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Mercato Centrale

Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 50123 Florence, Italy
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Ranked #12 of 152 shopping in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Shopping
Description: Open-air market that has a cast-iron structure dating back to 1874, which offers a variety of food shops catering to local residents and restaurants.
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Holstebro, Denmark
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181 reviews 181 reviews
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Did get there early, out door there was a lot of small turist shops selling leather and turist goods, but do go inside and you will be happy you did go there. All kind of food and present in the most fantastik way , butcher selling al type of meat, backers with fantastic bread and cakes, fish or all what... More

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Hampshire, UK
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great place to stroll through and sample food - and to buy it! Tasted some great aged balsamic. Bought lovely cantucci. Sad that baggage restrictions meant I couldn't stock up on great tasting food. I have taken loads of photos as the food is displayed so artistically. Essential to visit if you are in Florence. And good cafés and restaurants... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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165 reviews 165 reviews
52 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

This reminds me of Granville island in Vancouver. This beautiful under cover food market has stands selling everything from aged Balsamic Vinegar to Rare mushrooms, wines and olive oils. There are meat, fish and vegetable stalls and it is well worth wandering around and sampling the foods on display. I doubt you will get out without buying something delicious to... More

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Perth, Scotland
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8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The title might sound a little strange but when you visit the Mercator Centrale you will understand. Not only is it a very attractive building with an incredibly high glass roof but the food at the various stalls is all laid out beautifully. My husband who was complaining of difficulties in finding interesting photo subjects had a wonderful. There were... More

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Los Angeles
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The owner of the little hotel we stayed at (Hotel Europa, we recommend!) suggested that this is a not to miss attraction. Boy, was he right!! Outside the market you'll see the ubiquitous vendors you see all around Florence (leather, scarves, crafts and souvenirs), but the real treat lies within the walls of this amazing cast iron structure! I imagine... More

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Palmer Lake, Colorado
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35 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We had a blast here - watching pasta being made, the carving of various meats, tasting wine, cheese, and other Italian staples. We ended up buying packages of pasta, spices and herbs, wine, and olive oil. We would go again just to enjoy the colors, sounds, busyness, or friendly, hard-working Italians who make their living displaying and selling everyday needs.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The Mercado is a magnificent cast-iron structure built in 1874. It's very Italian experience with wonderful sounds and smells.. You can find and buy thousand of different produces,souvenirs,sample some food or buy a lunch and eat outside enjoying weather,food.....

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Midlands
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Walking round this place I wished I was in a self-catering apartment! The range of fruit and vegetables was astonishing. Great bins of dried mushrooms of different types and grades, dried and crystallised friuts, cooked meats and fresh, wonderful breads, flowers...you get the picture. Oils and vinegars - there is somewhere to get a snack and even a bar. Loved... More

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This is a great market to shop for fresh food and take home some nice souvenirs. We loved the variety of different cheeses, meats, salamis, fresh pasta, etc. Most stalls have little samples for you to try, if you are a foodie, this is heaven! The selection is just amazing with hundreds of stalls. Definitely not to be missed!

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London
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

From the moment you walk in here you get the feel of a place the locals go to. If you want some food souvenirs or something to take back to your hotel then this is the place for you. The stallholders are mostly friendly and welcoming and there are many tasters to be sampled on the various stalls. There is... More

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