Mercato Centrale - Eating, Nightlife & Shopping in Florence - LikeALocal Guide

Florence's famous
central market

Mercato Centrale

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Why locals love it

The Mercato Centrale is the perfect fusion of traditional and new. Downstairs, dozens of vendors churn out fresh regional produce, meat, cheese and more. In early 2014, the upstairs portion reopened after undergoing a modern, stylish makeover. There's a snazzy wine bar, cocktail choices, various cafes and dining options, and even a cooking school.

Why you should visit it

For the sights, smells, & sounds, not to mention the shopping! It's the perfect place to stop in for a change of scenery when you tire of Renaissance paintings and churches. If you're staying in an apartment and want to cook dinner in one night, this is where you should shop! But you can also grab a quick sandwich for lunch or any number of snacks.

Special tip

The upstairs portion is open every day until midnight, but the downstairs portion is closed on Sundays and closes in the afternoon at 14pm.

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Nice place in the morning there is a Classic market
June 21, 2019
Do you know if there is gluten free food available in the restaurant areas?
September 19, 2017
How do those comparing to night markets in Far east?
May 2, 2017
produce is cheap and delicious! also if you want to try some god handmade pasta, there's a spot upstairs that sells handmade tagliatelle and potato gnocchi for 7 euros/kilo
September 26, 2016

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