In 2016, street food market Mercato Metropolitano burst onto the London food scene with its debut site in Elephant & Castle. Now, the cultural hub and sustainable community market has doubled up its portfolio in the capital with a second site in Mayfair.
Unlike the Elephant & Castle original, Mercato Mayfair is a dedicated street food hall, housed inside a historic Mayfair building. The building is a deconsecrated church and has been hidden away from the public for decades, only available for private use. Mercato Mayfair is reintroducing it to the community, following a two year restoration project that cost a whopping £5 million.
Inside Mercato Mayfair, you’ll find a range of market street food traders, as well as a few bars and drinking destinations. Although the market’s name might make you think that it specialises in Italian food (before its Elephant & Castle opening, Mercato originally operated two sites in the Italian city of Turin), Mercato Mayfair’s traders actually take inspiration from all around the world, serving up everything from sushi and poke bowls, to gelato and Turkish pide.
Mercato Mayfair is not just trying to make a quick buck either, with the team investing in the community as part of their new venture. In the basement of Mercato Mayfair, you’ll find a communal space which is available to local residents and associations for community events, sort of like a village hall for the area. The space is also home to free music classes and live performances, which champion the sounds of contemporary jazz and opera.
The food hall is conscious of the environment too. Mercato Mayfair only works with traders who source their products sustainably, while single-use plastics and highly processed products are banned from the venue.
If you’re planning on visiting Mercato Mayfair, check out our guide to the street food hall below. You’ll find everything you need to know about the venue, including where it is, when you can visit, and what you can expect to find, including a full run down of every trader that’s there. So, what are you waiting for?
What is Mercato Mayfair?
Mercato Mayfair is a street food hall which is spread across four floors (including a basement and rooftop terrace) and features a line-up of street food traders serving food from all around the world. The Mayfair site is a sibling to the original Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant & Castle.
Where is Mercato Mayfair?
As the name suggests, Mercato Mayfair is found in the moneyed neighbourhood of Mayfair. The food hall has taken up residence in the Grade-I listed St Mark’s building on North Audley Street, which used to be a church. The full address is St. Mark's Church, N Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 6ZA.
What traders can you find at Mercato Mayfair?
Mercato Mayfair is split across four floors, each featuring a range of food and drink traders serving dishes from across the globe. Check out our guide to each of the traders below.
Fresco was among the first traders at the original Elephant & Castle Mercato Metropolitano and has now joined the Mayfair team. Expect Neapolitan pizzas made using fresh ingredients.
Joining the capital’s fresh pasta revolution, Pasta London cooks handmade pasta in front of your eyes, before letting you choose which sauce you’d like to accompany it.
Raw Bar Mayfair
In the mood for Asian cuisine? Raw Bar is home to sushi rolls, ceviche and Hawaiian poke bowls, which should satisfy any cravings.
Flying in from Florence, where it has been in operation since 1932, the second Mercato site for Badiani serves up authentic Italian gelato alongside coffees.
German Kraft Brewery
Mercato Mayfair’s on-site micro-brewery, German Kraft serves up Franconian beer to Londoners in a cool space which features a backlit ‘brick’ wall made up of pint glasses.
Steamy & Co
Get steamy with traditional Taiwanese bao buns, served here alongside steamed dumplings boasting both meaty and vegetarian fillings.
For traditional Turkish pide, head to Lala where you’ll find it served with a variety of toppings. There are side salads and desserts too to pad out your meal.
Cha Cha Mayfair
Cha Cha is a seafood and cocktail bar, found on the second floor Gallery area. Here, you’ll find fresh seafood dishes alongside expertly mixed cocktails.
From the people behind Santo Grill & Wine comes this Italian steakhouse – think steaks and burgers which are accompanied by Italian wines.
Mercato Mayfair’s vaulted crypt basement is home to a wine bar and cellar, featuring a whole array of wines, as well as cheese and charcuterie boards to nibble on. The basement also acts as a space for cookery classes.
What are Mercato Mayfair’s opening times?
If you’re planning a visit to this Mayfair street food hall, you’ll need to make sure you turn up during opening hours to avoid disappointed stomachs. Check out the food hall’s opening times below.
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