Florence is a relative newcomer to the brunch scene but you could be forgiven for thinking that the restaurants here were some of the first to kick off the trend. Quality ingredients are the cornerstone of Italian cooking and the brunch options are a delicious example of this. Here’s our top 10 favorite spots for grabbing a late breakfast in Florence.
This American-inspired restaurant is situated on one of Florence’s many tiny cobbled streets, and stands out from the typical Italian bars with its showy statue of Marilyn Monroe by the entrance. As the name suggests, visitors will find a typical American diner with booths, burgers, milkshakes and delicious brunches on the weekends. Homesick tourists looking for a hearty bacon and egg-filled meal to start the morning on a Sunday will definitely appreciate the delicious brunch that the American Diner has to offer.
One of the best bars in Florence, this locale has brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays from midday until 5pm. It is located in the city center, near Santa Croce, so it is a great place from which to explore beautiful Florentine sights. Their menu is just as extensive as it is scrumptious and carefully prepared. Hamburgers, creamy milkshakes, delicious coffee, pancakes with maple syrup, French toast, eggs, bacon, fries, cheesecake are all tasty options.
This restaurant has two locations, one on the Oltrarno, which is the most authentic part of Florence and is frequented by the locals, and one in the city center called La Boulangerie de Rifrullo. A full brunch meal at the former costs 15 euros and the latter 20, which includes a drink, coffee and juice. For the extra five pounds you get access to a buffet that has typical brunch foods including pancakes with maple syrup, eggs and bacon, as well as Italian meals, such as pasta and lasagna.
For a more refined brunch experience, travelers should head to the Savoy Hotel on the Piazza della Repubblica, which is one of the city’s most fashionable squares. The brunch here costs 45 euros and is composed of a fine selection of elaborate and sophisticated foods, from American, Tuscan and other ethnic gastronomies. This brunch is rich in vegetables, so visitors who are after something different from pasta and pizza will be able to get their five a day in an elegant environment with great service.
PLAZ offers a lighter brunch, seemingly at odds with their lunch menu, which is known for its hamburgers and barbecues. Here visitors will be able to snack on some great quality food that is not as cholesterol-heavy as most typical brunches. Options include yogurts and muffins, or maybe some fruit and eggs, accompanied by one of their refreshing fruit juices. However, those who do want something more filling are welcome to order from the lunch menu.
One of the best restaurants in the Santa Croce area, Finisterrae is also an excellent breakfast option, and its position is unbeatable, with incredible views of the church’s façade. Their bakery is excellent, and the array of éclairs, cream puffs and other delicacies will tempt anyone’s sweet tooth. Drinks here are excellent, with some healthy orange juice and energizing American coffee, bringing both cultures together for an innovative take on breakfast and brunch.
Eating at Ganzo, in the Sant’Ambrogio area, is a truly different experience from most other brunch spots. Not only does it serve incredible concoctions made with a mix of unexpected flavors and textures, but the price too is incredibly affordable and good value considering the variety and the quality of the food. Brunch is served from noon until 3pm, and as well as their more creative recipes they also serve traditional American dishes.
At Brac travelers will be able to enjoy a delicious vegetarian brunch. The venue is a fun cross between a restaurant, bookshop and art gallery, so there is always something exciting going on. Their pancakes and French toast are particularly delicious, and can be enjoyed on Sundays from 12pm until 4pm.
This chic restaurant is located on the rooftop of one of the classiest hotels in Florence, the Westin Excelsior. It has excellent views not only of the beautiful buildings on the Oltrarno, but also of the Duomo and Campanile, a panorama that will be difficult to beat anywhere else in the city. It is the perfect setting for a relaxed brunch experience, either inside or on their terrace. Guests will be able to access the buffet for entrees, and choose a first and second course as well as a dessert.
Villa Cora’s grill is the star of their exquisite brunch, which they use to prepare some of the best meat and fish in the entire city, lean, fat-free and cooked to perfection. As well as this, visitors also have the option of choosing specific plates from the menu, which is designed by their chef Alessandro Liberatore. Almost everything here is made with local products, so they have a low impact on the environment and are always fresh and in season.