From its museums rich with Renaissance masterpieces, to its gothic cathedrals and cobble-stone roads, Florence has a lot to offer to both new travelers and returners. And one of the best ways to get to know Florence’s art and heritage is by taking breaks to let it all sink it all. You can stop at any café or bar for a break or an evening treat, however, why not do some research and go to some unique spots the city has to offer? While Florence is a very touristy town, it is also home to some old-fashioned, classical bars, as well as quirky and eccentric spots where to have your aperitivo that are a must-see. So where are unique bars in Florence? Check out some of the most unique bars and rooftop bars Florence has to offer.
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If you like Florence’s fashion crowd, Procacci is the right bar for you. Every day, employees of Via Tornabuoni’s high fashion stores and stude0nts from fashion school Istituto Marangoni take a quick coffee break here (you can’t sit down) or have a drink after work. Procacci was first opened in 1885, and it soon became famous for its truffle-based specialties. In 1925, it received the royal seal of approval by the then-king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele III. In 1998, it was purchased by Florentine wine-makers Marchesi Antinori. Today, it’s one of the most fashionable cafés in Florence’s old centre.
Harry’s Bar is a historical bar, restaurant, and lounge overlooking the Arno river. There, along with Venice’s and Rome’s branches, you’ll be able to taste unique recipes, listen to live music, and enjoy an old-fashioned atmosphere that only a few bars offer these days. It was founded in 1931 by Giuseppe Cipriani whom, after having lent some money to a young American man, was not only paid back, but also sponsored by him to open a new bar in Venice, which he decided to call Harry’s Bar in his honor. If you want to play it safe, you can order Harry’s Bar classic cocktails: a Bellini, a Negroni, or a Martini.
Situated at the heart of San Lorenzo, La Ménagère is a concept restaurant and bar where you can have unique cocktails with tapas. The bar is characterized by unique interiors – brick walls, lanterns, and wooden furniture. Yet, the most stunning feature is the bar’s green, lush motif. Indeed, the whole place is decorated with plants, flowers, and an actual florist’s shop where you can purchase beautiful bouquets.
La Cité’s crowd is made up of international students, artists, poets, and open-minded individuals. Equipped with a library of its own and always buzzing with literary and music events, it’s the perfect spot to have a drink and discuss literature, music, philosophy, cinema, and the list goes on. Compared to the other bars in the list, La Cité is more on the edgy and quirky side of Florence.
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There are many Irish pubs in Florence, yet The Lion’s Fountain is perhaps the most lively one, with plenty of events for all tastes. You can order drinks and chat in the bar area and watch sports events in the lounge. You can enjoy drinks in the warm weather and a nice, typical pub interior with wall writings, beer flags, and more.
The Grand Hotel Minerva is located in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, near Florence’s central train station. And it offers a beautiful rooftop bar from which you can see 1800s buildings, as well as the Duomo and bell tower. There is an area for external guests where you can have aperitif and order cocktails, but the exclusive touch is provided by the terrace pool (for hotel guests only).
B-Roof is a unique bar and restaurant on the fifth floor of Hotel Baglioni. It has stunning views of Florence’s skyline near Santa Maria Novella station. In the summer, the B-Green rooftop bar even opens a roof garden setting. You can have classic cocktails, aperitif snacks and Italian dishes accompanied by delicious wines.
Located in a quieter, residential, and less touristy area of Florence, the Hotel Kraft offers a spacious rooftop on its sixth floor. It is divided into two terraces. There is a smaller one dedicated to hotel guests, and a larger one for external guests to try Italian dishes and relax on the lounge sofas.
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