Italy: Our Three Best Cheap Eats in Florence

Before our trip to Italy we were always reminded by others about how beautiful the country it is, closely followed by how expensive it is. These two things are very true but unlike our recent getaways to Scandinavia and Zurich last year, we found that there was always a cheap option and 95% of the time, that didn’t mean that it wasn’t amazingly delicious!

When Florentine’s aren’t eating pizza and pasta, they’re eating sandwiches but Italians being Italians, they don’t know how to make something that isn’t the best you’ve ever had. That is most certainly the case at this small shop down one of the backstreets from the main shopping area. At I’ Girone De’ Ghiotti we had the above incredible sandwich which was filled with cold Italian meats and salad. What you are looking at is actually one portion but it was so big we had to share – and that does not happen very often!

As per, Aperol Spritz accompanied and all in all we spent no more than €10. Bargain.

Having said all of that, we’re about to briefly touch upon what was the only bite of food we didn’t enjoy whilst in Italy. Florence’s classic Lampredotto sandwich came with a warning from our segway tour guide as having something of an acquired taste. It is made with the abomasum of a cow, cooked in vegetable broth and often served with a hot sauce. That description didn’t put us off, but this part of the cow was unbelievably fatty and was not sitting well on our stomachs at all. This traditional street food It is loved by the locals but sadly, not by us.

A Lampredotto will set you back about €3.50 if you’re willing to give it a try.

On a slightly different now, and we’d like to give a shoutout to our go-to coffee shop which we found ourselves at every morning of our trip. Tucked away by the Arno behind SMN train station is this beauty, where the waitress knew our order of latte and cappuccino by our last day. Sure, we know it’s not traditional to have long coffees in Italy, but allow us this once at breakfast before standing espressos all day long from there on in.

Now as we’re talking cheap eats, would you like to guess how much the above came to?


Coffee is so much cheaper here than in the UK – an espresso is rarely more than €1 and a cappuccino  rarely more than €1.50. Coming back to global coffee chain prices was an unkind shock and I’ve bought very few of them since returning to London.

Have you been to Italy and found any cheap eat gems? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. What Corinne Did
    July 30, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    This is a guide I needed! I always find Florence very expensive! So it is great to have a cheap foodie guide for when I come back there!

    • Food and Baker
      September 5, 2018 / 11:39 am

      It can be so expensive right! Glad we found some good cheap eats!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. Glow Steady
    July 30, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    I love love love Italy and you're right, you can usually get amazing coffee (much better than the average cup here) for next to nothing. It's amazing how cheap some of these places are. The bread those sandwiches are made from looks absolutely incredible and I can't believe the food/ drinks in that last photo only cost €5 x Sophie http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      September 5, 2018 / 11:40 am

      I know right, I would so go back for that sandwich because it was soooo good and such good priceThank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. Hello Bexa
    July 31, 2018 / 7:51 am

    I’ve never heard of a Lampredotto sandwich, it sounds interesting. I’m glad the sandwich you had at I' Girone De' Ghiott was better and you enjoyed it more. £10 is definitely a foodie bargain and it’s huge too! It’s always nice to find affordable coffee shops too. Thanks for sharing! <3 xxBexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Food and Baker
      September 5, 2018 / 11:41 am

      Love a god coffee shop and my that sandwich was huge! So worth it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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