Mercato Centrale
Mercato Centrale
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksFlea & Street Markets
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If you're a food lover, you can't miss this historic food market in Florence. As part of the San Lorenzo Market, this food market showcases some of Tuscany's finest products, from farm-fresh produce to cured meats and cheeses. Many travelers get truffle oil, honey, and aged balsamic vinegar for souvenirs—which you can try before buying. Swing upstairs to grab a quick lunch, and wander through the outdoor market for more shopping. Join a walking food tour to experience the best food spots in Florence, which often includes a stop at Mercato Centrale. Visit earlier in the day for fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: Florence Historic Center
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  • Alamanni-Stazione Santa Maria Novella • 7 min walk
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  • Erico2709
    Singapore, Singapore2,426 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice vibe
    The food court above has a good mix of different food which is exciting to see. We had lunch but I will say the prices will be higher than your usual food court for sure. Outside the market are rows of stalls pretty much selling the same things.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2023
  • Shanelle
    Santa Monica, California2,826 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Central market good for quick bites
    Multilevel market with various vendors. Came here for dinner on a Wednesday evening and tried the lampredotto (cow’s stomach), pastas, and wonton soup (from three different vendors). My dad loved the lampredotto and it’s a quick option if you’re looking for something more unique. The pastas we had were the wild boar ravioli and the tartufo - both were tasty. The wonton soup did include tiny shrimps, so keep that in mind if you’re allergic. You can order drinks separately from the bar. Credit cards accepted. There’s more seating upstairs if you can’t find any seats on the first level. There are big screen TVs, and a soccer match was playing while we were there. Restrooms are available.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 10, 2023
  • Jan B
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bussiest place ever
    Bussiest place you'll ever do your shopping but awesome energy. As an UK residents, we were just blown away with the variety of produce you could buy. There is pretty much anythign and everythiung you might want to buy, from frozen octopuss to leather jackets. A must visit when in Florence.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Andrew G
    Sheffield, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great choice of food and drink in one place
    Excellent place. We ate here for breakfast a couple of times and were spoilt for choice of food. Also had an evening here, buying a bottle of wine from an excellent wine shop and picking up some food from one of the many different food sellers within the market. Such a great concept to have so much choice in one place.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2023
  • AK8397
    Ontario, Canada885 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In the market for a good time?
    The Mercato Centrale is a huge marketplace that takes up 2 floors and spills out into the local streets. You can buy flowers, vegetables, meats, fish, pasta, all your market needs in one place. On the second floor, you will find restaurants and cafes with plenty of seating. This is a terrific place for lunch or to just poke around. Very popular and often bustling, this market is a great experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 7, 2023
  • RonL40
    Utica, New York3,586 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit when you're in Florence
    Must visit in Florence. The first floor is filled with the vegetable vendors, butchers, seafood sellers and all sort of food options. Our favorite is the dried fruit seller in the corner... we've been enjoying his creations for decades. On the second floor, dozens of different eateries... buy your food and find a seat... if you can't find a place on the floor, check out the mezzanine. There are tables there, too. Great place for a late night snack or drinks after enjoying a walk in Bella Firenze.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Michelle S
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for lunch, dinner, or aperitivo
    Great stalls on first floor and food options on the second floor. We loved all food. Difficult to find spots to sit during lunch hours. Also knocking a star off for the extremely pushy waitress taking drink orders on the second floor.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 19, 2023
  • showerinuk
    50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too warm on a hot day
    Upstairs above the market. The food was ok, the vibe was lively with blues band. It was too warm without air conditioning. We tried fried seafood platter, pizza and Chinese dumplings from 3 different food stalls. Good beer selection.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • WheresDaisyDuke
    New York657 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place to visit and eat
    We would put this on your “must-do” list if you have at least 3 days in Florence. Head upstairs to the casual dining area - great choice of fresh and superbly prepared foods. Choose between Chinese dumplings, American burgers, superb gnocchi and arancini, authentic Italian and other international cuisine. Fresh and well priced.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • George S
    Miami Beach, Florida1,107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Food and clothing
    This is a great place to get a good meal, especially lunch in the upstairs section. Prices here are not that cheap but the food is varied — even Chinese and US hamburgers. However the upper floor closes by about 2 pm. Also there are various leather and clothing merchants surrounding the Market —- Remember: Negotiate, never accept their first price!!!!:
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
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1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
Waste of time, waste of money. Hassle, crowd, pushing, and nothing really noteworthy. Be careful,the sellers behave wretchedly, they try to pass you whatever junk they have, moldy cheeses, out-of-date spices, stale pasta and whatever else they can.I really regretted going to this place!
Written April 22, 2024
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Laura P
Marietta, GA115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The upstairs food court and outside market are open daily. The downstairs market, which caters to locals, is closed on Sunday. There is something for everyone. The upstairs has free public toilets.
Written April 12, 2024
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Xamot Tomax
Fort Wayne, IN6,090 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I’ve been here before on previous visits, but I always make time to see this place. This historic, multilevel market has numerous restaurants, as well as a large produce section. The first floor is full of produce, while the second floor is full of restaurants. You might have to make more than one lap to take it all in before you make a decision. They do offer elevator service for those requiring it. These could be somewhat difficult to spot. They’re tucked away in a corner.
Written April 10, 2024
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Bosty
New York City, NY52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We decided to eat pizza upstairs as unlike downstairs where you bring your food to a table - if you can find on - you order from your table and the pizza is served to you.

