With an illustrious history dating nearly 200 years, Caffè Giacosa is a Florence institution. Founded in 1815, it was a venue of choice for Florentine elite in the nineteenth century. Today it remains a destination for the fashion and coffee conscious with little-changed bar and a few fashionable interior additions added by Florentine designer Roberto Cavalli.
Cavalli restored the original Caffè in 2002 when launching his flagship clothing store on via Tornabuoni. The aim was to retain as many features of the original site: burgundy banquette seating and glass-top round tables are positioned to rest your cappuccino; black and white prints featuring models and celebrities wearing Cavalli designs adorn wood panelled walls.
A gleaming marble bar takes centre stage where wait staff make coffee with flair; light and frothy cappuccino arrive with a swirl of bitter cacao on the cup rim, espresso are dark and bitter, often consumed in one mouthful.
A large glass cabinet houses a tantalising collection of pastries from bite sized sweet treats to savoury sandwiches, all made in-house daily. You can also purchase Cavalli-brand vodka, wine and fondant chocolates wrapped in his signature style leopard and zebra print boxes. If feeling inspired to purchase one of his fashionable frocks, there is a secluded glass door to access the Cavalli store direct from the caffè.
Outside, the terrazza is perfectly positioned for people watching; take a seat at one of the iron tables with matching chairs padded in alligator print cushions.
During lunch hour you can choose from a menu of light dishes of salads and soups or perhaps an early evening cocktail is more to your taste. You could opt for a Negroni, which was created on the original Caffè Giacosa site in 1920.
“Sweets, pastries, wines and spirits, restaurant, tearoom, chocolate factory" was the letterhead to Caffè Giacosa in 1927 and it remains such, be it for coffee or a cocktail, a venue of choice in Florence. Whatever you choose, it’s an experience you won’t forget.
Via della Spada, 10r
Tel: (+39) 055 277 6328