city guide :: London (UK) Markets

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With the popularity of the Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC city guides, I decided to do a round up of some London, UK markets that we frequent. We had a lot of people visit us during our stay here, so I figure that this would be a great resource for those that are planning a trip or for locals looking for a new adventure! I realize that we have only been here for almost a year and have barely scratched the surface, so this is an open list and I invite you to share your favourites!

Borough Market: This is the equivalent to the Granville Island food market in Vancouver or the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. Head to Konditor & Cook for cake (+ coffee if Monmouth‘s queues are too long!), raclette from Kappacasein and pick up some fresh fruit and veg. This was one of my favourite stops for watermelon during the summer! Avoid the groups of tourists by heading over here on Thursdays!

Brockley: A Saturday farmers market located in Lewisham with seasonal grown fruit and veggies, local meat + fish, baked goods, cheese and food stalls. Check out our last visit here complete with espresso’s from Dark Fluid Coffee and bacon sarnies!

Chatsworth Road E5: A locals market with stalls filled with handmade goods, vintage homewares, food stalls and cute local shops such as the Creperie and Cakey Muto! Check out some pictures from a past post here as well as this post by What Katie Does.

Venn Street Market: Tucked into a side street near Clapham Common, the Venn Street Market stretches a good two blocks with a full farmers market and goodies such as Ms. Cupcake. Check out Esca just around the corner or grab a seat at the Clapham Picturehouse.

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Columbia Road Flower Market: Need I say more? Favourite route: Head to Aldgate East tube station, walk through Brick Lane and the Sunday UpMarket (stop for a small snack – plenty of food carts to choose from or head to Beigel Bake for the cheapest bagels in town!) on your way to Columbia Road. Most stores along this stretch are open Friday to Sunday. If you have the time, check out the shops on a Friday afternoon and stop for cream tea at the Cake Hole before heading back for the Flower Market on Sunday. The street will seem like night and day. Check out my field trip here.

Maltby: Hmm.. the best way to describe it would be the locals’ Borough Market. Chalk another one up for the locals. A little off the beaten track, but worth the visit. This Monmouth is usually quieter than the one at Borough and is only open to the public on Saturday (acts as a production and training center during the week). You can see my field trip here including my favourite vendor La Grotta Ices!

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Eat.St: To be honest, I have only visited once where I enjoyed a burrito from Luardos (psst.. I was there about an hour before closing and only a few items off the menu were available, but food was 50% off). The concept of this space is that every week a rotating selection of 4-6 food carts are positioned just outside Kings Cross on the new street Kings Boulevard, N1C. Find them there Wed-Fri between 10-3pm.

Broadway Market: Saving the best for last. This is one of our favourite places that has us trekking over an hour each way to get there from South London each Saturday. Vintage stalls, old books, clothing, fruit and veg, not to mention, I could probably eat my way along the market from mushroom risotto to banh mi. Check out our field trip post here.

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