The best aperitifs in Florence
Florence in the yellow zone: here are the top places in Florence for an outdoor aperitif to remember
Places of style, hotels with breathtaking indoor terraces, kingdoms of international mixing.
In Florence the ritual of the apertivo is not seasonal and has its cult places where you can find yourself sipping a good drink in the warmth of a small table in the heart of the city.
Thanks to the latest decree, Tuscany (starting from April 26th) will become a yellow zone again (click here to read our guide on reopenings). Therefore, it will be possible to have an aperitif with your loved ones, respecting the curfew at 22.00 and paying attention to some new rules. In fact, it will be necessary to sit at the table (placed outdoors) at a distance of at least one meter and for a maximum of 4 people (this limit does not apply to those who live in the same house). Faced with this novelty, we propose a list of the best places in Florence where you can have your aperitif in complete safety.
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Via Roma, 1r
More than 250 years of history for this salon that, since 1733, has been able to hand down style and tradition of pastries. A place where the lights and furnishings bring us back to ancient atmospheres. In summer the beautiful dehors overlooks Piazza della Repubblica. Excellent cafeteria and pastry shop together with the chocolate shop. Once a meeting place for artists and men of letters, Caffè Gilli represents an important point of reference for the city. On the occasion of the restart Caffè Gilli will be open every day from 8.30 am to 9.30 pm and, thanks to the spacious dehor, can cover up to a hundred places! Reservation is recommended but not mandatory.
Via de' Tornabuoni, 64r
Procacci is a delicatessen founded in 1885 in the prestigious Via de' Tornabuoni. Its specialties related to the processing of truffles are a Florentine institution. Purchased by the Marchesi Antinori in 1998, the store, pervaded by the unmistakable aroma of truffles, has kept its walnut shelves and its green marble counter in Art Nouveau style unchanged. You absolutely must try the aperitif (available, with a total of 24 place settings, every day from 6pm to 10pm) in this renowned Florentine delicatessen. Reservations are not accepted.
Wine shop Bruni
Borgo Ognissanti, 25
055 388 0177
The restaurant is in Borgo Ognissanti, an elegant street in the center of Florence, which runs parallel to the Lungarno. Inside the restaurant every wall is covered with bottles of wine. The huge selection, with more than 2500 labels, is a fundamental part of the project. The hand-cut hams are absolutely delicious and their wide selection of cheeses is impressive (well over 80 references). The place will reopen as a wine bar with continuous hours from 12.00 to 22.00. A total of 16 seats will be available and reservations are required. Sunday is the closing day.
Atrium Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Florence
Borgo Pinti, 99
We are inside Palazzo della Gherardesca, and it is here, in an Atrium Bar topped by an elegant glass pyramid, that Four Seasons Hotel Firenze has its ace up its sleeve in terms of mixologist, Edoardo Sandri. Also worth trying is the classic Negroni, the Special Tea (in a cup and saucer with a golden rim), passing from Spring (with dry ice) to Paparazzi (which gives a photo to those who sip it). In celebration of the reopening, they will be serving their menu for breakfasts, lunches, appetizers, afternoon teas and dinners! Hours are continuous from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and reservations are required.
Costa S. Giorgio, 2-4
From Friday, June 4, throughout the summer, Villa Bardini opens for the first time 'by night' with an aperitif served by the Chiosco ai Renai which, from Castelfiorentino, temporarily moves to one of the most beautiful gardens in Florence. The idea of 'transporting' the atmosphere of the restaurant in Valdelsa in the most beautiful villas and castles of Tuscany, was born from the three young members of the Chiosco, two Tuscans (the brothers Melina and Nico Pente) and a Spaniard (Carlos Aguiar), who in 2020 began to propose aperitifs and events in a cosmopolitan and informal atmosphere in historical places. Thanks also to the collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Filippo Saporito, patron of Villa Bardini's restaurant 'La Leggenda di Frati', they decided to embark on this new experience by moving their Ape Piaggio transformed into a food truck to the Terrazza delle Rose in front of Villa Bardini. 'APEritivo Bardini' is strictly by reservation only (+39 3518448989 WhatsApp or via the Instagram channel @Renai_in_movimento), and is served from 7 to 11 pm, for a maximum of 50 people, from Thursday to Sunday (unless closed for events) until September 26 and includes local wines, creation cocktails and tapas-style dishes with fresh, Tuscan and high quality ingredients.
