Mercato Metropolitano is an epic food market based in Elephant and Castle in south London. Located off a rather unassuming road, the doorway hides a huge indoor and outdoor market with food from all around the world. Choose from BBQ meat, Greek souvlaki, homemade pasta, sushi, Mexican burritos, Vietnamese street food. There is something for everyone, so grab your friends and head over there this weekend.
There are two large rooms with banquet seating, and you end up sitting next to complete strangers which can lead to some interesting and fun conversations – sharing is caring guys! Don’t be put off by the amount of people in there though as there is always somewhere to sit as people get up all the time.
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There’s a whole host of bars to choose from selling small-bath gin, fruity cocktails, wine and craft beer. In the second room there is a big bar in the middle with a 1920s theme. I went for an aperol spritz which was lovely and refreshing.
They say that you eat with your eyes, and I can tell you now that you will have a very hard time deciding what you want to eat as everything looks so friggin good! The smells and cooking fumes come at you from every angle as you find yourself drawn in so many different directions.
What we ate
We opted for a Mexican burrito with chicken and guacamole and BBQ’ed sausage with beef brisket and chips. I would definitely recommend these, but go and see for yourself. Walk around the whole market before making your choice. I’d be interested in hearing what you went for! Leave me a comment in the comment section!
The great thing about Mercato Metropolitano is that it’s open every day of the week with varying hours and they often have events such as cooking classes, wine tasting and music evenings. Did I mention that they also have a cinema? There is also a yoga studio upstairs, and a vintage market appears every month as well. So, as you can see it is a huge multi-purpose space and it’s actually amazing when you walk in off the otherwise boring street and see how many people are gathered in there. And the best thing about it is that it’s free entry!
This is a very cheap day out in London and the perfect place to spend a boozey summer afternoon with friends and will definitely be my hangout place this summer.