Central Market (Mercato Centrale)
Located in the heart of the San Lorenzo neighborhood, this 19th-century indoor market hall, constructed from iron and glass, sells fresh, local ingredients. The surrounding restaurants are its most eager customers, snagging the best quality ingredients for the day’s menu before the rest of the city wakes up, and early bird locals follow shortly after. Italians take their food very seriously, so anything less than perfection won’t do. On the second level of this market is the newly added food court, where you can have your own personal Tuscan tasting of the region’s best local ingredients. It’s essentially a gourmet food court with everything from fancy hamburgersto a full enoteca of the region’s best wines. If you’re looking for a quick lunch with great food and something for everyone, Mercato Centrale’s upper level is a foodie heaven.
Via dell’Argento, Florence, Italy
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