A late-night snack is a great way to boost your energy, especially if it’s freshly baked. The best midnight snacks in Florence come from secret night bakeries. But to get the best treats, you have to follow the rules.
These “secret” Florence night bakeries are not secret, just to be clear. They are not open during regular working hours and are therefore not frequented by the public. These wholesale bakeries supply Florence’s cafes and restaurants with fresh-baked breads and pastries every day. They work hard in the early hours of the morning, when most people are asleep. If you’re awake between 2am and 4am, you can find food in the backstreets.
It is best to go out with an open mind to discover Florence’s hidden night bakeries. Although the bakeries are located in unassuming storefronts, they fill the streets with the aroma of rising dough and baking when the ovens turn on. When your nose picks up the location, you will often find other hungry night owls circling (often at an unmarked sidedoor). Sometimes, you might have to knock on the door. In these cases it is helpful to have a local Florence expert or to have an address.
To enjoy the delicious treats at Florence’s secret night bakeries without any problems, there are two key rules.
Even if your alarm clock isn’t set at 2 am, you might still be able to enjoy freshly baked pastries from a Florence back-alley bakery.
These are some useful phrases that you may need when visiting a Florence night bakery.
- VOH This is the equivalent of “please”.
- grazie – (GRAHT|zee|eh) – Being polite, part two. This is the equivalent of “thank you.”
- KOH This is typically a basic pastry with a chocolate custard filling, such as a cornetto.