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Mercato Centrale

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Address: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 50123, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39-0552399798
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Open-air market that has a cast-iron structure dating back to 1874...

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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Great food place!

This is a must go to---on the first floor is all the merchants selling all kinds of foods you would find at a open market. The second floor has a lot of food stands with all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Santa Monica, California

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must go to---on the first floor is all the merchants selling all kinds of foods you would find at a open market. The second floor has a lot of food stands with all kinds of choices. Make sure you peek inside the cooking school at one end of the floor. A great place for lunch!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In the past the market had meat and fish downstairs with most veggies fruits and dried products upstairs. It closed promptly at 2pm and did not change for decades. Now the top floor is completely taken over by "food stalls" as in many other cities. Various options for quick meals with lots of stands open late. Personally would prefer to... More 

Thank shozgirl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For an authentic Italian market experience, this is a must visit! From the butchers yelling across the counters in Italian to the locales, to the fresh veggies, cheeses and breads, and to just stop for a quick cappuccino and take it all in, it is worth a visit, especially if you have the means to cook while on vacation. I... More 

Thank Michelle C
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are so many wonderful things to see and do in Florence, but as a food lover, Mercato Centrale was easily my favorite. We first visited just after arriving in Florence. We dropped our bags at our hotel and walked straight there for a late lunch. Before we ate, we simply wandered the first floor marveling at the seemingly endless... More 

Thank Annie M
Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An excellent market with a large variety of products (meats, cheeses, breads, olive oils, wine, etc).

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came here for lunch after touring around the churches and museums of Florence. Anything that you would want to sample in Italy, you can eat here. The first floor has the stores where you can buy fresh meats and vegetables. The 2nd floor has many stands where you can order from multiple stands. The top floor has several restaurants. The... More 

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Lincoln, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great Farmers' Market, inside and all together, yet authentically fresh and from the farm. Each vendor will share information about their food. Friendly people. Great place to get groceries,food to take home, or just look around.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You can get practically any foodstuff in this amazing food market. It is a delight to walk around. Why do we not have anything similar in regional towns in the UK - supermarkets have taken over I guess and we no longer eat tripe, pigs heads etc Lamprodetto - tripe sandwiches - were being eaten by the locals and my... More 

Thank Vincent C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stop here for picnic and snack items for your hotel. The local foods and wines are a must have! The service is fantastico in all the shops even when it gets busy. You'll find everything while you're here, from black truffles to beluga caviar and meats, cheeses and the perfect wines to pair with all. Great prices as well.

Thank John H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have something similar in Rotteram (Markthal) but that doesn't hold a candle to this place. Loved the building and all the food... don't miss it.

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San Lorenzo’s lively merchants shout out from behind stalls with an array of products in one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Florence. Different ethnic groups join together in the large outdoor market of San Lorenzo and in the Central Market, a vast multi-floored building. Visitors are bound to fall in love with this area and in particular, with its variety of food, especially those focusing on Florentine dishes as well as international selections. Nobody leaves San Lorenzo without a shopping bag in hand or with an empty stomach.
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