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Where to See (and Be Seen) at Pitti Uomo

The biannual menswear event in Florence will be sure to bring out the best dressed as the world’s most fashionable editors and buyers fly in for a few days. Want to catch a look? These 5 addresses are sure to be a stage all their own.
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Caffè Gilli

Caffè Gilli is undoubtedly a mecca for a Pitti Uomo first-timer. The Grand Siècle architecture, elaborate moldings, and opulent wood paneling make for a sophisticated respite from a day of shows. The must have drink? Grab a Campari Spritz on the heated terrace and evaluate the competition, while soaking up the beauty of the monuments of Piazza della Reppublica.

Via Roma, 1r

Gurdulù

Located on the Left Bank of Arno in Oltrarno, the district of Artisans, Gurdulù boasts a serving of the best contemporary Italian cuisine in the city. The menu, created by chef Entiana Osmenzeza, revives traditional Italian specialties such as pasta al ragù and other arancinis, pumping the basic recipe with some new ingredients like  yuzu and coriander.

Via delle Caldaie 12 / 14r

The Rooftop of the Westin Excelsior

Because Florence would be nothing without its unique architectural heritage and its passionate red domes, the best way to admire the city in its entirety is from the top. Located on the banks of the River Arno, the Westin Excelsior enjoys the best view of the eighth largest city in Italy, and will offer you the most beautiful view of its red roofs and countless bell towers. Try the Dry Martini (without moderation), an in-house specialty, with two olives that come from the neighboring hillsides.

Piazza Ognissanti, 3

La Ménagère

A healthy hot-spot in a city where gluten is king, La Ménagère (French for housewife) is much more than just a trendy canteen. The menu extols the merits of "mom-made" cuisine, whipped up in a light and tasty way (the cacio e pepe gnocchi, the searedoctopus salad, and the vegetable mille-feuilles attest to this). From exposed brick to concrete flooring, the old meets the contemporary in this perfect lunchtime spot.

Via de 'Ginori, 8

Locale

As its name suggests, the Locale bar brings together all of the Florentine jet set to this city watering hole. From Italian It-girls to the descendants of Visconti, each can find a home here under the vaults of a Palazzo of the twelfth century. From the glass roof to the clever cocktails (it’s rumored that the Moscow Mule is the favorite of Sofia Coppola when she is passing through Florence), everything is meant to keep you enjoying the night. That works well considering Locale stays open til 2 in the morning.

Via delle Seggiole, 12 / red

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