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Mercato Metropolitano

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Mercato Metropolitano

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A 45,000 square foot market space offering a mixture of Italian and London based artisan producers including "the best pizza maker" from Naples, supposedly.



Address: 48-50
Newington Causeway
Transport: Tube: Elephant and Castle
Price: Free
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 8am-11pm, Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 11am–10pm
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A very lovely space close to Elephant & Castle! I found out about Mercato Metropolitano thanks to Swing Patrol, my swing dance school, that organised a showcase there and it was a lovely surprise.

There is a grocery section where you can find plenty of delicacies from Italy - biscuits, cured meats, jams, chocolate, cheese, and of course wines. I was amazed by how many things they have, being Italian I sometimes struggle finding specific ingredients here, but Mercato Metropolitano has everything, all the best organic brands. Do expect really high prices, but after all it's all good quality imported stuff so if you buy it once in a while I think it's fine :)

The place has just opened so the food offer wasn't too wide, at the moment they mainly sell pizza (which looked amazing), handmade pasta, gnocco fritto and tigelle (try them if you haven't before as you won't be able to find these anywhere else in London) and for my great pleasure they sell one of my favourite florentine ice creams - Badiani - I almost had tears in my eyes when I saw it! SO good! I know a few more shops are going to be added later, and I'm looking forward to try them all.

It's also great for a chilled drink al fresco, there are plenty of tables indoors & outdoors to enjoy a beer or a coffee. I really hope this place takes off as London really needed something like this!

Great place with lots of food varieties and lots of people. 5 mins from E&C tube. Other interesting places nearby. Try it you won’t regret it.

A happy, chilled space with something for everyone. One of London's best catch up spots.

After an incredible day with the people’s vote march, my dad, sister and I headed to your food hall to continue what had been a day of high spirits. However, when we arrived we were turned away by a couple of thuggish bouncers for a few stickers and a European flag. When we asked why, we were told ‘they’ (by this I assume they were speaking on behalf of management) did not want a potential ‘scene’. This, to me, was shocking- if you/they (I’m not entirely sure who I am referring to, but I was told I did not deserve to know) had any idea about this march, you/they would be aware that violence, confrontation, or anything of the sort (which I assume is what was feared) was the last thing on anyone’s mind (likening me to a football hooligan was offensive). In fact, if someone had approached me wanting to ‘start something’ because they spotted a few stickers, my only response would have been to turn away- unwilling to let anyone ruin my mood. However, it was my service that was refused. You see, then, what message this sends. For a place preaching ‘community’ and ‘acceptance’ you were willing to serve potentially pugnacious guests over myself. Whatever your policy was last night it was executed extremely poorly. I was left feeling intimidated, rejected and humiliated. I urge any of my fellow visitors to keep walking 5/10 minutes down the road and you’ll reach another food hall- flat Iron square- excellent food (I highly recommend the burgers) and equally excellent beers. Alternatively try any of the other bars and pubs around Waterloo (I went to three different ones with no issue)- you will be welcomed regardless of your political orientation, which I’m sure is what any of us would hope for when we wish to enjoy an evening with friends and/or family. 


In my opinion, Mercato Metropolitano ranks as one of London's best street food market space.

Firstly, it's massive. There are 4 areas to wander in. You can chill outside in the massive linear garden or hang in the warmth on the inside space.

Secondly, you're spoilt for choice on what to eat from the eclectic offerings. You'll find kebabs, grills, pasta, dumplings and so much more here. A large selection of craft beers on tap means you'll never go thirsty.

Thirdly, it's atmospheric. There are fairy lights suspended all around you and large beer distillery tanks around. This is a warehouse/distillery which gives the place an industrial chic to it. It does get busy (typically a Saturday) but not overwhelmingly thanks to its large space. 

I can't recommend Mercato Metropolitano highly enough. It's out the way from Central London which means it's away from the tourists, offers an enormous choice of food and craft beers on tap. This is where all the cool Londoner's hang out.


