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Mercato Centrale

Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 50123 Florence, Italy
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Ranked #16 of 175 Shopping in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Ghent, Belgium
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Wonderfull market with little open italian restaurants with small dishes to try out. Local specialties, wines, gelato, ... Visit this for a drink or a bite when in Florence !

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Brisbane, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Find you your way through the leather and the like stalls outside the Mercato building, and you will find yourself in a temple to food. Downstairs are the usual fresh produce stalls selling every food type you would expect including meat, fish, cheese, fruit and veg and the like - and all the action is finished by lunch time. Importantly... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
51 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Very fun place to window shop and people watch, but also to get delicious food. We ate at Norbonne for lunch (which I'd recommend), where you can get the Lampredotto (a local favorite) and a WONDERFUL caprese salad. There is a newer upstairs which was fun as well. Easy to spend an hour in here if you're inclined.

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Find you your way through the leather stalls outside the Mercato, reminiscent of the Moroccan souks, but without the 'in yer face' attitude and you will find yourself in a wonderful place, a temple to food. Downstairs are stalls selling every food type you could every wish, meat, fish cheese, fruit veg and specialist mushroom stalls. Take your camera, the... More

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Vancouver
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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We have a home rental for a week, so this place is a Mecca for fresh fruit, pasta, meats, fish, italian spice, wines etc! The stalls are closed at 2pm so get there earlier for the best. Upstairs is a mezzanine with some funky places - one wine bar where there are small sinks and taps at each 2 bar... More

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Oeiras, Portugal
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The Mercato Centrale is surely a must go when travelling to Florence. Outside you can buy all kind of leather, t-shirts, florence gifts, but inside, in the 1st floor is where you must go. The Mercato Centrale is TOP quality with several different choices to eat, a cuisine school, everything with the best quality of the tuscan ingredients. At the... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Enveloped in stalls selling leather goods is Florence's central market. The best place you can eat and stock up on Tuscan ingredients. First floor is the fruit, veg, meat market and couple of fresh pasta shops and few bakeries with seating area but the jewels are upstairs were you can find many trendy restaurants serving variety of dished from vegetarian... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This is clearly a place the locals done, and we saw a lot of tourists too. The enormous, light-filled and airy structure houses a culinary laboratory, numerous counters at which you can buy fresh pasta, pizza, focaccia, fish, pruscuitto, gelato and sweets, plus beer, wine, etc. Grab your food and drink , then find a table in the cafeteria-style dining... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

What are you looking for in Florence? The Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio etc? Of course, that is what everyone will ask you about when you return home. But if you really want to see and enjoy the real Florence go to the top floor of the Central Market. It is a dining area / food court enjoyed by the locals and... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This wonderful market housed in a huge warehouse-type building was an unexpected pleasure for us. We did not know about it until after we were in Florence, and are so glad we found it. Endless displays of meats, seafoods, olive oils, cheeses, etc. abound. You can eat there if you so desire. It's fun to look around and to buy... More

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