The 10 Best Brunch Spots Near Santa Croce, Florence

Maria Menegaki

Filled with hidden treasures, Santa Croce is a district that proudly represents the artistic and cultural richness of Florence. While you are wandering through the narrow streets, take a refreshing break for a cup of coffee and a tasty treat. Satisfy all of your brunch needs at the best spots around.

Breakfast Anyone?

1. Le Vespe Cafe

Bistro, Cafe, Restaurant, North American, Canadian, American, Vegetarian

You will recognize this cozy brunch venue by the bright blue door outside. Whether you are in the mood for a hearty lunch or a healthy breakfast that will get you through the day, Le Vespe has something for you. Try their North American fare, the wraps or the divine pancakes and complement your brunch with a delicious cocktail, a smoothie, a large coffee or some fresh juice. The wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options will be a pleasant surprise.

2. Salumeria Verdi

Cafe, Sandwich Shop, Italian

Also known as “Pino’s Sandwiches”, this place has a centuries-old tradition behind it. Comfortable, spacious indoor seating and a warm smile are what you will find once you enter Salumeria Verdi. Clearly a student hangout, Pino’s carefully serves selected Tuscan products and countless panini combinations. Gelateria dei Neri | Courtesy of Gelateria dei Neri

3. Gelateria dei Neri

Ice Cream Parlour, Italian

The best part of being in Italy is the ability to eat gelato every day. Gelateria dei Neri offers a huge selection of exciting, unique flavors which you can enjoy at the small sitting area inside. Try some samples and then order an ice-cream, frozen yogurt or even granita – a type of flavored, frozen ice drink.

4. Gelatissimi

Ice Cream Parlour, Italian

Using exclusively fresh, local ingredients from the countryside of Tuscany, this is the ideal spot for a hot summer day. Much more than a simple gelato place, Gelatissimi’s innovation and passion can also be found in sweet and savory crepes, waffles, smoothies, sorbets and yogurt. green tea almond cookies | © jacqueline/Flickr

5. Meykadeh Libreria Cafe

Cafe, Italian

Focusing on the feeling of community, this cute bookstore cafe will be a shelter due to its intimate atmosphere and wonderful vibes. Meykadeh is not only where you will taste some excellent coffee or tea but also a space for fascinating artistic and cultural events. Before you leave, check out the lovely books ranging from architecture, film and photography to poetry, novels, newspapers and magazines.

6. La Carraia

Ice Cream Parlour, Italian

Just in front of the bridge you will find one of the best ice cream parlors in the city. La Carraia is widely recognized for its fresh and high quality products. If your mission is to sample as much gelato as possible, then you have found the place to do so. Cappuccino with Whipped Cream in White Cup | © Image Catalog/Flickr

7. Caffè Mario

Cafe, Italian

Perfectly located right in front of the Piazza, this place is ideal for grabbing a quick snack and enjoying it either inside or outside. Visit Caffè Mario for a delicious sandwich or a slice of pizza and a large, superb cappuccino.

8. La Prosciutteria

Deli, Cafe, Sandwich Shop, Italian

This original spot is characterized by a casual, bohemian ambiance, pleasant music and high-quality Tuscan products served either on a wooden board or between two slices of bread. La Prosciutteria specializes in made-to-order sandwiches or platters. Juicing | © bertholf/Flickr

9. Andersen Cafe

Cafe, Italian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Coffee, Tea

Dedicated to the Danish fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen, this family-friendly cafe is great for all ages. Even if you don’t have any children, the Andersen Cafe, with its jazz music, nice menu and beautiful decoration, is sure to be a hit.

10. Starbene Gold

Starbene Gold

Many people struggle while traveling to find food for their dietary needs, especially those suffering from gluten intolerance. If you are one of them, Starbene Gold and its numerous gluten-free delicacies is a good place to dine.

Address & telephone number: Via dei Neri 13r, Florence, +39 055 210070

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