We cross the bustling British capital to check out three famed food markets
Fresh local produce, artisan cheeses and sausages, homemade cakes and exotic finger food are just a few of the many culinary delights that fill food markets across London. With so many tempting bites to discover, these foodie hotspots have become popular places to meet up with friends at the weekend, source a few tasty treats to take home, or while away an afternoon over a delicious lunch and locally brewed beer – for locals and visitors alike. If a trip to London is on the horizon, make sure you check out these bustling, energetic and eclectic food hubs.
Brixton Village & Market Row
At the junctions of Electric Avenue, Atlantic Road and Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9
TRAVEL TIP: Take the tube to Brixton station PLAN YOUR TRIP: wearebrixtonvillage.co.uk
OPEN: Seven days a week, from 8am Head to trendy, multicultural Brixton in South London for a leisurely stroll-and-rummage around Brixton Village, a revitalised arcade boasting 83 businesses of all shapes and sizes. Here you’ll find everything from fresh produce to jewellery, clothing, fabric, art, music and beauty products, with another 45 shops, eateries and stalls to explore in Market Row on the opposite side of the road (Atlantic Road).
As you roam from one to the other, you’ll find budgetfriendly food from all over the world, including Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, India, Asia and South America. Get ready for the day with hot coffee and fresh-baked bread at one of the many cafes and restaurants, treat yourself to a sweet or savoury snack for lunch or take your pick of international cuisines for an evening meal out. On Thursdays and Fridays live music fills the air, its fun-loving atmosphere drawing in locals and tourists.
On a sunny weekend, a seat at the long tables and benches outside is the place to be, but should the unpredictable weather fail to cooperate, the covered outdoor seating will see you right – after all, there’s not much that can dampen the spirits when your plate is piled high with gourmet burgers, pizza or other tasty treats from across the globe. Here are a few spots we recommend checking out when you get hungry:
> Honest Burgers sells 1600 portions of chips a week, so it’s no surprise their fries are considered top notch.
> For authentic pizza made with sourdough and baked in a wood-fired
oven from Naples, stop by Franco Manca.
> If Thai hits the spot, visit small family restaurant Kaosarn
– their salads are delicious.
> For a proper English pie, Salon is a must.
> Brixton Village Grill serves good-quality fish and meat
in generous portions.
Maltby Street Market
WHERE: 41 Maltby Street, Ropewalk, Southwark SE1 TRAVEL TIP: Take the tube to London Bridge – it’s a 10-minute walk from there PLAN YOUR TRIP: maltby.st
OPEN: Saturday 9am–4pm and Sunday 11am–4pm Maltby Street has become a popular weekend destination since opening in southeast London in 2010. Under the Victorian railway arches you’ll find artists’ studios, crafters’ workshops and dining spaces where you can enjoy handmade food or sip an ice-cold gin and tonic. Its limited size and picturesque character make this a great place for some laidback browsing, with lots of history to soak up along the way (the traders have plenty of tales to tell about the area).