The Discovery of a Secret Bakery

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Last night some friends and I had ourselves a night out on the town in Firenze. With less than a month left, we’re taking advantage of every opportunity to try something new. After saying goodbye to the Schmitts, Vasudha and I met up with some friends at Kikuya, an English bar. From there we migrated to Red Garter to watch some of the Celtics game and just hang out. Before we knew it, it was 3 AM! The laughter, random conversations, and jammin’ tunes made time fly.

Everyone talks about secret bakeries in Florence, but I had never been to one. They don’t open until 2-3 AM, and they typically aren’t open during the day. These bakeries bake fresh pastries and goodies that are sold later in the day in bakeries all over Florence. Vasudha led us in the right direction then we could pinpoint exactly where to go by following the heavenly smell of butter, sugar, and honey. We all ordered croissants and devoured them in seconds before realizing we were still hungry. Kebab stands are also open at very late hours of the night, so we downed those too. I think Manchester needs a kebab restaurant. They are the perfect snack for any time of day!

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Gentle Italian bakers who were very tolerant of us Americans

I’ve made sure this year that 4 AM returns to my apartment aren’t a regular habit, but tonight I reminded myself that I’m 18 years old and only spending my first year of college in Florence once. Sometimes you just have to step out of that comfort zone as a free, young adult in a foreign city in order to stumble upon a secret bakery. xo ~ e.



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