The best food markets in London from a local

The best food markets in London from a local
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Londoners are serious about their food and nowhere else will you find this more evident than in numerous food markets in London. In this guide of the best food markets in London, I’ve provided a list of the best street food markets around London from trendy pop-ups, vegan markets, weekend only food markets to the more famous markets in London.

So, whether you’re from North, East, South or West London (or even just visiting London), there’s a London food market just waiting for you to explore – eat to your hearts contents.

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Best Food Markets in London

Borough Market London

BOROUGH MARKET Best Markets in London

If you’ve read my other free things to do in London, you already know I love Borough market!

I love it for many reasons like it’s one of the best and oldest food markets in London. There’s been a market on the existing site since the 12th century.

But mostly at Borough market, there is a delicious array of street food. You can even spend time just walking around sampling food for free. But support the local vendors by buying something from their stalls.

To make it easy for you, I recommend visiting the following stalls at Borough Market – KhanomKrok for a taste of Thai street food, Padella Borough Market to carb-load on freshly-made pasta or try the moist duck confit sandwich with crispy salad.

BOROUGH MARKET best Market in London

For tapas in Borough Market visit, Tapas Brindisa London Bridge, their wines are also fabulous and compliment their dish.

And if you want to leave with some spices to add to your cooking why not fill your basket up with some Jamaican spices and seasonings from Pimento Hill.

To satisfy your sweet tooth at Borough Market London visit Gelateria 3Bliss a traditional Italian gelato shop.

Although not inside Borough market, it’s across the street, right next door to the Monmouth Coffee Company. It is usually less busy than the market stalls and the ice cream there is one of the best in London.

The market can get busy, so it’s best to know exactly want you would like to try beforehand. As Borough Market is one of the top markets in London.

To learn even more about Borough markets history, the vendors and sample food on offer in the market. I highly recommend taking a food tour. I am a big fan of food tours. I have done food tours in Prague, Italy and London and love them and think they can help you understand and appreciate a country’s history and people.

A food tour of Borough Market or X Food tour of the market. Click here for tickets

You can also check out my Best Dessert in London post and where to eat in Chinatown London for more delicious places in London to visit.

If you are in the mood for even more tapas near Borough Market, then walk 5 minutes up the street to One Square and visit Duro Bar. It’s easily the best Portuguese restaurant in London, but you’ll also get some Instagram worthy photos in this restaurant.

Borough Market opening hours and address

Opening Times: the Main market is open Wednesday – Saturday with select stalls open on Monday and Tuesday.

Address: Borough High Street, Borough, London, SE1 9DE

Nearest Tube: London Bridge

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Greenwich Market

If you visit London and don’t take a day trip to Greenwich and see what things you can do in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Like the Cutty Sark, the Queen House, Visit the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and Greenwich foot tunnel. If you visit London and don’t take a day trip to Greenwich and see what things you can do in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Things to do in Greenwich. Things to Do and See in Greenwich #Greenwich #traveltips #CuttySark #thingstodoinlondon

It’s a little further afield but great if you’re in South London. Greenwich market is a short walk from the Cutty Shark and the Martine Observatory and is in one of the pretty’s Boroughs of London.

It may not be a tourist destination like Borough Market, but this market is loved by the locals and is known for its locally sourced organic produces.

At Greenwich market you will also find the best Brazilian Churros in London, mouth-watering Ethiopian vegan dishes, weird ramen burger at Pimp My Ramen and tasty yam chips at Ngozi Kitchen (do get there early to avoid queuing).

Greenwich Market has a more upscale flea market London vibe to it. So, don’t expect super cheap things in this market.

You can even do a Greenwich food tour – Check Ticket Prices Here

Opening Times: Every day – Weekends being the busiest.

Address: Greenwich Market, London, SE10 9HZ.

Nearest Tube: Greenwich

Camden Market/Kerb Camden

Camden Market Best Markets in London

Like it’s surrounding Camden Market in the Camden Stables and the hustle and bustle of traders and food stalls.

KERB the street food Gods of London – known for their inventive and downright crazy ass food trucks.

Took over the Camden food market and elevated it to a destination for exciting high-quality food in London.

While keeping oldies but goodies like Shaka Zulu an African restaurant and bar, mouth-watering and belly-filling Roti House with their amazing curry-naan bread wraps and Taiwanese lunch boxes at BIAN DANG.

