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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, 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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Great Indoor food market

Love this food market. Entire stalls devoted to umpteen types of mushroom, pasta, as well as meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. Always appreciate seeing things that either aren't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Kate E
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love this food market. Entire stalls devoted to umpteen types of mushroom, pasta, as well as meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. Always appreciate seeing things that either aren't available at home, or just not eaten here like sheeps heads. There are a few stalls downstairs where you can have hot food, like the freshly cooked fish and chip holein the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Central market is really all about food. Groceries and delis on the ground floor and restaurants and fast food upstairs. There is an escalator up and an elevator up and down. Toilets available.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great fresh food and inexpensive - You can choose from a variety of vendors and then eat comfortably together. Cooking class also available

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Central Market is an eye opener to see the wide range of fresh food and local produce available within the city. On the upper floor there are training schools to help improve your Italian cooking. Well worth a half hour stroll. Free entry, but the cooking school charges...The stalls which surround the market building offer reasonably priced souvenirs and... More 

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place has a great variety of food at amazing prices. You can choose from pasta to meat to seafood, the ambience is friendly and fun, and best of all closes at midnight

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This became our families favourite place to eat and socialise in Florence during our recent trip. The relaxed atmosphere, the choices of excellent food, plus live music, allowed for the whole family to be catered for. Beer and wine with lunch and dinner and handsome Italian waiters... what more could we want. Oh and incredibly reasonably priced. The fresh food... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good rainy day adventure. My wife thought she wanted to go check out the leather at the Mercato Centrale, (Central Market). When we got there we discovered that the outdoor portion was all rather inexpensive leather goods, and t-shirts, etc. Not very exciting. However, step inside and then the whole experience will change for the better. On the first floor... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As a solo traveller I was skeptical about eating alone. The Mercato Centrale was a lively hub full of fantastic food and wine. The canteen style seating means that single diners are not sat at tables alone. There was excellent options for vegetarians and vegans options too. It was very reasonably priced with dished ranging from €8 to €15. Each... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An amazing food market. A must visit for any foodie. Lots of nice cafe's, restaurants and stalls upstairs to buy cooked and prepared food. Try the Ricotta Canollis, they were great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent experience! Great vibe, even better food and what a buzz! Open from midday until very late - great for a bite to eat, a drink, or some shopping for home made food!

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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 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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