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The Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Florence for a Truly Italian Start to Your Day

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You finally made it to the enchanting Florence, the city of Dante and Brunelleschi. 

You probably already had your first dinner. But now it’s a new day, and time to explore this wonderful city. First, though, you must have breakfast. So what shall you eat and where?

That’s exactly what I am here to tell you about. With so many cafes, at every corner you turn, it’s really hard to pick one, two, or three spots to have your Florence breakfast while you are here.

Where can you find the best cappuccino, crispest croissants, and sweetest treats to fuel your explorations? Which spots will give you a true taste of Florence for your morning meal? This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to plan the perfect Florentine breakfast. Read on to discover the city’s top cafés, pasticcerie, and brunch spots to savor an authentic Italian-style start to your day.




A Traditional Florentine Breakfast

Before diving into the city’s best breakfast places, let’s look at what makes up a typical Tuscan morning meal. While lighter than other Italian regional breakfasts, the Florentines still know how to start the day off right. Here are some classics you’ll find on menus around the city:

Cantucci – Crunchy Almond Biscotti Meant for Dunking

These twice-baked almond biscuits are a breakfast staple you’ll find nearly everywhere. Cantucci date back to Ancient Rome, where they were called cantellus. These hard biscuits flavored with anise were a favorite among Roman soldiers.

In the 14th century, Florentine bakers started making cantucci-style loaves for the wealthy, using the discarded ends from those hard biscuits. Thanks to Catherine de Medici’s influence, the cookies evolved to include almonds and spread across Europe. In the late 1800s, Antonio Mattei standardized the cantucci recipe in Prato, winning acclaim across Italy and Europe. Today, cantucci are made throughout Tuscany and were awarded IGP status by the EU in 2011, protecting the name.

Il Cantuccio in Florence’s San Lorenzo neighborhood serves excellent cantucci with vin santo, or you can purchase a bag to enjoy all week!


Florentine grape focaccia

Grape Focaccia – Sweet Focaccia for Breakfast

While savory varieties like rosemary focaccia may be better known, Tuscan bakeries sell grape focaccia for breakfast. This sweet flatbread dates back possibly to the Etruscan era. It was traditionally made after the grape harvest from simple ingredients like bread dough, olive oil, sugar, and black grapes. Custom calls for the canaiola grape variety with many seeds.

In a recent competition for the best traditional Tuscan grape focaccia, Forno Becagli won first place. Their grape focaccia is made with a brioche-like dough and house-made grape juice brushed on top before baking. Indulge in this seasonal treat at cafes like Gilli; you can even get a slice from the local supermarket’s bakery.

Budino di Riso – Creamy Rice Pudding

These traditional rice puddings have origins stretching back to the Renaissance era. Smooth, creamy rice is flavored with citrus zest or chocolate. It likely originated in Florence or Siena as a single-serving dessert made from vanilla and citrus-scented rice cream baked in a crumbly shortbread crust. 

The tradition of rice desserts stems from 20th century Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, where rice was abundant thanks to mondine workers in the Po Valley rice fields. You can enjoy excellent budino di riso at spots like Gilli Cafe, Caffè Lietta, and many breakfast spots around Florence. This egg and milk custard satisfies without weighing you down. So if you want to eat like a local pair this with a great coffee on one of your mornings here.


Schiacciata Fiorentina – Fluffy Sugar-Topped Cake

No Florentine breakfast table is complete without schiacciata fiorentina. This sweet yeast cake has a soft, airy crumb topped with crunchy pearl sugar. Schiacciata means “flattened or crushed” referring to the flattened dough before baking. 

It is a beloved local cake traditionally made during the Carnevale season. It should not exceed 3cm high when baked. The original version is plain, but it also comes with a cream filling. Both versions are dusted with powdered sugar and cocoa.

The schiacciata originated in the 19th century as the Schiacciata delle Murate, created by nuns at the Murate convent in Florence. After it became a prison, the cake was served to inmates as a final meal. By the late 1800s schiacciata fiorentina was mentioned by chef Pellegrino Artusi. 

Today no Florentine pastry shop window is without one during Carnevale celebrations. But don’t worry, you can enjoy a slice of the original plain version – without any filling, or the decadent one filled with cream all year round at most cafes I shared here.


