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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Neighbourhood: Florence Historic Center
How to get there
  • Alamanni-Stazione Santa Maria Novella • 7 min walk
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swisstraveller
Berne550 contributions
May 2022
The market is located not far away from the main train station, and is a great place to visit if you like markets. Surrounding the market building are many restaurants, bars and stalls. In the market building (which is quite beautiful), downstairs you have stalls, and upstairs a food hall. It is quite touristy, which was not a surprise to us, but not overly so, and the market is also visited by locals. I would have loved to shop there, for cheese, cold cuts of meat, dried porcini and other dried mushroom, fresh vegetables etc. - but as we were staying in a hotel and continued to travel in Italy after visiting Florence, I was only "window shopping" :-).
Written 16 May 2022
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Lori F
5 contributions
May 2022
We stopped here for lunch after a walking tour. Much like markets in city centers across Europe, it was crowded and vibrant and had amazing food to ogle. We went upstairs and grabbed a table and got some pizza and a glass of wine. Too much to choose from! Delicious and fun.
Written 16 May 2022
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MJH1
Bedfordshire, UK4,576 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Love this market
Always busy, always vibrant
Best place for huge chunks of cheap (but good) Parmesan, sun dried tomatoes, porchini etc as well as tasty meals
Written 16 May 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 12 May 2022
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filitrotti
Helsinki, Finland47 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This street fair suffers from the same disease as all other street fairs nowadays. There are about 3-4 different type of stands, and they all use same sources to get their goods. For instance If you check one bag sellers stand, you have absolutely no point checking the others, they sell excactly the same stuff. That's insane and very boring. I simply cant understand what's the big idea on this?
Written 11 May 2022
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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 8 May 2022
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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 7 May 2022
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Anon A
Denver30 contributions
Apr. 2022
Even if you're not grocery shopping, you want to visit this market, conveniently located by San Lorenzo. There are all kinds of local product and things people would love to receive as gifts. I even bought 3 different market bags branded with the market and/or vendors as useful souvenirs.
Written 2 May 2022
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Andi Mcdowell
16 contributions
Apr. 2022
The newer upstairs is a great place for a meal or a snack, open until late. But the best part is the market shopping, fresh different and delicious.
Written 29 April 2022
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Adela V
5 contributions
Apr. 2022
We had amazing paccheri with pesto and burrata on the top floor of the Mercato centrale. Also the typical pasta for this region - tagliatelle with wild boar ragu were very tasty. You've got plenty of food to choose from and sit at the tables where you find free seats. The place has got a really nice vibe and it's worth visiting.
Written 28 April 2022
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