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“Great place for food lovers”
Review of Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale
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US$98.94*
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Cooking Lesson: From The Market To The Table in...
Ranked #7 of 657 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a true gem. The ground level is mostly a commercial market for locals with the complete range of foods that you'd expect to see. There's a pasta place where you can watch fresh pasta being made. The ground level only has a few places to eat, while the first floor contain a massive food court that is one of the best we've ever seen - a great spot for lunch and it's open on Sundays! There's a sit down restaurant on the second (top) floor.

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"food stalls"
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"great market"
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"food court upstairs"
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"open until midnight"
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"stalls selling"
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"tripe"
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"central market"
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"lampredotto"
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"italian food"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Granted, there are many restaurants here and a sort of market (from pasta to vegetables) under a roof, but the place was so packed, we had to find someplace quieter and more comfortable to eat. I can't understand why this is a big attraction.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Markets selling fresh, high quality ingredients are a staple of every European city, even small ones. This market is a bit different, in that all fresh food purveyors are on the main floor (open 0800 until about 1400), while there is a gourmet food court covering the entire upstairs (open 1000-0001, midnight every day). Food on main floor is inexpensive but food at the food court is more expensive.

Very friendly stall owners, many of whom speak English. Don't miss the pasta maker! We got a pound of fresh fettuccine for 4€, which they cut to order.

Hint, the toilet on second floor is free, the one on the main floor of market cost 1€.

Wonderful market, highly recommended!

Thank caringinthemoment
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent one afternoon and a couple of evenings at the Mercato Centrale and really regret that we didn't have any more free time to go back (we were kept really busy with tours). There are so many stalls (food, leather etc) and an amazing food area upstairs that has something for everyone. The best part of the upstairs eating area was that they offered bar service, so you were able to buy your food at one of the many counters (like any other food court) but they would bring you wine at your table!

Can't wait to go back to Florence

Thank Maria M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many tourists must completely miss this. But if you love Italian food and cooking and want to get a more authentic experience of Florence and her locals go here - especially for the top floor food market which is open until late.

Thank Emma T
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