Begin your week at Mercato Centrale Firenze (piazza del Mercato Centrale/via dell’Ariento), the city’s oldest and largest food market nestled in a striking iron-and-glass structure designed by architect Giuseppe Mengoni in 1874. While the contemporary first floor pulls in informed punters, don’t forget to frequent the independent vendors on the historic ground floor. (Baroni’s cheese is among the best of the bunch, as too is the unassuming fried fish stall tucked away in a corner.) It's open daily from 8am to midnight in the San Lorenzo neighbourhood.
Tuesday mornings are the turn of the Cascine Market. Walk, cycle or take the tram (line 1) for your grocery needs. A one-kilometre stretch of produce, household goods, meat and cheese stalls along viale Lincoln lines the riverside between 7am and 2pm.