For those of you who enjoy tasting the best of street food and love supporting local traders, then we have the perfect list for you! After spending our summer sampling the very best food stalls that London has to offer, we’ve compiled our list of our favourite five food markets in the city.
East Village Market
Victory Park, E20
Every Sunday, 11am-4pm
If you haven’t already visited, check out the East Village Market, which opened for the summer for its second year back in June. This market is a celebration of food, drink and crafts, featuring stalls from a growing line-up of London’s most talented independent traders. You can expect to try some delicious treats such as cheesy alpine bites from Raclette Brothers, wings and burgers by Lord of the Wings, Greek Doughnuts by LouLoumades, and Dezato Patisserie’s premium Japanese desserts. Whilst strolling through the market you’ll also be entertained by live performers – from jazz bands to stilt-walking artists! The market is open every Sunday from 11am–4pm so why not head down with a few friends for a browse on a Sunday afternoon?
Image: Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane, E1 6PU
Saturdays 11am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm
Brick Lane Market is one for our more edgy Londoners, with the area popular amongst artistic crowds. Brick Lane and the surrounding area of Shoreditch features exhibitions, pop-ups, markets and festivals throughout the year. But what about the food?! The large flea market that spans the length of Brick Lane is made up of several markets, all open under The Truman Markets umbrella: the Boiler House Food Hall, the Tea Rooms, the Backyard Market and the Sunday UpMarket. For tasty street food, we’d recommend trying the thirty diverse food stalls hosted in the Old Boiler House; from Peruvian, Mexican and Panasian to barbecued delights. You can also find the likes of Mother Clucker and The Rib Man in Ely’s Yard.
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Victoria Park Market
Victoria Park, E2 9JW
Every Sunday, 10am-3pm
If you love fresh food check out Victoria Park Market, newly-opened this year in the popular east London park. Open every Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm, here you’ll find seasonal fruit and vegetables, organic farm butchers, fresh fish and locally baked bread! Could you ask for more? Victoria Park Market has all the fresh and organic food you could possibly think of – plus sweet treats of cakes and ice cream stalls, too! This is a market for the whole family, with a couple of wine and beer stalls for mum and dad to taste and a special drawing area to keep the children entertained. Perfect.
Image: Southbank Centre Market
Southbank Centre Market
Fridays and Saturdays 12-8pm, Sundays 12-6pm
For some of our favourite street food, head down to Southbank Centre’s Food Market. The food here is always bursting with fresh, vibrant flavours, influenced by cuisines from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Choose from vegan food from Ethiopia, authentic Thai, crêpes, sensational burgers, salted caramel brownies and so much more – all brought to you from handpicked traders such as The Curry Shack, Korrito, Hank’s Po’ Boys and Dough Bro Pizza. See the full selection available here. The best thing about the Southbank Centre’s food market is that it’s open all weekend long!
Image: Maltby Street Market
Maltby Street Market
41 Maltby Street, SE1 3PA
Located under the railway arches in Bermondsey is the popular Maltby Street Market. Foods you’ll find here include seafood and grilled meat from Cornish Grill, Greek oils, honey, preserves and cured meats from Maltby and Greek. There’s also Reubens sandwiches and Jewish chicken soup from Monty’s Deli, pastries, cakes and other baked goods from Comptoir Gourmand, and delightful tapas from Tozino. What a selection! A visit to Maltby Street Market is a great way to spend your Saturday or Sunday for an early stroll, with a bit of grocery shopping and an absolutely delicious lunch lined up afterwards!
Do you know any other great food markets in London we should add to our list? Leave us a comment below!