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Top 5 Food Markets in London

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 FalconerJulie 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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6 Responses to “Top 5 Food Markets in London”

  • Perfect timing for me to come across this. I am in London in a few weeks…Can’t wait to check things out.

  • Christine says:

    Borough Market is definitely touristy but I still love it – it’s seriously foodie heaven! And you just can’t leave without trying the grilled cheese from Kappacasein’s and Banana Banoffee… amaaazing :)

  • thefrancofly says:

    I used to frequent the Notting Hill market when I was studying in London. I saved up my pence for the street side paella. Oh, and Hummingbird Bakery, too.

  • hopflower says:

    Billingsgate Market most certainly belongs there. It is one of the earliest markets in London and is famous for its fish especially. An old, old market. It is the neighborhood that has grown up around it that is newer. Traditionally, the only people allowed to move fish around the market were licensed fish porters. The role dates back at least to Henry VIII.

  • Thanks for your comment. Julie, what are your thoughts? Personally, when I was in London I loved Marylebone. I did find Borough very touristy and crowded. I have not been to the others to compare. I loved the Brixton Market but that was restaurants more then produce. -EBB

  • sorry, but you are out of touch (or not really interested in good fresh produce). Borough is a tourist trap – the new hot food market is Maltby Street. Pimlico (Saturday) and Marylebone High Street (Sunday) both have vey popular food markets – on Saturday too is the excellent market by the Saatchi Gallery on the King’s Road. Exmouth Market is mainly ready cooked food.

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