Get your dog on (a hot dog that is) at Oh My Dog – where a simple hot dog just won’t do, and you too can have your hot dog dressed in homemade sauces (slow roasted cherry tomato and vodka relish), homemade demo-brioche buns. Now if that’s not making you hungry, I don’t know what will.

If like me you’re on a never-ending quest for the best calamari in the world, then visit Ink and try out their Szechuan squid. It will make all your calamari dreams come true.

You can even do a walking tour of Camden – Check Ticket Prices Here

Opening Times: Every day from 11am – 6/7pm, busiest during weekends and Bank holidays.

Address: KERB Camden Market, West Yard, Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF.

Nearest Tube: Camden Town

Brick Lane Market

The Brick Lane food Market is a universe on to itself, the market is housed in the Old Truman Brewery. Housing everything from antique furniture, leather clothing goods stalls to organic olives and green juice stalls.

Surrounding the Old Truman Brewery is an assortment of other smaller markets like the Vintage market London, the Backyard Market, the Boiler House Food Hall and the Sunday Upmarket, selling any and everything under the sun.

 

Brick Lane London Food Market Brick Lane London Food Market

 

Brick Lane market is a place worth experiencing in London, it’s mainly flocked by bargain and vintage hunters, art students and young, hip Londoners. This is amongst one of the best markets in London

Opening Times: Saturday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Address: 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QR, UK

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Broadway Market – A Vegan Market

Hackney’s Broadway market is one of the few Saturday markets in London. Just like the residences of Hackney this market is vibrant and multicultural, offering produces from smaller independent vendors, cafes and bars.

Some highlights of Broadway market include fresh oysters from Oyster Boy, Chegworth’s pressed apple juice, salt beef from the Jewish Deli, and the Bad Brownies.

Have a look through the stalls via this interactive map http://broadwaymarket.co.uk/?page_id=423.

Along with Broadway market, there is also a Broadway vegan market. The Broadway vegan market has a quirky vibe, near London Fields and is filled with all the things you would expect from a pulsating London market. For all the vegans and vegan-curious folks out there, Broadway Market is worth a visit.

Opening Times: Saturdays only, from 9am – 5pm.

Address: 38-44 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ.

Nearest Tube: London Fields or Cambridge Heath Overground or a walk from Bethnal Green.

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Berwick Street Market

Soho’s Berwick Street Market dates back 1778 and offers a variety of producers from around the world like Greek souvlaki, Afghan curries, paella and Caribbean jerk chicken.

The market is busiest during lunchtimes when the office workers of Soho descend on the market for their lunch.

Open

Monday to Saturday: 8am – 6pm

Exmouth Market

This London market is between Clerkenwell and Islington lies every London hipster’s current obsession – Exmouth Market. Exmouth Market is an outdoor street market which boasts some of London’s best food and drinks joints, coming alive mostly in summer and warmer weather.

In this market almost, every cafe and restaurants have outdoor seating and cover, making for a lovely sidewalk cafe ambience that feels distinctly European.

While offering an array of Vietnamese, Italian, Middle Eastern food and some of the city’s best coffee shops.

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Maltby Street Market

Opening every weekend, Maltby Street Market is a little lesser-known food market than Borough Market. Yet, not a place you should miss out on visiting.

Located beside the rail tracks in Bermondsey, many vendors sell and make their goods in the brick-arched openings of rail frames.

The narrow street of the market is packed wall-to-wall with excellent food vendors and beautiful antique stores. Expect lots of foodie goodness, plenty of wine and some fantastic street food.

Visit around midday when all the stalls are open.

Maltby Street Market is located at 37 Maltby Street, London SE1 3PA, UK. This market is open on Saturday and Sunday.

Nearest Station: Bermondsey

Southbank Food Market

Southbank Food Market London Food Market

Southbank food market offers fantastic street food, delicious coffee, fresh juices and sweet treats. With a selection of fresh produce to take home, and guest traders each week.

Southbank street food market London is fresh, vibrant and lined with stalls bring mouthwatering cuisine from Africa, Asia, the Americans and Europe to London. There’s no wonder why Southbank is one of London’s top food destinations.

You can find the market on Southbank Centre Square each weekend including bank holidays and for an extended market at the end of summer.

Summer opening times

Friday, 12 noon – 9pm

Saturday, 11am – 9pm

Sunday, 12 noon – 6pm

Monday (bank holidays only), 12 noon – 6pm

Nearest Station: Waterloo

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Brixton Village Market

Brixton Village Market is not really a London street food market but more of a Mecca for independent and ethnic food shops in London.