I never get tired of going here. Every season-every event-every birthday, it never fails! The standard and array of food is amazing! With amazing food comes amazing booze, with such a variety of styles and brews from craft beer to Spanish wine. This is the place you go when you have friends with different tastes from you because there is something for everyone!

Mercato also holds workshops and events which I have yet to get involved with but some great! I cant wait to head along to an event or just pop back to sip on my Spanish red.


I love this place and have been a couple of times, love the atmosphere, the different food and drink places and of course Backyard cinema is here! I went back last weekend to the French Corner for bottomless bubbles which was £22 without the booking fee, we didn't go for the food option which would have been £30 so I'm not sure what the food is like. The service however was just incredible, unfortunately I'm not sure what the guy's name was who served us but he just went so out of his way, so friendly, so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. He kept us topped up with prosecco whilst running around serving everyone else also. So worth the money and the visit! 


It’s really hard to make me go to Elephant and Castle; Mercato Metropolitano can change it for good.

From the name you expect a market serving solely Italian food, but there’s really a bit of everything: Vietnamese, Mexican, Japanese, and many more, so you won’t be starving if you’re not a pasta fan.  

The vegetarian miso ramen form the nameless Donburi & Ramen stall (strangely, almost none of the places has a proper name, they are called by the food or cuisine they serve) was rich and very satisfying. At the time of my order the guys were making fresh gyoza dumpling (a lot of the stuff is made freshly on the site). The vegetarian parmegiana from Tratoria del Mercato, one of the few pasta places here, was tender and beautifully cooked and wrapped, while pasta with truffle and courgette was aromatic. The portions in most cases are not big for an average price of £10, though.

Now to deserts: Little Sicily is a tiny little car serving surprisingly a lot of food prepared in their micro kitchen: arancini, soups, cannoli - freshly piped into the crunchy biscuits and they are perfect! Rich but not too sweet and light for what they are.

Italians often say there are no good beer from their country. The Italian craft beer stall at Mercato can easily prove the wrong. The pine apple porter was one of the most interesting beers I’ve recently tried.

If that’s not enough, Gelato – made by one of the best ice-cream companies in Florence (as I was told by an Italian friend) didn’t disappoint either. The queue is long, but it’s worth waiting. Even the not so traditionally Italian flavours like like matcha or black sesame were delicious.

The market hosts a lot of events including Crafty Fox Market or cooking classes. There’s also Backyard Cinema, an Italian supermarket, a flower shop and a tiny social library kiosk where you can borrow and donate books.

The atmosphere is very vibrant and for a great sunny day like today, there’s an urban garden with lots of seats and a bar with beer freshly coming from the on-side tank, so expect some of the freshest brew in town. If that’s not enough to love this place, the food is often served in proper glasses and bowls, while all disposable stuff is biodegradable. Bravo!


Amazing place - for a date, for a fun evening with friends but also for a quick bite after work - you can choose between Italian, Spanish, French, Mexican and many other types of food, but Mercato Metropolitano is so much more than just a food market - there is a cinema, Djs and a farmers market on Saturday. It is a true Elephants and Castle pearl!


I had been wanting to go to Mercato Metropolitano for a while and after finally consenting to travel from north London all the way to Elephant and Castle, I realised what I had been missing!

I thought it would be cold, given that it’s February, but it was actually really warm and lovely, which was part facilitated by space heaters but also by the buzz and chatter of all the people who were there.

It’s a large space and the food options are truly endless. I wish I could say I tried everything and I wish I could say I tried the pizza given that it is, after all, an Italian food market. That said, I opted for the arepas from a Venezuelan food stand, which were outstanding. I would not be surprised if the rest of the stands offer food this tasty. There’s also a photobooth, which I can now report seven people don’t fit into, but you can have tons of fun trying to fit. Mercato Metropolitano is fab, and probably my new favourite food market. 


