Some of the Renaissance City's Top Cafes...

Some of the Renaissance City's Top Cafes...

10 Caffè Paszkowski
A: Piazza della Repubblica 35R. Tel# +39 055 210236, +39 055 2691105. W:
You’ll find bars and coffee places all over Piazza della Repubblica, but if you are looking for something that truly takes you back, Paszkowski’s can offer you the delicious drink you are searching for. You should think about walking up to the bar like a true Italian and having your drink handed to you by the suited and kind staff. Paired with a pastry or an appetizer off the menu, you can spend your mid-morning looking out onto the piazza and enjoying the carousel and the crowds that appear in the area. Because it’s in such a central location, you can pretty much get to any sight you want to see within ten minutes.

9 Caffe Notte
A: Via delle Caldaie 18. Tel#: 39 055 223067.
When you need to get away from the touristy spots, Caffe Notte offers a safe haven with great drinks and a fun crowd. You can imagine it as a modern, artists’ haven, and whether you want coffee or something a little stronger, sitting at a table here will guarantee that you won’t hear any English. The staff might understand you, so offering up a little bit of your Italian and giving it a try can add to the experience. They also have some freshly-baked pastries that are a buttery and savory way to start your morning before you head to the other side of the river to see some sights.

8 Finisterrae
A: Piazza di Santa Croce. Tel#: 39 055 263 8675
It can be hard to find the perfect place to sit and drink your coffee with a view. Florence’s best is usually tucked away and difficult to find for a reason. However, Finisterrae does an excellent job of catering to the multiple groups of tourists who arrive at the church of Santa Croce where Michelangelo and others are buried. Ask for an espresso or a foamy cappuccino and enjoy people-watching. You’ll want to get there before too many people show up–it’s one of the most frequented areas and tables are snatched up by lunch hour. Think about heading here before you go out sight-seeing. (39 055 263 8675)

7 Popcafé
A: 18 Piazza di Santo Spirito. Tel#: 055 217475. W:
If you are looking for something that diverges from the typical old-school cafe, Popcafe can be a fun place to go on the other side of the river. Not far from the church of Santo Spirito, it’s one of the best places to order specialty coffees. They are happy to make a traditional cappuccino or something a bit extra for you if you just ask. Also a good place for lunch, it can be the perfect place to stop after touring Santo Spirito or before you think about grabbing a mouth-watering panino from one of the many shops that surround the church. (055 217475)

6 Rivoire
A: Via Vacchereccia, 4R. Tel#: +39 055 214412.W: Hours:Daily 8am-10pm
It would be a shame not to sample some of Florence’s best chocolate, and when you stop at Riviore, you are only getting artisan-made products. Between their scrumptious pastries filled with dark chocolate made in-house or their thick, pudding-like hot chocolate, this is a chocolate-lover’s paradise. Whether you feel in the mood for a coffee in the beautiful and famous Piazza Signoria or you feel like grabbing a treat drenched in chocolate, this is your best bet. It’s also in a great location close to all the famous sights, so after you are done with your treat you can head out on your way once again. (+39 055 214412)

5 Osteria del Caffé Italiano/ Pizzeria del Caffé Italiano
A: Via Isola delle Stinche 11/13r. Tel#: +39 055 289020.
Harkening back to the old days of coffee culture, Osteria del Caffe Italiano has a grand decor, but it’s still comfortable and the opportunity to sit and enjoy can be wonderful when you have been on your feet all day. Not only do they have some well-made drinks, but they have some good menu options if you are planning on spending more than the time it takes to finish your espresso. While still maintaining the respect of Italian coffee culture, this place gives visitors a chance to stop and truly smell the coffee beans or a slice of delicious pizza.

4 Café Amerini
A: Via della Vigna Nuova 63r. Tel#:+39 055 284941 Hours:Mon-Sat 8am-8pm
Whether you have been out shopping all day or you are just walking the streets around the train station or Santa Maria Novella church, this can be the perfect place to stop and grab a quick cappuccino before heading out again. It also offers lunch, but the coffee is truly some of the best in Florence and when you are out and about, it can be the perfect place to grab something quickly–the staff is fast and friendly. Also, think about grabbing a brioche or two, they have some great options that will keep you coming back during your stay in Florence.

3 Astor
A: Piazza del Duomo, 20R. Tel#: +39 055 239 9318.
As a visitor to Florence, it’s inevitable that you will end up circling the great Duomo. When you are done gawking, think about stopping by Astor, which is tucked away and has a great menu. Not only is the coffee here worth a taste, but you might want to think about looking into some of their specialties. If you are missing the taste of American coffee and you want something to go, this is establishment to duck into. At night, it turns into a fun bar with some creative cocktails and events in the summer. Whether you go day or night, you can find something delicious to taste.

2 Volume
A: 5 Via di Santo Spirito..Tel#: 055 238 1460. W:
When you are on the other side of the Arno and you want to feel as though you can sit down and have a cup of coffee with a younger crowd, this is the place to go. A frequent favorite of locals, you’ll want to put on your best Italian and avoid ordering in English. In the evenings, they serve some great beer to take out on the steps of the Santo Spirito church. Even though it’s a fun place to go at night, where the place really shines through is as a local coffee spot where you can sit and enjoy in an overstuffed chair.

1 Caffe Donnini
A: Piazza della Repubblica, 15. Tel#: 39 055 213694.
Caffe Donnini has been a staple of the Florence cafe scene since 1894. A quiet cafe in the mornings and afternoons, you can easily tuck yourself away with an espresso or cappuccino for a fair price and in a great location. There are several high-quality coffee places located in the Piazza della Repubblica, but Donnini has been around the longest and remains a favorite of celebrities and locals alike. As one of the gathering places of artists and writers since its opening, the coffee shop still attracts creative types taking advantage of the city and the art and history in that area. The interior harkens back to the golden age of European expats, and the pastries are to die for.

Source: USA Today /10 Best