Florence’s Central Market, which has become a real institution for lovers of gourmet food in just a few years, is visited by both tourists and Florentines alike, and anyone who appreciates the quality and variety of its products.

Where – if not here – is it possible to taste Sicilian specialities, vegan dishes, Chianina hamburgers, sushi, fresh pasta, dishes from the Tuscan tradition such as the lampredotto (a tripe-based dish), high-quality meats, pizzas, fried food and artisanal ice-creams under just one roof?

The Central Market in Florence is a temple of taste, located right in the city centre and housed on the first floor of the historic covered market of San Lorenzo. The building is a magnificent example of iron and glass architecture, built in 1874 from a design by architect Giuseppe Mengoni, also author of the nearby Market of Sant’Ambrogio and the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.

In this foodies’ paradise, where you can also normally do your grocery shopping inside traditional artisan workshops, you can take a seat at the large convivial tables and enjoy one of the many specialities prepared on the spot. In a city such as Florence, famous for the authenticity and quality of its dishes, consumers are always safeguarded: in fact, all vendors at the Central Market sign a quality specification form, whereby all dishes prepared inside the market are cooked using only the raw materials on sale at the market itself. The market also holds food and wine tasting courses, book presentations and events of all kinds.

What are you waiting for, stop by!