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“Probably the best cafe we've ever been to...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Caffe Giacosa

Caffe Giacosa
Ranked #821 of 2,660 Restaurants in Florence
Cuisines: Italian, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Duomo
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Probably the best cafe we've ever been to...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

A friend had told us to go here to people watch for the high end fashion - it was wonderful! Everyone was impeccably dressed. Staff were very helpful in the cafe (we don't speak much italian) and we ordered the "torta della nonna" (almond and custard cake/slice), and a vanilla slice with two cappuccinos. Coffee was hot and rich and the cakes were perfect. A lovely lady sitting next to us leaned over and told us we had chosen the best sweets on the menu - we certainly hope so! Highly recommended and very affordable (a side note: sitting inside is cheaper as with most places in Europe.. I think we paid 9 euro for what we had)

  • Visited October 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great location, great food, great coffee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Came back here a few times while in Florence knowing that the food would be great, the service a little more attentive and the location for watching the world go by brilliant. The risotto at lunch times was consistently good...and the coffee also. Nice wine glasses too which is a bonus. Very importantly it also felt clean and well cared fore where so many others don't. Seems to be a good number of smart locals there too, which is also a great sign. Surprisingly the prices are pretty much the same as other places.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland
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“best cappuccino ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

i ordered a cappuccino and it was drizzled with peanut butter and sprinkled with cocoa powder and was by far the best i had had in florence or really in my whole life. my sister ordered the "torta della nonna" and said it was delicious as well. the cafe next to the cavalli store was closed for the summer so we went to the one in the palazzo strozzi which was very beautiful. the cafe itself on the inside was wonderfully decorated, but the courtyard outside was even prettier. ill definitely be back to try the other delicious-looking pastries they had in the glass display.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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“The Negroni was invented here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012


Italy’s reputation as a civilization through the millennia is unparalleled: standard-setting architecture, ingenious feats of engineering, art as awe-inspiring as gazing into the face of God.

All of those things should be part and parcel of a trip to Florence. But let’s not forget two of the best things about contemporary Italian culture: tasty things to put in one’s mouth and gorgeous things to wear.

That’s why Caffe Giacosa was a must-see on my list. Nestled in Florence’s famed fashion district centered around Via Tornabuoni (the boutiques! the bags! the Pucci prints!), Giacosa is part coffee house, part salon, and 100 percent famed Italian designer Roberto Cavalli.

Cavalli, a Florentine by birth, saved and re-imagined the spot that was the former location of an antique shop turned cafe. The designer synonymous with bold animal prints has created a space -- once known as Florence’s drawing room – that gives a nod to both the past and the present. Think Old World luxe crossed with contemporary chic: a gorgeous wooden bar and padded banquets; walls covered with black and white photos of fashion models, working the all-important contrast of light and shadow, like the chiaroscuro in Renaissance paintings.

Giacosa is open throughout the day. To get the full flavor of it, first come for breakfast, then return for afternoon highballs. Our morning visit included aromatic, perfectly foamed cappuccino and an assortment of scrumptious pastries, including some dark, near bitter chocolate delights and a blueberry-filled croissant.

The people-watching was as irresistible as the food. Businessmen in bespoke suits and expensive looking briefcases rushed in for coffee and pastry, then on to the office. A decidedly hip young mom spent some quality time with her little shaver in tow. A slender, androgynous woman with impossibly thin hips encased in leather pants stopped to make the scene.

Giacosa is inviting for late afternoon cocktails, and the drink of choice is the Negroni. The mystical union of Campari, sweet vermouth and gin was invented on this very site at the start of the 1920s, back when it was Bar Casoni. I approached the barkeep in vest and tie and ordered the drink old fashioned-style, one of several variations on the menu. He presented it smartly with a garnish of fresh orange slice, the sweetness complementing my mini baguette with prosciutto di Parma.

One can also get other delights to go or have them shipped home, such as wickedly good chocolates by weight, Roberto Cavalli Vodka, or Cavalli Tenuta Degli Dei Wine. Whatever your pleasure, Giacosa is a heady mix of old Euro charm and of-the-moment glamour, a perfect oasis of calm from the buzzing streets of Florence.

Visited June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Delicious Pastries in a Trendy Cafe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

Such a great for people-watching over coffee and pastry. I suggest you go for breakfast (around 8.30am) and watch fashionable Florentines making their way to work whilst sipping a delicious cup of coffee.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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