I think it might actually be against the law to visit Florence without stopping by Cafe Rivoire at least once. Yes, you’re sure to see tourists there. But you’re also just as likely to see elegant Florentine ladies sitting in the tea room, chatting over a cup of the incredibly rich hot chocolate.
The outdoor terrace of this historic cafe has – without question – the best view in town. Facing out towards the Piazza della Signoria, towards the Palazzo Vecchio and Loggia dei Lanzi, it’s here you can have a coffee with Michelangelo’s David (a copy, but still). Or, if it’s the end of a long (and hot) summer day, hang out here over a perfectly made Negroni to get ready for the evening.
If you don’t feel up to spending the hefty price a spot at one of the tables ensues, then choose a pastry and enjoy your coffee standing up at the highly polished wooden bar. And a box of their chocolates will make anyone back home very happy you thought of them.
Piazza Signoria, 3r