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Mercato Centrale Florence

Great food in the indoor Florence food market (Mercato Centrale)

Central market Florence

In the San Lorenzo district are the indoor market halls of Florence, or the Mercato Centrale. The daily fresh indoor market is the place to eat delicious food.

Info Central market Florence

Location Piazza del Mercato Centrale Firenze
Admission Free
Hours
  • Food court 1st floor: Open daily from 10:00 am to midnight
  • Fresh market ground floor: Monday to Saturday 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Website Official website

Good food in the Mercato Centrale

In the San Lorenzo district are the market halls of Florence: the Mercato Centrale di Firenze. These large market halls were already built in 1874, but are still used by many Florentines to get their fresh groceries. Indoor you will find stalls with fish, vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, fresh pasta, oil, truffle, bread, et cetera. The products meet the strictest requirements, so they are completely safe to buy and eat.

History of the market in Florence

The Mercato Centrale was designed in 1874 by Giovanni Mengoni. This architect often rings a bell, as he is also the architect of the well-known Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan next to the Duomo. The building in which the Mercato Centrale is located is made of castings and glass and was previously also used to trade materials such as metal, glass and cast iron.

Mercato Centrale FlorenceThe Mercato Centrale of Florence
Central Market of FlorenceThe Florence fresh market

Good food in the food court

In addition to stalls where you can buy fresh goods, there are also a number of places where you can eat something. Tuscan specialties such as lampredotto, porchetta and trippa can be tasted here. Since 2014, the top floor of the Mercato Centrale has been transformed into a food court, where you can eat even more than just the specialties. Here you will find small restaurants, wine bars and tasting rooms, where you can eat everything on the menu. Fresh pizzas, a tasty piece of roast fish, buffalo mozzarella, fried vegetables and even sushi can be prepared here. You order your food from one of the counters and can then eat it together in a central area. You can visit the food court from 10:00 am to midnight.

Get souvenirs

The Mercato Centrale is easily accessible for everyone. That is why it is often busy and chock full of tourists. The market leaders are responding to this by not only selling food, but also leather, clothing and souvenirs. Outside the market hall you will find numerous market stalls. For example, there are plenty of stalls selling masks from Venice and other souvenirs. Pay close attention to the prices, because if they are too high you will be at a stand of a scammer. The average prices are lower than in the center of Florence.


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