It goes without question that Florence is a city built on history. The capital city of Tuscany, it was the birthplace of the Renaissance and is renowned for its rich culture, art and architecture. It still celebrates its history and traditions – and rightly so – but it does it in a way that embraces modernity too.
La Ménagère in the San Lorenzo area of Florence opened in the 19th century as a marketplace selling homeware. In 2015 the old building was reopened, with 10 different spaces housing a restaurant, coffee bar, flower shop and cocktail bar, plus an area selling home accessories; a concept restaurant, if you will.
Originally part of the 16th century Palazzo Ginori, the space was renovated by local design team q-bic, who stripped the building back to expose its original features. Raw concrete walls showcase the vaulted ceilings and bare columns, with vintage furnishings filling the space.
As for the menu, it’s all based around refined Italian fare, with the likes of roasted gnocchi, beef cheek and pear bavarese all making up some of the best dishes. For a more relaxed setting, enjoy gourmet tapas at the bar with your cocktail, or head to the bistrot for coffee and breakfast.
To see more from La Ménagère, visit its website.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images courtesy of La Ménagère