We are still feeling a little bit in holiday mode over here in Milan right now, so this weekend when it was sunny and warm, we decided to make the most of the nice weather and spend the day in the city.
Since the coming of the Expo, Milan has received a bit of a make-over and lots of the urban areas have been reconstructed and made into public zones, parks and shopping areas. On Sunday we decided to head over to Porta Genova, in the South of the city, to check out the new slow food market ‘Mercato Metropolitano’.
The market is located alongside the railway tracks and built-in and out of the old bridges and railway arches. In an area around 15,000 sqm, the market has a collection of interesting stalls set up by local producers and street food establishments, both emerging and from known cafes around Milan. The concept of the market supports small businesses from the Milan area and the use of organic or locally grown ingredients.
Walking around the market was a fun experience in itself. Stalls are brightly decorated and have an interesting selection of food to try, both international and typical foods from the different Italian regions. The chill-out sofas dotted around the market are made from upcycled vegetable crates and recycled pots growing herbs and flowers gives the place an urban-garden feel.
Inside the railway arches there is an organic supermarket selling a huge selection of fruits and vegetables, biological wines and beers and freshly made bread and pasta. There are slow-food related games and activities for children to play, giant-sized football tables and even an open-air cinema where film screenings and seminars are held around the topic of sustainable foods.
The market is open everyday for a late breakfast, lunch or dinner and I highly recommend you passing by. It is so much fun and a great place to try lots of yummy Italian food.
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