A Sweet Journey into the Heart of Tuscany: the Best Pastry Shops in Florence

A Sweet Journey into the Heart of Tuscany: the Best Pastry Shops in Florence

Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and a city rich in art and culture, is also a place that can satisfy your sweet tooth with delightful treats. From traditional historic shops to modern temples of taste, here is a guide to the best pastry shops in Florence, where every bite is a plunge into sweetness. Naturally, one must distinguish between pastry shops located in the historic center and those just outside. But for both categories, there are winners in terms of the range of sweets and an excellent quality/price ratio. This is certainly a side of Florence less known to mass tourism but it does not escape the keen eye of connoisseurs, so much so that we suggest you carve out some time to have a coffee or a good gelato in these places that tell so much about Florence and its inhabitants. After all, it is no coincidence that one of the most important names in Italian patisserie, Iginio Massari, recently decided to open a shop in Florence right behind the central Piazza della Repubblica.

Pasticceria Giorgio

Located in the Soffiano district, Pasticceria Giorgio is a Florentine institution. Famous for its "Torta della Nonna" and its "Scendiletto," a pastry filled with chantilly cream, this patisserie attracts locals and tourists with its impeccable creations. Don't miss their cannoncini, and if you have time, let yourself be won over by their aperitivo.
Address: Via Duccio di Boninsegna, 36

Pasticceria Badiani: The Home of Buontalenti

Also located outside the historic center, near the stadium, Gelateria Badiani was founded in 1932 by Idilio Badiani as a dairy and ice cream shop. In the early 1960s, Idilio Badiani moved to its current location at number 20/r, creating an important and elegant venue for ice cream, pastries, and coffee. It quickly became a point of reference in Florence for Florentines and tourists. Noble and natural high-quality ingredients combined with experience and competence have distinguished Badiani's ice cream and pastry production since then. In the late 1960s, a competition was held to commemorate the Florentine architect Bernardo Buontalenti. Gelateria Badiani won an award with this simple yet inimitable flavor, aptly named Buontalenti. Since then, this special cream-based flavor has won the hearts of Florentines and all lovers of good gelato.
Address: Viale Dei Mille 20 rosso


Caffè Gilli

In the heart of Piazza della Repubblica, Caffè Gilli is one of the oldest pastry shops in Florence, dating back to 1733. This elegant historic café offers a wide range of sweets, from traditional cantucci to refined cakes. Their millefoglie is particularly appreciated for its lightness and crunchiness. Also worth trying are their handmade candies and, of course, a good coffee.
Address: Via Roma, 1r


Founded in 1872, Rivoire is synonymous with high-quality chocolate. Besides its artisanal chocolates, this historic pastry shop offers a wide range of pastries and cakes, including the famous "Sacher." Located in Piazza della Signoria, Rivoire is the perfect place for a break while admiring Florence's architectural wonders. Elegance and sophistication reign supreme in this temple of artisanal chocolate.
Address: Piazza della Signoria, 5r

Pasticceria Cosi

Just a few steps from the Duomo, Pasticceria Cosi is known for its traditional Florentine sweets. Here, you can savor schiacciata alla fiorentina, a typical Carnival cake, and fresh fruit tarts. The welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff make this patisserie a must-visit.
Address: Borgo degli Albizi, 15r

Antica Pasticceria Sieni

This refined pastry shop is located near the central market of San Lorenzo. A must-stop for anyone passing through the center who wants to enjoy a freshly baked puff pastry. The antique ambiance and courteous staff make this patisserie ideal for breakfast. Pasticceria Sieni is famous for its classic creations that recall the taste of old-fashioned cakes. Each sweet is a small work of art, perfect for those who love delicacies.
Address: Via dell’Ariento 29



Caffè Scudieri

Another gem in Florence's historic center, Caffè Scudieri is famous for its mignon pastries. Located in Piazza del Duomo, this patisserie offers a wide selection of sweets that combine tradition and innovation, perfect for any time of day.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, at the corner with Via De Cerretani

In conclusion, whether you are a lover of traditional sweets or in search of new culinary experiences, the pastry shops of Florence never disappoint. Each patisserie offers a unique experience, made of authentic flavors and enchanting atmospheres. All that remains is to put on comfortable shoes and prepare for a journey through the city's sweets!

Enjoy your tasting!