Such an amazing array of places to eat, and the variety cannot be beat! Obviously given the name one would assume Italian, but oh no… they have German, Spanish, Italian, Mexican… you name it, they probably have it! We had arepas and definitely felt very full… so great value for dinner! 


Mercato Metropolitano - one of Elephant and Castle's hidden gems. I live in the area and find myself here once a fortnight. There are always new stalls popping up so even if you've been once, it's worth checking out again. A place for foodies, for parties and to enjoy a relaxed time in an unpretentious environment. 

As winter approaches, the Market has even implemented heaters in the indoor food hall - so while you'll still need a coat, you'll be somewhat toasty warm. 


Mercato Metropolitano isn't quite what I was expecting - there's a beautiful Italian supermarket like I thought there would be, but then there are not only fantastic Italian street food stalls but many other types of cuisines too like Mexican, Spanish, fish and chips, vegetarian, and gluten free.  There are also a number of stalls that offer plentiful options for wine, champagne and cocktails.

We went at 5:30 on a Tuesday evening and it was starting to pick up more around 6. There is a focus on sustainability and recycling which is really nice to see. They have a community kitchen here as well as a Saturday farmers market. This is also the location of the Miami Beach cinema if you fancy dinner and a movie. The setting is quite informal, kind of like street feast. I only wish I'd discovered Mercato sooner!

Definitely one of the best hidden gem food/drink markets in London. A great way to spend an afternoon if the weather is nice (or not - plenty of room inside!) Insider tip: Don't go spending all your money on booze at the bar, you can actually buy bottles of wine, prosseco, and even cold beer at the shop connected to the market (£14 for prosseco, some wine even cheaper - beer around £2!) While you're at it, stock up on the cheese and meet section, I'm drooling just thinking about how good the quality of products they sell there. (You're allowed to take your beer/wine back to the market ps- so enjoy!)


I would've never discovered this land of wonders if it hadn't been for my friend Greta. I mean, I'm not a huge fan of Elephant and Castle in general but thought that we'd just go for it and I really don't regret it!

It's a huge food market made of at least 20 stalls of (mostly italian) delicious food.

The night we were there, there was a charity event for sustainability and to denounce food waste. That event had free soup made by volunteers on the evening and I also sampled some beer made of old bread.

Apart from that, all the goodness was available: handmade pasta, sausages, burgers, Argentinian steak, vegeterian everything, pizza, gelato... I must stop somewhere.

Thankfully, this market being in London, it is part indoors and part outdoors so is pleasant whatever the weather.

Drink-wise, there are plenty of awesome options, including a cocktail van and a craft beer bar where I could get a hazelnut and chocolate stout: DELISH!

How did I not know this place existed before? As our hungry faces entered the food hall we did not know which way to turn first. There really is something for everyone here and all of exceptional quality. There is everything from Argentinian, BBQ, stonebaked pizza, a gin truck, pasta, Mexican, a wine bar to much more than I can list now without making this a giant sentence too long. The atmosphere was also great with an energetic buzz that never got out of hand and queues that were small around each booth whilst they prepared the food super quick. A great find to stumble across, I will be back to try more!


Could someone do me a favour and fill me in on why so many sullen-faced queues line the porches of the trendy new Borough Market restaurants in the hope that they might just be seated in a few hours time when a mere bus stop away Mercato Metropolitano feeds the foodie masses? Fresh pasta in every form and from at least 4 different vendors, traditional stone-baked pizza, Vietnamese salads, Spanish charcuterie, Argentinian steak, if you have a hankering for it then you will find it here and it will exceed expectations! 

I love Borough Market as much as every other Londoner but Mercato Metropolitano is surely it's cooler younger cousin? With swathes of alfresco dining space and pop-up bars, indoor world food supermarket and an experiential cinema to boot evenings spent here are hard to beat.  


Mercato Metropolitano lies in between Elephant Castle and Borough and offers something a little different to your more standard (and perhaps more touristy) food markets. The idea originated from a mercato in Milan and the owners decided to try the concept out in London, opening in September 2016.

