Brac Libreria di Arte Contemporanea

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via dei Vagellai 18r, Florence, Italy, 50122

This spot is a library, cafe and restaurant with vegan menu as well. Uses organic vegetable. Reservation suggested for Friday and Saturday nights. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Italian, Organic, Juice bar

76 Reviews

First Review by Vesanto

Worth it - Edit

Great food, nice environment.

Cons: Busy , Need reservation

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artsy veg place - Edit

Excellent and innovative vegan and vegetarian food for a decent price - be sure to book in advance for dinner esp on the weekend

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Lovely Books Cafe - Edit

my friend and i were lucky to score two seats, because seconds later, the cafe was full-house!

food was good and the drinks were really the cherry on top during a cold day. the portions are good for a hungry individual.

however, my pasta was a little too dry for my liking.

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Amazing meal - Edit

Visited the place with an omni, we were both thrilled by the great food. It was delicious, well balanced and beautiful. We've had a lot of so-so meals in Florence but this was a hit. Can highly recommend it!

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Highly Recommend!! - Edit

This was by far one of my favorite meals in Florence!! The food was so fresh and flavorful, and such a refreshing change from what's on offer at most restaurants here. The restaurant itself is so cute, and unique mix of a bookstore and restaurant, and feels like a cute cafe and a classy dining experience all in one. It's a must try! Get the piatti unicorn - so much bang for your buck!! Only 15 euros and you get so much food, and three options, so you get to try a little bit of everything!

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I would eat here everyday! - Edit

A little hidden library-restaurant in the center of Florence. Really cool place, friendly staff and bohemian atmosphere. The food is absolutely to die for. Authentic homemade food. Amazing portions. They have an offer called "piato único" where for 15€ you can choose 3 different plates of the menu. I totally recommend it! We lunch there 2 times in the 3 days we spent in Florence. Better If you book in advance. The first day we went was totally full, but hey made us a small place in the bar.
If you go to Florence you can't miss this place!

Pros: Excellent Food., Big portions., Friendly staff

Cons: It's a bit hidden and it's difficult to recognize.

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Best food we've had in Italy - Edit

This is a small restaurant in a book store in Florence. It is a little quirky- you MUST make reservations. However, the food is unique and superb and ranks with any vegan restaurant we've tried anywhere.

Pros: superb food, Unique menu items

Cons: small- reservations are essential

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Fantastic - therefore busy - Edit

This is a combined vegetarian and vegan restaurant, but as a vegan, the staff were very helpful in identifying which dishes are vegan (essentially anything that doesn't list cheese in its description). The in-house homemade pasta is vegan.

But onto the point, which is that the vegan food is amazingly good. It is also of local character (Florentine or Tuscan).

There is a huge range of wine sold, and also some less-well-known (but very good) beers... plus liquers and aperitifs etc.

The food is superb, but the atmosphere is also good and quite "cool" too. The "library and restaurant" thing works well.

There is a daytime menu and an evening menu, with the changeover sometime around 7pm.

If you want to eat here in the evening, you will need a reservation. While eating, a continuous string of drop-ins were seen to be turned away and the staff were all running round like headless chickens to get it all done. Still friendly and good service despite this. I didn't even have to wait very long to be served, for the food to come, etc, as can happen in some more traditionally-styled premises.

Pros: Fantastic food, Cool atmosphere, Nice staff

Cons: Tiny entrance/frontage, not effortless to find

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Brac Review - Edit

Fine tasty food, well prepared. Nice find in Florence. We ate there three times.
No complaints

Pros: good food, organic as well, gluten conscious, near Uffizi museum

Cons: need reservations, and can be busy, as so good, doesn't open until 7

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Definitely worth finding! - Edit

Loved this place. Staff were friendly and helpful. Vegan options were very good and a welcome break from burgers/pizza/bread.

I sat at the bar early on a Tues evening and got chatting to the other diners from around the world. It has a lovely relaxed atmosphere, lots of artwork and art books, a great layout with a cute courtyard between the bar and restaurant areas - and they were playing PJ Harvey when I arrived so felt right at home! Food was served pretty quickly (we were the early diners!) and given very generous portions.

Wish I'd found it earlier in my trip (I walked right passed by accident the night before) as would be really nice to go in and enjoy some chilled time away from the bustle of central areas with a coffee and cake. Or beer.

Pros: Bar area is social, Peaceful place away from the crowds, Food was healthy, tasty, plentiful

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Worth a visit - Edit

We almost missed this place because it looks so anonymous from outside. Once inside you have a small seating area with a bar leading out to a private garden/seating area and in the back another beautiful seating area with great big windows.
The food was delicious - we each got a 14 euro lunch menu and so we were able to try most of the vegan options. You should definitely visit this place. Lovely!

Pros: great space, great value , nice staff

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Favourite place in Florence - Edit

The food here was amazing and its such a cosy little cafe that it away from big crowds. We were very happy with the vegan options and it was fhe best meal we had in Florence. We bought the 14 euro menu and tried most of the vegan options available and loved all of them. Definitely recommend going here!

Pros: Away from busy touristy restaurants, delicious foo

Cons: none

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Find this place - Edit

Recommend making reservations any day you are going - we nearly did not get in on a Tuesday! As others have said, can be hard to find and not clearly marked, but worth it. We spent 8 days in Italy and this place was in our top 2 with ease.

