Longchamp is opening a new flagship boutique in one of the city’s main shopping areas, which it will fete at an opening cocktail reception slated for June 21. Located in Via Roma, which links the Dome and Piazza della Signoria, the elegant and simplistic 1,076-square-foot store carries ready-to-wear and shoes in addition to the brand’s core collection of men’s and women’s bags.
Via Roma, 15/17
Nothing is more necessary than ice cream in the Florentine heat, and the new Magnum Pleasure Store, strategically placed in front of the Dome, offers a welcome respite to Pitti-weary travelers. The gelato shop carries Magnum’s latest variations — Magnum Pink and Magnum Black — and allows visitors create their own ice cream on a stick, choosing the flavor and topping. The store also features a pink-and-black coffee and cocktail lounge.
Magnum Pleasure Store
Piazza del Duomo, 47
From Monday to Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tel.: +39 055 289517
Located a few feet from the Florentine Dome, Fifties-style bistro Irene is tucked inside the Savoy luxury hotel, part of the Rocco Forte Hotels group. Named Irene in honor of Lord Charles Forte’s wife, it offers classics with a twist, such as lemon and parmesan egg stracciatella soup. The menu was created by chef Fulvio Pierangelini. Those who stop in on Sunday can also experience “Grandma’s Lunch,” complete with roasted chicken, roasted potatoes with rosemary, seasonal vegetables, zabaione and a full bar for coffee and cocktails.
Piazza della Repubblica, 7
Tel.: +39 055 2735891
Deposito Bagagli, which translates to “luggage storage,” is the unconventional name of a new bistro in Piazza della Libertà, a square hosting the triumphal arch and Porta San Gallo, part of the city’s old defensive walls. With suitcases carved into the bar and lockers painted on the wall, Deposito Bagagli’s quirky interior design and vintage furniture take visitors back a few decades. The menu includes traditional Tuscan dishes and a range of vegetarian salads. In addition to themed happy hours and specialty food tastings, the bistro offers musical entertainment with live performances and DJ sets every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Piazza della Libertà, 29/r
From Monday to Saturday
Tel.: +39 055 472797
The 18th-century Chalet Fontana, a short walk from Porta Romana and the Giardino di Boboli, is back in business. The restaurant, which seats 60, has been completely revamped and is decked out in the finest Florentine furnishings, with lighting fixtures supplied by artisan firm Lucienne Monique. Chef Alessio Morelli presides over the kitchen, and every Thursday, guests at the café bistro can enjoy happy hour serenaded by a professional pianist. Chalet Fontana also features a one-hectare garden and a reception room dedicated to the painter Ottone Rosai, who used to have breakfast at the Chalet.
Restaurant, from Monday to Sunday, from 7 p.m. to midnight
Caffè Bistrot, from Monday to Friday, from 4 p.m. to midnight, on weekends, from 9:30 a.m. to midnight
Viale Galileo, 7
Tel.: +39 055 2280841
Palazzo Strozzi is hosting two sculpture exhibits during Pitti Uomo. “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World” presents 50 bronze masterpieces on loan from venues such as the Museo del Prado, the British Museum and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and explores artistic development under Alexander the Great’s reign. By contrast, “Sculptures Also Die” features pieces by modern artists who mixed unconventional and traditional materials to create a dialogue between past and present.
“Sculptures Also Die”
Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina – Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza degli Strozzi
Through July 26
From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tel.: +39 055 2645155
“Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World”
Piazza degli Strozzi
Through June 21
Tel.: +39 055 2645155
Tuscan fashion label Patrizia Pepe has opened its first accessories-only boutique. The 1,076-square-foot space is furnished in a homey style, with steel and gold-leaf open shelves and showcases displaying the brand’s colorful totes; there is also a fireplace and assorted picture frames.
Piazza San Giovanni, 12r
Tel.: +39 055 2645056
Since April, Florence has had its very own vegan lunchtime mecca. At Universo Vegano, customers will find innovative veggie fodder such as vegan kebabs, burgers and pizzas, all whipped up by a team of chefs well trained in the realm of animal-friendly cooking. Aside from the lunchables and fast food, Universo Vegano also serves up refreshing smoothies and cocktails.
Via Pietrapiana, 47
Tel.: +39 338 8477269