Mercato Centrale

Central Market

Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Florence

4.5

Mercato Centrale or Mercato di San Lorenzo is the central market of Florence city. It is a fascinating place to visit for food-lovers. A 19th century building houses the market. Giuseppe Mengoni, who was also responsible for Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, designed the market building. The market dates back to 19th century when Florence used to be Italian capital.

Inside the market you can find a wide selection of Tuscan cuisine. The ground floor suggests a big range of meat from sausages to rabbits and more.Here is also the cheese selection, olives, bread, pasta, wine- literally anything. The seafood area in the northernmost part sells local and imported fish.

The market houses Nerbone eatery where you can organize your lunch and try several local specialties, like cucina povera, panino con bollito etc.

Plan your visit to Central Market Monday through Saturday from 7 am to 2 pm.

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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    08:00 - 00:00

  • Mon

    08:00 - 00:00

  • Tue

    08:00 - 00:00

  • Wed

    08:00 - 00:00

  • Thu

    08:00 - 00:00

  • Fri

    08:00 - 00:00

  • Sat

    08:00 - 00:00

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Reviews

  • Joe Cox

    5
    - 09 September 2018 -

    So good we went twice in three days. Loads of options for fresh food whether you want a snack or a proper meal. Pasta, pizza, fish, steak, burgers, cakes, pastries, drinks, the lot. Split over two floors, more of a market feel downstairs, while upstairs is smarter and more of a bar/restaurant feel. Definitely recommend Pasta Fresca downstairs.

  • Aneliya Kalcheva

    5
    - 05 September 2018 -

    Cool food market. There is an eating area upstairs and is very cool organised - same "market" brand as the one on Roma Termini. Tried the fish stand and had a skewer with salad, fish soup (mussels) and oysters. It is a bit expensive - every stand but it is a cool place to sense the atmosphere of Italian culture. There are vegetarian options, pasta, pizza, salads, fish - everything.

  • J M

    5
    - 27 August 2018 -

    The central market is an ideal place to sit down and grab a quick bite or to have a larger meal. The atmosphere is enjoyable and the staff is very helpful. English is understood and spoken. There is a quite broad selection of beers (such as Trappist). There are a lot of different food stands to choose from. There are options for gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan meals as well.

  • Andrew Long

    4
    - 23 July 2018 -

    Had a flat white here and it was great. Also had pasta on the ground floor place where they make their own pasta. Really good and worth while. Upstairs at the food court was a bit pricey but a pretty god selection overall. Definitely should visit whether for sight seeing for food hunting.

  • Roger Fownes

    5
    - 13 July 2018 -

    A great place to eat in Florence. Not fancy but lots of good food and drink. Busy, cosmopolitan and fun. Having come again 2 years later I think it deserves 5 stars. It is still great value for meals and drinks and desserts of all kinds. Just excellent!

  • Amber Montgomery

    5
    - 10 July 2018 -

    One of the best places I went in Florence! Still filled with tourists but still a great place to get a taste of the more local scene. I walked around scoping out what I wanted for lunch, sat and ate delicious pizza! Then walked around more and bought random cheese or pastries to snack on. A lovely experience, don't miss it even it's just for a quick lunch or snack!

  • Brandon Setlock

    5
    - 10 July 2018 -

    You have to come here, it's a market in the middle of Florence. The downstairs has about 70 fresh food vendors selling everything from vegetables, to cheese, to meat, to wine etc. You could wander for countless hours just admiring the stands and their contents. Once you finish your examination of the bottom and think you're done, you're not. The upstairs is a food court where they use the ingredients from downstairs. It's huge and expansive. It has everything from bruschetta to burgers, to truffle pasta and even sushi. It's also compete with a bar that has about a dozen local beers on tap. Best thing is the food court is open until midnight, so it makes it really easy to fit into your daily plans.

  • Sukie Dhesi

    5
    - 05 June 2018 -

    I had enjoyed the best chicken drizzled with Truffle oil. It tasted amazing I wish I had tried this on my first day. It was great to eat something other than pasta and Pizza. Definitely worth a visit there's great options here for whole family from varying food court. There's also bars in Mercato Centrale.

  • Zack Feser

    5
    - 25 May 2018 -

    Make sure to stop here and eat! We walked through after we had eaten and immediately regretted it. Huge variety of food options that looked and smelled amazing. It's set up like a large cafeteria. Highly recommend checking it out!

  • Koeka

    5
    - 24 May 2018 -

    What an amazing, unplanned and surprising place to visit... Right from the moment you enter your catapulted right into an array of colors and numerous smells of all sorts... It's fast paced and a great variety of choices... Seek out the seafood take out window... The food is literally taken from the display... Seasoned and cooked right in front of you!!

  • Rachel Chan

    - 24 May 2018 -

    Tomahawk at Tosca was amazing.

  • johnlemon

    - 09 May 2018 -

    Favorite place for grocery shopping and easy lunch in Florence. Open everyday 😍

  • Okan Erol

    - 03 May 2018 -

    Wander around for tasty artisanal gems and get in line for a take away pasta too!

  • Pistan Sarman

    - 29 April 2018 -

    Busy very nice 😊😆

  • Alex G

    - 24 April 2018 -

    One of the best coffee is Florence here. Also good to hand put with wine and snacks, or a full diner, if you like the format.

  • Tim Foster

    - 14 April 2018 -

    Like Time Out in Lisbon. Fabulous choice of food and if renting an apartment whilst visiting a great way to eat.

  • Abi

    - 22 March 2018 -

    Quirky and delicious - so many Italian delicacies, make sure you have a full browse before committing as the whole place is worth a try! Great place for lunch, close to the main attractions.

  • Rost Dan

    - 14 March 2018 -

    The food court on the market is a wonderful place to have dinner. Locals go there. No chain restaurants. When you get your food the staff will nicely ask if you need drinks and serve to your table.

  • Wayne Pan

    - 06 March 2018 -

    Food is upstairs!

  • Raluca Munteanu

    - 04 March 2018 -

    The Mercato is always a good idea. Such a nice vibe and soooo many options to choose from, decisions don’t come in handy. This time we ate from the wood oven pizza place from upstairs. Awesome!

Mercato Centrale tours

Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence

Indulge your love of Italian food in Tuscany, and enjoy a full-day tour that combines a market visit with a cooking class and 4-course meal with wine! After scouting out quality local ingredients at a historical Florence food market, travel to a rustic farmhouse in Tuscany, surrounded by exquisite...

Small-Group Italian Cooking Class with Florence Market Tour in Florence

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Small-Group Florence Food Walking Tour

Discover the gourmet delights of Florence on a 3.5-hour small-group walking tour! Follow your expert guide through the city and eat and drink like the locals. Sip rich Italian coffee, browse a typical Florentine delicatessen, explore the San Lorenzo Central Market, visit a wine shop and sample the...

Florence Cooking Course and Local Market Visit

Cooking enthusiasts and novices alike, learn to prepare a four-course Tuscan banquet during this half day cooking workshop in the heart of Florence. Source produce from a local market and feast on your creations afterwards. Best of all, you get to keep all the recipes so you can wow friends and family...

Cooking Lesson: From The Market To The Table in Florence

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