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Address: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 50123 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39-0552399798
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Activities: Shopping
Description: Open-air market that has a cast-iron structure dating back to 1874, which...
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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Downstairs is a basic food market where people go and shop for produce, upstairs is an eclectic mix of food and drink stalls and niche shops. You would never even know about this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Downstairs is a basic food market where people go and shop for produce, upstairs is an eclectic mix of food and drink stalls and niche shops. You would never even know about this unless you were told about it, our hotel advised us to visit and give it a go. When you get upstairs into the food hall it is... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

If you are willing to be a part of a crowd buzzing and milling along to find good food Mercato Centrale has much to offer. There are tons of amazing food stalls on the first floor which has been renovated and very modern. The ground floor continues to be a market of yesteryears with the tasting, breads and meats put... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Similar to the Eataly in NYC, this cafeteria-style market is a building full of yummy food. The meat stand has great pork, the pizza stand makes only 3 kinds of pizza but all are cheesy and fresh, and the bakery stand makes a solid gelato cannoli. We spent several nights here when we were too tired to look for a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We would never had found it if not for a tour guide's recommendation. We went straight upstairs and found this delightful food court with great food and vibe. Ok - at some popular stalls you have to queue for 10 min or so. Ok so the food is served on paper plates. But on Friday nights there is live jazz... More 

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The first time we were there for only a few hours waiting for a train and discovered this place by accident. The ground floor market is absolutely amazing - many, many beautiful food stalls. We wanted soup, but the soup would only be ready later, so we decided to visit the place again when we come back and sleep in... More 

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Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Very very nice Location with best Food in modern urban style. We made 2 visits during our Firenze stay and will come again next time

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Florence, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This huge glass and wrought iron building was constructed in 1870-1874 following the fashion for similar buildings in France and England like the Crystal Palace, but the base of rough-hewn stone alludes to Florentine architectural tradition. It was originally built as a central food market and is still used for his purpose. It is fun to visit and a good... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

We were so excited to visit the market and loved all the stalls and admiring the meats, cheeses, seafood, etc. We didn't quite understand the big deal about eating lunch there because we didn't realize that there were food stalls upstairs! We saw people carrying food up, but since there was no signage (and we do speak some Italian but... More 

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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Has the most fantastic range of food stuff anyone would every want including amazing food stalls upstairs. As vegans, we were delighted to find a vegan stall with the most wonderful food...highly recommend to anyone visiting Florence. The locals eat here too. A food lover's paradise in all respects. Lunch was a fantastic experience and topped off by 'people watching'... More 

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Stirling, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Fight your way past the leather touts and make your way inside. Downstairs is an incredible array of market stalls selling fresh meat, seafood and poultry, salami's, cheeses, pasta, bread, nuts, fruits & veg and everything in between. Prices are typical market prices, so bring your bags to carry everything back. Upstairs......OMG. We had already had lunch by the time... More 

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