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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Piazza del Mercato Centrale | Via dell'Ariento, Florence, Italy
San Lorenzo
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Reviewed yesterday

It was just a place for morning markets and hot lunches. Now it is an all the way live, happening place in the center of Florence. Don't be fooled by the exterior..Come inside, find some cheddar for your Mac & Cheese Thanksgiving dish, fresh Okra...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I preferred the Mercato Centrale how it was before when it was a real market for people living in the neighbourhood. After it has been restructed years ago it became a tourist attraction and lost all its authenticity. For me as genuine Florentine it now...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sylviaFlorence
Reviewed yesterday

This is one cool place, fresh foods of all types, I was able to sample to olive oils and balsamic vinegars, grab a quick bite to eat upstairs - that is where the food court is.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank eventyr7
Reviewed yesterday

The first floor of Mercato Centrale, open during the day, is a must see for the variety of both raw and prepared foods available in Florence. Both colorful and delicious. At night, except Mondays, go up to the first floor for a hybrid restaurant-food court...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Michele98989
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Mercato Centrale, once the real market where you could find farmers selling their products, is still an interesting attractions for tourists. It has been renovated few years ago. On the top floor, where once they sold vegetables you can find a food court where...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Patrizia B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a very popular place for locals and tourists. There is a huge food court on the second floor with a wide variety of food and drink. Very casual and a great place to make new friends. There is also a cooking school and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank rgualti105
Reviewed 3 days ago

They have so much great food here, yes this is a "Farmers Market" of sorts but it is also a wonderful experience and you should try it at least once. After you are done with the market, go outside and visit the street vendors and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank goldbareuropeantrave
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an impressive market. It is housed in a building from the 1870's, lots of arches and glass. It's on two levels, both devoted to food - the ground floor has stalls laden with fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, fish, poultry and speciality items like...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Pamela F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited the food hall.Extremely crowded. Went round and round to find a place to sit.Not a great choice for vegetarians, couldn't get a simple penne with Neapolitan sauce.Had a much better experience at the Mercato Centrale in Rome last year though that was crowded too.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Voyager796835
Reviewed 5 days ago

Went to the market during the day and enjoyed a fantastic meat platter with delicious orange balsamic reduction (had to buy a bottle or two) for lunch. Returned in the evening for the night market on the first floor which has different food stalls in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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San Lorenzo
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
...More
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Katarina K
October 28, 2018|
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Response from Janet R | Reviewed this property |
It's a food court so there are lots of good choices.
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Andrew R
October 16, 2018|
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Response from glen077 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but we just stopped by for coffee so unsure about food prices
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Karla R
September 23, 2018|
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Response from Mike4462 | Reviewed this property |
I think it's open till midnight.
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Joe_Cruzer
Toronto, Canada
Mercato Centrale - Food Cost? (20 Replies)
I heard it's expensive to eat in this market. How much are the dishes? Please provide an idea of the cost of food in this market. Can we have a meal for 15 euro per person in this market? What are the open hours in October?
October 04, 2015|
Response frompnaj|
I was there two days ago but did not eat a full meal. A cheese plate (split with my husband) was 11 euro. Wine by the glass averaged 5 euro per glass.
RangMX
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Mercato Centrale for dinner? (14 Replies)
Hi, our hostel is about 250 meters from the Market. I have read about the numerous stalls and food courts. Does this market and the food stalls stay open into the night? I read about someone saying they went there in the evening to eat. How late is it open? We will return from a tour around 8.30pm and will be looking for dinner. Thanks for your replies.
August 11, 2015|
Response fromfromtex|
We enjoyed our lunch there so I did not know if they were open late. I checked reviews on Mercato Centrale and several of them said that it was open until midnight. Hope this helps. Enjoy!
BourdainEnvy
Seattle, WA
Food Markets? (5 Replies)
My boyfriend and I are staying in Rome for 6 days at the end of March and have rented an apartment. We love to cook and would like to know what the main market is in Rome? Example, in Florence its the Mercato Centrale. Does Rome have one that's comparable? Our apartment is in the Campo Di Fiore neighborhood. Thanks!
March 05, 2012|
Response fromZerlina|
The Testaccio market is moving this month to a new indoor space that is not convenient to any bus line. It might be easier to go to the large indoor Trionfale market; bus No. 492 will take you right there.