Forking Out for Foreign Food: Best Restaurants in Florence, Italy

Sushi in Florence, Japanese in Italy, best places to eat in Florence

Nobody would doubt that food in Florence is anything but fabulous.

That is true even of non-Italian eateries for those rare occasions in which you may wish to branch out to other cuisines at least just for one meal.

Variety is the spice of life after all.

So here is a list of places we head to when we’re hankering for hamburgers, cheering for Chinese, vying for Vietnamese, seeking sauerkraut and more.

You can wrap your laughing gear around a burger served with a side of delicious fries at Danny Rock (Via de’ Pandolfini, 13). They also have a fabulous list of posh beers. This place is great if you want a casual, relaxed meal with a side of football (soccer) up on the big screens. But beware – they also have a foosball table that often keeps us out way beyond bedtime!

For the ultimate in deluxe Tuscan Chiannini beef made into a delicious (albeit it rather spendy) burger, look no further than Lungarno 23.

The most historical Chinese restaurant is the Hong Kong restaurant on Via dei Servi. It’s of good quality and decent prices, and some of the staff are adorable.

Our favourite Chinese of the moment however is Il Mandarino Ristorante on Via della Condotta, 17, just around the corner from Piazza della Signora (the square where Michelangelo’s David was originally placed).

For Japanese and Thai, there is the elegant Niwa on Via del Ponte alle Mosse, 16. Great food and fun decor.

In Piazza Santa Croce you’ll find Dante’s statue standing just by the entry to Buddakan, a funky Asian fusion restaurant.

For Indian restaurants in Florence, we’re hard pressed to pick between Salaam Bombay (Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 45)  and Haveli (just down the road at Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 31).

Just around the corner on Via dei Neri there is a dumpling restaurant called Dim Sum that all the locals are raving about, whilst Kome on Via dei benci, 41/r is the hot spot for teppanyaki. They also have a sushi train option on the first floor.

Pingusto is an all-you-can eat Asian fusion eatery with fun decor and for buffet food, it ain’t bad at all.  We especially love the sushi train and the fresh seafood they barbecue on the spot for you.

Tijuana is Florence’s best-known Mexican restaurant – they have one location on Via Ghibellina and another on Via Il Prato. They also have half-price frozen margaritas during happy hour.

Eby’s (Via dell’Oriuolo, 5) is a cheap little bar where students go for burritos and nachos into the wee hours. We didn’t say it’s classy.

Whilst there are also a fair few kebab shops around, Il Faraone on Via Bartolomeo Cristofori, 14r turns a simple wrap into a treat worthy of any gourmand.

For a more formal and absolutely delicious Lebanese restaurant experience, visit Valle dei Cedri on Borgo Santa Croce. They have a generous starter sampler that will fill you up with a range of delicious treats that we can never resist ordering.

Looking for Kosher vegetarian? Then head to Ruth’s, right next door to the Great Synagogue in Florence on Via Luigi Carlo Farini, 2.

And finally, for German food and beer you can stagger home from either the Braumeister on Via Madonna della Tosse, 12 or Il Bovaro on Via Pisana, 3.


Returning our focus back to the great Italian cuisine, we also have a new Food Tour in Florence!

To learn to make delicious, typical Italian recipes before indulging in a delicious meal made by you, we have hands-on cooking classes in Florence and Cooking Classes in a Tuscan Villa.


Enjoy tastings of traditional Tuscany products at Tuscan villa estates owned by historic Tuscan families on the Taste of Tuscany wine tour. Walk through the Tuscan countryside and visit a famous Tuscan villa on the  Perfect Morning in Tuscany small-group walking tour. Expand your Tuscan horizons on the small-group Best of Tuscany tour visiting Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni too, including lunch and wine tasting at an award-winning wine estate.

To explore other areas of Italy, can check out our Artviva Walking Tours website to read more about the tours we have to offer in Florence, RomeVeniceCinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more.

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