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), coffee roasters, and some genuine Neapolitan pizzaioli – as well as some of the best artisanal talent the rest of the world has to offer, from street food stalls serving Turkish mezze and Japanese donburi, to the in-house German brewery.
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), a barber shop and a sprawling post-industrial garden. And above the supermarket? There’s a boxing gym. And above that? You’ll find a co-working space.
And yet, there’s even more.
Because they also have regular live music, dance lessons, yoga classes, a cookery school, a vegetable garden, 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 London | 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR
Last Updated: 21st August 2019
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