The Best Breakfast And Brunch Spots In Oltrarno, Florence

The narrow, windy streets of the Oltrarno
The narrow, windy streets of the Oltrarno | © Tavallai/Flickr
Carlotta Bosi

Oltrarno is a marvellous neighborhood in Florence, hosting the massive Palazzo Pitti and the huge Boboli’s Garden. But if you really want to enjoy the Italian way of life, before starting a cultural visit here and touring the sites, be sure to take your morning slow and settle in for espresso and pastries in one of the area’s top cafes, here’s some of our favorite.

The narrow, windy streets of the Oltrarno

1. Dolcissima Firenze

Dolcissima Firenze

Set in an elegant shop, customers are welcomed to a cozy environment made up of warm lights and the sweet perfumes of freshly baked pastries at this Oltrarno joint. The croissants taste just like a bite of heaven, and Dolcissima Firenze bakes all sort of delicious sweets, all of which are perfect for getting ready to go out on a stroll to the Piazza Pitti or Boboli’s Garden and enjoying the warm Tuscan sun.
Address and telephone number: Dolcissima Firenze, via Maggio 61 R, Florence, Italy, +39 055 2396268

Oltrano e Ponte Santa Trinitá da Ponte Vecchi | © Carlos de Paz/Flickr

2. Hemingway Firenze

Bar, Dessert Shop, Bakery, Dessert, Pastries

Piazza Pitti
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Customers stepping into this charming blue and white cioccolateria are instantly immersed in one of Florence’s finest sweet shops. Hemingway Firenze features every kind of chocolate, from hot chocolate to biscuits and everything else in between. On Sundays they offer brunches featuring fresh smoothies, yogurt, cereals and American coffee, along with plenty of different cocoa-based treats and a smattering of veggie and vegan-friendly options as well.

3. Popcafé


Set in one of the most cheerful spots in all of Florence, just a five minute walk away from Palazzo Pitti, Popcafé welcomes customers into a rustic and warm environment, with eclectic furnishing. The staff are friendly and always serve well presented, quality food and drinks. There are also regular live music shows to enjoy here, along with vegetarian-friendly aperitif sessions in the evenings.
Address and telephone number: Popcafé, piazza di Santo Spirito 18, Florence, Italy, +39 055 217475

4. Sweethings


Organic and vegan are the keywords to this stylish place that entices everyone to enjoy a treat as they stroll by though Oltrarno in the morning. Just a few blocks from the Arno river, Sweethings features vegan pastries, going from fruit tarts to chocolate muffins, and salty snacks like stuffed focacce or pasta bites. Everything is baked with natural and healthy ingredients and produced and sourced from local farms.
Address and telephone number: Sweethings, Borgo S. Frediano 143, Florence, Italy, +39 055 229798

5. Mama’s bakery

Bakery, Cafe, Sandwich Shop, American, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Pastries, Dessert

Mamas Bakery, Firenze
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A wholesome and friendly atmosphere welcomes customers to this American-style bakery that features traditional U.S. pastries like cookies, muffins and colorful cupcakes in the heart of Oltrarno. Mama’s Bakery is ideal for a brunch, serving sweet and salty bagels, several kinds of cheesecakes, sandwiches, and authentic American coffee. Mama’s bakery also features a library and a childrens’ corner, where kids can play until their parents are done with breakfast.

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