So, a double posting this week! Yes I know I’m so giving. Well, this weekend I visited Mercato Metropolitano and I just had to write about it and, if, like me, you have never heard of it before, then you’ve come to the right place.
Mercato Metropolitano is not only the ultimate market destination for Italian cuisines, but also for a large variety of others. Set just around the corner from Elephant and Castle station, the “MM movement” was started just over a year ago as a reaction to large scale big industry. They run from the concept that “Small is Beautiful” and this can definitely be seen in its focus on small businesses and the whole community feel of the stalls and large communal seating areas.
When you enter the market, the first thing that strikes you, besides the huge number of amazing smells, is just how big it is. It literally enormous; there’s even a Backyard cinema here which can be accessed through what can only be described as the tiniest door in the world.
Anyway, I’m side tracking here from the main event: the food. Everything is here, from Vietnamese to Turkish, from Argentinian to Italian, you really are spoiled for choice. I was particularly excited when we got there mainly because this was my first chance to try Raclette – currently the most trendy of melted cheeses – and honestly, it was heaven.
As well as Raclette, we also tried the pizza and some Turkish mezze between us and they were so fresh and absolutely delicious. I even treated myself to some colourful Macarons on our way out.
Not only is the market full of amazing food stalls, but it is also home to a huge Italian shop which sells a huge variety of authentic, imported Italian goods from wine and pasta to meats and cheeses. The shop itself is simple, but full of character as well as food and it looks like you could find absolutely anything in there.
Mercato Metropolitano is definitely one of my new favourite London hotspots and I really can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before. It’s a great alternative to some of the more touristy markets, like Borough, and I would really recommend visiting, especially for the community feel as well as the amazing independent and local food. I can’t wait to go back and try everything else!
You can find all the information about Mercato Metropolitano on their website here.