I′ve always been a lover of books and wanted to be surrounded by paper tomes, so Todo Modo is my kind of place. A boutique bookstore with a collection of 15,000 titles, new and used, in English and Italian, plus cards, wrapping paper and gifts. The main library room is tucked at the back of the store with tiered bench-style seating ideal for lounging whilst perusing books, or watching regular events – performances, concerts, workshops and monthly spoken-word showcases.

Its in-house cafe, Uqbar, is named as a tribute to Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges. Pop in for coffee and cake, all produce is purchased daily from local greengrocers and bakers. Or grab a glass of wine recommended by staff member Davide, an oenologist. In the cafe, you′ll also find a selection of newspapers and magazines plus free Wi-Fi, making it a great stop while exploring Florence.

Why go: for a quiet respite from the city′s cobbled streets

Try: monthly ′Storytellers′ night for a fun pre-dinner spoken word event

Best for: book worms and students looking for peaceful place to escape

Photo credit: Todo Modo