Florence – Santa Croce bars & cafés

Bar La Ribotta
Borgo degli Albizi 80/82
Phone: 055 234 5668
Open 9am-1am Mon-Sat. Closed 2wks Aug. No credit cards.

A friendly, busy café with plenty of tables and delicious sandwiches, plus more substantial hot food and salad offerings at lunch. The seating is in alcoves so you can have a fairly peaceful meal and intimate conversations if you wish. Staff are lively and efficient, and there’s plenty of info about local clubs, music and events to be found inside.

Caffeteria Piansa
Borgo Pinti 18r, nr Piazza G Salvemin
Phone: 055 234 2362
Open 7am-8pm Mon-Sat; lunch served noon-3pm. Closed Aug. No credit cards.

Set on a quiet street, this is a favourite with students and businessfolk, but seating is rarely a problem outside the lunch period. It’s self-service, so prices are fairly cheap.

Caffè Cibreo
Via Andrea del Verrocchio 5r
Phone: 055 234 5853
Open 8am-1am Tue-Sat; lunch served 1-2.30pm. Closed Aug. No credit cards.

A peaceful, elegant café offering phenomenal desserts, notably the chocolate torte and a cheesecake served with arancia amara (bitter orange) sauce. You can always call a day in advance for a cake to take home.. There are tables outside in summer.

Gelateria dei Neri
Via dei Neri 22r
Phone: 055 210 034
Open: summer- 11.30am-11.30pm daily, Winter- 11.30am-11.30pm Mon, Tues, Thurs-Sun

One of the few parlours to serve soya ice cream alongside the classic creamy concoctions, so even those with a dairy intolerance can indulge.

La Loggia degli Albizi
Borgo degli Albizi 39r
Phone: 055 247 9574
Open: 7am-8pm Mon- Sat. Closed August

With some of the best pastries and cakes in town, La Loggia degli Albizi is the perfect stop-off after a hard days shopping or sightseeing; try the torta della nonna (crumbly pastry filled with baked patisserie-cream).

Via Isole delle Stinche 7r
Phone: 055 292 334
Open: Summer 7.30am -1am Tues- Sun, Winter 7.30am-midnight Tues-Sun

Vivoli is reputed to have the best icecream in Florence and is reserved for its semi freddo, creamier and softer version of icecream, and for its divine riso (rice pudding) flavour.

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