1. Trattoria Sostanza
Good food has been consistently coming out of this old traditional restaurant since it opened its doors in 1871. A great place to try bistecca alla fiorentina (Florentine steak) that is cooked over a wood burning stove out the back or the artichoke tart.
2. Gelateria Dei Neri
The best and most traditional gelateria in town, Gelateria Dei Neri serves weird and fresh flavours such as ricotta with fig or chocolate with orange. They also have granite and semi-freddo if you have overloaded on Italian ice-cream.
3. Due Fratellini
Due Fratellini is a hidden gem of a sandwich bar that is literally a hole in the wall drawing in large crowds. For just a few euros you can choose one of many freshly made sandwiches and just a couple of euros more you can get a glass of house wine to go with it, bargain! Customers generally line up, collect their order then sit in the streets enjoying their food.
4. The Clubhouse
A great cake house that sells macaroons and other yummy sweets. Try the torte semolina, a specialty in Tuscany.
5. Mercati Centrale
The best place to try local specialties is always at a market and the food at Mercati Centrale will make you dream of moving to Italy. There are artisan cafes located upstairs where you can try well-prepared food or downstairs you can sample lots of local products such as fresh cheeses, fruits, breads, cakes and oils. Make sure you try the tripe sandwich that can be bought from the Nerbone store.
If you want to dress up and hit the town, YAB club is the best place to go and dance the night away. There is always loads going on at YAB so check out the website to see if there’s any night you’re interested in going to.
2. Full Up
This club has been around in Florence since the 70’s. The club has been recently refurnished to appeal to a younger crowd but you can still hear music from the disco era and its musical roots. Something a little different than your usual club.
3. Red Garter
The Red Garter is a happening club labelled as an American bar that has karaoke or other activities every night of the week and is popular with mostly tourists, with the odd local thrown in. They play sports on a big screen in the restaurant adjacent to the bar and have specials on for different events.
4. Space Club
Space Club is a trendy place to dance with a large club and bar in a 70’s theme. The club features popular DJ’s from around the world and also plays music with electronic beats and RnB style. Be aware that this club has a card/system; you don't pay cover when you arrive.
Astor is a coffee shop during the day and at night transforms into a club with tasty cocktails and pumping dance music. Conveniently located in the centre of town next to the Duomo, you can go for coffee in the afternoon after sightseeing and then watch as it slowly transforms into a club at night.