The 6 Best Markets in Florence

By November 28, 2017 LE Blog No Comments
Florence offers a wealth of markets. From historic food halls to eclectic outdoor antique markets, the most vibrant and interesting moments of the city just may happen among its market stalls. Get in on the action. Hungry? Curious? Up for some people watching or curio shopping? Here are some good places to start.

Mercato Centrale
The entrance to this food hall is easily missed for all of the street vendors that surround it. Built in the late 19th century by Mengoni (who also designed the Galleria in Milan), this is one of the largest covered food halls in Europe. Filled with produce vendors, cheesemongers and quality butchers, it is a sort of glass and stone cathedral to the Culinary arts. Lunch counters fill with locals at midday.

This indoor food hall offers a wide selection of vendors selling produce, meats, cheeses, fish and prepared foods. Lunch counters fill with locals. And street vendors assemble outside to offer bargain housewares and downmarket clothing.

Piazza dei Ciompi
This square of mismatched canopies and stalls hosts a morning flea and antique market. A plan is under consideration to homogenize the appearance of the stalls, but some neighbors like the character of it. Hunt for old books and house fixtures here.

The Cascine
The city’s green park area along the Arno hosts a massive market on Tuesday mornings that goes on for about a kilometer, with endless fruit and vegetable stalls, clothing, housewares and fabulous prepared foods for picnics. And a note for runners: This is a prime spot for your morning jog.

Piazza Santo Spirito and Oltrarno
Piazza Santo Spirito hosts a morning market with produce and local products, plus a random assemblage of clothing, shoes and housewares. Local merchants line the surrounding streets, where small commerce is alive and well. Some excellent small wine stores, bakeries and green grocers fill the narrow streets in this quaint neighborhood.

Mercato del Porcellino
Shop for tourist trinkets, textiles, purses and all the other durable tourist goods under the stately arcades, and be sure to visit the bronze statue of the wild boar and rub it for luck and a guaranteed return to Florence. Touristy, yes, but charming in its own way.

Details: Staying in an apartment allows you to take advantage of the local food markets, so that you can bring fresh ingredients home and cook with them. Make the most of a trip to market by hiring a local chef. The Private Access Journeys Experience Coordinator in Florence can connect you with a personal chef who can lead you on a tour of the markets, then cook a meal for you in your apartment.

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