Homegirl London’s Food Market Review: Mercato Metropolitano. If you want to meet up with a group of friends in the evening or at the weekend, then check out this massive food market. Situated a short walk from Elephant and Castle station, you can feast on an array of fabulous street food while you relax inside or outside depending on our unpredictable British weather. If you’re looking for London food markets, London food halls or places to eat near Elephant and Castle, head to Mercato Metropolitano.
“Socialise with friends at this amazing food market while you tuck into delicious delights freshly prepared by artisans and independent producers,” Homegirl London
Mercato Metropolitano Food Market
There are so many artisan food stalls here that you can graze all day and not get bored. This makes it a brilliant place to meet up with your mates and satisfy even the pickiest of people (food wise that is). Get one person to bagsy your table while everyone else goes off to order their grub. Homeboy and I visited just before Christmas when we stumbled upon this place by chance. We returned this time with two different friends who were well impressed.
On this visit Homeboy and I shared a Venezuelan vegetarian filled arepa from the Guasacaca stand. This ‘Dominoes Arepa’ was stuffed full of black beans, white cheese, fried plantains and pico de gallo which is a salsa (chopped tomato, onion, coriander, hot peppers, etc). We actually had this last time and it got the big thumbs up.
We also had three very cute little veggie tacos from the Mexican Kitchen hatch. These were filled with grilled spinach and mushrooms, white cheese, sour cream and sweet corn. I loved the way they were displayed on a specially designed wooden board.
One of our friends ordered herself a pizza which looked yummy but I decided to give it a miss because there was the promise of churros! Anyway, back to this pizza, it was from La Pizza Napolentana stand. She ordered herself a classic Margherita which was cooked to perfection in a large charcoal firewood oven.
The other food we sampled was a super tasty organic red rice salad with tomatoes, herbs and feta from Il Riso Del Mercato. They specialise in Italian rice dishes cooked in an Italian style. A summer roll made with gluten free rice paper stuffed with prawns, noodles and fresh herbs plus dipping sauce was also consumed. To polish off, we shared two trays of churros with chocolate sauce from the stand saying Paella, Tapas and Churros.
Churros with Chocolate Sauce
Meat eaters can slurp the beef pho noodle soup from Quintessentially Vietnamese, get sticky with the Kansas City BBQ meats like a 16-hour hickory smoked brisket in a bun or sample some Salsicciamo sausages on skewers. If you like Italian food you’ll be in heaven with pizza and plenty of pasta options (tortellini, tagliatele, lasagne, etc) along with speciality regional offerings. Healthier dishes include the Lebanese wraps and platters or something seasonal from Tiny Leaf who specialise in organic vegetarian food with a focus on zero waste.
Desserts ranged from tiramisu to Sfingi Sicilian sweet puffs, crepes and gelato. Wine buffs should head to Enoteca, cocktails are on offer, there’s a gin bar and coffee connoisseurs are catered for, happy days!
Mercato Metropolitano Space and Amenities
This place is massive and covers some 45000 square feet. The food hall itself is undercover in an industrial warehouse space which was previously a paper factory. The site is actually owned by Peabody, a London housing association which is run by Mercato Metropolitano who have other markets in Turin and Milan). The core idea of this venture is to create a sense of community whilst being responsible about the environment. There are plenty of places to sit down so you can enjoy your food inside and outside. Also on site is an urban garden, cinema (Backyard Cinema), gym (Rooney Boxing Gym) and co working space. You can get involved in the many workshops and events hosted on site.
Make sure browse the supermarket to pick up something delicious for your dinner from Southern Italian producers. This is run by Prezzemolo e Vitale who are a family owned independent supermarket from Palermo. Inside the 4000 square feet building you can buy freshly baked bread, dried or fresh pasta, pasta sauces, fresh vegetables, olives, cheese and so much more.
Mercato Metropolitano Information
To find out more about this food market go to the Mercato Metropolitano Website. The address is 42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR. It’s a short walk from Elephant and Castle (Bakerloo and Northern Lines) and Borough (Northern Line). Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 11am until 11pm and Sunday 11am until 10pm. It’s child friendly so is perfect if you’re meeting friends with kids. Make sure you visit, I love it there!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy and the Mysteries for visiting with me.