Sfogliatelle – Flaky Pastries Filled with Ricotta Cream

Called sfoglia in Florence, these crisp, layered pastries have an orange-scented ricotta filling. The original sfogliatella recipe hails from 16th-century Amalfi Coast convents. In the 19th century, Neapolitan chef Pasquale Pintauro started selling them commercially, spreading their popularity. Though not originally Florentine, they are now beloved in the city. Indulge in Gilli’s excellent sfogliatelle or have one at Caffè Gualtieri.

Bomboloni – Yeasted Donuts Filled with Cream or Chocolate

These round-yeasted donuts filled with sweet cream or chocolate can be found across Florence. Bomboloni originated from an egg-enriched, lemon-flavored yeasted dough in Tuscany, sometimes made with mashed potatoes. 

They are fried and coated in sugar. The key difference from similar Roman treats is that Tuscan bomboloni are very airy and filled with dough. Instead, Roman bombs are always filled with chocolate or custard. Most cafes I listed in this article offer various bomboloni flavors, so feel free to indulge in one during your stay.

If you still need more Italian breakfast inspiration before you order, here’s an article all about Italians’ favourite breakfast foods and habits.



Top Breakfast Spots for a True Taste of Firenze

Now that you know what to order, here are the best cafés, bakeries, and bistrot to visit in the heart of Florence for breakfast or brunch during your stay. I’ve included the must-try item at each!

Caffè Gilli – Florence’s Historic Literary Cafe

Where: Via Roma 1R

Established in 1733, Gilli is the oldest continually operating cafe in Florence. Its lavish chandeliered interior and outdoor tables on Piazza della Repubblica have hosted notable writers, artists, and intellectuals for centuries. After you peak at the large variety of pastries, grab a seat and watch the city buzz by as you enjoy Gilli’s perfectly prepared cappuccino.

Don’t miss their excellent budino di riso, the quintessential Tuscan rice pudding rich with eggs and citrus. Its creamy sophistication sums up Gilli’s refined elegance. This is cafe is the perfect place whether you plan to have a full sightseeing day or a leisurely shopping spree. And you can choose between indoor and outdoor seating.

Nearby Sights and Attractions

After fueling up on Gilli’s excellent coffee and pastries, you’ll be ready to explore some of Florence’s top sights, all within walking distance:

Walk north to discover the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Uffizi Gallery. Heading west takes you towards the Bargello National Museum and Medici Palace. Gilli Caffè makes a perfect starting point for a day of Florence sightseeing.

Inside Caffe Ditta Artigianale

Ditta Artigianale – Specialty Coffee from Local Experts

Where: Via de’ Neri 32R, Via dello Sprone, Piazza Sant’Ambrogio (3 locations)

For the best coffee in Florence, head to this sleek local favorite. Ditta Artigianale is run by baristas dedicated to their craft. To really hudge their coffee I suggest you try a classic like an espresso or a macchiato.

Not only is Ditta Artigianale one of the best places to sip on an espresso while exploring the city of Florence, but it also made it on the list of the best 30 coffee shops in the world, according to the Financial Times.

PS: According to Gambero Rosso, the other three best coffee locations in Florence are Caffè Gilli, Caffè Paszkowski, and Tuttobene in Campi Bisenzio.

Nearby Sights and Attractions

After enjoying Ditta Artigianale’s incredible coffee, check out these landmarks and museums within walking distance:

The cafe’s central locations make it easy to access top attractions like the Duomo and Palazzo Pitti. Wander south to explore Pitti Palace and the Oltrarno neighborhood. Ditta Artigianale offers a perfect caffeinated start before immersing yourself in Florence’s beauty.

Caffe Scudieri Florence

Caffè Scudieri

Where: Piazza di San Giovanni, 19R

Caffè Scudieri is a beloved Florence institution located on Piazza San Giovanni since 1939, directly across from the Duomo and Baptistery. That means you’ll be able to enjoy breakfast with views of the Duomo. Its luxurious interiors of marble, leather, and crystal chandeliers exude old-world refinement.

Sip a cappuccino while enjoying views of the iconic cathedral, or sample one of their artisanal sandwiches and sweets from the counter. Treat yourself to a Continental breakfast or gift one of their sophisticated dessert boxes tied with a ribbon. Scudieri’s prime location and dedication to their craft make it a quintessential Florentine cafe.

Nearby Sights and Attractions

After fueling up at Caffè Scudieri, you’ll be ready to explore some of Florence’s top attractions:

Scudieri’s location right by the Duomo makes it easy to discover icons like the cathedral complex, Uffizi, and Palazzo Vecchio by heading north. Wander south to visit sights like Pitti Palace and the Accademia Gallery.