Its ethos and culture revolves around high quality, local produce with a huge community feel based on values of sustainability, engagement and craftsmanship. That is reflected in the relaxed atmosphere of the market which seems to be more consumer focused rather than cramming in as many food stalls as possible and not having the room for the customer to actually sit down and enjoy their food and (hopefully) the company!

It is also more than just a food market – it has a cinema, cookery classes and even a new hostel is being built!

The first part of the market focuses on top quality local Italian produce. We tried the Tortellino – handmade pasta from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, Gnocco Fritto with a selection of cured meats (this dish and a bottle of wine is only £23!) and Salsicciamo – 100% meat, Italian sausages from Sicily, also available to purchase in the food market, which are (finally!) a decent healthy sausage.

Moving on into the larger, international market, there was so much choice ranging from Vietnamese, Fish and Fry and Turkish Kebabs to churros and pulled pork! We tried a piccantino Neapolitan pizza cooked in the specially-built pizza oven on site, which was delicious!

We also had craft beer from The Italian Job and Prosecco from Enoteca – a specialist wine bar serving wines from Italy and Europe. There is a huge space outside too, which is just perfect for the summer evenings.

To finish it off, we just had to try the Gelato from Badiani – a gelateria from Florence, Italy, that makes gelato fresh daily at Mercato Metropolitano. Their La Dolce Vita flavour won the London Gelato Festival in 2015 and was utterly delicious with a Buontalenti base, with chocolate sauce and silvers of hazelnut!


At last, a street feast that South London deserved. Mercato metropolitano was love at first site for me. Nice, lively food market located next to the railway arches at Elephant and Castle. As the name suggests, here you will find some of the best Italian dishes. Don't miss the Pizza Napoletana; prepared in a wooden oven is probably one of the best pizzas served in London. If not in the mood for Italian there is definitely something for you in the market: Lebanese, Argentinian and Turkish are some of the options available. Unlike other feasts Mercato Metropolitano offers sittings both inside and outside making it a great option regardless of the weather.


We had a great time here before heading into the Backyard Cinema.

Whilst I'm not a frequent visitor to farmer's markets, the food on offer all looked really delicious. We managed to pop around and get samples of various bits and bobs from the vendors. The gelato was delicious! we went for some sourdough pizza bread 'thingys' which were delicious! Then some of these freshly made doughnut like 'thingys'. Everything tasted really good. To wash it all down we went for these Italian Sodas which were equally tasty and very quenching!

A great gem hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Elephant's centre.


This is an awesome indoor market that opened last year near Borough Market, filled with tons of Italian food stalls serving everything from Italian beer and fritto misto, cheese and champagne, freshly made pasta and prosecco, pizza’s and cocktails and much more. It’s a covered market, so bad weather isn’t an issue and there are big picnic tables inside so you can wander around the stalls and try lots of different types of food. Or just do what I did and get a cheese board and down lots of wine.


A little gold mine in south London! It feels like a more upmarket version of all the pop up street feast markets around with lots of casual bench seating for an array of after work drinkers and food seekers. A walk around the food offerings inside is like walking around Europe with so many different options from pizza, burgers, knocchi, fancy falafel etc etc. The place has a lovely buzz and if you arrive a little later it's fine as there so much seating further round the back.

I ventured here for backyard cinema's pulp fiction screening (which was epic) so didn't get the chance to enjoy the area as much as I wanted to. Great vibes and even greater food, it's the perfect place to drink your Friday night away then hop on the bus home at elephant and castle just round the corner!! Will be back for an Italian feast when the sun makes an appearance.


London has a whole host of street food places - box park, dinerama and street feast just a few! But this one is classy and has great wine and a selection of different street food vendors. It's worth going to elephant and castle for it


WHAT. A. GREAT. FIND!!!!!  MM hasn't been open long but the news of it is travelling fast around town.  The food selection is second to none.  There is something for everyone.  All reasonably priced, delicious and fresh! Loads of outdoor and indoor seating and I think this is still relatively unknown so you are able to nab a big table in the sun even on the hottest days (not sure how long that will last though!).  We went for a late lunch and a cinema screening thanks to Backyard Cinema so only had time to try a few stalls. Will be back again soon! 


