Coop & Standa: "Grocery stores" Florence Shopping Tip by MStars

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Quite an interesting experience, grocery shopping in another country. . . .
Produce: you have to wear gloves when you pick your produce, and when you're done putting whatever you want to buy in a bag, you put it on a scale, press the corresponding button (there's a button for eachkind of produce) and a sticker comes out. That way all the cashier has to do is just scan the sticker.
Cashiers seem to have a lot more power here than in the U.S. They are seated at the cash register, and they will clearly let you know they don't like big bills. They absolutely appreciate it when you give the exact change, or at least the exact small change.
Also, plastic bags are 3 cents each. Before they start scanning your purchases they'll ask you how many you want, "busta?" However you can use your own bags.

What to buy: at the cheese section get pecorino FRESCO! i miss that cheese the most. also try mozzarella di bufala.

Basically, the gastronomia / deli section is the most interesting.

Directions: Coop is right off Via Gioberti, when you're coming from Piazza Beccaria it'll be on the left side.
Standa is where most tourists go to because it's nearer to the city center, but not as nice in my opinion.

Theme: Food and Drink

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  • Written Jan 16, 2004
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