Mercato Centrale
Mercato Centrale
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksFlea & Street Markets
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If you're a food lover, you can't miss this historic food market in Florence. As part of the San Lorenzo Market, this food market showcases some of Tuscany's finest products, from farm-fresh produce to cured meats and cheeses. Many travelers get truffle oil, honey, and aged balsamic vinegar for souvenirs—which you can try before buying. Swing upstairs to grab a quick lunch, and wander through the outdoor market for more shopping. Join a walking food tour to experience the best food spots in Florence, which often includes a stop at Mercato Centrale. Visit earlier in the day for fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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Neighborhood: Florence Historic Center
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  • Alamanni-Stazione Santa Maria Novella • 7 min walk
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  • Michelle S
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for lunch, dinner, or aperitivo
    Great stalls on first floor and food options on the second floor. We loved all food. Difficult to find spots to sit during lunch hours. Also knocking a star off for the extremely pushy waitress taking drink orders on the second floor.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 19, 2023
  • showerinuk
    59 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too warm on a hot day
    Upstairs above the market. The food was ok, the vibe was lively with blues band. It was too warm without air conditioning. We tried fried seafood platter, pizza and Chinese dumplings from 3 different food stalls. Good beer selection.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • WheresDaisyDuke
    New York749 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place to visit and eat
    We would put this on your “must-do” list if you have at least 3 days in Florence. Head upstairs to the casual dining area - great choice of fresh and superbly prepared foods. Choose between Chinese dumplings, American burgers, superb gnocchi and arancini, authentic Italian and other international cuisine. Fresh and well priced.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • George S
    Miami Beach, Florida1,614 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Food and clothing
    This is a great place to get a good meal, especially lunch in the upstairs section. Prices here are not that cheap but the food is varied — even Chinese and US hamburgers. However the upper floor closes by about 2 pm. Also there are various leather and clothing merchants surrounding the Market —- Remember: Negotiate, never accept their first price!!!!:
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • bunster289
    Ayr, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All the foods of the world
    Def worth a visit for food. So many vendors and something for everyone. The entry floor sells products for locals then on floor 1 & 2 there are lots of eateries and a bar. Found it all to be good value
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,471 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    good market but the best is to go upstairs and eat
    Unlike our favorite huge market in Valencia, this was not close enough by to come here for the goods on the first floor. For most people coming into town for a few days, other than looking around a little on the first floor there is not much there for you either. The best part of coming here is going up the second floor and to the food court area where you have lots of options for food and drinks. This type of a setup has become very popular and we’ve been to several that are similar (Valencia, Lisbon, Amsterdam and Stockholm). It’s great to have fresh produce, some specialty stores for food items and basically what are like permanent food truck small restaurants and drinks in one place. You’re with people who don’t want the same food? No problem, you just get a table and each get what you want, grab some drinks and hang out. Good options and prices. Definitely a place to stop for at least one meal on the fly while you’re in the Santa Maria Novella area of town.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Alison K
    Lodi, New Jersey2,440 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shopping downstairs, food court upstairs
    Decent sized market - downstairs for shopping with a few food stalls, but upstairs has is more of a food court and was very busy at lunchtime. Lots of communal tables of people having drinks and food. We already had a restaurant in mind for lunch so we did not eat here, but next time in Florence I would like to explore this more.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • pickering5
    Pickering, Canada202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something for everyone
    We visited Mercato Centrale on a hot day in July. It was an experience of the senses! The ground floor has vendors with produce, meats, cheeses, gifts, etc. Upstairs is the 'food hall' with prepared foods of all sorts, including beers & wine vendors. Hard to pick but such fun trying! If you're interested in food or just looking for something fresh to eat/drink, this is a must-stop!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • bbsydney96
    639 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    A lovely variety available which is duplicated so the offering isn’t as extensive as it first appears. Dumplings were magic. Pizza was terrific and the service at the pizza joint was warm and friendly. Cannoli filled to order were next level crunchy, sweet and creamy.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Joy Black
    96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A different perspective on Florence.
