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Note: I am not a coffee connoisseur or anything, I just like good coffee. I don’t know the coffee lingo or the ways to describe flavour, but I have done my best to do so. If you actually know what you’re talking about, please don’t laugh. The intention of his post was to find good coffee shops to save you having to suffer bad coffee. I hope they help. Happy travels! xx
When embarking on my quest to find the best coffee in Florence, I found there wasn’t a whole lot out there. After hours of research I put together a shortlist of 8 places to try, the ones featured here being the top 4.
In Florence, many people drink their coffee at home, but if they don’t, Florentines typically tend to head to their “coffee shop”. They usually order the same thing, and the barista has his/her work cut out for him to ensure they match everyone’s faces with their preference of coffee. From caffe (also known as espresso) to caffe corretto (coffee with a dash of alcohol) – there are many ways to have coffee in Florence.
Like in Rome, if you want to enjoy your coffee sitting, you will likely pay double + than if you had it at the bar. But in saying that, it’s a great way to soak up the culture and the atmosphere and contemplate the wonderful world of Italian coffee.
Location: Piazza di San Giovanni, 19
Coffee (5/5): I ordered an espresso which was strong with a rich earthy flavour and a long finish. The glass wear was also very beautiful which I swear makes your coffee taste better.
Atmosphere: The cafe itself is very elegant. Long glass pastry cabinets and bursting with creamy and custardy treats, and a marble bar topped with silver coffee wear make the venue very inviting. You could gulp your coffee down quickly or linger for the afternoon.
Seating: There are loads of tables and chairs outside and heaps more inside.
Service: Friendly but a tad slow.
Food: Full menu.
Location: Piazza della Repubblica, 15
Coffee (4.5/5): I ordered an espresso which was medium to full bodied. It had a dark roast flavour, was smooth and had a short finish. It didn’t have quiet as much crema as I would have liked but still very good. In addition to having excellent coffee, Donnini’s is also said to have the best pastries in Florence.
Atmosphere: This venue has a more bar-feel to it and it was completely empty when I visited so can’t really attest to mood. It is beautifully decorated though with dark & rich colours and a gorgeous hanging chandelier.
Seating: There are plenty of tables and chairs outside overlooking the Piazza della Repubblica and a handful more inside.
Service: Friendly but on the slower side.
Food: Full menu.
Location: Via Roma 1r (facing the Piazza della Repubblica)
Coffee (4/5): I ordered the cappuccino and it had a light & short finish and didn’t have nearly enough foam . It was on the weaker side but it was very hot just as I like it.
Atmosphere: Gilly was quite busy when I visited, but that’s no surprise given it’s right on one of the main shopping streets in Florence. The interior was beautifully decorated and elegant, it almost looked like a British tea room.
Seating: There are literally hundreds of tables and chairs outside in a giant covered outdoor eating area (which looks onto the Piazza della Repubblica) plus more inside.
Service: Friendly and quick.
Food: Full menu.
Location: Via della Spada, 10/r
Coffee (4/5): I asked for their speciality and they brought me these sensational numbers. This is the Cafe de Medici – which was a perfectly drawn espresso topped with cream and chocolate. It was very decadent.
This was the Marocchino which I didn’t care for much. Although it was very pretty, it was very bland and tasteless.
Atmosphere: The coffee shop was very busy when I visited but people move in & out pretty quickly. The decor has an old world charm with lots of wooden furniture which marries well with the sleek coffee machine and modern photography which adorns the walls. I particularly love the red couches – I could see myself lounging there all morning.
Seating: There are handful of couches, tables and chairs inside and a handful outside.
Service: Friendly and fun.
Food: Full menu, pastries, lollies and chocolates.
Travelling Europe for a bit? Don’t miss these coffee guides.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx
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