Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale, Florence: Address, Mercato Centrale Reviews: 4.5/5

Mercato Centrale
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Flea & Street Markets
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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.
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Neighborhood: Florence Historic Center
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  • Alamanni-Stazione Santa Maria Novella • 7 min walk
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Brian50Edmonton
Edmonton, Canada174 contributions
May 2022
Staying in Florence in apartment with cooking facilities so decided to try out the Mercato Centrale. Has lots of butcher shops, produce kiosks and many places to eat on main floor but particularly on the 2nd and 3rd floor. We purchased meat twice from 2 different butchers ( yes they actually do cut the meat right there) at reasonable prices. Produce was ok, seemed to be a bit on the expensive side but was ok where we purchased - lettuce, radicchio, grapes and tomato's. Outside the market are many many street vendors mostly all selling the same things, leather goods, scarves etc. The market was fairly busy all the t ime, but very busy in the mornings....opens at 10 a.m. and closes at around 2 I think, at least for the indoor vendors, food / eating areas may stay open later...not sure.
Written May 7, 2022
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Madeline
Oxford, UK29 contributions
Apr 2022
Beautiful and so full of life. Markets are a great way to experience life inside a city and this one was no different. Though the inside of the market was mostly food, the outside is lined with more touristy merchants. It was a great place to buy gifts as you can definitely argue on price. Good candied Cumquats.
Written April 17, 2022
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texascamps
Denver, CO47 contributions
Apr 2022
Though it seems a bit dirty and you have to go through the dirty streets, once inside you will see that it's pretty clean. We purchased food to cook here and used the upstairs food court.

Food is not less expensive than in the stores but there is a greater selection.

Upstairs at the food court, you will find varied food options. Not everyone in our party wanted the same food, so we came here multiple times so we could all get what we wanted. Each vendor has its own counter and pricing. Everything was good (not great) but adequate for meal time. The music was loud so we milled around until we found a table away from the loudest speakers. The bathrooms were disgusting. Be ready with your own soap and toilet paper.

Also, there are often not enough tables so be prepared to wait for a spot. Grab your spot first and then send out food parties to retrieve food.

Oh, and after the market part downstairs closes, you can still use the stairs to get to the food court in the evening.
Written May 12, 2022
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Paradise179849
Houston, TX5 contributions
Dec 2021
This is two stories. Upstairs is the "fast food" section and is expensive I thought. But DOWNSTAIRS you will find every fresh food item you can imagine as well as some prepared food spots. I cannot recommend Pasta Fresca enough. For 5 Euro, made to order right in front of me, I received a pasta that was light, and delicious. Choose your pasta and your sauce. The fresh pasta itself is made right there. It could not have been better. A tour guide near by said that this company produces pasta for restaurants in the city as well and for Christmas made somewhere near 2 tons of fresh pasta to supply individuals and businesses. I'd say this is a "must eat" location. No seating though, just counters to stand and eat. I'd go back in a heartbeat!
Written January 10, 2022
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Marek V
Bratislava, Slovakia6 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
It is necessary to recommend visiting the Mercato Centrale if you want to eat a delicious food (pizza in my case) for an affordable prices. Staff have been very nice and polite and have spoken english quite fluently which is an huge advantage. It is in walking distance from Cappelle Medicee and train station Santa Maria Novella.
Written September 3, 2021
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NMBLK
46 contributions
Apr 2022
We didn't attend the market during the day but the upstairs dining area was suggested for dinner. We found it to be an overpriced food court with music that was far too loud for an enjoyable dinner. It seems to be popular with the younger crowd, however.
Written May 8, 2022
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Bogdan2005
Bucharest, Romania390 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
We have visited this place on a cold sunny day in Florence. The construction itself is beautiful though it is fully surrounded by street sellers with their stalls so one could not really admire the arhitecture of the place. On the other hand, once you go inside you can enjoy the diversity of the local products sold. The highlight however is to go upstairs to enjoy the local food and wine in a lively atmosphere.
Written November 30, 2021
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Roadbirds
Chicago, IL416 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
2 locations in one. The upstairs was a rather upmarket food hall type place staffed by employees and the downstairs more traditional market for fresh and non perishable foodstuffs to take home and cook yourself, with a few food stalls. The downstairs stalls seemed to be more passionate and invested in their goods. Upstairs it’s just a job. Find your tribe and find your food - either down or upstairs. A call out for Sugarello a fresh fish dine in stall with superb fritto mixto.
Written November 14, 2021
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tmmsshep
St. Augustine, FL146 contributions
Oct 2019
My wife and I went here twice for lunch. We tried different food both times. Unfortunately, I could tell you which vendors they were. We had a cheese and meat platter with olives and of course wine. We also ate pizza, gnocchi, fresh mozzarella, rice balls. Everything was delicious. It is very crowed, and you may have to wait for a seat, communal seating is common.
Written March 23, 2020
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Adam G
6 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We visited the market for lunch and it was very busy. Mostly tourists. We ate at Tosca: poor quality food, slow and uninterested service, wine was undrinkable. Maybe our experience would have been better if we tried another place. Avoid Tosca.
Written September 19, 2021
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