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Vegan guide to Florence, Italy – where to find vegan and vegetarian meals in the city.
If you follow a plant-based diet and you’re traveling to Florence, you don’t have to worry at all. Florence is a very vegan and vegetarian-friendly city. Even at many establishments that serve meat, you won’t have a problem finding a veggie meal. And there are lots of fully vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the city, too.
Since we traveled to Florence in 2015, a couple of our favorite spots have closed down, sadly. We’ll still list these in the hopes that they someday re-open. There are even a few brand new vegan spots that weren’t there since we went to Florence. We’ll list these ones, too. Be sure to let us know if you try them!
Here’s our vegan guide to Florence, Italy.
Looking for vegan gelato? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a separate guide to the best vegan gelato in Florence.
Via dei Vagellai 18r
Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or (+39) 0550944877
Hours: Daily 12pm-12am
This quiet vegetarian restaurant is also a cafe and a bookshop, nestled in the heart of Florence. Located down a narrow side street, it might be a little tricky to find. But, it’s worth it. This was one of our favorite dining spots in the city.
While the restaurant is entirely vegetarian, there are quite a few vegan options on the menu. Our server was very knowledgeable in pointing out the vegan items to us. I ate my favorite pasta in all of Italy here: oil and garlic sauce, oven-dried tomatoes, and crunchy bread crumbs on top.
It’s a very popular spot, so be sure to book reservations for dinner.
To read the full review, please visit our blog post: Libreria Brac – Vegetarian Restaurant in Florence.
5 E CINQUE
5 e Cinque
See Facebook page for opening hours and rotating menu
5 e Cinque is across the Arno River in an adorable Italian square called Piazza della Passera. It’s a vegetarian restaurant with vegan options. The menu is only in Italian, so we weren’t sure which items were vegan. That was no problem at all, as our server explained the selections to us. I ordered an asparagus risotto, and Justin got a spelt pasta with tomato sauce, olives, and capers. We also split a giant chickpea pancake. 5 e Cinque is very charming, and the food is fresh and delicious. We highly recommend that you check it out.
To read the full review, please visit our blog post: 5 e Cinque Vegetarian Restaurant.
Ristoranne Konnubio Firenze
Via dei Conti 8R,
While Konnubio isn’t a strictly vegetarian restaurant, it’s a great place to find authentic Tuscan vegan cuisine. They have a whole separate vegan part of the menu, with every vegan item clearly marked. There are vegan soups, pasta, risotto, a burger, mock meat dishes, and more. You definitely won’t find the standard marinara pizzas or tomato sauce pastas here. The menu choices are unique and tasty. Konnubio focuses on fresh and organic cuisine, so everything bursts with flavor.
We both ordered soups to start (a minestrone and a pasta e fagioli). For the main course, I got the vegan lasagna (a rarity in Italy!), made with seitan and rice milk cream. Justin chose the Spezzatino Di Seitan (seitan, vegetables, tomato sauce, Tuscan spices).
We actually stumbled upon this place as we were walking around, and we were so glad we did!
To read the full review, please visit our blog post: Tuscan Cuisine Gone Vegan at Konnubio Restaurant.
Via Camillo Cavour, 112,
Open daily from 12pm – 10pm
After a busy day of walking around Florence, we came across La Capanna Pizzeria Trattoria. Justin and I both felt like gorging on some carbs. Thankfully, we were in Italy – the land of delicious carbs! Open since 1906, this humble pizzeria didn’t look like much from the outside, but don’t be fooled. The pizza was amazing.
We both ordered simple, marinara pizzas here. This is a vegan item that’s available on almost every menu in Italy. It’s a pizza with marinara sauce, garlic, and spices. Sometimes, that’s all you need! I added onions to my pizza. There are gluten-free pizzas also available at this establishment.
We ordered vegan cheese burgers (seitan burger, mayonnaise, vegan cheese, onion, ketchup) that were incredibly messy to eat and well worth it, despite having sauce and melty cheese dripping everywhere. Vegan desserts adorned cake cases in multiple areas around the shop. You could order entire beautiful vegan cakes here. I ate a vegan tiramisu, and Justin got a slice of vegan cheesecake.
PANINO VEGANO (CLOSED)
Panino Vegano was the place we dined at when we arrived in Florence. We’re sad to hear that it has closed. The same owners still have another restaurant in the city called Bioveggy. The entire menu was vegan and gluten-free. Justin and I both ordered chickpea burgers with a side of roasted potatoes. They were open just during the day, and sold primarily sandwiches, burgers, and side salads.
We also thoroughly enjoyed a slice of chocolate cake with rice milk that provided some extra moisture. I also enjoyed a soy latte here, something that’s a little more difficult to find in Italy.
OTHER NOTABLE MENTIONS
There were many vegan and vegetarian spots that we didn’t get to try while we were in Florence. Many new places have also opened up since we visited. Here’s a brief listing of more restaurants we have yet to try, to complete this vegan guide to Florence.
Via San Zanobi 126r
It used to be a vegetarian restaurant, but now it’s completely vegan. Every meal is associated with a zodiac sign.
Via Sant’Agostino 11R
Open: Tue-Sat 10:30am-8:00pm, Sun 10:30am-6:00pm
An entirely raw, vegan restaurant.
Via Erbosa 12
Open: Tue-Sun 7:30pm-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 12:30pm-2:30pm
The whole menu is vegan and gluten-free. The owners who used to own Panino Vegano own and operate Bioveggy.
Via Giampaolo Orsini 55/A
Open: Tue-Fri 12:00pm-3:00pm, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Sat 12:00pm-3:00pm, 6:00pm-12:00am, Sun 6:00pm-11:00pm
It’s a vegan crepe restaurant that also offers salads and smoothies.
Via Pietrapiana 53 Rosso
Angolo Piazza dei Ciompi
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00am-11:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-12:00am
This is a vegan chain restaurant across Italy with sandwiches, wraps, and desserts. We dined at a Universo Vegano in Rome and it was very yummy.
Via San Gallo, 75 R
Open: Mon-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm
Veggy Days is a vegan fast food restaurant with an art gallery.
Via delle Ruote, 30 r
Open: Weekdays 12:30-2:30, 7:30-10:30pm, Weekends 7:30-10:30pm
It’s a vegetarian restaurant, with the vegan options clearly marked.
VEG AND VEG
Piazza del Mercato Centrale 4
Open: Daily 10:00am-12:00am
Inside the Mercato Centrale, this is a veggie burger stand with two vegan burgers.
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