fiorentina. Cut from the side of beef to order, weighed, brought to your table for approval and grilled according to the rules of tradition, it is house policy never to cook it other than rare. If you should still have an appetite, almond biscuits are to hand with a glass of vin santo for dipping them.

Grom


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Conveniently placed in a side street near the exit of the cathedral.Is this the best ice cream in Florence? With such attention to freshness and nature's seasonal produce, surely Grom is a serious contender for such an accolade. They organically grow their own old cultivar varieties of peaches, apricots, pears, figs, strawberries and melons and source their other raw materials with equal care from around Italy and the wider world.A quick glance at the flavours of the month board is enough to excite any palate, a further glance tells you that the chocolate comes from a named plantation and the hazelnuts are a named variety! Then the dilemma begins, should you have a gelato, a sorbetto, a granita or in winter, an ice cream with thick melted chocolate poured over? A list of 'harmonious matches' may help you, or you have to just keep coming back!

Da Nerbone


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Looking for an authentic market lunch?Built in the 1870's in materials and a style well ahead of its time, the covered food market of San Lorenzo is always worth a visit. Open every morning except Sunday, light streams in through the high windows to give the impression of a traditional open-air market, and the sights, sounds and smells are something to remember. Of the several stalls offering hot food, Da Nerbone is as old as the market and still attracts a crowd of regulars every day. Choose your food and pay for it, then collect it further along the counter and sit elbow to elbow on benches with market traders and shoppers to savour the delights of hot boiled beef in a bread roll. If you are feeling adventurous, here is a great place to try the Florentine speciality of lampredotto.  

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