August 16, 2012
The Notting Hill Market in London (The Wolf)
Paris isn’t the only city with extraordinary food markets. One of our favorite things about traveling to a new or familiar destination is immersing ourselves in the food — hunting for delicious treasures, local recipes, and putting it all together from the comfort of our rented kitchens. Today, Julie Falconer of A Lady in London brings us her top 5 London food markets. Do you have any to add? Let us know in the comments! -Geneviève
Borough Market (Garryknight & Pixel Nix)
1. Borough Market
Borough Market is London’s most famous farmers’ market. Located under the train overpass by London Bridge station, the market is packed from Thursday to Saturday with locals and visitors alike. Vendors sell everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to bread, baked goods, cheese, olives, and prepared foods.
At the Borough Market (Andy field (Hubmedia) & GarryKnight)
All around the market are restaruants, cafes, and shops selling some of the best food in London. Highlights include the Monmouth Coffee Company, which serves some of the best coffee in the city, and restaurants like Roast and Brindisa, which are perennially packed with London’s foodies.
Borough Market (Crouch 24/7)
2. Broadway Market
Broadway Market is one of East London’s best markets. There you can find everything from ironic T-shirts to the best Vietnamese coffee this side of Ho Chi Minh City.
Borough Market (Andy Field (Hubmedia) & garryknight)
The food offerings are top-notch, with the usual fruit and veg being complimented by prepared foods from all over the world.Whether you’re looking for samosa chaat from Gujarati Rasoi or have a hankering for West African food from Spinach & Agushi, you won’t go home hungry.
The Borough Market (garryknight)
3. Exmouth Market
Located right in central London, Exmouth Market is one of the most popular markets in the city. It is a pedestrianized street lined with excellent restaurants offering everything from gourmet pizzas to tantalizing baked goods, and on certain days of the week a farmers’ market takes over the western part of the road.
Exmouth Market (mrlerone)
While not as big as Bourough Market or extensive as Broadway Market, Exmouth Market makes up for its small size with its high quality offerings of both raw ingredients and prepared meals.
At the Billingsgate Fish Market (nic0)
4. Billingsgate Fish Market
Billingsgate Fish Market could easily be part of a game of one-of-these-things-just-doesn’t-belong. Located at the base of gleaming skyscrapers in Canary Wharf, London’s financial district, the low-slung market building seems a bit out of place.
Billingsgate Fish Market (nic0)
But inside it buzzes from 4am until 8am every morning with a trade in fish that rivals any trading going on in the banks next door. The market is open to the public, and most people visit between 6am and 8am to pick up fresh fish from all over the world. If you want a true working market experience, you can’t miss Billingsgate.
Notthing Hill Market in London (marksdk)
5. Notting Hill Market
While Notting Hill is most famous for its antiques market on Portobello Road, it also had a farmers’ market that is worth a visit.
Notting Hill Market (Practicalowl & Mel Toledo)
Quality produce abounds, and the aromas of cuisines from all over the world are enough to lure people over for a look, if not a second lunch or afternoon snack. The market is definitely worth a trip, especially if you are in the neighborhood to visit the antiques market.
Borough Market (GarryKnight & pablokdc)
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Written by Julie Falconer
Julie Falconer is a London-based travel writer and consultant. She is the author of a travel blog called A Lady in London, works as travel consultant to help people plan trips throughout the world, and runs a Europe travel website called VisitingEU, which offers information for independent travelers.
Website: A Lady in London
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