Hidden Gems in Florence for Food Lovers

Brianna Cariola is a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an ISA Featured Blogger. She studied abroad with ISA in Florence, Italy.

Produce Market – Mauro Frutta

Tucked away in one of the side streets near Piazza Della Signoria is a little produce market that I visit quite often! Crates of fruits and vegetables are displayed right outside its entrance and inside you’ll find other Italian products such as pasta, wine, olive oil, and dried fruit.

The fresh produce of Mauro Frutta.


I keep coming back for the fantastic dried strawberries!

Panini Place – Panini Toscani

Behind the Duomo is a restaurant that creates a memorable experience for its visitors. The workers bring you around to the side counter and let you sample the meats and cheeses for free before choosing what to put in your panino! You can also order a glass of wine to go with your meal.

Friendly workers preparing food at Panini Toscani.


The meats and cheeses that go into your panino are from various places within Tuscany!

Café – Libreria Brac

Just a few streets away from Ponte alle Grazie is a lovely vegetarian/vegan cafe and bookshop. It’s perfect for grabbing a bite to eat during a study session! Book shelves fill the walls in the front and back rooms, and the open courtyard in the center is decorated with multicolored cloth streamers.

An afternoon with a cup of tea and a good book at Libreria Brac is an afternoon well spent!


Pasta with eggplant, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, and parsley.

Tea House – La Via Del Tè

To venture off into the Oltrarno neighborhood near Ponte Santa Trinità is to find an absolutely beautiful tea house that gives “afternoon tea” a whole new meaning! There are plenty of spaces to enjoy your drink, such as the various tea rooms, a café that serves desserts, as well as an outdoor courtyard.

The beautiful interior of La Via Del Tè.


What is most unique about this place is being able to smell the samples of tea on display before ordering!

Gelateria – Gelateria Della Passera

If I could ever decide on a favorite gelateria in Florence, this might just be the winner! This place is located in the quaint little square of Piazza della Passera. In addition to the popular flavors, such as chocolate, strawberry, or coffee, there are some uncommon but delicious flavors in the mix, such as grapefruit, green tea with jasmine, and even rose!

Gelateria Della Passera stores its gelato in metal tins, which is always a good sign of high quality gelato.


Vaniglia and Fior di Latte all Rosa gelato, just 1 euro per scoop!

The world awaits…discover it.

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