Historic Cafes in Florence

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.

Like in other Italian cities, if you want to enjoy your coffee sitting, you will pay more 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.

Caffé Giubbe Rosse

Please find below a short list of historic cafes in Florence:

Caffé Pazkowski – Piazza della Repubblica 35r

Paszkowski started as a beer factory and refreshment place. By the end of the 1800’s, the place became a literary café frequented by D’Annunzio, Eugenio Montale and Vasco Pratolini.

In 1941, the cafe’s interiors were revamped from the original Liberty style into the current Art Deco style.

Caffé Le Giubbe Rosse – Piazza della Repubblica 13r

Some of the most important literary and artistic movements were either represented or initiated here, from the Futurismo to the Ermetismo (hermeticism) and the Neoavanguardia movements. In the following decades the Giubbe Rosse remained a meeting point for the journalists and editors of various Florentine magazines and the walls are all decorated with testimonials of its literary and political past, showing the importance of the coffee house as a local cultural hub.

Caffé Gilli

Caffé Revoire – Piazza della Signoria 5

Furnished and decorated in the early 1900 manner with elements of the Liberty-style, the coffee house’s terrace offers a beautiful view over the magnificent Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio.

Scudieri – Piazza di San Giovanni, 19

The cafe itself is very elegant. The classy wood boarding, beautiful decoration, and staff in traditional dress transport you back to the old days.

Caffé Gilli – Via Roma 1r

In 1848, Caffè Gilli became a local nerve center for the Florentine intellectuals. It is here that the new liberal ideas and plans for independence were being discussed. When Florence became the capital of Italy, between 1865 and 1871, the clientele of the café became even more political and prestigious. The interior was beautifully decorated and elegant, it almost looked like a British tea room.

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