"Shp with all your senses" Mercato Centrale Tip by sphynxxs

Mercato Centrale, Florence: 24 reviews and 45 photos

  Mercato Centrale, Florence
by sphynxxs

A big building, combining industrial architecture with a hint of art noveau, the market halls of Florence are heaven for all those who hate supermarkets and the sight of plastic wrapped food. Here, shopping means an experience for all your senses - watching the merchants and their customers, smelling, listening, tasting, chatting while you shop. On a Saturday morning it will be cramped with Florentinian housewifes preparing for the Sunday menu, but no tourist should leave without getting some culinary souvenir to bring back just a taste of Italy

What to buy: there are dozens of stalls, if you have an apartment where yiu can do some cooking during your stay in Florence, you can buy fruit, vegetables and meat or poulty, otherwise you might stick to classics like pasta, wine, olive oil, dried herbs, dried mushrooms or tomatoes, parma ham and cheese. The selsection is huge and the prices are much better that in delicatessen shops.

What to pay: this really depends on the article you buy, but expect to pay considerably less than at specialty food stores at home

Address: Mercato Centrale
Directions: Near San Lorenzo
Theme: Food and Drink

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 18, 2004
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