Truly any foodie’s dream, Mercato e Cucina is a modern retail concept meshing a butcher, deli, grocer, bakery, wine cellar and restaurant all into one fabulous space. Situated on the ground floor of a building on bustling Victoria Road in Gladesville, Sydney, Australia, this one-stop gourmet destination was envisioned by Mima Design.
Surfaces are elegant yet functional in glazed tiles, raw concrete floors, timber, stone, brickwork, glass and cooper. Inky black ceilings contrast stark white ones as the space transitions from themed area. Vintage pendant lighting is replicated throughout this modern retail space.
The huge wood-burning oven is a gorgeous structure with molded tiles creating a smooth shape. Customers are welcome to sit right along the open kitchen’s bar to watch the pizza creations being handmade. The restaurant itself features buttery leather banquettes, tufted and featured in a tawny hue. A cream cracked-stone wall adds texture to the restaurant’s entrance, while also framing the exhibition kitchen perfectly. Menus covers are comprised of cooper coveres with raised lettering exhibiting the store’s logo–gorgeous!
In the grocery, baskets neatly display the fresh produce bursting with organically bright colors. Gourmet olive oils, coffees and the like are arranged on sleek black metal racks. The butcher is a pristine zone clad in gleaming white subway tiles accented with black-painted louvres and iron and chrome accents. A chalkboard depicts the various cuts of meat which are displayed behind tall glass encasements.
Casual picnic benches topped with stone rest near the deli and prepared foods section, allowing customers to order and then perhaps relax with a sandwich, salad or soup. The nearby bakery offers individual tables and chairs to provide comfort while sipping a cappuccino and enjoying an almond croissant. My personal favorite, the brick wine cellar features an entrance of sliding barn doors and offers hundreds of bottles.
Mercato e Cucina speaks volumes with Italian-inspired food and dining concepts of modern retail design.