Walking around the cobbled streets of Florence you often look down a road and wonder if it’s worth the turn. Borgo Santa Croce is one such street. It may be dark, narrow, lined with medieval palazzi and void of flashy signage but do not be deterred. It is worth investigating and those who venture will be rewarded. Quelo was opened in 2012 by three friends, Clo, Francesca, and Katia with a desire to feed locals healthy, homemade food along with an ‘at home’ feel. The space is an eclectic mix of worn furniture, retro posters and original pictures by local artists. The space centres on a 1950’s inspired glass cabinet kitchen neatly positioned at the front of the bar.

From breakfast to cocktail hour, the girls’ hand make your favourite treats. Pop by from 8am for a creamy cappuccino with bitter cacao topping matched with a freshly baked sweet pastry. At lunch choose from an extensive salad menu served with made to order panini. From 7pm you can enjoy the sumptuous aperitivo buffet of freshly made salads with couscous, broccoli, farro, lentils, white beans, chickpeas and homemade pesto, truffle or red pepper dips. Choose from a well-priced wine list including Chianti, Prosecco and Tuscan whites such as Vernaccia.

The cocktail list includes standards (mojito, martini) as well as the Ultimate Mix - made from freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices combined with vodka served in a cocktail glass. Try the zesty combination of beetroot, ginger, green apple with vodka or perhaps you prefer a drink laced with mint or liquorice. Whatever combination you desire, these fruity concoctions are arguably the best and coolest yin yang cocktail tonic in town. With regular music nights showcasing live performers to DJ’s and a new Monday knitting event, the Quelo girls plan to continue to create a space to enjoy any night of the week. 

Photo credit: Raissa Damergi