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Mercato Centrale, Florence

Categories: Flea Markets, Shopping, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 5,500+ reviews on the web
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. Add Mercato Centrale to your Florence travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Florence trip itinerary planner.
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  • Went through the market buying food for a cooking class tour we took through Walkabout Florence. This is a true locals market - butchers, cheese shops, bakers. You can try the local flavors, and have ...  read more »
  • The top of the market are all bars and restaurants with typical Italian food. A bit expensive given the conditions where you have to eat, but overall a good product.
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  • I love visiting local markets, especially ones like this where you can buy your food/wine/cheese/gifts (of food/wine/oils) and also have an amazing meal. I went to Il Trufato and had the best handmade...  read more »
  • The upstairs is essentially a food court, like in any mall in the US, but the food is high quality, made fresh, and nutritious. And there's beer, wine, and cocktails. And drinks are served at the tables or you can get your own at the counter. OK so it's not like any mall in the US. This is a great place to eat on a budget. I marked off one star for the VERY LOUD live program. Conversation was impossible. Luckily it finished about 30 minutes after I arrived. I almost didn't stay because of the loudness. I'm glad I did because the food was great.
  • Fantastic place if you're after something a little different. Upstairs there are food counters on the outside of a central bar. A variety of Italian food is on offer in a market/festival style environment. Downstairs is fully fledged market selling meats, fruits, vegetables, wine, freshly made pasta and many other things. This is must see if you want to mix things up.
  • LOVED THIS PLACE!! We were told about these markets and almost missed going upstairs to the best part. We frequented this place many times during our stay in Florence and never once was disappointed! The pizza and pasta were probably the best we had in Florence and the markets below had some awesome produce! Definitely visit!!
  • A cool spot to go for a meal. They have a little bit of everything Italy to eat and try. We stayed close to the market and ate there 3 times. Quick, good and easy.
  • The upper floor is full of lovely restaurants and people. You won't find bad food here. The food, the atmosphere, the decoration... Everything is just so great here! Pizza is strongly recommended!
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