Fancy a market stop for some well deserved grub? Or to browse a tonne of weird and wonderful gifts? Then a London market is your answer. There are plenty to chose from, all offering something slightly different. Here are my favorites:
Camden Market – makes for a great day trip, you can spend hours browsing all the bizarre, unique and vintage objects on offer. Near the station you can start with the clothes market. Here cheap dresses, t-shirts, hoodies, jeans and much more are sold. If you find something you like, which you probably will, make sure to bargain and get that price down even further. (See my next post on how to negotiate and barter).
Walking to Camden locks – the next set of market stalls, you will pass some wacky shops, if you want some tourist gimmicks to take home, these shops are a good option. Do not buy in the first one you see, as there will be more of the same to compare it to.
The food markets, sell all kinds of cuisine imaginable. Enjoy a Chinese or a vegan dish, what ever tickles your fancy.
Spitifields Market – is near Liverpool street. This area in London is very hipster. The stalls sell vintage clothing, jewelry made out of recycled materials and much more. This is just the clothes section. Of course it would not be a market without an eclectic selection of food. You will smell the market from a mile off, with wafts of cheese and meat greeting your nostrils. The food is divine and the free samples very appealing.
While in the area be sure to check out Brick Lane, here you can see graffiti artists at work, admire the art on the street walls and stop by all the vintage shops. A particularly popular shop is called East End Thrift Store. After all this shopping you will have built up an appetite. The Indian restaurants on Brick Lane are top notch.
Borough Market – This one is for those of you with a sweet tooth. The cakes and cookies on offer are mouth-watering. It will take you a good hour to walk around and choose your sugary delight.
Borough Market is also near the Golden Hind Boat (so be sure to check it out after your wonder around the market).
These three London Markets are my favorites, what are yours?