Mercato Metropolitano hasn't been open for too long, but even in this small timespan I've seen it evolve loads. Having performed in the open air area last summer, I managed to see the food hall and the outdoor bars hustling and bustling. I then had the chance to go back to attend a Backyard Cinema screening, and to my surprise our dressing room had become a cinema. 

The selection of Italian food is amazing, with a large array of foods from the different regions, but my favourite part is the store, where you can buy the A+ ingredients to make the food at home. 

This market's accessible diversity makes it a front runner for a cool place to go this upcoming summer. 


It’s really nice to see more foodie markets pop up around south london, they have such a great variety of food stores and a grocery store so you can try and replicate some of the stuff at home. We popped in one evening to inhale as much cheese and pizza we could get our hands on. There’s also plenty of arancini, soft gelato, risotto, vietnamese, and so much cheese and charcuterie goodness from Champagne + Fromage you can get stuck into. There’s everything from burgers, rotisserie chicken, to a vegetarian store, so you’ll bound to find something that will tickle you fancy.

Tip: there’s plenty of indoor bench seating and outdoor seating for when the sun is out in full force. Some stores also offer cooking classes so be sure to check that out. Definitely try the gelato. Definitely.

Good For: large groups, catch up with friends, cheap and cheerful, something different, quick meals

How have I not heard of this place? I have no idea.

Just down the road from Borough station, this is a hidden gem in the food market sector (for now) with absolutely gorgeous design and a huge selection of food stalls. Of course, it doesn't come cheap - think above-average food market prices - but the quality of the offerings certainly match up.

Stalls ranging from tiramisu through cheese (Champagne & Fromage) to Spanish delights and even vietnamese banh mi-s, there is something for everyone. If you're looking for something truly special, aim for the Neapolitan pizza stand - no need to venture all the way to the next Pizza Pilgrims branch - or, if you're looking for a nibble I highly recommend the empanadas from the Spanish stand, which come with a variety of fillings like beef or pulled pork, and are freshly baked to order.

One major issue - I drank the best stout I have ever encountered at the Italian craft beer stall. But it was the most expensive half-pint I've ever had too, for a whopping £5. Ouch. And yet I feel this strange draw to go back and... just once more...

The pure excitement of finding something so cool in Borough is worth the visit. Go hungry and be ready for some delicious foods (and to open your wallet slightly wider than usual).


Had a delicious pistachio/cream cannoli from a little arancini stand, and potentially the best margarita pizza we've had in London from the Naples pizza stall. Picked up a few Italian ingredients from the grocery store too. Great market for trendy Italian fair and yellow pop color benches. 


A friend and I happened on this place simply because we were going to a Backyard Cinema viewing (MM is where Backyard is located), and we were surprised to find this awesome watering&foodie hole. 

Mercato Metropolitano is a giant, colorful food hall with various stalls featuring different kinds of foods and drink. I took a turn around the entire place to see what was available: Italian, Spanish, British, American, Vietnamese, Vegetarian, Craft Beer, Prosecco, Cocktails, Desserts, Artisan Cheeses.. the list goes on and on. I had a hankering for a burger, which was quite good. It was the spiced chips though that made the meal. 

Will say, it is a little pricey for the “food stall” type. This is something we’re seeing across London, however, with food stalls going upwards of £10 or £15 a meal whereas originally you could get a meal and drink for under a tenner. Or just food for a fiver. 

Still, it's got quite a good atmosphere. Was surprisingly quiet for a Thursday evening, which I have to admit, I enjoyed. Some of the stalls did platters with a sampling of dishes, so we’re planning another trip back to feast on as many dishes as possible! 


