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Florence: Best Vegetarian Food and Coffee

By on July 19, 2016

Post updated on May 1st, 2017 at 05:08 pm

There’s way too much good food in this charming Italian city, and like me, you might have to eat six meals a day to get through this list. Here are my recommendations of where to find the best vegetarian food in Florence, and the coziest cafés serving up great coffee.

Paninis

I Due Fratellini

Hands down, the best panini I’ve ever had! This is a must-do if you’re looking for good vegetarian food in Florence. A hole-in-the-wall spot, right by the Duomo, that serves up 3 euro paninis in a deliciously crusty bread, with all-you-can-fill toppings! They have some gorgeous fillings like parsley oil, and truffle cream. Great for both vegetarians and meat-eaters. Be careful though – their official closing time is 7pm but they shut shop whenever they run out of bread, which is generally by 6pm or earlier. So make sure you stop by for lunch!

I Due Fratellini panini Florence

Literally a hole in the wall 🙂 Don’t be fooled by the emptiness. This was at 9am when they were still opening shop. And yes, I did eat a panini for breakfast 😀

Vegetarian Panini in Florence

Parsley oil with lots of veggies and goats cheese! Just one of the many paninis I had from this deli during my 3 day stay

Semel in Sant’ Ambrogio Market and Allantico

Didn’t get a chance to go to either of these but they have excellent reviews and I came across them through recommendations from some top-notch blogs! Semel is another hole in the wall spot in Ambrogio market, while Allantico has 13000+ reviews on TripAdvisor – only caveat is I walked out of Allantico in a few seconds, because there was way too much meat hanging from the ceilings. Vegetarians – if that’s something that makes you uncomfortable, avoid Allantico!

Restaurants

Libreria Brac

Like a little garden oasis, Libreria Brac is a great choice for those looking for vegan and vegetarian food in Florence, as well as coffee and pastries. It’s a library café, a trend that’s all the rage in Florence these days. Make a reservation because they are usually full!

Avocado carpaccio Libraria Brac Florence

Avocado carpaccio with celery sauce, almonds, lemon and sesame seeds. HEAVEN!

Tomato mozzarella basil bread Libreria Brac Florence

Tomato, mozzarella and basil in an interesting bread

Libreria Brac ambience Florence

A cozy little spot 🙂

Cafés

News Café

This coffee shop serves up delicious cappuccino for only 1.3 euros, and best of all, they specialize in latte art! The barista will paint adorable illustrations on your coffee, that will make you want to overcaffeinate yourself. I had to stop myself from ordering more coffee 🙂

Postcards and coffee News Cafe Florence

I spent the morning writing postcards to friends and family with a couple of cups of cappuccino 🙂

News Cafe latte art in Florence

Such elaborate painting!

News cafe coffee bar in Florence

It’s not a super cozy spot, but generally very quiet

Shake Café

Great spot to pick up some juices, smoothies, wraps or breakfast pastries. I liked it because they had some vegan cornetti options (my favorite thing to have for breakfast in Italy)! An excellent spot for vegan and vegetarian food in Florence, with a great spread of choices.

Shake cafe vegan options Florence

Modern, hipster cafe with a few wooden tables. Good for a quick lunch in between shopping or sight seeing

Corona’s Café

This is a fancy coffee bar located right in Piazza del Signoria. They’ve got excellent cappuccinos and pastries, including vegan cornetti! Yup, you can tell I was on a hunt for eggless cornetti all through Italy – they are so damn good!! Pretty much my breakfast every single day 🙂

Vegan cornetti cappuccino Coronas Cafe Florence

Gelato

Be careful with this one. All those stores with mounds of fluorescent gelato that look like Disneyland are most likely pumped with tons of preservatives and colors. Stick to the artisanal gelato: Vivoli, Perche No!, Grom, Festival, Gelateria La CarrariaSadly, most of the authentic gelato stores were shut when I visited in the peak of winter 🙁

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Enoteca del Duomo

You’ll definitely want to buy some cheeses, olive oil, vinegar and limoncello while you’re in Italy – whether to stock up your own kitchen, or to give as gifts to friends and family. There’s a ton of stores around, but I found the process so confusing because of the numerous options available. It really helps to have someone at the store guide you through the process – the guy at Enoteca del Duomo was so helpful, spending almost an hour, explaining the difference between different types of cheeses and olive oils, and patiently allowing us to sample everything! Highly recommended.

Pecorino cheeses at enoteca in Florence

So many types of pecorino – I bought truffle, pesto, red chilli, pepper and pistachio! You really can’t resist!

Spices pastas olive oils in Florence

Pastas, olive oils, spices galore

What are some of your favorite spots for coffee and vegetarian food in Florence?

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