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Best Breakfast in Florence

Stop by These Florence Restaurants for a Quality Brunch Unlike Any Other

Florence might not be the place you would expect to find brunch as an option of meals, but more and more restaurants are giving it a try and finding success with tourists that flock to the city. Whether you are planning on sleeping in and want to catch a later plate of food, or you are planning on eating hearty in order to get you through the day, there are several places for you to consider.

You might want to stop by the town favorite: the Diner. Serving up American food, you'll feel like you are back home again as you bite into a delicious burger drenched in all of your favorite condiments. It's perfect for the homesick traveler or those craving some french fries or waffles.

Check out Caffe Paszkowski when you want to try something new. It's a wonderful tribute to the old Italian cafes, and you'll find some delicious pastries, traditional coffee, and wonderful seating so you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful view into the Piazza della Repubblica. Also, Moyo is another favorite, offing Florence's favorite breakfast drink and a creation of Ernest Hemingway's: the Bellini. You won't want to leave without sampling this taste of Florence's history.


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When most people think about stopping by Il Rifrullo, they think quality aperitivo for a good price. What most don't know is that you can also get some quality brunch on Sunday with plenty of different choices. If you are thinking about scrambled eggs or bacon, this can be one of the best spots to duck into when you are on the other side of the Arno River. For twenty euro, you can enjoy unlimited food and drink options in one of the most charming areas of the city. It's well worth the price up front in order to have a quality meal.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Il Rifrullo has a local and homey feel with some good choices for food.

Alexa's expert tip: Stop by later for aperitivo if you want to meet some locals.

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Advertised as a place for quality barbecue and hamburgers, Plaz is also one of the best locations to get a delicious brunch meal for a good price. It's a spot where you can hear some awesome live music and enjoy several different kind of options for your meal. If you are leaning more towards lunch, you can't go wrong with the hamburgers they have on the grill served with a large plate of fries. With so many different menu items, this is the best place to return again and again for any meal. You might consider making a reservation just in case.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Plaz has a great variety of lunch and breakfast items.

Alexa's expert tip: Check out some of their sweets--to die for!

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If you are looking to step up the quality of your brunch, L'Incontro at the Hotel Savoy is your best bet. Despite the fancy atmosphere, it's also a great place to bring your children--you can treat yourself while looking out into the glorious Piazza della Repubblica. For a more sophisticated brunch in one of the most beautiful parts of the city, the Hotel Savoy and its accompanying restaurants are a great place for fine dining, whether it be a breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For a brunch where you can enjoy some of the finest food, this is your best bet.

Recommended for Breakfast because: L'Incontro lets you dine in style--even brunch is a fancy affair.

Alexa's expert tip: If you want a luxurious experience, this is also a good place to stay.

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If you want more of the typical North American breakfast that you have grown accustomed to, this might be the spot for you. A fun atmosphere and plenty of fabulous menu items including breakfast and soups and salads make this a great location for those looking for a taste of home. It's often popular and crowded, but you should be able to find a seat if you are patient. Whether you are in the mood for a hearty lunch or you want a breakfast that will get you through the day, Le Vespe has the perfect brunch items for you.

Recommended for Breakfast because: You don't have to choose between breakfast and lunch at this quaint cafe.

Alexa's expert tip: Try one of their amazing sandwiches here.

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This popular aperitvo spot is not known for its amazing Sunday brunch. However, the breakfast options offered here almost rival the food served in the evening. Between delicious mimosas and a buffet that will make your mouth water, this spot is one of Florence's most popular for drinks for a reason. Drinks aside, it's also a great place to enjoy a wonderful breakfast without paying too much for it. Moyo has delicious buffet choices and the wonderful atmosphere that can enjoyed both during the day and evening, Moyo has you covered for the perfect brunch in the Santa Croce area.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Delicious drinks and plenty of food make Moyo a popular spot when you want to sit and enjoy.

Alexa's expert tip: Don't go away without trying a Bellini here--it's fantastic.

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Advertised as a mozzarella bar, Obica has some wonderful options for breakfast, as well. You'll have the opportunity to choose from a variety of items that will meet your tastes--it's the perfect place to sample some great, typical Italian food items with a new twist. It's a popular lunch spot, but this spot knows how to create a great atmosphere for breakfast, as well. You're invited to sit down and enjoy the many different items available and the staff is more than willing to help you if need help deciding on what to get--it can be hard to choose what you might want.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Obica has wonderful buffet options and is conscience about the environment.

Alexa's expert tip: Think about getting a table in the back where you can enjoy without noise.

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This spot has some of the best baked goods in the city, and you can often smell them from several blocks away as they ready their breakfast meals for the day. If you are in the need for a good cup of jo in the morning, this restaurant just around the corner from the glorious Santa Croce church offers some of the most unique choices as well as your regular American coffee. It's a combination between the American brunch and the classic Italian breakfast, and it will leave you full and satisfied and ready to start your day of walking around the city.

Recommended for Breakfast because: A great spot to visit if you are in the need of some delicious coffee and pastries.

Alexa's expert tip: Come here for some great coffee choices.

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The Diner
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For a truly classic American breakfast, the Diner has some of the best food available for those who might be a little homesick. If you are planning on partaking in pancakes, waffles, or venturing into lunch territory, the Diner has everything American you could ever want. Their omelettes taste like something you would find at home, and you can get a quality, traditional breakfast for more than a fair price--you might find it's better than your favorite diner at home! You might also want to consider thinking about their milkshakes--they're made with Italian gelato, and they are the best combination of two cultures that you will ever taste.

Recommended for Breakfast because: As one of the best spots for breakfast in the city, you can get a traditional American meal here almost better than the real thing.

Alexa's expert tip: Arrive early on weekends--it's often crowded.

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Located in the beautiful Piazza della Repubblica, this charming cafe offers a bit of old-style and plenty of wonderful Italian breakfast items to start your day out right. Think about grabbing some coffee at the bar if you are in a hurry, or maybe you want to sit down and enjoy at the heated outdoor seating--it's a great place to meet up with an old friend or a new one. Paszkowski's makes you feel like you are truly a guest in the old days of coffee bars--the service and the decor seem like you have traveled back in time to the days espresso was simply a new invention.

Recommended for Breakfast because: This is one of the best places to get a truly Italian breakfast.

Alexa's expert tip: The pastries here are divine! You might want to try one or two.

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For those on a budget, the best place to go for a truly unique experience is Ganzo. Part of the Florence culinary program, you will get to experience a whole bunch of new flavors and tastes while new up and coming chefs deliver their best efforts. They serve all meals, but their brunch is some of the best in a city that would prefer to take its coffee and and brioche on the go. It's also a spot to think about aperitivo--they have some surprisingly good drinks. For those who want to try something a little different, Ganzo is your best bet.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Ganzo has wonderful food and the opportunity to try something new.

Alexa's expert tip: Look into drinks in the evening--they have some great aperitivo!

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Meet Alexa Schnee

Currently residing in Florence, Alex is a travel writer and author. She is addicted to coffee, reading, and seeing new places. She has been to near fifteen different countries in Europe, all...  More About Alexa