Florence is best for...

Traditional Tuscan cuisine: Grilled meats, mellow cheeses and beans are at the heart of all good Florentine cookery

Gelato galore: Head downtown so that you can discover the gelato shops on every single block

Al fresco dining: Many restaurants have outdoor terraces so that you can take in Florence's skyline while enjoying your food

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Florence is Italian

Currency: The currency used in Florence is the Euro

Local time: Florence is 1 hour behind GMT/UK time

Fly to: Florence's main airport is Florence Airport

In Florence, food is relatively simple, with a focus on making the most of fresh local produce. One of the main reasons people choose Tuscany is to enjoy the authentic Italian food and this area is also well known for wine, which is widely used in cooking too. Steak Florentine is the most famous local dish and wild-game like boar and deer also feature heavily on traditional menus.

But it’s not all rich meats. Tuscany is famous for ‘cucina paver’ (poor cooking), which means creating lots of food with only basic ingredients, such as beans. Don’t be fooled by the name though. You’ll find the local food anything but ‘poor’ quality. Eat and drink with the city as a backdrop when you dine al fresco at one of the many roof top terrace restaurants and bars.

For some of the best restaurants in Florence, take a few steps away from the main tourist areas and explore the quieter side streets. Here you’ll find everything from traditional pizzerias and local osterie to modern cafés and street food stalls.

Be prepared to think creatively when searching for somewhere to eat, they might be hidden where you wouldn’t normally look. The Mercato Centrale is a great example. This market-turned-food court is home to a selection of local food and drink artizans, and the perfect place to grab a lampredotto panino (tripe sandwich). You’ll find excellent gelateries on almost every corner, perfect when you need to cool down after a busy day exploring the art and architecture of the city.

While meat-lovers will rejoice at the succulent steaks on offer, there’s plenty for vegetarians and vegans to enjoy too. Head across the river from the main centre to the bohemian Orsini district. This area is where the locals go to eat and drink. Here you’ll find a choice of restaurants that make the delicious local vegetable produce the star of the meal, as well as some of the best places to eat in Florence.

While Florence may appear a refined city of art and culture on the surface, there is also a vibrant, youthful side too. You’ll discover late-night clubs pumping out dance music next to sophisticated wine and cocktail bars.

If you want to sample some of the top-notch local Tuscan wines, one of the best bars in Florence is Caso del Vino Firenze. Situated near the main train station and Mercato Centrale, this traditional wine bar has hundreds of bottles to choose from. Stop for an aperitivo to make a great start to your evening. If craft beer is your thing, you’ll find a growing micro-brewery scene in the city.

Need a wake-up caffeine fix in the morning? Coffee is a national institution, so you’re never far from the perfect shot of espresso.

From a quick slice of pizza before trailing the Uffizi, to Michelin-starred fine dining after exploring the Duomo, in Florence food is delicious and suited to every budget.