    This amazing market is a brilliant place to pick up little gifts for the folks back home, and if you are self catering , for all your fresh foods. It's a great place to just wander around, but it does make you wonder why the vegetables offered in the trattoria and restaurants are so limited, when you see what's on offer here. There is also a phenomenal food court upstairs, that is open from 9.00am, until late at night - long after the market area is shut [ at 3.00pm]. Be aware that the market stalls that surround it, are the only place in Florence we found ourselves 'hassled' by the stall holders., especially if you pause to look at or handle any of the articles on sale. You simply have to firmly but politely say 'NE, Grazi' and walk on, or you will be trapped. Take in the Medici Chapel on your way there, or back too.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 2, 2023
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Robert B
Saratoga Springs, NY1,057 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Mercato Central is a huge building with local vendors on one floor(closed when we visited) and a jam packed food court. Outside there are numerous vendors creating a middle eastern bazaar like atmosphere. Having visited superb traditional markets in Valencia, Salamanca and elsewhere in Europe the Mercato Central was a disappointment! It is more a tourist trap than dispenser of local culinary delights! Few locals were observed here! Nice to visit for less than 30 minutes and take a few pictures, but that is it!
Written January 28, 2020
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Paradise179849
Houston, TX5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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marco c
Whittier, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The different pizza focaccia on the second floor is fantastic, the pastries on the second floor are delicious as well. I also drank very good wine by the glass and bottle at the wine room/counter on the second floor next to the stairs.
The coffee booth as you enter the first floor from the leather market street is great for a quick cappuccino and panini. We ate breakfast everyday for a week at Mercato Centrale. You can have dinner at 9pm and after with no problem. Busy with tourist traffic who have gotten the word that you can eat well and avoid the ridiculous Cuperto charge at most if not all restaurants in Florence.
Written June 30, 2022
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PurpleRoseFlower
Portland, OR21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Stumbled upon this place walking back to our hotel one night. It's really unassuming and I would've never known what was in the huge warehouse if I wasn't curious why there was an escalator. The usual stalls of leather goods and tshirts litter the street so knowing this gem is "hidden" is a great find. Upstairs is a large food court with an Eatily and my family could split up to select preferred dining choices. Downs8is a large fresh market. I only wish we were told to visit here by the hotel when they "recommended" practically everything else to do in the city.
Written January 10, 2020
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Madeline
Oxford, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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rosiedreams
Trumbull, CT55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Big change in the past 25 years. This market used to be much more thriving and lively when I last visited, although I realize so much has happened these last few years.
We visited late morning. About 1/3 of the stalls were closed. I don't know if it was due to the time of day or due to Covid, etc.
Typical butcher and produce shops. We grabbed a quick bite to eat from a deli style stall before we came upon a stall offering a variety of fresh pasta with a topping of choice. It looked amazing and was extremely busy. I recommend this anyone looking for a bite to eat in the market.
All along the outside of the building were vendors selling clothing/scarves/leather goods/trinkets/etc... All very repetitive and you can pretty much negotiate a bargain with any of the vendors. Some are more flexible than others. If you don't like the price offered by one vendor, just go to the next :-)
Written August 12, 2022
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texascamps
Denver, CO43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Bourlingueur
Albany, NY647 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I love to come to the Mercato Centrale when I am in Florence. My favorite store is Marco Salumi e Formaggi. I don't think that Marco is always there anymore, but in the old days he was there everyday and was always very nice! I also like Perini very much. The lady in charge of the prepared food is very nice and helpful! Another great place is Marcocini Vino e Olio. We bought olive oil there and the guy who helped us gave excellent advice and had us taste several types. The restaurant at the very far end of the ground floor has some interesting, authentic, and cheap lunch entrees, but they are very unfriendly which is a big negativo!
Written March 7, 2020
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Dan E
Chesapeake, VA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This open market is great for picking up items for making a homecooked meal or getting some "fast food" from the many retailers on the second level. From fresh meats, vegetables, spices and other knickknack souvenirs on the lower level to the various soup, sandwich and pastry shops on Level 2, be sure to make this one of your stops on your visit to Florence. Just east of the train station (Santa Maria Novella Station) a couple of blocks, it is also surrounded by vendors selling various wares outside around the building. Check operating hours to ensure the market will be open - closes relatively early and on all holidays.
Written February 23, 2020
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Timothy F
Minneapolis, MN11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If you want to explore Tuscan food away from the tourist scene, you may really enjoy the Mercato Centrale. Just a short walk north of the city center, the first floor features food stalls, greengrocers and vendors of all type of meats, and specialty foods. Only open during the first part of the day (most stalls close down by 2 pm) it is a great option for a lunch, or you can buy food to prepare yourself. Upstairs is another whole experience – a giant food court that is open late. Almost anything you might want to eat in a lively, open atmosphere. Can be great for families, if you have lots of differing tastes. It is not quiet dining though. Be ready for some hustle and bustle. That is all part of the fun of it.
Written February 26, 2020
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