Mercato Metropolitano | Italian Market
Last Updated: 19th November 2018
Our in-house Italian translator has told us that in English this means “(wild hand gestures) Metropolitan (wild hand gestures) Market”.
It’s the first international branch of a Turin-based enterprise of the same name, taking on Borough Market on its own turf by planting itself squarely in Southwark – in a vast, disused paper factory, no less.
It’s free to enter, and inside the 45k square foot space you’ll find a similarly huge collection of some of the best Italian artisanal talent the country has to offer, including bakers, fishmongers, butchers, cheesemongers, charcuterie specialists, gelato slingers, pasta makers (duh), brewers, coffee roasters, and some genuine Neapolitan pizzaioli. As well as some of the best artisanal talent the rest of the world has to offer, with street food stalls serving everything from Turkish mezze and Mexican tacos, to Japanese donburi rice bowls and home-style Indian.
But wait. There’s more.
Because the food stalls are really only the starting point for Mercato Metropolitano. On top of that, they have a 4k square foot self-enclosed Italian supermarket (Prezzemolo e Vitale, an independent/family-owned joint from Palermo). And above the supermarket? There’s a barber shop and a boxing gym. And above those? You’ll find a co-working space.
And yet, there’s even more.
Because they also have regular live music, dance lessons, a cookery school, a vegetable garden, an in-house cinema, a brewery, a mushroom farm, and even a pop-up hotel.
In case you need a little lie down.
NOTE: Mercato Metropolitano is open daily from 8am-11pm weekdays, 11am-11pm Sat and 11am-10pm Sun, and entry is free. You can find out more on their website HERE, or book tickets for masterclasses and events HERE.
Mercato Metropolitano | 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR
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