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Supermarket/outlet shopping in Florence?

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Supermarket/outlet shopping in Florence?

Are there supermarkets near the Ponte Vecchio Bridge on Borgo san Jacopo? We will have an apartment & so will need to get in provisions. Also, any recommendations for budget trattorias etc in the area? Our family includes 2 children(5&9), so we will probably have lunch out & dinner at home. It would also be great if anyone has any information on shop/factory outlets (or known shops that have bargains)within the city, as getting to The Mall may be a bit difficult with the children. Thanks in anticipation.

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Hello, I've just spent a week in Florence- they don't 'do' supermarkets'! Or if they do, I missed them-did not see one the whole week. What they do have is a very good market, in the San Lorenzo area, to buy food cheaply, and excellent small specialist shops. The budget area for trattoria seems to be in the market area ,and also around Santa Maria Novella train station. Its possible to buy a pizza and a drink, for instance, around the station for about 6 euros.

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No supermarkets in Borgo San Jacopo but there is, or was, an excellent small "alimentari" selling a good range of foods towards the Ponte Vecchio end of the street. There is another at the far end of the Borgo, where you turn right to cross the Ponte S. Trinita

There is a good "Rosticcerie" selling a wide range of ready cooked foods plus some wines at Rosticceria Alisio, Via dei Serragli, 75r Oltrarno. The street runs up from Ponte alla Carraia

Restaurants - we like Cinghiale Bianco in Borgo San Jacopo, also Borgo Antico, Piazza Santo Spirito, 61 Oltrarno and Trattoria del Carmine, Piazza del Carmine 18r, Oltrarno.

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There are a couple of supermarkets in central florence, but not near the Ponte Vecchio.

We shopped at Standa, Via Pietrapiana#42 (in front of post office, near Teatro Verdi) a small but complete supermarket.

There are small food shops through out the city, just not full service supermarkets.

But you will have the most fun shopping at Mercato Centrale (farmers market) next to San Lorenzo church. Eveything fresh and inexpensive. Closes at 2 everyday. Fruits, vegetables, dairy, poultry, meats, fish, cheeses, baked goods......

Another great market is the Mercato delle Cascine. This has EVERYTHING! food, clothing etc etc, but is only open Tuesday morning. next to the Arno in Cascine Park, just follow the Lungarno down from Ponte Vecchio, past the American consulate to the park.

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Thanks to those who have responded so far. Your comments are greatly appreciated. I have noted each one in my little black book that is going with us! I look forward to hearing from anyone else who has further suggestions, particularly re areas/places to shop.

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Since I fell in love with Italian prosciuotto and pecorino, I shopped at the supermaket quite a bit!!! The one I always went to was near the phone center and Internet point I frequented too... it's located in the area behind the Duomo on Bufalini and Via Dei Servi (Servi is one of the more major streets which begins from behind the Duomo, towards left side of it). If I remember, it was like a 5 minute walk from the Duomo. The supermaket has everything from produce to deli, to toiletries and water, etc...

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Thanks Cmoni, have noted in the black book!

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The Standa on Via Pietrapiana (across the street from the post office) was wonderful. We were in Florence this past March and stayed at an apartment on nearby Piazza Ciompi. We cooked many meals and never had a problem finding what we needed at this supermarket.

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THey most certainly "DO" supermarkets in italy/florence, but they are not found in the small central area, where rents for large spaces are too high. There is nothing at all close to the ponte vecchio. I have a list of central and less-so supermarkets on my website, as well as suggestions for restaurants, outlet shopping and ideas for shopping in the city of florence (no real deals to be had, i'm afraid), directions to the mall and prada, etc. Please check out www.arttrav.com/florence and click on shopping; restaurants, and anything else that interests you!

You can also food shop online -- if you're staying for a week or two, and especially as you have kids, you might want to stock up on toilet paper, pasta, juices, bottled water and certain other staples in this way, as esse is a huge savings over the little local stores. You can use http://www.esselungaacasa.it/

It costs 7.90 for delivery; orders must be over 40 euros (that's easy trust me) and you can choose specific delivery times. You can pay online or at the door with credit card or bank card.

Also most supermarkets, like if you make it over to the standa on via pietrapiana or the coop, have home delivery options that you ask for at the cash, so you choose things yourself and then have it brought home.

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The black book is expanding! Thanks mom83 & tomale.

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With a name like grangehermitage I think that as soon as you see the wonderful Enotecas in Florence and other places in Italy, you will not want to go anywhere near the supermarkets. Except perhaps for the tomatoes! Italian tomatoes must be the best in the world.