Piazza del Cestello, 8
Located in the characteristic Piazza di Cestello, in the most authentic heart of Florence, "Cestello Ristoclub" has immediately won a very unique role in the scenarios of the nightlife of the Tuscan capital. In fact, its team is ready to meet all the needs of its customers, expressing in each dish (prepared with excellent ingredients) not only competence and professionalism but also a distinct identity and irresistible sensations. Open for aperitifs every day from 18.00 to 22.00, Cestello Ristoclub has 40 seats. It is not necessary to book.
SE.STO on Arno - The Westin Excelsior Florence
Piazza Ognissanti, 3
One warning: the risk is to fall into a dangerous and disarming Stendhal syndrome. The tables will be placed only outside, allowing you to eat in front of the extraordinary view of Florence. The maximum capacity is 30 tables and reservation is required. The service offered is active, with continuous hours, from 12.00 to 22.00. A piece of advice? Choose table 41, with its magnificent view of the Arno right in front of the Duomo, it will make your day unforgettable.
Piazza degli Strozzi, 5
In front of Palazzo Strozzi, the place of choice of the most important art exhibitions in the city and a short walk from Via de 'Tornabuoni, Colle Bereto is a guarantee all day long whose bar offers a selection of cocktails signed Colle Bereto. To enjoy your aperitif, the bar is open from 17.00 to 22.00 with a total of 70 seats available. Reservations are not required.
Oltrarno Artisan Company
Via dello Sprone, 5r
055 045 7163
A few steps from Piazza della Passera, a post-war building signed Michelucci. As in a box of beauty that looks at the design '60s and '70s, the space of Ditta Artigianale is distributed between cafeteria, microtorrefazione, kitchen, cocktails and gin bar. In tasting Peter in Florence, the gin of Florence. Among the cult Ditta Artigianale Spritz and Negroni Ditta Artigianale. The restaurant is open every day from 8.30 to 20.00 with 30 seats available. Reservations are recommended.
Pitti Gourmet and Wine Cellar
Piazza Pitti, 16
A thin thread connects the love for wine and the pleasure of escaping the most touristy Florence. To grasp it just enter this microscopic cave with walls covered with bottles of wine, perfectly aligned with the Pitti Palace. A selective wine shop with a boundless passion for Sangiovese, which in Tuscany means Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino. Manuele, Edoardo and Zeno, the young owners, also do their best to find vintage bottles (from the 60s and 70s). Weather permitting, the restaurant will reopen on May 7 and return to let us taste its delights.
Via delle Caldaie 12
In an environment of fifties sophistication and neoclassical hints, the cocktail bar of this restaurant is in the expert hands of Cristina Bini. From the Cocktail list the Do you remember last night (elixir of China, Pisco, rosemary, tonic water), the Tettina Martini (brandy, coffee, soya milk, Borghetti coffee, milk foam, coffee beans) and many others. The venue will be open every day (except Wednesday) from 12pm to 10pm. The available places are 32, so it is recommended to book. What are you waiting for?
Via Gusciana, 21
Saturday, May 1 you should not miss the inauguration of Serre Bistrot, located in one of the most beautiful gardens of Florence. For the occasion will also be present Alex Neri Dj, who will accompany your aperitif with good music. The opening hours are from 12.00 to 22.00 and reservation is required.
Piazza Santo Spirito, 9
The romantic and relaxing atmosphere of the Loggia Roof Bar is ideal for an aperitif admiring the sunset over the red rooftops of Florence. In fact, its beautiful rooftop terrace offers an idyllic view of the city and the surrounding hills. With 40 seats available, you can enjoy your aperitif every day from 15.00 to 22.00.
Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli 2r
La Terrazza is located at the top of the medieval Tower of Consorti, on the top floor of the Continentale Hotel in Florence and is surrounded by real masterpieces such as Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Ponte Vecchio. Its private space, contemporary and of absolute elegance will allow you to make an unforgettable toast at sunset. This venue will be open from May 14th from 5pm to 10pm.
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