The most spectacular building in Florence is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also called the Duomo. Tourists and locals gather to gaze at the jaw-dropping structure, and the piazza is a means of transit to other parts of the city. As the heart of the Florence historical center, you can enjoy a full day of museums, sight-seeing, and great restaurants near the Duomo. There are plenty of great restaurants near the Florence Duomo, but it can be difficult to avoid tourist traps. Check out nine great spots to eat near this impressive building.
After working up your appetite touring around the third largest church in the world, the last thing you want to do is overspend at a tourist trap or walk even further for one of the best restaurants in Florence. Once you’ve climbed the Brunelleschi Dome, visited the Duomo Museum, or viewed the ‘Gates of Paradise’ Baptistry doors with a local guide, check out one of these nine restaurants near the Duomo without having to go too far.
Traditional Eats Near the Duomo
Trattoria dall’Oste is one of the most recommended restaurants in Florence, serving up traditional Florentine steak and other mouth-watering meat dishes. The Via de Cerchi and Borgo San Lorenzo locations are just a few minutes walk from the Duomo so if you have a hunger for tender grilled steak, you don’t have to go far.
With its many funky rooms and cupboards full of curiosities, Trattoria ZaZa is an experience from the moment you step in the door. Trattoria ZaZa has space for both indoor and outdoor dining. Everyone at the table can order exactly what they want thanks to the huge menu selection, including Tuscan classics like pappardelle with wild boar ragù or ossobuco.
SimBIOsi Organic Pizzeria
While not in the immediate vicinity of the Duomo, SimBIOsi Organic Pizzeria (Via de’ Ginori, 56R) is only short walk away. All dishes at SimBIOsi are made with an organic focus and high-quality ingredients, making every bite one to remember. There are also vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Grab and Go Options
Panini Toscani (Piazza del Duomo 34R) is located directly behind the Duomo, so you can enjoy your sandwich in the shade of the church at this budget-friendly spot. What sets Panini Toscani apart from all the other panini shops in Florence is that they offer visitors a tasting of the day’s cured meats and cheese offerings before you order your sandwich.
Visiting a local market is an excellent way to understand the local food culture, and the Mercato Centrale gives you that plus an upper level food court with sit-down and grab and go options. They boast everything from pasta and Sicilian specialities to fried food, sweets, and more. We highly recommend the trapizzino, a triangle-shaped pocket of dough stuffed with delicious fillings.
Cool Down Spots
What goes together better than sipping on a cold beer while listening to records? You can do both at MoveOn, an Italian pub and record store with the best in Piazza view of the Duomo. With their great selection of beers and local cured meats and cheese, MoveOn is a great spot to while away the afternoon with a snack or aperitivo.
The best way to cool off under the Tuscan sun is with a cold and creamy gelato. Gelateria Edoardo makes organic gelato in their retro-style shop right in Piazza del Duomo. Flavors change regularly, but you’ll find classics like stracciatella and pistachio as well as lesser-common varieties such as cinnamon and honey-lavender. They also have gluten-free cones and vegan flavor options.
You won’t believe the lush outdoor courtyard of the Fedora School Pastry Shop is just a two-minute walk from the bustling Duomo. Fedora is the public café of Florence University of the Arts and is a great spot for any meal of the day. Fresh, melt-in-your-mouth pastries are made in-house by pastry students, and the rotating lunch and dinner menu is planned and prepared by the talented chefs-in-training of the APICIUS International Hospitality School.
The picture-perfect cocktail bar and tapas restaurant La Ménagère is tucked away on a quieter street. With a wide selection of spirits and expert mixologists, you can get your drink exactly how you like it. Tapas are excellent for a meal on the lighter side, and you have the choice to order the tasting menu or á la carte. If you feel like shopping, you can even pick up a souvenir book or funky piece of homeware at their adjoining boutique.
Want to join the most exclusive tour in Florence? Enjoy a special-access visit to the Florence Duomo including a skip-the-line dome climb, plus an early visit to David at the Accademia Gallery, on our VIP David & Duomo Tour.
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