Caffe Lietta

Caffè Lietta – Charming Cafe in the north of Florence historic centre

Where: Piazza della Libertà 6/7/8 R

Craving more than one pastry alongside your cappuccino? This cozy cafe delivers with different pastries options. Their indulgent Torta Scendiletto cake with chocolate and hazelnuts is the perfect way to start your day. And let’s not forget their incredible budino di riso. The super-friendly staff creates a welcoming vibe. 

This one is a slightly longer walk to the main sightseeing spots but it is very close to the Università degli Studi di Firenze. It’s also the perfect starting point to explore the San Marco and Campo di Marte neighborhoods, or to start your day if you are staying in one of them. 

Once you are ready from exploring these, you can take a stroll back and stop at Accademia Gallery. Make sure you have booked your tickets in advance, as this is the museum in Florence with the longest queue.

Nearby Sights and Attractions

Caffè Lietta sits a little farther to Piazza del Duomo and key landmarks.

Stroll south to head to most attractions, like the station or Piazza del Duomo.

Galleria Iginio Massari – Upscale Italian Pastry Shop

Where: Via de’ Vecchietti, 3

Indulge your sweet tooth with sublime pastries crafted by award-winning pastry chef Iginio Massari. Opened in 2011, this elegant shop features flawless cakes, tarts, and brioches displayed like edible art. If you want to try multiple ones, I suggest you choose from the mini ones – like the baba rum or the mini tiramisu. Take time to admire Massari’s creations before taking a seat in the posh cafe. It’s an unforgettable experience for pastry lovers!

Galleria Iginio Massari cakes selection

PS: Do make sure to ask to be seated or you’ll end up having to enjoy your breakfast standing. More on that below.

This applies in many different cafes throughout Florence, so it’s best to ask at the bar or one of the waiter before ordering. Just ask whether you can order at the bar and then sit, or whether you shit and they take the order from your table.

Nearby Sights and Attractions

After enjoying Massari’s pastries:

Massari’s central location near the Duomo makes it easy to access top attractions like the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, and more.

Pasticceria Gualtieri – Charming Cafe by Scenic Basilica di Santo Spirito

Where: Via Senese, 18R

Tucked away in what looks like a residential street, Caffè Gualtieri draws locals and tourists alike with its vintage charm and top-notch pastries. The cozy interior and outdoor seating let you soak up the atmosphere on this scenic piazza. 

Alongside coffee drinks, try Gualtieri’s excellently executed croissants or sample a slice of their fresh fruit tarts. Everything else also looks amazing, so you’ll have plenty of choice from the beautifully presented budini, sfoglie, and the many cakes and pastries. It’s a sweet spot to start your day in style.

Nearby Sights and Attractions 

This breakfast spot is perfect if you are staying in the Porta Romana area.

– Pitti Palace – 14 min walk

– Boboli gardens – 3 mins walk  

– Uffizi Gallery – 22 mins walk

– Piazza del Duomo – 30 mins walk

– Santa Maria Novella Station – 30 mins walk

Gualtieri’s proximity to the Arno River makes it easy to access Oltrarno sights like Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio. Head north to visit the Uffizi, Duomo, and more central Florence landmarks.

Caffè Concerto Paszkowski – Historic Cafe on Piazza della Repubblica

Where: Piazza della Repubblica, 6

Caffè Paszkowski has been serving excellent coffee and snacks since 1846. This is one of those cafes I wished I had heard about before visiting, or even spotted while walking around Florence. Sadly I didn’t, so I want you to know about it. Grab a front-row seat overlooking the grand Piazza della Repubblica to people-watch as you enjoy breakfast. Their crispy sfogliatelle, called sfoglia here, has delicate layers wrapped around rich ricotta cream for a sublime bite. Soak up the atmosphere at this Florence institution.

Their cake selection also looks excellent, and it seems like the perfect stop for a midday or afternoon aperitivo.

Nearby Sights and Attractions

After eating at Caffè Paszkowski:

Paszkowski’s central location makes it easy to access the Duomo, Uffizi, and more top attractions. Walk just minutes north and east to discover iconic Florentine landmarks.

Caffè Rivoire – Elegant Cafe on Piazza della Signoria Since 1872

Where: Piazza della Signoria, 5R

Caffè Rivoire has dished up lavish treats on the scenic Piazza della Signoria since 1872. Bask in old-world glamour as you sip Rivoire’s on an espresso or nibble sugar-dusted pastries on the outdoor terrace. Their cakes and biscuits selections are very tempting. Rivoire’s elegant interiors mixed with a few extravagant touches make for an unforgettable experience.

