The fabulous food markets of London

Check out some insight and pictures from a few of the best food markets in the world!

By Emma Knauf

London is known for its diverse and vibrant food scene, featuring cuisines from all over the world. Not only is the city known for its amazing variety of restaurants, cafes, and pubs, but it is also known for its food markets. When I studied abroad in London last semester, I had the opportunity to visit some of these incredible food markets, and I am excited to share some interesting insights about them, as well as some pictures of the foods I got to try!

Borough Market
One of London’s largest and oldest food markets, Borough Market is recognized as one of the best food markets in the world, with over 1,000 years of rich history. The market focuses on “sustainable food production, short supply chains and social connection,” attracting visitors from all over the world. There are so many stands with ready-to-eat options and food to take home, including fresh cheese, bread, fruits, vegetables, spices, and jams. While exploring the food market, I spotted multiple people carrying Bomba Paella, a plate of rice and peas with chicken, chorizo, mussels, squid, and tiger prawns, from Furness Food Hut, and I knew I had to try it. It was absolutely delicious, and it was reasonably priced for the generous portions of food I received. I was super full, but I always have room for dessert! I enjoyed a warm and gooey chocolate chip cookie from The Cinnamon Tree Bakery as a sweet treat for The Tube ride home.

The flavorful Bomba Paella. Photo by Emma Knauf

Camden Market

You may have seen Camden Market on social media before, as its iconic alleyway with a canopy of colorful umbrellas is perfect for an Instagram post. The market has over 1,000 unique spots for customers to visit and offers more than just food, as there are various independent fashion, art, and music stores open for business. When I arrived at Camden Market, I had one thing on my mind: cheese. I stopped at The Mac Factory and ordered the Nostalgic, which is macaroni with a classic cheese blend of cheddar and mozzarella, topped off with a parmesan and thyme crumble. I then went to Khaao, a food stall selling traditional Pakistani dishes with a modern twist. I ordered a cheesy naan melt with malai chicken and mango lassi. I also enjoyed lots of free samples, as many of the people working at the stalls were very personable and excited to share their food with others.

Mac n Cheese with a “thyme-y” twist. Photo by Emma Knauf

Maltby Street Market
Maltby Street Market is the go-to food market on the weekends. Grocers and restaurants are open from Wednesday to Sunday, but on Saturdays and Sundays, the market traders open, which tends to attract big crowds. The market opened in 2010 and has a carefully curated selection of start-ups and traders. This was the first food market I got to visit abroad, and after enjoying my time at Maltby Street Market, I was excited to further explore all the food markets London had to offer. Unfortunately, I do not remember the exact trader, but I got this chicken bao bun and absolutely loved it!

How saucy is this chicken bar bun? Photo by Emma Knauf.

No matter where you are, food markets are a unique opportunity to try new cuisines from around the globe and expand your palate. Be sure to give these food markets a try, whether you find yourself in London or your local area!

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