Hey! Welcome to my post about eating vegan in Florence. There are also some tips on vintage shopping & art viewing. I’ve been to Florence a couple of times now and I really love the city. If it’s your first time visiting, be sure to check out my 2 day Florence itinerary to find out more about the more touristy sites.
If you’re wanting to know which vegan restaurants to eat at, where to thrift and what alternative art there is, then you’re in the right place!
Where To Eat Vegan In Florence
For snacks, desserts and light meals – Universo Vegano is the place to go. It’s central and near to Santa Croce and is all vegan with some gluten free options too.
Location: Via Pietrapiana 47, 50121, Florence, Italy
Opening Times: Daily, 10:00 – 23:30
SimBIOsi is a restaurant that only uses organic produce and has options for everyone. Their pizzas are affordable, super tasty and vegan cheese is €3 extra. They also have other Italian dishes available for all dietary requirements.
Location: Via Dei Ginori 56R, 50123, Florence, Italy
Opening Times: Daily, 12:00 – 12:00
If you’re looking for a sit down meal, Nirvana has plenty of vegan (and gluten free) options for lunch or dinner. At lunch time you can get a set menu for €10 (2 courses, water & a coffee) but their dinner prices are reasonable too.
Location: Via Il Prato 4/B, 50123, Florence, Italy
Opening Times: Sunday to Friday, 11:00 – 14:00 & Tuesday to Sunday 19:00 – 23:00
I had the best vegan brunch at Le Vespe, and they also do lunch. My friend and I both had the Queen which cost €13 and was so tasty and amazing! It was a big portion so we didn’t need lunch, I’d definitely recommend.
Location: Via Ghibellina, 76 rosso, Florence, Italy
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 15:00, Saturday to Sunday 10:00 – 15:00
Second Hand & Vintage Shopping
Melrose Vintage has 2 shops in the centre of Florence and is super trendy with lots of stock at reasonable prices. You can find pretty much everything here and the staff are lovely. It’s pretty much opposite SimBIOsi too if you need a pizza break after all that thrifting!
Location: Via dei Ginori, 18r, 50123 Florence, Italy
Opening Times: Daily, 10:00 – 23:00
Street Doing Vintage
Street Doing is a vintage shop known for it’s couture options. Classy, stylish and oh so very Italian. It’s on the more expensive side but those window shopping will find a lot of style inspiration here.
Location: Via dei Servi, 88/r, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Opening Times: Daily except Sunday, 10:30 – 19:30
For those with a bigger budget and designer labels on the brain, Giratempo is the one for you. Some amazing vintage designer clothes, shoes, bags & jewellery.
Location: Piazzetta Piero Calamandrei, 2, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Opening Times: Daily, 10:00 – 19:30
The Market is held every morning and has loads of second-hand clothes at really affordable prices.
Location: Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Opening Times: Daily except Sundays, 07:00 – 14:00
Alternative Art Galleries
Uffizi, Accademia & Pitti Palace
These are the most popular galleries in Florence which hold some of the most famous Italian masterpieces in the world. You can check out my Itinerary for first time visitors to Florence here, if you want to hit the main touristy spots!
If you love Gucci or fashion in general, then the Gucci Garden is the museum for you. It’s located next the the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Vecchio and hosts a small museum which shows the history of the brand through it’s clothes. A very instagrammable place to spend an hour.
Location: Piazza della Signoria 10, 50122, Florence, Italy
Opening Times: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00
The coolest art exhibition ever is open until March 2020. You can experience the Surrealist artist Magritte‘s work through Virtual Reality, a room of mirrors and a light show which projects onto a hall. Such a fun hour or so – catch this show whilst you can!
Location: Piazza di Santo Stefano 5, Firenze, Italy
Opening Times: Daily, 10:00 – 18:30
I hope that you found this guide to eating vegan in Florence, thrift shopping & alternative art galleries useful! Let me know if there are any other vegan eateries I need to try or if you have any great recommendations!
Bye for now x