Nearby Sights and Attractions

After breakfast at Caffè Rivoire:

Rivoire’s location right on Piazza della Signoria makes it easy to visit the Uffizi and Palazzo Vecchio. Cross the river to explore sights like the Pitti Palace and Accademia Gallery.


Best Spots for Brunch in Florence

Florence has several excellent restaurants and cafes offering delightful brunch options with a Tuscan twist. Here are the top spots for a leisurely morning meal when you’d prefer something heartier than just pastries and coffee.

PS: Forget your avocado toast and try something truly local.

Antico Vinaio Florence – Best Florentine Street Food

Where: Via dei Neri 65R, Via Ricasoli 121R

If you only visit one spot of all the ones I am sharing in this article, make sure it’s this one. Their focaccias are so good and well priced you’ll be dreaming about them for months.

This beloved Florence institution is excellent for gourmets on a budget. Their focaccia sandwiches are not only divine but also generously filled with your choice of tasty genuine local ingredients. The incredible truffle cream, pancetta, taleggio, and ground nuts option sounds incredible, doesn’t it? Or try their Florentine specialty panini with prosciutto, artichokes, and salsa verde for a more savory morning bite. It’s no surprise their sandwiches have drawn crowds for decades!

Florence traditional focaccia street food from Antico Vinaio

Speaking of crowds, this is one of those spots you’ll have to wait in the queue, unless you stumble across this article and take my advice.

With 6 locations, including the Station, Via Ricasoli, and Via dei Neri, there’s plenty to choose from. However, if you want to avoid the queue I suggest you go to the one near Piazza San Marco. This one, located in Via Ricasoli, also happens to be the closest to the Duomo. I walked past it three times on different days and times of the day, and the queue was always very short (as in under 10 people waiting). Whereas the one in Via dei Neri is always as busy as in the picture below.

Long queue at Antico Vinaio in Via Neri


Caffè dell’Oro

Enjoy sweeping views of Florence while dining on Caffè dell’Oro’s scenic terrace. Their brunch menu includes classics like omelets and pancakes alongside Tuscan-inspired bruschetta and crostini starters. Even if you don’t make it on the terrace, their street tables overlooking Ponte Vecchio make a wonderful seating alternative.


Il Borro Tuscan Bistro

For an upscale late brunch or aperitivo, visit this refined Tuscan restaurant near the Duomo. Brunch brings dishes like the famous chicken liver pate crostini, hearty Italian meatballs as well as lighter burrata salads, enjoyed with wines from Il Borro’s own Chianti vineyard.

PS: Don’t worry, for Italians it’s never too early for an aperitivo. So feel free to have one with your brunch.



Retrobottega Firenze

Choose from many delicious-looking sandwiches and stuzzichini – aka finger foods. You can have a sandwich to go or sit down and enjoy an Aperol Spritz time, any time throughout the day. Since this is a casual spot, you might have to stand, which is common for an aperitivo in Firenze.

Il Caffè del Verone

Right on scenic Piazza Signoria, Il Caffè del Verone offers different options, from breakfast pastries, light aperitivo, and snacks, to hearty lasagna. Enjoy views of Palazzo Vecchio as you sit on the terrace.

Il Palagio Four Seasons Hotel

For a luxurious Weekend brunch, book a table at this Michelin-starred restaurant inside Florence’s Four Seasons Hotel. Enjoy unlimited Champagne and Tuscan cuisine prepared by executive chef Paolo Lavezzini. Reservations are required.

Salotto Portinari Bistrot by Vito Mollica

This upscale bistro run by Michelin-starred chef Vito Mollica, previous Four Seasons Hotel head chef, takes Italian grandmothers’ recipes and elevates them. Their all-day menu offers creative dishes like Crespella alla Fiorentina with spinach and ricotta and Chiana Burger with beetroots, truffle, mayonnaise, and caramelized onion jam.


Breakfast and Brunch Spots to Avoid in Florence

While Florence has no shortage of excellent local spots for breakfast, here are a few tourist traps or underwhelming options you’re better off skipping:

Rooster Cafe – Despite its central location near the Duomo, this spot caters to tourists with a generic and uninspired menu. You won’t find quality Italian fare.

Floret – The trendy brunch dishes lack local flavor. Opt for a more authentic Tuscan experience elsewhere.

Hotel buffets – Convenient but often disappointing with subpar pastries and coffee. Unless you are staying at a 5 star hotel, head out to a cafe instead to eat like the Florentines.


