London hasn’t always been considered a top food destination, probably due to the perception that England is a melting pot of different cultural influences, lacking its own style. But times have changed, and London now has a food scene that rivals that of New York City. One of my favorite aspects of the burgeoning food scene in London is the plethora of outstanding markets. If you love sampling local food, don’t miss these five top markets in London.
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Located south of the Thames, Borough Market is especially convenient for tourists who are likely staying in a hotel in South Bank or following this one-day walking tour of London. Borough Market features some great gourmet foods and easy-to-eat food options to enjoy while you’re walking around.
In the front of the market you’ll find vendors under tents, selling everything from gooey Raclette cheese on roasted potatoes to exotic spices and loaves of artisan bread. The larger Three Crown Square area features produce, meat, fish, and cheeses. Borough Market is open six days a week and closes on Sundays.
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The Liverpool Street Station is a convenient train stop for most visitors, and it leads to the Victorian-style covered Old Spitalfields Market. This is the place to go for vintage shopping with a lunch stop at one of the award-winning restaurants nearby, like Wright Brothers seafood restaurant or Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Weekends are very busy at the market, but that’s also the best time to find vintage goods. Thursdays are dedicated to antiques, and Fridays focus on arts and crafts.
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One of the biggest markets in London, with over 1,000 unique shops and stalls, Camden Market draws locals and tourists to its convenient location at Camden Locks, just a five-minute walk from the train. You can indulge in fried chicken sandwiches from Butchies or creative macaroni and cheese from the Mac Factory, or visit dozens of other nearby places nearby. Then try some small-batch gin from Half Hitch Gin before seeking out the perfect piece for your household decor.
Maltby Street Market
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A real treat for foodies, Maltby Street Market is the perfect place to pick up fresh produce, artisan breads, and local products like cheese and meat. It’s the perfect place to amass the ingredients for a picnic if you can resist the piled-high sandwiches from Monty’s Deli. You’ll also find afternoon libations at Kernel Brewery and Little Bird. The market is only open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The Covent Garden market is in the beautiful Market Building and Piazza, a charming place to walk around. There are actually three different markets in one at Covent Garden. The Apple Market sells British crafts and jewelery, East Colonnade sells handicrafts and housewares, and Jubilee market’s vendors change daily from antiques to arts and crafts. There’s also an outdoor farmers market with fresh produce. The market is open seven days a week with varying hours, which are typically 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Don’t miss visiting these 5 top London markets if you want to experience the local culture and get better acquainted with the food trends. Like this post? Please pin to your Pinterest board and share!