Mercato Centrale, Florence

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Immerse your senses in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Mercato Centrale. Pick up everything you need--meat, fish, cheese, olives, pasta, bread, and wine--to make a delicious Tuscan meal. Most vendors will let you try samples of their products. If you get hungry, grab a panini from a stall or sit down in one of the market's eateries. A local favorite is panino con bollito, a boiled beef sandwich where the bread is dipped in the cooking broth and topped with salsa. Wash it down with some fresh iced tea. See Mercato Centrale and all Florence has to offer by arranging your trip with our Florence road trip planning app .
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  • Place allows you to use at various points in the kitchen, offering different things. This structure makes it dynamic and entertaining. Once the table Diners are divided in search of their favorite dish. Nice try!
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  • During my trip to Florence I have traveled several times to eat at the central market, the food quality is high, as is the choice, either to eat typical foods such as the Lamprey sandwich or Fiorentina, but also to have more standard products , or special foods and experiment! The prices are reasonable. Pleasing the presence of singers and musicians who accompanied dinner. Sore point is however the lack of a sufficient number of seats, and the cold that comes close to the doors, which could be improved easily!
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  • Food market in San Lorenzo. Food banks on the ground floor, the first floor stand stands with large tables available to consume the products chosen and cooked. Also a cooking school theory but above all practical. Not particularly low prices.
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  • All the popular Italian dishes and food in one location. Well priced and reasonably fast service. We got oven baked pizza, pasta, chicken skewers and seafood dishes. All well seasoned and authentic. Only issue is that it is a small area with limited seating. So, it is advisable to hold seats if you come as a group and have fellow travellers go order food while others wait. Place gets really packed during lunch time, so plan to go before 12 noon or after 2pm.
  • A must-visit for all tourists to Florence. This is a famous market where you can buy many food items and specialty products on the main floor and then go upstairs where there are a lot of fantastic places to eat. It has a great vibe and always busy. There is parking underground that is quite convenient. Go! You won't be disappointed.
  • We loved this market! We visited both this one and San Lorenzo, however, we found this to be more diverse and much larger. We got pasta at a small stand where you could mix and match different noodles and sauces, and it was shockingly delicious! The best 5 Euro meal ever! Highly recommend!
  • Crowds place with a market on ground floor and fast-food on the 1st floor. All types of food-to-go one can imagine. After successful purchase visitor have to make few circles around food court to find a spot to sit.
  • And absolutely fantastic place to spend an afternoon. We sampled food from so many of the vendors, we couldn’t keep track! Everything was tasty, fresh, and something I would go back for again! We went on a Sunday afternoon, so it was very crowded! Since we had two little ones with us, we really wanted to sit down. It was definitely hard to find a table, so once we found one, we staked it out!
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