my hostels were actually quite central despite thinking i was completely out of the the area when i first looked at the map. in fact, everything was pretty close together and sometimes the streets just felt like a maze. turns out i was staying close to the San Lorenzo market. It is apparently the largest and most popular of the street markets in Florence. There were stores inside and outside. The inside is mostly for groceries and the outside had all the souvenirs you can buy.
The cheese, ham and olive oils just make you feel like you’re experience the real Italian lifestyle!