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Aussie Girl’s Guide To Coffee In: Florence, Italy

By September 21, 2014 coffee guides, eat, europe, italy, travel

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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.

Scudieri

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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.

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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. 

Wifi: Unknown.

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Caffe Donnini

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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.

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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. 

Wifi: Unknown.

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Caffe Gilli

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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.

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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.

Wifi: Unknown.

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Caffe Giacosa

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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.

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This was the Marocchino which I didn’t care for much. Although it was very pretty, it was very bland and tasteless.

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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.

Wifi: Unknown.

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Anisa – The Macadames. xx

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6 Comments

  • Reply LEE @ Modern Granola October 18, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Oh my gosh what a great site! I just found it today, and I’m seriously loving it. I’m definitely a coffee girl, and I love to travel, so these coffee posts are wonderful. I wish I lived in Australia so I could be a Macadame!

    • Reply Anisa October 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks Lee – we really enjoy blogging and sharing our tid bits with the world. Who knows love, maybe one day we will have a Macadame in each city across the world. Where are you living? I will be sure to touch base when we expand 🙂 many kisses from Canberra.

  • Reply Ken Zakreski October 19, 2015 at 4:36 am

    After reading all of you reviews for Florence coffee AND the publics reviews of those same places I have come to the conclusion your opening sentiment is right. Good coffee in Florence is hard to find.

    We will evaluate the barista and location on the fly. Good staff likely moves around these massive tourist spots.

    Gonna look for ourselves.

    • Reply Anisa October 19, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      This could be true and I’d imagine that my post could be outdated – but I did what I could in the time I was there. Enjoy Florence!

  • Reply Ibrahim Yamani November 12, 2015 at 1:04 am

    it’s my second time in Italy, the reason that i come back is for coffee. they have a very unique cafes, my first time was stop over in Rome and i am die for the coffee i test there, so i plane to come to Florence and Venice, to discover it and to test the coffee there.

    thank you for this guide.

    also I’ll visit Brussels, do you know any good coffee there ?

    • Reply Anisa November 13, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy tasting coffee in Florence. I didn’t check out any places in Brussels but if you make it to Bruges, check out I Love Coffee espressobar. Best of luck!

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