Pros: Flavor, Portions

Cons: Difficult to find

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Italian divinity - Edit

The 14 euros menu we had here was absolutely divine. Not only are you welcomed with a contemporary art decor but the modern cafe/restaurant serves superb traditional dishes with a twist.

Pros: Totally veggie and traditional Italian

Cons: Many with lactose, not so many gluten free options

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Different and cozy - Edit

Different from the more fast-food type veggie places. The food is very interesting, and there are som traditional Italian dishes.
You have to ask staff which dishes are vegan and which are vegetarian - it would be ideal to mark out the vegan dishes.
Service was a bit slow, but the place was very nice and had a great atmosphere. We went there twice - first time we weren't too lucky with our choices, but the food was still fine. However, the second time we went, our food was amazing - the best we have had in Italy!

Pros: Great vibe, Traditional, but interesting, food

Cons: Long wait

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Best meal in Florence!! - Edit

Not only is this place set in a gorgeous little library, it also serves delicious tasty vegan food. I would recommend picking the option that allows you to get a starter, main and bread dish. The tortellini with coconut cream were to die for. Honestly all of it was so good I wish I could go back!

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Hidden treasure - Edit

Difficult to find but glad we persevered.

Behind an unprepossessing and faded shopfront is a little veggie oasis.

Pros: Tasty vegan main courses, Calm retreat from tourist hustle & bustle

Cons: Limited vegan dessert options

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title fits the product - Edit

great fresh vegan food/drinks
the staff were so helpful and friendly;
Our non - vegan friends were totally impressed and now look for food options on their travels!
thank you!

Pros: great vegan healthy food

Cons: no cons

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Delicious and delightful! - Edit

We had been walking near the river and I turned to trusty Happy Cow to see which vegetarian places were nearby. The street is easy to find, there is no sign for the restaurant, but no trouble to find. As it was s Friday evening, it was fully booked, but they squeezed us in anyway :) So glad they did. I chose the 1 plate for 14 Euros, where you get a small salad (I chose the avocado), small pasta or rice and a wrap ur Scandinavian flatbread (I chose aubergine) - all of it was delicious! There are both vegetarian and vegan options, no meat. The room is full of interesting books and we dined by candle light. There is also a lovely courtyard. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Definitely recommend.

Pros: Delicious and innovative food, friendly and helpful staff, Ambience

Cons: it gets busy and booked, so make a reservation!

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Oasis at 5 min from Palazzo Vecchio - Edit

Great hiden place. You will not see a signal...but if you know where is it, you will find a peaceful, beautiful, full of books place with an amazing food.

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omg yum - Edit

really good delicious food, decent serving size and a great vegan cake. so moist. They can tell you which dishes are fully vegan.

Pros: yum

Cons: not many tables

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a real hidden gem - Edit

Without knowing about Brac, you wouldn't even notice it! There is only the tiniest sign on the door.
You walk in and feel at home straight away, a super cosy atmosphere with a wall of beautiful books, a courtyard area that lights up your eyes from beautiful decor and food that makes you want to undo the top button of your jeans.
A fresh, wholesome, vibrant plate of yum!
I would book in advance, we had to wait until 2:30 for a table after arriving at 1pm,but it was well worth it.

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Great find. - Edit

Yes, you could easily miss the narrow doorway at #18, but do persist because you will be rewarded! We arrived toward the end of lunch time and found a spot at the counter, but by the time our food was ready a table had opened up. Don't be put off if the front room is full, as through the courtyard in back is another, larger space. Everything we ate was quite good, and as others have said the unico meal (three items) is a great value, but I'm here to rave about the avocado carpaccio: thinly sliced avocado served on a delicious puree of vegetables and a bit of greens. I would eat this every day if I could! The Sardinian style 'sandwiches' are also very yummy.

Pros: Peaceful space, Unique choices, Great quality

Cons: Takes a while for food to come (enjoy the books!)

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Unique Vegetarian Restaurant - Edit

It is quite difficult to find; we walked right past it as it looks more like a book store if you just glance inside.
We both chose the "piatto unico" where you choose a salad, pasta/rice dish and a typical Sardinian flatbread dish (almost like spanakopita).
A lot of care was put into each plate and everything was delicious. Meals you won't find anywhere else.
Some people have complained about the staff in their reviews but they were great when we were there. Very helpful with suggesting vegan options and finding us a place to sit.

Pros: Inventive dishes, Delicious

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Very satisfied! - Edit

Food was excellent. Great surroundings and nice envioment. Good vegan options.

Pros: Great food, Good prices for all the food you get

Cons: Food took a while to make, Very hidden place

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Great Expectations - Edit

Sometimes reading all the great reviews can be a bad thing.
This place was hard to find and opened at 12 and not 10 as advertised.
The service was poor and the beautiful, unique surroundings I expected were bland.
Speaking of bland, my pasta dish was small and my girlfriend's salad was boring and overpriced.
We had been warned about being overcharged in Italy but didn't expect it in a veggie place off the tourist path.
Bottom line, go elsewhere IMO.

Cons: Bland food , Overcharged, Unfriendly

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Tasty - Edit

I ordered a pasta with Indian curry spices. I was a nice mix of Italian and Indian styles. The wine was also awesome. Lastly, the table bread isn't the terrible dried out husks that they seem to serve everywhere else in Florence. In all a good experience.

Caveat: place is *packed* on Saturdays.

Pros: Tasty, Bread not terrible like rest of Florence

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