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Best Markets for Foodies in London

Whether you are looking to pick up a cheap eat whilst you are exploring the city or you are heading home after a sightseeing break and want to pick up a few treats to take with you, head to one ofLondon’s top street food markets and you won’t be disappointed.  From homemade international cuisine to the downright bizarre, there is something to suit just about every type of taste bud at London’s markets and here are our top picks of the best ones to explore:-

Berwick Street Market

Berwick Street Market has been open inSohosince 1830 and is one of the city’s oldest markets.  It has a wonderful selection of foods, nibbles and seasonal fruit and veg.  Perhaps its biggest claim to fame is that it can count a number of local and well known chefs among its customers, partly because of its early morning opening hours but also because of its wide selection of locally sourced produce.  The market is open Monday to Saturday.

Borough Market

Less than 20 minutes from The Montcalm London Marble Arch Borough Market isLondon’s oldest market and is predominantly a gourmet market with more than 100 stalls and vendors.  You can find a whole array of produce here from fish, meats, vegetables, cheese, breads and ciders and sellers come from all over theUK to sell their produce at this well known market in the city.  Opening times vary for this market with the full market being open Wednesday to Saturday, and hot food traders alongside fruit and vegetable stalls on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Broadway Market

If you are situated inEast Londonthen Broadway Market is a great option. East Londonis a diverse and eclectic part of the city and the markets here, naturally, reflect that.  Broadway Market is another of the city’s original markets and now features a farmer’s market alongside stalls selling local art, unusual clothing and souvenirs and gifts.  You will find this market tucked away between Regent’s Canal and London Fields and the market is open 9am-5pm every Saturday.

Cabbages and Frocks

This market is held in the cobbled courtyard of St Marylebone Parish Church every Saturday from 11am-5pm and stalls here feature a lovely combination of international and locally produced items including ready to eat food such as organic crepes, Moroccan Bedouin food and Argentinean Steak sandwiches.  There are also lots of goodies you can purchase and take away alongside stalls selling retro and vintage clothing.  A visit here would make a lovely addition to any break in one of the top 5 star hotels in London.

Camden Lock Market

Camden Lock Market is located right in the heart ofCamdenTown’s markets, one of the largest in the area with more than 1,000 stalls across the various markets found here.  Camden Lock is open seven days a week and has a fantastic variety of stalls and shops which sell just about everything you can think of.  This particular part ofCamdenTown’s markets features vintage clothing, handmade jewellery and artwork as well as a good range of hot food stalls with lots of internationally inspired cuisine to choose from.

Chatsworth Road Market

If you want a market which is just about as local as they get inLondonthenChatsworth Roadis the place for you.  More than 50% of the traders who sell here live within the area and the market is best known as being the place where Alan Sugar started his first business.  For food-lovers there is a huge selection of food stalls selling all kinds of international food from German sausages to Mexican quesadilla.

Lower Marsh Market

Lower Marsh Market rapidly became popular with local office workers when they introduced their food stalls, in the not so distant past.  People preferred the honest cuisine they knew they could pick up from the market and this has caused the market to rapidly expand in a short amount of time.  During the week you can find stalls selling all kinds of international dishes from Sri Lankan inspired meals to Italian classics. On a Saturday the market has more of a gourmet feel with speciality ingredients and carefully selected produce available instead.

Maltby Street Market

Although smaller than some of the other food markets in the city,Maltby Streethas plenty to offer visitors with stalls selling a lovely mixture of fresh produce including breads, cakes, cheeses and meats.  This is a weekend only market with opening hours of 9am-4pm on Saturdays and 11am-4pm on Sundays. Maltby Streetis a market which is particularly popular with locals who will visit on a Saturday to do their weekly shop.

Real Food Market

This food market takes place atKings Cross Squareon Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 12pm and 7pm and features traders who are selling carefully selected artisan and gourmet produce.  The market began as a food festival but has since become a more regular fixture on the market scene thanks to its popularity and it has a real focus on offering produce which is not only high quality but which is made using only sustainable food production methods as well.

Whitechapel Market

Frequent visitors to Londonwill know that the East Londonarea is about as diverse as you can get and the markets here reflect that fully.  Whitechapel Market is the place to go if you want Asian cuisine, whether you want to eat something hot off the stall or you want to pick up rare ingredients to take home with you for later use.  The market is also surrounded by some fantastic restaurants, and the stalls here don’t just stop at food but sell a whole range of other items too from homeware to clothing and fabrics.

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