short visit to milan -> part one: mercato metropolitano

last week i managed to organize a short trip to milan, the city where i lived for the past seven years. i had some administrative stuff to settle, but also i wanted to see what’s new in town.

although i moved only two months ago, a lot of things happened in that short period and there were yet again a lot of things to explore. aside from expo2015, brand new museum, fondazione prada, was opened in my ex-neighborhood, so i decided to pay a visit to it. but my very first stop was mercato metropolitano, a lovely marketplace in porta genova area.

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therefore, i dedicate the first post (out of planned three) to mercato metropolitano – “a place where you may buy and taste good food under the stars”. it is located in the former train depot of porta genova. an area of 15.000 sq.m. in the famous neighborhoods of tortona and navigli district was rearranged and made into this amazing marketplace. the farmers’ market itself is a part of project “expoincitta” (expo in the city), dedicated to promotion of the city of milan during the world fair.

even though the existance of mercato metropolitano is intended only during the expo, i.e. from may 1st to october 31st, there’s a hope that this area (which is so atypical for milan!), would remain open even after the expo ends.

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as soon as i arrived to mercato metropolitano, i got instantly reminded of queen victoria market in melbourne, about which i have already written on my blog. since qvm (short for queen victoria market) was one of my favorite places in melbourne, i had no doubt i would love mercato metropolitano. i loved the idea of a place with a laid back atmosphere, full of people who are chatting over a coffee or a brunch,  live music & plenty of street food stalls. oh, and herbs and vegetables planted all around the market complete this wonderful journey.

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an then i thought.. what a great way to reclaim an abandoned area into a market with clean stalls selling everything from appetizers to desserts, through breads, cheeses, salads and meats.

numerous food stalls offer variety of fresh and organic food, starting from locally grown fruits & vegetables. then, there’s a bakery offering freshly baked bread, focaccia and piadina. if you happen to be up to the real meal, don’t worry – there’s plenty of choice of pasta, fish and meat. of course, coffee and ice cream are inevitable (and my favorite!) part of any meal.

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so, if you happen to go to milan (until 31st october), do not miss this place. the address is via valenza 2, and it is easily accessible by foot from navigli & darsena. it is open daily until midnight (workdays) / 2am (weekends).

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