San Lorenzo Market, Florence

April 23, 2012

View the slideshow <By now you’ve probably figured that whenever I travel, I make sure to hit the local food market. I like to reach there relatively early to watch the vendors set up and the pickiest locals reach in time to buy the freshest produce. It’s fun to walk around, soak in the atmosphere and click away. And, it was no different at the San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale in Florence.

The San Lorenzo market is the place you want to go to when you want to have a look at the lush produce available in Florence. We bought ingredients from here and went back to our apartment and cooked up a meal. It’s especially great to get your hands on superlative Tuscan cheese and extra virgin olive oils. It is open everyday from 7AM-2PM, except on Sundays and holidays. And when you are tired from all the walking around, take a seat at one of the little eateries inside the market that Florence is famous for. Or, right outside is the famed Trattoria Mario, a place I can vouch for as well.

Whatever you do, you must try the tripe sandwich (trippa at da Nerbone inside the market). Even if you don’t like it, it will make for a story worth telling.


  • Reply Chhavi April 23, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Hi Shaheen i just love reading ur blog. Maximum of my time i m reading one or the other thing on ur blog. I was wondering that have u received my mails as I am waiting for ur reply for quite sometime now. Do let me knw if havnt received them i will mail u again. Waiting fr ur reply :)

  • Reply ritu April 24, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Hi Shaheen, the slideshow doesnt seem to be working.eager to see the pictures!!.
    Italy has always been on my wishlist.After reading your posts Im even more eager to visit this country!!!!

  • Reply Holly April 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    That butcher looks so scary! lol. But your photo of the whole rooster is fabulous – so vibrant!

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