The piazza Santissima Annunziata in Florence is
currently home to a wonderful French food and drink market. We’ve, perhaps rather shamefully, spent the weekend exploring the different foods and drinks on offer – and even managed to relive some of our favourite slow travel memories from France! The incredible cheeses of the Savoie region for example are surprisingly well represented, fantastic pepper covered saucisson is as good as in France and of course bottles of beautiful French Champagne flow almost as freely as in the Champagne region itself. The market is only temporary though – from the 18th of September to the 27th September – 2015 – see the bottom of this post for a map and how to find the market.
The best bit of the market is without a doubt the street food stand which is selling a great mix of typical French dishes – from Cassoulet to Tartiflette – the latter of which fills the air with the delicious scents of Reblochon, cream, potatoes and pepper. There’s also a few wines on offer there, and aesthetically it’s just charming – as it’s housed in a little wooden replica of Paris’s Moulin Rouge.
Just a few moments away is a French wine stand selling wine by the glass and bottle – and we recommend you go there for your wine to accompany the food – as they have a better selection – everything from Pink Champagne to Chenin Blanc – though they are surprisingly low on reds!
The French market also has a good selection of charcuterie, fromage – including Reblochon, Raclette and Tomme de Savoie – which I have been missing while in Italy – as well as vegetables, spices, teas, and plenty of sweets. There’s also a few homewares stands selling scented candles and kitchen knives, and a couple of stalls selling typical Parisian-style accessories.
The atmosphere at the market is laid back, there’s plenty of seating and the queues don’t seem too bad – even when it’s busy. So if you’re looking for something to do in Florence between the 19th and 27th of September – then we highly recommend you head to the French market at least once to indulge in a little French cuisine, buy a fromage or two and perhaps, as this is the Belle Epoque market after all – even indulge in a little flânerie.
La Belle Epoque market is open from Sept. 18 to 27 every day from 9 am to 11pm in the piazza Santissima Annunziata. The Piazza is just a short 5 minute stroll from the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore down a very typical Florentine street. See the below map for the precise location.
*For information on the 2016 edition (which has moved to the Piazza Santa Maria Novella) and future editions of the Belle Epoque French Market, including dates and locations, click here.