London is a cosmopolitan city made up of diverse and eccentric cultures. It is therefore not surprising that it remains one of the world’s leading culinary destinations. The spirit of the capital is closely linked to the liveliness of its streets and London’s gastronomic landscape is no exception. From Borough Market to Brixton Village, it is clear from all these markets that the quality of the food is a priority.
We have selected the cream of London’s food markets below. Forget the crisp tablecloths and fine service and stop by these street vendors for the best food in town.
London’s most famous market
Borough Market is a must-see food market popular with locals and tourists alike. Opened for the first time in 1756, it still enjoys an excellent reputation today thanks to its high quality articles and handicrafts. The market offers a real sensory experience with its colorful stands, the bustle of its crowd and its scent of unique perfumes. The liveliness of the market is the key to its great longevity. Let yourself be tempted by a cold or hot homemade pie from Mrs King’s Pork , who has been preparing these dishes with passion since 1853. For a little sweet touch, go to Rabot 1745, which offers inventive cocoa-based creations.
8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL, UK
Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7407 1002
The Kitchens at Old Spitalfields Market
A refined market for delicious international cuisine
Have you ever planned to visit the Old Spitalfields Market? Another great reason to visit is The Kitchens Market! This intimate market housed in large halls is a concentrate of some of London’s best restaurants in the form of street food. The atmosphere, elegant and refined, is a reflection of gastronomy. Ten fully equipped kitchen spaces coexist in this place, of which our favorites are SOOD Family , Rök , Breddos Tacos , Berber & Q and Flank . Take your pick from the brands, or forget about your diet for a day to try them all.
16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW, UK
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The city’s only historic market in the heart of a World Heritage Site
Greenwich Market attracts a very eclectic audience, made up of tourists, bohemian locals and hip Londoners from the south of the city. Like the site on which it spreads, Greenwich Market has a unique character owed to its multicultural community and its rich history as an ancient village on the banks of the River Thames. Here you will find pedestrian tricycle stalls, antiques, handicrafts, vintage clothing and jewelry. You can taste all types of cuisine: Indian, Ethiopian, Japanese and Italian, among others. On weekends, the food stalls extend to Durnford Street, where you can sit outside for dinner. Admire an old typewriter, displayed on a display near an excellent sushi stand.
5B Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ, UK
Hours of Operation: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8269 5096
Maltby Street Market
The paradise of fine cuisine
Maltby Street Market is one of those adorable markets that you can’t help but take pictures of from all angles. Located at the foot of an arched railway bridge, this market will make you feel like you are in the heart of a small village away from the hustle and bustle of London. If this market is relatively small, the quality of its products is second to none and you will be spoiled for choice. Stroll between the market stalls to taste the different dishes and chat with the friendly traders. Don’t miss Bad Brownie’s Salted Caramel Brownie , among other delicious brownies of their creation. To warm up, go to Raclette Brothersand choose the sausage option to taste the classic potato raclette recipe, which they revisit by covering it with pieces of maple bacon. To test truly typical products, go to Dhan Waffle which offers waffle balls topped with sweet and compact sauces.
Maltby Street, London SE1 3PA, UK
Hours of Operation: Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7394 8061
Have lunch in a picturesque setting
Exmouth Market is located on a beautiful cobbled street. Among the shops, you will find typical vintage stores and cafes, which are lit at dusk by golden fairy lights, hung on either side of the street. Delicious aromas of spices and aromatics perfume the atmosphere, where many young employees from the surrounding offices come to have their lunch. This market is the ideal place to eat on the go and deliciously well. Sit on a bench to admire the lovely bell tower, or indulge in some window shopping in the shopping street. The Ghanaian stand is a must-see in this market, which offers a “small” punnet of Wolof rice and two stews for just GBP 5.
49 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QL, UK
Opening hours: Every day, each location has a different opening time