Sydney’s inner west has a new shopping and dining area at Marrickville Metro and there are plenty of reasons to go and take a look!
The time has come, after months of driving around a building site, the new Metro at Marrickville is finally open. Marrickville’s much loved shopping centre, Marrickville Metro has opened its new development on Smidmore Street.
Along with plenty of new shops, you will find an array of unbelievably delicious locally-owned restaurants. There are also health and beauty options and a new BODFIT Platinum gym due to open shortly.
The Inner West has cemented itself as one of Sydney’s best foodie pockets and is known for its diverse and innovative approach to hospitality and equally for its spirited art and culture scene.
Once you head inside the new complex, you will find market-style fresh food, delicious global cuisines, and open-air dining options delivered by a mix of incredible independent and locally-owned restaurants, cafes, and provedores – all the vibrancy of Marrickville, all found within one central hub! Bringing it all together are some incredible giant-scale artworks.
Some of the exciting new retailers set to hit Smidmore Street are:
- Panetta Mercato – this much loved family-owned store sources an extensive range of high-quality food products such as fresh fruit and vegetables, cold meats, deli foods and specialty grocery. They have moved into the new side of the centre, and when we stopped in today to check it out, it was impossible not to get excited. A huge range and good prices will see us regulars here.
- Grumpy Italian – you can not go wrong with carb-filled deliciousness served with a side of Italian attitude.
- Hypmotive – Experts at sourcing gifts, art, items and fashion pieces all created by local brands, you will find a lost in a sea of hidden treasures. This is the perfect spot to find a gift for that hard to buy for friend!
- Rice Pantry – This is their second venue in the Inner-West, it will offer a new and feature a modern Asian twist.
Marrickville Metro will be an even better place for all your weekly shop with a new Coles supermarket added to the mix.
There is plenty of relaxed seating scattered around the space and a large children’s play area.
For the launch, the centre has partnered with the Inner West Council to deliver an exciting ongoing art arrangement that features an array of renowned Australian artists who have come together to support the centre through their artistic expression. Giant scale artworks bringing life to the exterior facade and hidden pockets of art throughout the new site.
Installed last year, Georgia Hill’s piece, ‘You’re Here, I’m Here Too’ is the artistic interpretation of caring sentiment that we share and build a positive environment together, as a community. Georgia lives and works in Marrickville and her vintage lettering is inspired by the signage found around the local area.
Fintan Magee is a familiar face in the Sydney and internal art scene. He’s piece titled “Workspace” was completed in April and honours local female artists working prolifically within industrial warehouse spaces in Marrickville. Fintan is known for his enormous street art commissions referencing community and social issues.
Artist Richard Briggs has spent the last month listening to community members about what living in the Inner West means to them.
Have you been yet? What do you think of the new development?