In summer Florence comes alive with a whole host of new dining experiences. Some of them are seasonal, some of them are old favorites, but all of them boasts spectacular views and great food, wine and cocktails to match.
So whether you’re dreaming of kicking back on Florence’s urban beach along the Arno River with live music or just want to dine with the Duomo in your sights, here’s our guide to the best places to eat with a view in Florence for Summer 2019.
With extremely enviable views of the Ponte Vecchio, Signorvino doesn’t have a decor. What it is has is rows upon rows of the best whites and reds from all over Italy lining its walls like a well-stocked Victorian library! If you can drag your eyes away from the view, you’ll find a relaxed and seasonal menu of simple pastas made with top notch ingredients like Campana DOP bufalo mozzarella and pasta with rabbit ragu. There are also plenty of small snacks to enjoy with a glass of wine. The Tagliere Signorvino is a particular steal at €25 and presents a complete picture of the best Italian cheeses and cold cuts.
Opening hours: every day from 11:30am to 11pm, reservations available over the phone + 39 055 286258
Address: Via de' Bardi, 46R
Vele Sull’Arno, Manifattura’s summer bar
Florence’s favorite ‘50s retro Italian lounge has just opened a summer bar along the Arno. We love the original Manifattura for its affordable (€10 each) craft cocktails made exclusively with Italian liquors and elegantly dressed waiters in white shirts and black ties. The summer bar ups the nostalgia by creating a ‘50s Italian seaside resort complete with bartenders in striped sailor shirts and caps. Order a cocktail and kick back to the nightly live music. The Tu vuò fa' l'americano (gin, bitter campari, herbal tonic amaro) is particularly good!
Opening hours: throughout the summer months from 6pm
Address: Vele Sull’Arno, Lungarno Colombo 11.
Each year, Easy Living transforms Piazza Giuseppe Poggi into an urban beach complete with free sun loungers and umbrellas. You can take your pick from two great dining options here. You can kick back at the beach bar from 10am each day and enjoy some really reasonably priced (€4 each) sandwiches and rolls, salads, juices, smoothies and spritzes. For something a little fancier, you can take a seat at the summer terrace restaurant headed by New York chef Alexandro Sala (head chef at Sant’Ambroeus) and dine on pasta dishes like Linguine alle Vongole (with clams), Fritto di Mare (mixed fried seafood) and slow-rise pizza. Quaffable wines by the glass, too. Both locales have plenty of great live music and DJ sets throughout the summer, as well as yoga sessions, bocce and beach rugby.
Opening hours: Every day for lunch and dinner throughout summer
Address: Piazza Giuseppe Poggi
Coquinarius Fiesole is the sister restaurant to the eponymous eatery that boasts Florence’s Duomo as its backdrop. Our friend at Girl in Florence tipped us off to one of our favorite Florentine restaurants second location in Fiesole. Just like the Florentine version, Coquinarius Fiesole has gorgeous views, but instead of manmade architecture, your dining partners are the spectacular hills of the Tuscan countryside. Coquinarius Fiesole’s cuisine is made up of Tuscan greats and unknowns, outstanding crostini and carpacci (cold sliced meats) and some interesting pasta dishes like pecorino ravioli with pear. Our favorite is the ravioli filled with burrata and topped with a pistachio pesto and Tropea onion sauce. Legit wine list to match!
Opening hours: Monday to Friday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner, reservations can be made online
Address: Via Mantellini, 2b
Located on the fifth floor of the Grand Hotel Baglioni, B-Roof serves elevated cuisine alongside spectacular panoramic view of the Florentine skyline. The sight of Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Tower are just the entree to what is a stylish and sophisticated menu. Highlights include “liquid” panzanella (tomato and bread soup) with cuttlefish, gnudi (spinach and ricotta dumplings) with chicken liver and roast pigeon with chanterelles.
During the summer months, you can hit up B-Green, a flower-filled corner of the terrace for classic well made cocktails and nightly rooftop apertivos
Opening hours: every day for lunch and dinner, reservations can be made online at www.hotelbaglioni.it/en/bars-restaurants/b-roof
Address: Piazza dell'Unità Italiana, 6
Ristorante Borgo San Jacopo
Borgo San Jacopo needs no any introduction. With its one-Michelin-starred cuisine and its exclusive location, spectacular view of the Arno and Ponte Vecchio and gastronomic delights, it’s one of the best restaurants in the city. Claudio Mengoni is in charge here, combining Italian ingredients with flawless French techniques and gorgeous plates. Think risotto with sea urchins, suckling pig porchetta with port braised shallots and divine desserts like baba in a jar with rum ice cream.
Opening hours: every day for dinner, reservations can be made by phone at +39 055 281661
Address: Borgo S. Jacopo, 62/R
Irene Firenze stands out for its views of the Piazza della Repubblica. Here the fare is quality sourced. Taste truffles a few miles from where they’ve been foraged. Enjoy house made ravioli stuffed with seasonal tomatoes and organic beef and freshly-caught seafood. The outdoor dining area is particularly European chic in the summer, allowing you to contentedly people watch for hours by candlelight. The restaurant also has a great afternoon menu with snacks, salads and sandwiches.
Opening hours: every day for lunch and dinner, reservations can be made online
Address: Piazza della Repubblica, 7
Sesto on Arno Rooftop Bar, Westin Excelsior
An “iconic venue overlooking the city” and an “up and coming chef with a Michelin background” are Sesto on Arno’s selling points. You can dine on classically executed dishes Tuscan pork neck flavored with fennel, served with sweet and sour onions and apple purée, but we usually come here for the apericena which has some great snacks and cocktails at a much more affordable price.
Bar opening hours: every day 12pm to 2am
Address: Piazza Ognissanti, 3
La Leggenda dei Frati
A truly beautiful restaurant located in the gorgeous Villa Bardini with sweeping views of Florence from its summer terrace. The atmosphere is elegant and welcoming and the menu is creative and modern, inspired by the expansive kitchen garden. Taste monkfish with cauliflower, pigeon with an orange and ginger chutney and whole grain spaghetti with calamari and burnt lemon. As an added treat, you can visit the adjacent museum accompanied by the restaurant owner for free!
Address: Costa S. Giorgio, 6/a
One of the most popular venues of 2018 is back for another summer along the Florentine “pier”. Expect cocktails, snack food, music and events throughout the summer season. Molo 5 will officially open on Thursday 20 June 2019.
Address: Lungarno Colombo 27