The pizza was delicious. The market in general is a fun place to visit and many stalls offer samples.
Written April 8, 2024
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Mike Kowalczyk
Somerset, NJ354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Those who know me know that I could eat every meal for the rest of my life in one food hall or another, so it won't come as a surprise that on a recent trip to Florence, this was one of my must-do's. Busy as always on my most recent trip, maybe even more so on account of the rain, I still didn't have to wait very long at any of the booths. The most difficult part is always making a decision about what to eat. Florentine steak, tripe sandwich, pasta, foreign cuisine, bbq, and desserts were all calling me. Whatever you decide, save room for the schiacciata cake-one of the best desserts I ever tasted.
Written April 7, 2024
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Sheenite
London, UK59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Mercato Centrale works like this: downstairs mostly food shots (some eating places) upstairs all eating. Find a seat (can be difficult), locate a roving drinks vendor (they will come to you) and select your cuisine (go to them, or get a seat on the counter). Food is on paper plates but is good and rapid. Prices are not necessarily a bargain. All in all, once you have worked it out, a fun experience.
Written April 6, 2024
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RubinoBlu
Greater London, UK70 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The look and feel reminded me a little of Time Out market in Lisbon but I was disappointed with the food. A slice of pizza a taglio with Parma -like prosciutto crudo on top was €9 from one of the outlets. To add insult to injury, they decided to warm it up in the oven (without asking) and literally cooked the ham on top - you can’t make such mistakes in Italy, everyone knows un-cooked cured ham should never be cooked! Only for tourists…
Written April 2, 2024
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Hany G
Bakersfield, CA1,140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you want to have a quick Tuscan meal in florence. This is the place to go.
There are many shops for food and groceries.
Unfortunately we won't at 4 pm and all the food shops were closed. MLe sure you visit the mercato before 3 pm
Written March 24, 2024
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China160,091 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We have enjoyed visiting Mercato Centrale during visits to Florence, particularly if you have are staying in an apartment with a kitchen and can prepare some meals back at your accommodation. This is a large indoor food market and dining hall in the San Lorenzo neighbourhood that is open from 9am to midnight daily.

On the ground floor you will find fresh food dealers selling all manner of veg, fruits, meats, seafood, cheese, wine, breads and other food and drink items. There are some casual eateries on the ground floor as well. The upstairs floors are where you find the cooked food area with a collection of Italian and international places to choose from if you fancy having a meal at Mercato Centrale.

During our recent visit, in addition to purchasing a few food items at stalls on the ground floor, we had lunch from il Pesce Jhonny Paranza. Tuna and Octopus were both grilled nicely and tasted very good. You order, take a seat at one of the common area tables and watch the board for your order number. Once it comes up, return and pick up your orders to enjoy. It is good fun and pretty good eating as well.
Written March 20, 2024
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Lucy S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Go and have breakfast here!

This market is full of lovely produce and upstairs are eateries with delicious local foods. Well priced and lovely for breakfast or lunch. Breakfast for 4 with drinks and patisseries cost around €20, which for Florence is excellent. Enjoy!
Written March 15, 2024
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