It’s the place you go to get your Jamaican curry goat and roti by an actual Jamaican. For all your jerk chicken needs hit up Fish, Wings and Tings (my brother’s favourite).

Try out El Rancho De Lalo this is where you’ll find the best empanadas in London, it’s always filled with local, and you can get a set lunch for £7.5.

For a slice of Japan then hit up Okan Brixton. Where the space is small but the serving sizes for Yaki Udon and Okonomiyaki, more than makeup for it. Get there early to avoid queuing as the place it tiny, and London hipsters like to arrive early to every.

Opening Times: Every day

Address: Brixton Village, 10-11 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LB.

Nearest Tube: Brixton

Old Spitalfields Market

Originally operating as a wholesale market in 1875, Old Spitalfields Market is one of the best street food markets in East London.

You’ll not only find food in the Old Spitalfields market but also stalls selling art and clothing. This covered market has 10 stalls at its heart, but some great stalls to look out for are Sood Family that sells fresh pasta and JiaBa which serves up traditional Taiwanese dishes. Old Spitalfields is one of the more established London street markets.

You can even do a food tour of East London – Check Ticket Prices Here

Address: Old Spitalfields Market,

Opening times: Monday – Friday (10 – 8pm), Saturday (10 – 6pm), Sunday (10 – 5pm)

Nearest stations: Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High Street, Aldgate

Old Spitalfields Market is located at 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW, UK.

The Best Food and Drink Pop-Ups in London

Dinerama

Dinerama Shoredicth- Best food markets in London

From the gurus behind Street Feast, you have Dinerama, with its super cool, colourful neon-lit spaces and moreish food stalls like ‘white men can’t jerk’ a Caribbean fusion stall and sexy doughnuts from ‘You Donut’ and steamed yum buns from Baos.

You won’t go hungry, and on a Friday evening after work, this is where you should start your night.

Dinerama has five locations (Shoreditch, Canary Wharf, Canada Water, Lewisham and Woolwich).

Dinerama Shoredicth Dinerama Shoredicth - best market in London

But the Shoreditch one is my favourite location. It has a different vibe to the rest, and all your food and drinking needs are nicely condensed over two floors.

Opening Times: Thursday – Sunday from 12:00pm.

Address: 19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ.

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Mercato Metropolitano

Mercato Metropolitano best food market in London

 

A relative newcomer on the scene since opening in autumn 2016, Mercato Metropolitano street food market has been growing from strength to strength.

Mercato Metropolitano – the name is a nod to its Italian vibe.

Located just behind the Elephant and Castle shopping centre, in an unexplored part of London.

This means that the market is less crowded with a more chilled vibe compared to the other London markets on this list.

At a glance, you’ll think this food market is small, and you’ll miss the large, modern food court hiding in a 45,000-square foot warehouse. Trust me guys it’s huge!

There is communal seating in the market with food selections ranging from City BBQ to Vietnamese Pho, Kansas to Lebanese wraps.

You can even build your own tiramisu and Italian sandwiches, there’s also a snazzy grocer where you can pick up some nice cheese and cured meat.

You, can’t visit this Italian inspired food market without trying out their authentic Neapolitan pizza at Mercato Metropolitano’s La Pizza Napoletana.

Mercato Metropolitano is located at 42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR, UK. This market is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Nearest Tube station: Elephant and Castle and Waterloo

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Pop Up Brixton

If you’re in Brixton for a day, then visit Pop Up Brixton. A space made from stacking shipping containers in a disused area and turning it into a creative place where the cool kids in Brixton hang out. All I can say is that Londoner’s are a creative bunch – we can make something out of nothing.

With food stalls and shop front serving up some tasty treats from some of London’s best street food traders. Like Mama’s Jerk, that dishes out juicy Jamaican style street food, along with Scoop (a boutique Ice Cream), Maria Sabina with its Mexican street food in London alongside social initiatives like Minerva Tutors providing academic tutors to kids of all ages.

To truly experience Pop Brixton it’s best to visit on a Friday evening when both sake from Sakeya and good music will be flowing.

Opening Times: Every day

Address: 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ.

Nearest Tube: Brixton

I hope this list of the best food markets in London helps you eat inconceivable amounts of carbs and fill your belly but also find some new cuisines to try out.

 

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