Second Breakfast? More Top Florence Favorites

On vacation with time to spare? Why not indulge in a second round of pastries and coffee later in the morning or afternoon? Here are some tasty spots to check out:

My Florence Breakfast Experiences

I spent a good five days in Florence, from Sunday to Thursday. I managed to have breakfast in the city four times, except for Tuesday when I took a day trip to Lucca. Here’s where I had breakfast and what I had each of those mornings. If you’re curious about my breakfast in Lucca, you can read all about it in this article.

Day 1 Breakfast – Sunday at Caffè Gilli

After setting up my alarm at 6 am, I got ready and headed towards Piazza Duomo. It was my first time in Florence and I couldn’t wait to see this iconic place from up close. I had a glimpse while on the taxi heading from the station to my Airbnb, but I turned my head not to see. Although it might sound a little crazy, I just didn’t want to ruin my first view. 

After walking to all the spots on my list, from Piazza Duomo To Basilica di Santa Croce, we headed towards Piazza Gilli. Once inside the cafe, we went straight to the bar section where all the pastries were. Oh, my eyes were so happy to see so many scrumptious options.

Caffe Gilli pastry selection

After a couple of minutes of pondering what to get and how much to eat, I opted for a classic schiacciata cake while my husband chose the sfoglia pastry. Of course, I couldn’t miss tasting my favorite biscuits – biscotti al burro aka butter biscuits, so we picked 3 flavors to share. Unfortunately, the nutella flavor had just run out.

For drinks, my husband had a cappuccino and I had still water with a slice of lemon, not very Italian but my favorite during the hot months.

The verdict:

Everything was delicious, except for the butter biscuits. They weren’t bad by all means, but the pastry was not as delicious as it should be. The schiacciata reminded me of a lighter and fluffy panettone, so scrumptious.

Day 2 – Late Breakfast at Galleria Iginio Massari

Monday didn’t start on the right foot, as I realized I had left my mobile in the Airbnb after having walked 30 minutes to get to the center. You see, Florence is a big city so even if we were staying in a good area, it was still a long walk from our Airbnb to Duomo and all the main sights.

Before turning back to retrieve my phone, we stopped at Palazzo Vecchio to buy the tickets for the day, but we were told many of the rooms were closed on that day. I had actually noted this on my itinerary (steal my 4 day in Florence Itinerary), but the mobile phone drama had caused me to overlook it.

So, we decided to grab a taxi to retrieve my phone. Once I had my camera back, we set off for Piazzale Michelangelo, hoping the drizzly and misty weather would clear up by the time we reached the viewpoint.

We hopped on a bus after a few minutes at the bus stop, and before we knew it, we had arrived at our destination. Regrettably, the sun remained hidden, resulting in the rather gloomy pictures below.

After admiring the view and taking many pictures, we tried to find our way back to the center. However, due to a closed road, we had to get off at a different bus stop. That meant walking a long stretch to reach our breakfast spot for the day, and by the time we arrived, it was lunchtime.

The place was gorgeous, from the street and exterior to the interiors, and the pastries looked so beautiful. The only negative part was the woman at the bar wasn’t helpful. She never asked us whether we wanted to be seated or stand at the bar, so we ordered aiming to be seated later but we were told we couldn’t. I even asked to pay extra but she said I couldn’t. Sadly, that meant we had to stand while eating, a situation that, like many Italians, I don’t particularly enjoy.

Florence breakfast at Galleria Iginio Massari

The verdict:

Poor service, but I am sure it was just an occasion. As for the pastries, they didn’t quite live up to our expectations. My husband, who isn’t particularly fussy, found his to be alright.

Day 3 – Early Breakfast in a Monastery at Caffè Ditta Artigianale in Piazza Sant’Ambrogio

Our third day was a charm because it started with an early breakfast. The city was still quiet and the cafe was nearly empty. 

We left our Airbnb at 8 am and in just 10 minutes walk we arrived at Ditta Artigianale & Hario Caffè. I immediately loved the location, especially the inner open courtyard at the back, so peaceful and historic. For a minute, it felt like being back in Bolzano.

Since it was an early one, we kept our breakfast choices small. We each had a croissant – mine was with apricot jam, while my husband opted for a strange option of chantilly cream and berries. For drinks, my husband had a cappuccino while I had water again. You see, while I am Italian, I am not crazy about coffee. 

