If you’re planning a trip to Florence you must have a game plan for which gelato spots to choose. There is practically a gelato shop on every corner in Firenze. Don’t waste your time or money on the overpriced shops that have mediocre quality. Continue reading to discover where to find the best gelato in Florence! My advice is to enjoy this treat at least twice a day as there are few places in the world that offer gelato that is as creamy and flavorful as this.
Florence, Italy…easily one of my favorite cities in the world if not THE favorite. It might be because I studied abroad here and this is where my first dose of wanderlust began…so call me biased…but this renaissance city is a true stunner. Being located in the heart of Tuscany, it offers both natural and man-made beauty. The weather is mild, the locals are friendly and passionate, and the GELATO is spectacular.
Florence is also incredibly affordable. I measure a city’s affordability based off the price of gelato and coffee. If you haven’t guessed it, those are the items I tend to consume most and it’s easy to remember the prices of these items. Gelato is typically between 1 to 3 euros and an espresso is usually around 1 euro. If there is any city to forget counting calories or how many gelato stops you make in a day, this is it. I also don’t feel as guilty eating gelato in Florence multiple times a day because you can get a small serving that is easily walked off while touring the city and the quality is so pure with natural ingredients that there is much less sugar than what you find in American ice cream or gelato.
If your mouth isn’t already watering like mine is continue reading to learn where to get the best gelato in Florence!
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BEST GELATO IN FLORENCE - TOP 5 FLORENCE GELATO SPOTS
1. La Strega Nocciola
The best gelato in Florence for overall creaminess, texture, and flavor.
La Strega Nocciola was a new find on my latest trip to Florence and easily wins the title of the best gelato in Florence. When I saw that the location was located a 2 minute walk from the Duomo I was immediately skeptical. Usually restaurants and shops located next to major tourist attractions are overpriced and lower quality. Thankfully La Strega Nocciola is the exception to the rule.
This small Florence gelato shop doesn’t offer 30 plus flavors piled high like many other places, but the 14 flavors that are offered are the best you will ever taste. The quality is beyond exceptional. I have never had a creamier gelato in my life! The flavors are simple usually combining one or two flavor profiles. No chocolate, caramel, praline, truffle surprise will be found here. The gelato is kept inside lidded metal canisters…a sure sign that the gelato is made fresh every day.
I’m glad I visited this Florence gelato shop early in my stay because I ended up going multiple times. The owner of the shop is a delight and there is a high probability he will be the one scooping up your heavenly treat…which makes me love this Florence gelato shop even more. Be sure the try the Buontalenti a specialty flavor of Florence made with Mascarpone cream.
Stop by La Strega Nocciola before or after your visit to the Duomo.
2. Gelateria La Carraia
The best gelato in Florence for one euro cones.
Every time I visit Florence I am nervous that Gelateria La Carraia will lose it’s quality as it has quickly become a well-known Florence gelato shop. La Carraia is located across the bridge from where my apartment was when I studied abroad. Back then it wasn’t the tourist attraction that it is now. There was rarely a line and the one scoop cone was a single euro…hence why I visited often because it was one of the few treats I could afford.
In the last few years word has gotten out about La Carraia. There is rarely a time when the line isn’t out the door. Don’t worry it moves fast. I visit this Florence gelato shop every time I am in the city and every time I am beyond overjoyed that they still offer their one euro gelato scoop and the flavors taste just as good as I remember from so many years ago. La Carraia offers your typical gelato flavors like hazelnut and stracciatella but also has some famous combinations like white chocolate and pistachio, my favorite. This is hands down the best gelato in Florence for the price.
3. Sbrino - gelatificio contadino
The best gelato in Florence for dark chocolate lovers.
Sbrino is another Florence gelato shop located across the river. Their dark chocolate flavor is one of the darkest and richest I have had and would earn Sbrino a place on the list TOP 5 Florence gelato shops alone. Thankfully the other flavors were equally as good. Try mixing the dark chocolate with pistachio…a heavenly combination. Don’t worry if there is a line as it’s 100% worth the short wait. Sbrino makes for a convenient stop if you are visiting the Pitti Palace or wandering the Santo Spirito neighborhood.
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4. Gelateria dei Neri
The best gelato in Florence for Nutella lovers.
Gelateria dei Neri offers a unique idea that is so simple yet genius and is why they earn a spot on the list of the best gelato in Florence. A heavenly gelato tray filled with Nutella just waiting to be added on top of your ice cream. I know I’m not alone in my obsession with Nutella. The option to add a dollop to your flavor of choice is almost too good to be true.
Gelateria nei Neri is also a good choice if you like a lot of options as there are over 30 flavor options. Often when a shop has this many choices it’s not fresh, but that was not the case with Gelateria dei Neri. The gelato was as creamy as ever and there was also a fair amount of sorbetto options for those that are lactose intolerant.
5. Leonardo Gelateria-Caffe
The best gelato in Florence for a place to sit and a nice patio.
Most gelato shops in Florence, and in Europe for that matter, have a tiny footprint and are designed for take away. Few Florence gelato shops offer a place to sit and slowly savor your treat. Leonardo Gelateria Caffe not only offers plenty of space to sit inside, there is also a quaint patio in the back. Combine that with some of the best gelato Florence has to offer and you’ve got yourself a winner!
Caffe Leonardo also offers a full coffee and tea menu along with fresh pastries.
Have you been to Florence? let me know which shops you think have the best gelato in Florence in the comments below!
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