Florence is known for its meat-based dishes such as the crude, yet beloved, Lampredotto Sandwich, the star of Florentine street food. But meat-based classics haven’t kept the demand for vegan and vegetarian cuisine from rising over the last few years. Meatless alternatives are popping up everywhere, but if you want the best, you’ll do well to pick one of these.
1. La Raccolta
Hours: Mon-Sat 7:30am-11pm
Address: Via Giacomo Leopardi, 2r – 50121 Florence
Phone: 055 247 9068
This is a delicious restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering a vast menu able to satisfy every taste. The food is cooked with care and creativity and it is both vegan and vegetarian or macrobiotic. You can order a mixed plate sampler if you’re in the mood to explore, but the signature dishs do not dissapoint. The wines are excellent, organic and biodynamic, and chosen with care. Inside the restaurant, there is a little nice shop of vegetables, legumes, cereals, and other local products.
2. Libreria Brac
Hours: Noon to Midnight Daily
Address: Via dei Vagellai 18r – 50122 Florence
Phone: 055 0944877
If you’re a bookworm, you’ll love this kitchen/library combo. The menu, vegetarian with some vegan choices, offers unique dishes that you can adapt to your own tastes, with salad as a base, a Carasau bread (a typical Sardinian bread) basket, and a main course. The wines are well curated and the location is fantastic. If you make a stop in Florence, a visit to the Brac is mandatory.
3. IL Vegetariano
Hours: Tue-Fri 12:30pm-2:30pm and 7:30pm-10:30pm, Mon 12:30pm-2pm, Sat-Sun 7:30pm-10:30pm
Address: Via delle Ruote, 30r – 50129 Florence
Phone: 055 475030
This restaurant is considered the first vegetarian restaurant to have opened in Florence 36 years ago and now welcomes the third generation of customers. The menu changes along with the season and includes numerous dishes of regional and international tradition. The self-service mood and open seating layout create a relaxing, no-pressure environment. The outdoor patio is delightful on cool evenings.
4. Le Fate
Hours: Mon-Wed 7pm-11:30pm, Thu-Sat Noon to 3pm and 6pm-11:30pm
Address: Via San Zanobi, 126r – 50122 Florence
Phone: 328 240 3415
Situated in the heart of Florence, Le Fate is an ethnic, vegan, and organic establishment. No animal derivative is used and the raw materials are purchased daily in the pursuit of unmatched freshness and quality. In an innovative departure from normal menus, the menu items are based on astrology and every dish is related to a star sign. If you’re interested in great food and a relaxing experience, Le Fate has you covered. Don’t forget to try one of the organic wines.
5. IL Panino Tondo
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 6:30pm-10pm
Address: via Montebello 56r – 50123 Florence
Phone: 055 5385465
A green and sustainable fast food choice with an efficient home delivery service to suit every taste (vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore). The vegan burgers are made only with local veggies, seitan, tofu, and legumes. The menu includes burgers, salads, stuffed bagels, falafel, and changes accordingly to the season. All the raw materials are organic and local. Notice the home brew Italian beers in the menu.
Hours: Tue-Sun 12:30am-2:30pm and 7:30pm-10:30pm
Address: Via Erbosa 12/r – 50126 Florence
Phone: 055 685702 – 333 8359787
An entirely organic, gluten-free, and vegan restaurant. The menu offers tasty dishes such as veggie balls and burgers, pizzas (the dressing is made with vegan cheeses), salads, lasagne, and fresh juices. The bread is homemade and the raw offerings are delicious. Despite the limited ingredients, this restaurant has something for everyone.
Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 10am-2:30pm
Address: Via del Ponte Rosso, 57/r – 50129 Florence
Phone: 055 0736316
A new place in town, Pappagioia is a bistro with a menu that’s 100% vegan, raw, and gluten-free. The raw materials are purchased locally, all ingredients are natural, and everything is unbelievably tasty. Both lunch and dinner are served in a buffet, giving you the chance to taste and try as much as you’d like (go wild – try it all). Do not miss the nice and cozy lemon garden.
8. Veg & Veg
Hours: 10am-11:45pm Daily
Address: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 4 – 50100 Florence
Phone: 055 2399798
Located in the modern area of Mercato Centrale is this veggie-based gem of a restaurant serving up delicious veggie burgers, sandwiches, salads, and soups. You won’t leave here dissatisfied, especially if you take a freshly squeezed juice with you while you explore the historical food market next door.
Hours: Tue-Thu 7:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sun 12:30pm-3pm and 7:30pm-11pm
Address: Via Giampaolo Orsini, 55/a – 50126 Florence
Phone: 338 5401580
Who says that vegan people cannot have crèpes? Crepapelle, with its unique and delicious menu, shows that it’s simply not true. The young staff offers salty and sweet crèpes, sandwiches, fried appetizers, and freshly made fruit and vegetable juices. All the ingredients are seasonal and fresh, the staff is incredible and enthusiastic, and it’s the perfect stop for a healthy lunch or dinner.
10. Universo Vegano
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10am to Midnight
Address: Via Pietrapiana, 47/r – 50122 Florence
Phone: 055 2341108 – 338 8477269
Universo Vegano is the first Italian vegan food chain offering burgers, pizzas, wraps, salads, dessert and much more. Yes, you read that right: vegan pizzas. The health-conscious chain prides itself on the use of only raw ingredients. The vibe is young and modern. The Florentine shop is in a comfortable pedestrian area with nice tables outside.