MERCATO CENTRALE

LOCATION Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 50123, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon - Sun: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

No trip to Florence is complete without shopping for edibles at the Mercato Centrale. Conceived by Umberto Montano and designed by Giuseppe Mengoni, this is where you can buy the freshest produce ranging from bread, meat, seafood, cheese, wine, condiments, baked goodies, fruits and vegetables. This iconic indoor market is indeed an amalgamation of pleasing aromas, sounds and colours. The food court is equally magical.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Truffles, Buffalo Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Pasta.

 

CASINI FIRENZE

LOCATION Piazza Dei Pitti 30/31/r, 50125, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon - Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sun: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

A fantastic boutique with a great collection of quality leather handbags, shoes and jackets for both men and women, Casini Firenze is a celebrated name in Florence. Designed by Jennifer Tattanelli, the products here are certainly on the expensive side but worth every penny. The customer service is close to impeccable, and everything screams of exclusivity.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Leather Jackets, Handbags

LETIZIA FIORINI

LOCATION Via del Parione 60R, near Ponte Carraia, Florence

OPENING HOURS Tue - Sat: 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Conceived by Letizia Fiorini, who is evidently an expert at Italian puppetry, this rather nondescript shop is for everyone who wants to carry home a quirky souvenir from Florence. And no, her puppets are not just reserved for children – adults can have their fair share of fun with these fuzzy figures of happiness too.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Pinocchio, Arlecchino The Clown

 

MRS MACIS

LOCATION Borgo Pinti 38r, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon: 4:00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.; Tue - Sat: 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

When in Florence, you should buy a pretty and unusual looking dress for yourself at this adorable boutique called Mrs Macis. The brainchild of Carla Macis, this dollhouse of a store has expensive but quality clothing for women along with eccentric pieces of jewellery. The vintage vibe of this establishment only makes it more attractive.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Dresses, Recycled Jewellery

GIULIO GIANNINI E FIGLIO

LOCATION Piazza de' Pitti, 37, 50125, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon - Sun: 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

One of the oldest stationery shops in Florence, Giulio Giannini e Figlio is a mecca for those who love quality paper, elegantly bound books and sturdy pencils to write and sketch with. Owned by a family of bookbinders, this charming old-world store has been around since the nineteenth century and deserves some of your time.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Leather bound notebooks, marbled paper

 

MERCATO NUOVO

LOCATION Piazza del Mercato Nuovo | incrocio tra Via Porta Rossa e Via Calimala, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon - Sat: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

A touristy market in the historic centre of Florence, the covered Mercato Nuovo has some beautiful scarves, souvenirs and leather bags on display, and the bargains are decent if not entirely dirt cheap. Its Renaissance arches and the adjacent ‘Fountain of the Piglet’ are impossible to ignore.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Leather Goods, Souvenirs

THE MALL

LOCATION Via Europa, 8, 50066 Leccio Reggello, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon - Sun: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Mall is a factory outlet that is synonymous with high fashion in the Tuscany region. There is everything from Alexander McQueen, Burberry and Bottega Veneta to Gucci, Giorgio Armani and Salvatore Ferragamo. Despite the massive discounts, everything is terribly expensive, but the place makes for a good spot for window-shopping nevertheless.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Designer Clothing and Accessories

 

LA RINASCENTE

LOCATION Piazza della Repubblica, 50123, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon - Sun: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Popularly referred to as the Macy’s of Italy, La Rinascente is basically a department store that has everything from Marc Jacobs and Dior to Tommy Hilfiger and Levis. There are plenty of affordable options in terms of international and local brands, and this is one of the best places to fill up your shopping bags.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Branded Clothes and Accessories

PONTE VECCHIO

LOCATION Ponte Vecchio, 50125, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon - Sun: 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Apart from being a major sightseeing spot, Ponte Vecchio or the Victory Bridge is a great place to buy (gold) jewellery and souvenirs as a plethora of trusted goldsmiths and jewellers have set up shop in this area. You will also find a number of stores selling leather goods here.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Rings and Gold Necklaces

SANT'AMBROGIO MARKET

LOCATION Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti | S. Ambrogio, 50122, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon - Sun: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Yet another cheap market with fresh produce ranging from cheese and pasta to flowers and affordable clothing, the Sant’ Ambrogio Market is like a distant cousin of the Mercato Centrale. You will find more locals than tourists here, and it therefore is a great place to immerse yourself in the culture of Florence.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Groceries

SOTTO SOTTO

LOCATION Via Pietrapiana 67R, 50122, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon – Sat: 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sotto Sotto is a fashion outlet that sells designer clothing and shoes at wholesale prices. The policy here is simple- you either love it or leave it. They have everything from Armani and Christian Louboutin to Dolce and Gabbana. However, finding the right size for yourself can get a wee bit difficult.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Designer Clothing

GUCCI OUTLET

LOCATION Via Europa, 8, 50066 Leccio Reggello, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon - Sun: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Gucci Outlet is easily the USP of The Mall. With a massive store dealing in everything Gucci – right from fine clothing to elegant purses and statement shoes, and that too at delightfully discounted prices, this place is a collector’s paradise. Cool off your heels at the ‘Gucci Cafe’ after you’ve had your fill of Gucci stuff.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Gucci Purses

GIOIA CHIARA

LOCATION Via Della Scala, 11/R, 50123, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon – Sat : 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

For some excellent leather purses and wallets in Florence, it is imperative for you to visit the Gioia Chiara. Located close to the Duomo, this outlet has the best deals in high quality leather accessories that will easily last you for years. The array of colours is quite overwhelming and don’t be surprised if you are tempted to take everything home.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Leather Wallets

 

DAVIDE CERASI LEATHER BOUTIQUE

LOCATION Lungarno Degli Acciaiuoli 32/R, 50123, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon - Sun: 10:00 a.m. - 19:30 p.m.

Leather jackets will never go out of fashion, and Davide Cerasi Leather Boutique ensures that you get the best of the lot. The craftsmanship is splendid and the quality of the leather is incomparable. Available in a multitude of styles and colours, you must invest in one of these handmade beauties.

Don’t Forget To Buy: Leather Jackets

ORO DUE

LOCATION Via Lambertesca 12/R, 50122, Florence

OPENING HOURS Mon – Sat : 09:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

For some beautiful handmade gold jewellery that will go down as one of your most cherished investments, you must pay Oro Due a visit. The pieces are reasonably priced and look like splendid works of art. Run by Lorenzo and his father, this store is a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio. 

Don’t Forget To Buy: Gold Earrings and Necklaces