The verdict:

The croissant felt a little more like a French croissant than an Italian cornetto because of the buttery flaky pastry, so I didn’t love it. As usual, my husband loved his.

PS: I really suggest you try to have your breakfast first thing in the morning, at least once. You’ll get to enjoy the café of your choice in peace and quiet.


Last Day in Florence – Second time at Caffè Gilli

For our last day in Florence, we decided to head back to Caffè Gilli since we loved the ambiance so much, and we wanted to try more of their pastries. As you can see from the pictures below, we sure did!

I chose a sfoglia with pear and chocolate. It also had ricotta, which I am intolerant to, but luckily I was perfectly fine after eating it. It was so delicious I would choose it again.

My husband opted for a custard croissant, as he had wanted to have one all trip.

We both had a decaffeinated cappuccino with oat milk.

And we shared the following: 1 schiacciata cake and 1 apricot crostata.

Second breakfast at Caffe Gilli

The verdict:

We had a fantastic time enjoying a slow breakfast and people-watching while sitting inside, near the large windows overlooking the outdoor seating area.

The pastries were all delicious, especially my sfoglia; the cappuccino wasn’t amazing.

I must say that Italians are not the best at making good decaffeinated drinks. I guess that’s because they are so big on real coffee.


Which spot would I recommend?

I would recommend you try all three spots above, and I would personally go again, even when it comes to Galleria Iginio Massari. I just would make sure I get seated and order from my table rather than at the bar. I would also choose different pastries at both Iginio Massari and Ditta Artigianale, but that’s coming from a very picky eater.

In case you are wondering, I am picky because I know what I like and I have tried a lot of good food, so I am always looking for the best. If it’s not fantastic, I don’t want it. Luckily for you, that means I am going to be super honest and only give you the best recommendations.


Final Thoughts

Florence offers no shortage of excellent cafés and pasticcerie to delight your tastebuds each morning. From vintage spots serving espresso since the 1950s to sleek third-wave coffee houses, you’ll find endless options to savor. Treat yourself to bomboloni donuts made from recipes perfected since the Renaissance. Indulge in the artistry of a fresh fruit tart or pistachio-chocolate pastry crafted by award-winning chefs. Pull up a chair, order your cappuccino, and watch Florence come to life on charming piazzas or from sunny terraces with enchanting views.

The morning meal sets the tone for your day of exploring Florence. By starting in one of the excellent local cafés and bakeries listed here, you’ll fuel up with true Florentine flavor. So first have your pick of cappuccino and tempting pastries. Then, you can walk in Dante’s footsteps, gaze upon heavenly artworks, and sip vino while soaking up la dolce vita.

Looking for the best places to dine in Florence? Read my Hidden Gems Restaurants in Florence guide.




Frequently Asked Questions About Breakfast in Florence

To finish this breakfast guide, here are answers to some common questions travelers have:

What is a typical Florentine breakfast?

A typical Tuscan-style breakfast consists of light fare like biscotti, pastries, yogurt, or a small sandwich. Cappuccino and espresso are very popular morning drinks.

What do Italians in Florence eat for breakfast?

Common Italian breakfast foods in Florence include cantucci almond biscuits, bomboloni donuts, budino rice pudding, grape schiacciata, croissants, and cappuccino or espresso.

What is a traditional Tuscan breakfast?

Classic regional items are schiacciata cake, castagnaccio chestnut cake, and Italian pastries.

Do you tip waiters for breakfast in Florence cafes?

It’s not strictly required to tip breakfast waiters, but leaving a few spare euro coins or rounding up the bill is appreciated.

What are the best sweet pastries to try for breakfast in Florence?

Top Florentine pastries include cannoli, bomboloni donuts, sfogliatelle, cantucci biscuits, schiacciata, and seasonal fruit crostate.

Where can I find good pancakes or omelets for breakfast?

Try brunch spots like Caffè dell’Oro, Caffè Gilli, or Caffè Rainer for pancakes and omelets with an Italian twist.

What is there to eat for breakfast near the Duomo?

Head to Caffè Gilli, Rivoire, or Ditta Artigianale for excellent coffee and pastries close to the Duomo.

Which cafes have the best view or ambiance?

Caffè Rivoire on the Piazza della Signoria, Caffè dell’Oro overlooking the Arno River, and Forneria Firenze on Ponte Vecchio have stellar views.

What is the best way to experience an Italian-style breakfast in Florence?

Visit a neighborhood cafe or bakery, stand at the counter, and order your coffee and baked goods like a local. It’s an authentic start to your day.

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