Florence Journals

Italian Coffee Break

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A travel journal to Florence by airynfaerie

ChiaroScuro Photo, Florence, Italy More Photos
Quote: Coffee, or caffe', is one of Italy's specialties. Here are some of my favorite places to enjoy this flavorful bean around the city of Florence.

ChiaroScuro

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Restaurant | "Exotic Flavors with Italian Quality Coffee"

ChiaroScuro Photo, Florence, Italy
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Hands down, my favorite place to get interesting caffe' in Florence is ChiaroScuro (which means light/dark). As most of the coffee in Italy is very good, and there are other places I liked to go just to grab the quick espresso at the neighborhood bar, I'd go to ChiaroScuro to sit, enjoy, and find some amazing flavors.Many American visitors are surprised to find out that coffee bars in Italy are pretty straight forward. You get a cappuccino in the morning, an espresso or macchiato later on. And they all have their own size depending on the drink. There's no "Venti Caramel Whipped Cream + Sprinkles" - just plain, good, quality coffee.That's why ChiaroScuro is a treat, because alt...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 11, 2009

ChiaroScuro
Via del Corso 36r
Florence, Italy
055-21-42-47

Cafe Giacosa

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Restaurant | "One of Florence's Most Fashionable Cafes"

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For one of the most stylish places to enjoy an Italian coffee, head to Cafe Giacosa, owned by the Florentine fashion designer Roberto Cavalli. Many people say that this cafe is home to the best cappuccino in the city, and after enjoying a date there with some girlfriends, I'd defiantly agree that it ranks at the top.Located on the corner of the famous Via Tournabuoni and Via della Spada, Cafe Giacosa offers a luxe interior cafe with plenty of seating, or a nice al-fresco deck to enjoy in the warmer months. The crowd here always seems to be fashionable, as the location and cafe herald as well. Many stop in for relaxing drinks or bites of the decadent desserts as a break from the designer sh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 11, 2009

Cafe Giacosa
Via della Spada, 10
Florence, Italy
+39 055 277 6328

Caffe Gilli

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Restaurant | "The City's Most Famous Cafe"

Caffe Gilli Photo, Florence, Italy
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If you ask many people what the most famous cafe in the city is, they'll most likely respond as Caffe' Gilli. Open from 1733, this well-known cafe is one of the city's most popular and classic choices for a refined caffe' experience. Set on the corner of the bustling Via Roma and the grand Piazza della Repubblica, Caffe' Gilli expands out into the square with an entire deck of covered tables for al-fresco dining. Otherwise take a seat inside or along the bar. For an authentic experience at Gilli, you'll probably want to sit, but remember: it will cost you! *TIP: Most people stand at the bar for a drink or coffee in Italian cafes because most bars will charge an extra fee for ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2009

Caffe Gilli
Piazza della Repubblica, 39
Florence, Italy
+39 055 213896

Pasticceria Marino

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Restaurant | "Warm Pastries Alongside Your Espresso"

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One of the places we'd love to go on an early Sunday morning (as many of the smaller locals bars are closed on Sundays) would be Pasticceria Marino. This lovely little cafe has some of the best warm pastries in the city and a coffee bar as well.There were a few pastry shops that we'd come to really love during our time of living in Florence, but many were just stand along pastry shops, where we'd have to get a treat to-go and find somewhere else to wash it down with an espresso. That's why we really like Marino, is because it combines the best of both worlds...fresh, homemade pastries and an overall feel of a pastry shop with the ovens just in the next room, with the option of ordering a c...Read More

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Pasticceria Marino
Piazza Nazario Sauro, 19r
Florence, Italy
+39 055 212657

My Journey with Italian Caffe

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Italian espresso Photo, Florence, Italy
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My tastebuds and overall feelings towards coffee changed during the year when we moved to Florence, Italy. Now that we live in the US again, I still don't drink coffee regularly as I eventually did in Italy, but I've learned quite a bit, and feel like my tastebuds evolved in our time oversees. In Italy there's an expression: "buon caffe!" that means "good coffee" and is used as commonly as "good day" and that it's a directive just as much as it's a pleasantry.I never was much of a regular coffee drinker when we lived in the States, and only had anything coffee about 1 time per month and it was normally a cold, ice-blended, mint-chocolate flavored, $4 concoction. When we visited Italy befor...Read More