Mercado opened in November 2018 and touts itself as a luxury marketplace with fresh produce, seafood, a butcher, French patisserie and two bottle shops stocked by an in-house sommelier. The 1500-square-metre venue also has a bistro restaurant serving produce from the market with a focus on seafood and sashimi, and a smaller dining room, The Duck Room, which serves Asian-inspired cuisine.
The marketplace is being likened to the famous Harrods Food Hall, or Eataly in Italy and the US.
Seafood on display at Mercado is never more than two days old, compared with other seafood shops, which sometimes stock for several days. Baked goods are produced by qualified pastry chefs daily, and fruit and veg is delivered every morning. The butcher is stocked with product from Vic’s Meat.
The design of the venue elevates the experience further. It’s a multi-room set-up, which features dim mood lighting, tiled feature walls, marble benchtops and flooring, and timber panels with gold accents.
With a venue of this level, you’d expect the prices to match, but the Mercado keeps things accessible. The convenience store section sells items such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, making Mercado a one-stop shop.