Menu: Predominantly Italian but also European-style street food, coffee, gelato
Vibe: Fun, buzzy, communal
Great for: Groups of friends, date nights
Vegan/Vegetarian friendly: Yes
Stand-out dishes: Pizza, pasta, Vegan brownies
Signature cocktail: Love Gin Garden Bar
Because It’s Cool:
Mercato Metropolitano has everything you’re looking for when it comes to eating out: variety, indoor and outdoor seating, a gin bar and backyard cinema.
The urban street food hub offers predominantly Italian food, but you’ll find pockets of gastronomic delights from all across the globe, from Turkish mezze to German Kraft beer.
Set in a converted warehouse of 38,000sq ft, they have plenty of room for events and music nights and always host a sociable atmosphere.
Because It Matters:
The idea behind Mercato Metropolitano is to get people to re-engage people with how food should really taste so the dishes bring out the best flavours of the ingredients grown by small-scale farmers.
The focus is on sustainable produce. The pop-up – and therefore temporary nature of some the stalls – means you need to speak to the people behind the food to find out more specific sourcing details. As this space is all about connecting farmers, chefs and consumers you’ll be hard pushed to find a street food market where people are more willing to engage with you.
Mercato Metropolitano host three innovative urban agriculture projects, including Aeroponic and Hydroponic farming methods by Rootlabs and UpRooted – and a mushroom farm that closes the loop on nutritious coffee waste.
Another of their goal is to contribuste to economic development and aid the regeneration of declining urban areas, which it achieves its very existence and also by hosting events for everyone from school children to elderly people.