I had no idea this food market existed, I only ended up here because of the backyard cinema! The food and drinks on offer are absolutely amazing. So many good things on offer like churros, fish, pasta and meat! There's also lots of drink stalls, loads selling different kinds of beer and the best being a small van right at the back selling fresh Mojitos. For food I went for the Argentinian mixed grill, I can't express how delicious this was, it hit all the right spots that I'm still thinking about it...


If you like street feast, you'll love this space.  With all the delicacies from Italy from pasta and pizza to cheese and cured meats, it's worth going with a group and sharing some food.

It's getting to that point of the year where the weather means you'll need to rug up, but don't let that stop you from heading down.  Open until 11pm, it's also great for pre/post theatre at the southwark playhouse.

The cheese and meat boards are probably a bit better value than some of the pasta options, but get a few options and share with your mates :)


Mercato Metropolitano. Its one of those places I wish to write a really bad review on the basis I don’t want anyone else to find this gem near Borough and Elephant and Castle but at the same time Ive got to do justice for this place! 

Its effectively just a massive converted warehouse (45,000 sq ft) where all around the perimeter is different stalls from pizza to pasta to gelato to charcuterie to cheese to churros. Effectively anything loosely based around Italian food.  

I tried two different stalls for a pulled pork sandwich, chips and a baked camembert. I recommend this place wholeheartedly. Theres something for everyone. If you cant get enough……. Go to the italian delicatessen and take some things home :D 

I have a friend who lives directly opposite here and she's been raving about the food and gelato since it opened a few months ago. I finally tried it with a group of friends on Friday night and can't wait to go back!

It was pretty cold and rainy outside, but once inside it was warm enough to not be uncomfortable even though there doesn't appear to be any heating. I also had a few mulled wines which helped!

The food options are pretty good! I shared a meat and cheese platter which was huge and delicious followed by a truffle mac and cheese. YUM!

I would definitely recommend this market as a cool new place to visit on the south side, just 5 minutes walk from Elephant and Castle station.


During a text-chat with a friend, she asked me what I was doing, so I replied that I’m at Elephant and Castle. Her immediate response was ‘what on earth are you doing there?’ I have to admit I get where she’s coming from- Elephant and Castle- especially the bit near that massive roundabout, isn’t the most attractive and appealing area with its big, characterless and dull buildings. It is however, undergoing a lot of regeneration and soon I’m sure will be ‘up and coming’. Proof of this is already showing in amount of scaffolding around.

This new Italian street-food market is not only surprisingly big (4500sq feet!), but it’s also indoors and is just a 5 minute walk from Elephant and Castle tube.

There’s a plethora of gastro food stalls, covering everything you can imagine from authentic wood-fired pizza, to ice-cream, to freshly seared tuna. There’s a great range of drink options too with craft beer and wines readily available from various stalls. Seating is well spaced an designed so you’re not on top of each other. Try one of the delicious meat and cheese boards from either the Italian or French section and you won’t be disappointed. Prices here are also at least 25% cheaper than they would be in more traditionally regarded food markets, like the one at Borough just a short walk away. It also home to Backyard Cinema- a funky and well set-up cinema with themed movie events (most recently Lost World with the cinema styled like a jungle). You’re seated on big puffy bean-bags, much more comfortable than your standard cinema seats, and there’s a bar at the back.

We had a cheese and meat platter with a few drinks in the market, then went for a screening of The Jungle Book. After the movie the market was busier than when we’d gone in- and this was on a Tuesday night- showing just how popular it’s become already. It’s a fun experience and you can really make a night of it.

With the amount of development going on in Elephant and Castle you have to feel like this market might not be here forever so it is very much a good time to get down there and enjoy all it has to offer.


An excellent surprise awaits adventurous foodies ! With the distinct festival vibe, music lights and lots of tables for big groups to share all the gastro delights. The atmosphere is fun and friendly, I loved walking around the various stands and sampling the dishes.

Highlight for me was the Fromagerie, my friend and I shared a baked Camembert with truffle and bread for dipping, ant the modest price of £7!

