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Florence Historic Center
0.3 miles from Piazza del Duomo
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Reviewed April 5, 2016

Our arrival, four enthusiastic if wet patrons who had walked street upon street under driving rain that Saturday afternoon to reach Caffelatte, was met as if we had trampled a grave. We were wet, in need of warming Tea, Coffee, uplifting home made cakes, shelter...and especially a warm welcome. The Lady of the house was, of an instant, at best, put out by our arrival and, at worst, openly hostile. So much so I hesitated to sit down at all considering a quick exit. Her aspect and demeneaour were certainly filmic yet of the suspenseful melodrama B movie vareity. The decor of Caffelatte is wonderful, so authentic and of its time, circa 1930 that it might even look unreal, to some, almost like a period film set. Our spirits lifted eventually when, with a muttering shuffle and one by one by one wide bowls of steaming overly milky caffe lattes were delivered to us. Tea, however, was a more considered transaction for our hostess as a tiny cracked pot for one hit the table only half full. The defiance in her eye goading comment when I was caught assessing the teapot half full or empty question went unmet. For the cakes, these recipes are so traditional, made with such slavish respect of methods past that they may even be of museum quality. I am sure that the slices of cakes we were served, were certainly once delicious when they were first made. As an example the Lemon cake .. If the De Medici or Savonolola used lemon essence and flavouring instead or fresh rind or juice, rancid butter instead of fresh, and left their cakes out to dry in some family sepulchre for a few days to reach the perfect state of dry staleness this is certainly how one might imagine their cakes tasted then and these taste today at CaffeLatte. So rude was our reception we even began to imagine it was conceptual in some weird or arty way, a sort of afternoon tea haunted house of mirrors or performance kind of thing. Sadly, no such luck! There was nothing campy about the rudeness and decrepitness of our welcome. This was less Miss Hannigan and more an overly enthusiastic extra from an episode of The Walking Dead refused access to set for over veracity. Nothing Sunny or warm just a dusty, acrid, bitter bad mood, unwavering in its regret of today and disparaging of anything fresher than a fossil. I suggest a rebranding of Caffe Latte .... "la strega fame"More

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

I discovered the place when passing by some Florence old residential blocks. I instantly like the old authentic feel of the coffee shop as it brought back old childhood memories. Some reviews said it's a expensive place to drink and eat, which I agree. I...did spend over 20 euro but I was willing. The cappuccino was creamy with a hint of coconut milk. I loved it. The cake wasn't great, due to the long hours of displaying, it was hard, but the homemade orange jam on top was fresh and beautiful. I wanted to buy the jam, but it wasn't for sell. Talking about the place, you either like it or hate it. Really depends on your character and your style. It was an interesting place, but Florence has a lot competitive bars and restaurants, this coffee shop isn't going to beat the tourist focus commercial ones. When I left, I brought yogurt and fresh milk, they were nice for morning breakfast. I will go again, maybe skip the cake next time.More

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Reviewed September 24, 2014

Its quite hard to have a bad food experience in Italy, but if you're up for the challenge try and find this place. It is comedy bad, I don't know why we actually didn't leave straight away. Its a small, cramped little place that was...totally empty (a sign I think). The old woman that runs the café is mental. When I tried to ask more about the "Rice+cheese+eggs" she started howling about don't I know what rice is? She was so rude. When the "Rice+cheese+eggs" turned up it was a tiny slice of a quiche type thing that was cold - straight from the fridge, served with nothing else.. not even a bit of salad. It was very dry, I'm guessing she must have made it 2 or 3 days previous. This delight was on the menu for 5 Euros a slice. I also had a piece of "Crostini" which was basically just a small piece of stale bread. Awful doesn't quite seem to capture the experience of this place, it was by far the worst food we have been served anywhere. Avoid at all costs.More

Date of visit: September 2014
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Reviewed August 23, 2014

Nice little coffee & tea bar. Much appreciated the styling. A beautiful butcher´s block with a formidable history. A lovely Italian lady who certainly bakes good pear & chocolate cake. Quality Italian newspapers & good coffee to accompany.

Date of visit: August 2014
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Reviewed August 14, 2014

Went because of review in lonely planet. The cafe decor was nicely old-fashioned and the owner an elderly eccentric woman. We ordered a quiche and terrine with cheese - and it was awful. The quiche pastry was as tough as leather and the filling was...the consistency of a block of Parmesan but unfortunately without the taste. The terrine was like cubes of lard sat in a bowl of sour tasting soft cheese (possibly a delicacy, but I doubt it.) She very kindly brought us two slices of stale bread which helped somewhat to get the food down without gagging. We also had two small bottles of what tasted like pasteurised orange juice, with the bill coming in at 23 euros, which based on the prices listed for the food, meant the drinks were around 5 euros each! Steer well clear - based on previous reviews, I suspect the owner is having a laugh at tourists expense.More

Date of visit: August 2014
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Just happened on this place when wandering. It looked nice and not touristy so we thought we would have a coffee. Americano was short and weak. Cappuccino was cold and mostly milk. Daughters hot chocolate was hot but almost no chocolate. Did not complain as...the owner seemed elderly and nice. We also had two pieces of mediocre to poor cake . Total bill 21 Euro. We payed unhappily and left but felt that we had been robbed. Two English girls that we talked to also seemed to have problems when they payed their bill before us. If you can avoid this place do. We had coffee at many places and this was by far the worst.More

Date of visit: January 2014
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

I stumbled uopn CaffeLlatte while walking around Florence. The owner (old Italian lady) spoke little english, charged me €10 for a tiny piece of carrot cake (which was dry and not good) and a large cappuccino (which quality was very bad - not enough coffee...and too much milk which was lukewarm). There are a lot of bad reviews for this place - tourists and florentines take note!Don't dare cross the door of this place.More

Date of visit: October 2013
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This nice little cafe in the outskirts of Florence served the best cafe latte I ever had. Though the owner did not speak much english, she was very friendly. It was very nice to be at a place where the focus was on a good...cup of coffee, not pleasing tourists. If you're looking for the "real Florentine atmosphere", this is the place to be. The locals like to go here as well.More

Date of visit: July 2013
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

TOTAL RIP-OFF. DON'T GO THERE. My girlfriend and I were passing by this cafe and the old lady running it started to talk to us. She was friendly and seemed kind, so we decided to stop for a tea and a piece of cake. Tea...was written (in Italian - but I can read it) to be 4.50€ for a full teapot, 5€ for a piece of cake. We took one teapot for both of us and one piece of cake each. Tea: ok Cake: so-so, especially for that price. Final bill: 24 EUROS! We argue this was not correct and really over-priced for what we took. She started screaming, pointing at us and saying "service! service price!" (and suddenly she was not speaking nor understanding French or English anymore). TOTAL RIP-OFF. Don't go there. Don't be fool by her so-called kindness. Instead, try the student bar/cafe on Piazza della Santissima Annunziata near by.More

Date of visit: June 2013
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

My friend and I found out this cafe by chance, the owner which is the old cute lady waved at us and greeted. She was so lovely and started the conversation in which tourists like us four found it genuinely warm welcome in Florence. After...more conversations we decided to sit, the decoration and the atmosphere was lovely and cozy though no any other customers. We order one capucione(Big cappucino), one small caffe latte, one small hot chocolate, one cup of hot milk with cinnamon and milk cake. The taste are all terrible, the foam for the coffee is bad the cake even make it worst and it was sticky and dry. We not take it all serious as the owner was so cute,until we were asking for the bills and it's "24EURO " a real rip offMore

Date of visit: April 2013
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