Where to Eat Vegan and Vegetarian in Florence: Part 2

May 30, 2015,

Florence is the cultural centre of Italy. Thankfully, this busy city has begun to cater to those of us who prefer a vegan or vegetarian diet and it has done so magnificently. A few days ago, I posted part one of the Florence vegan and vegetarian eating guide. Here is part 2! I had so many wonderful meals, spuntini (snacks in Italian) and smoothies that I wanted to share with you all of my favourites so here is the rest of the list for where to eat vegan and vegetarian in Florence! 

Vegan and Vegetarian in Florence: miso di risoVegan and Vegetarian in Florence: Bistro Miso di Riso (Vegetarian with vegan options)
Borgo degli Albizi, 54, 50122
Miso di Riso feels like an art gallery-come-café: seriously cool vibes, with a big open space, lots of seating and beautiful natural light coming in from the terrace. Miso di Riso has a regular menu as well as a number of special items daily. Their specials menu in handwritten evryday (in Italian only) but the waiter was very kind and answered all my questions with great detail. I visited twice for lunch: the first time I had a vegetable wrap with a side salad and coconut water. The second visit I decided on a veggie burger – I thoroughly enjoyed my meals and the atmosphere at Miso

Vegan and Vegetarian in Florence: Gelato Gelateria dei Neri (Gelateria with vegan options)
Via dei Neri, 9/11, 50122
I found Gelateria dei Neri through the HappyCow app and after my first visit, I kept returning! Dei Neri has about 5 vegan gelato options (not counting the sorbetto which is vegan) including their hazelnut flavour, which was my ultimate fav (I had it three times!). I preferred Dei Neri to other gelaterias because it has indoor seating and since I was visiting in February, I appreciated not having to walk against the cold wind while eating my frozen treat!

Vegan and Vegetarian in Florence: Mago MerlinoMago Merlino Tea House (Tea house. Ask about ingredients in cookies and desserts.)
Via dei Pilastri, 31, 50121
I’ve already written a more extensive post about my experience at Mago Merlino’s – I described it as akin to magic. Suffice it to say that Mago Merlino’s Tea House in Florence has the most scrumptious tea I’ve ever tasted, in a warm and welcoming space with homemade organic cookies and other treats. I left Mago Merlino with a very full stomach and an even fuller heart!


Vegan and Vegetarian in Florence: VEG O VEG in Florence, Italy Veg o Veg (Vegetarian with vegan options)
Via Rosina, 50123
Located in the Mercato Centrale, Veg o Veg is a sort-fast food restaurant: you order at the counter and can either take it to go or enjoy your food on the picnic benches at the center of the marketplace. I didn’t have a meal here – I visited the market to buy some fruit and then discovered Veg o Veg. So upon my discovery, I decided to pick up a fresh juice. It was so sweet and refreshing, with a blend of what tasted like kiwi, pineapple and maybe some apple? (They called it “succo giallo” = yellow juice). If you visit for a meal you can expect soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers (anything “fast” and take-out like).

Over to you – have you been to any of these spots? What did you enjoy most about eating in Florence? Where did you eat vegan and vegetarian in Florence? Eating Vegan & Vegetarian in Florence (Part 2 of a series) // at happiestwhenexploring.com

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  • Reply Ilena Ciricillo June 6, 2015 at 4:36 am

    I visited Florence the first time in March of 2009 with my students on an EF Tour. We had gelato at Coronas Cafe’ on Via dei Calzaiuoli,72. It was late at night, rainy and chilly but it was one of the memorable moments of the trip. We also went to the market and tried many foods at the different stalls. The owners of the stalls were very happy to make us have a bite of their specialties. Then in 2012 I returned with my daughters and had a delicious lunch at Dolce Vegan on Via San Gallo, 92r. The vegan tiramisu was amazing!

    I look forward to going back to Florence and I will definitely try out the restaurants you suggested and will report back to you! ❤️

    • Reply happiestwhenexploring June 7, 2015 at 1:57 am

      Europe in the spring time is very special…
      Thank you for sharing your experience & I look forward to hearing how you like the places I wrote about! Coronas Cafe is great! I had a quick snack there but it seems like they have a lot of wonderful little treats! Glad you enjoyed!

  • Reply Legitlashes June 8, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Love the blog Erica 🙂
    Definitely coming to see you when I need to plan my trip to Italy !!!

    • Reply happiestwhenexploring June 9, 2015 at 4:02 am

      Hey girl! Thanks so much, it means a lot to me!! Great – I’ll be sure to write up some more posts from my first trip to Italy 😀

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