Bargains, new taste and a wonderful atmosphere, go and enjoy !


The newest hipster food market to open its doors in London, it's just a skip and a walk away from Elephant and Castle. The Mercato has a lot of things going for it, from the fact that its covered, to its great selection of food vendors and cute seating inside. (We grabbed a burger by Brew Bar, and it wasn't too bad) More than anything, the atmosphere is fantastic, and I can imagine spending whole afternoons nestled inside this very cool area. There's even a kids' area out back, which was empty but oddly picturesque. 

Although a tad on the expensive side, the quality of the various Italian goods are quite reliable, so if you've got a bit of spare cash, splurge a little and treat yourself and spend some time here at this endearing new pop-up while it lasts. 


What a dolce vita in the middle of London! This huge space boosts tens of traders selling everything Italian from wines to cheese, meats to regional sandwiches. They have a great outdoor space for those not terrible London weather days and there is delicious gelato to make you forget about all your worries. On a sunny day, you can grab some vino and some meat and cheese cuts from Miccone and transport yourself to Italy. 


I love this place. It's only just officially launched and I've been twice with another visit planned for Saturday. I bet you'll love it too.

Although it's been open all summer the official launch was on the 15th of September. The official launch dated heralded the arrival of more restaurants than were in place over the summer and an abundance of tasters and some swing dancing for light entertainment.

As well as the upmarket and generously priced supermarket there is a huge food market with indoor and outdoor seating. 3/4 of the market is Italian (as the name would suggest) and the last 1/4 is shared with the rest of the world so you can wash your delicious wood fired pizza down with a Vietnamese bubble tea if your heart so desires.

The market also houses a kids zone and The Backyard Cinema.

A lot of the market is under cover so assuming that there will be some form of heating available (either open fires or electric) this will still be a great place once the winter takes hold.

With so much to do and the ability to reach Elephant and Castle from pretty much anywhere in London, there's no excuse not to come by, you won't be disappointed.


Places like Dinerama Shoreditch and Pop Brixton have firmly established al fresco, global street food on the map of London and now it’s the turn of Italian cuisine to be celebrated in Elephant & Castle. Mercato Metropolitano can be found 10 minutes’ walk from the tube and I’m pretty sure it’s going to become the number one spot for Italian lovers across the capital.

Enter through the courtyard and you’ll find yourself in an area full of outdoor seating which leads into a vast space full of food and drink options. From pizza and prosecco to gnocchi fritti and gelato via homemade burrata and ciabatta, there’s something for every person’s inner Italiano gordo…on a Tuesday afternoon there were only a few people there but when Saturday afternoon rolls round, I envisage it being absolutely overflowing with those in search of la dolce vita. A distinct point in its favour for me is the lack of Wi-Fi…conversation is suggested instead, something I emphatically agree with – you wouldn’t find Sophia Loren swiping left now would you?

Enter through the market style store and you’ll find yourself in the midst of unlimited delicious possibilities, all artisanal and all crafted with love; charcuterie to make the most hardened carnivorous heart happy, crates with wines & beers perched delicately on top, squeeze your own juice, a stretch of groceries heavy with pasta, rice, biscuits, chocolate, fruit…my favourite was the help yourself organic Sicilian nuts bar which was quirky, elegant & simple.

There’s more planned over the coming weeks for this space – live music, a cinema & a pop-up hotel are just three of the planned additions – and when it’s complete, this is going to be nearly 5k square feet of pure passion and indulgence.

If you’ve fallen in love on an Italian holiday with something of the edible kind, chances are you’ll find it here and be able to attempt a little recreation of the magic you felt abroad. It’ll cost you naturally – be warned that nothing here is cheap – but if you’re an Italian yearning for a piece of home or an Italian lover longing for a reminder of holidays past, it may seem a small price to pay and given the success of its counterparts on the continent, something tells me we’ll be enjoying this corner of little Italy for a long time to come.

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