In their own words, a ‘reinterpretation’ of the classic sake bar/shop Izakaya, the Italian owners of Kawaii have created an intimate space with clean white lines and a long table adjoining the bar, ideal for a solo or date night out. The little sister to neighbouring Japanese restaurant, Momoyama, Kawaii is quintessential Japanese for a sake-inspired cocktail pre- or post-dinner.

With 30 types of sake on offer plus Japanese beer, whisky, gin and rum, bartenders have Asia-fied the cocktail classics with Sake Negroni (gin, Campari, vermouth, sake) or Tokyo Mule (vodka, ginger beer, sake). They also whip up small plates of Japanese dishes if you fancy a little sashimi paired with your sake.

Find more tantalising places to WINE in Lost in Florence - the book - with over 150 unique and independent venues to discover in the Renaissance capital.

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Photo credit: Olga Makarova