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Street Food in London

Street food in London is more than just cheap eats from the stalls. The foods served by the stalls not only offer value for your money but also a culinary heaven of unbelievably tasty and innovative foods. Therefore, it’s not surprising that street food is big business in London and lays claim to having one of the best gastronomic offerings in Europe. The best places for street foods are at the numerous markets across London, where many food stalls serve inspiring dishes. There are so many markets in London to mention them all but the following are among the foodies' favourite.

Borough Market

Borough Market is London’s most famous wholesale and retail food market. Located in Southwalk near the southern end of London Bridge, this Victorian style market has been around since the 13th century. What makes Borough Market popular with foodies is the quality of the foods served by the stalls, attracting both Londoners and visitors. Sandwiches in varieties of fillings, meaty pies, gourmet burgers, meat roast and stews, sweet pastries and chocolate treats are some of the foods to tempt the hungry foodie. There are also stalls serving dishes from various corners of the globe including French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Argentinean, Thai, Indian, Egyptian, Ethiopian and Caribbean.

Borough Market by Martin Addison

Camden Market

Camden Market is another famous and popular market in London’s Camden. Located about 4 km (2.5 miles) northwest from Central London, the market in fact comprises of several adjacent markets that include the Stables, Camden Lock, Inverness Street and Buck Street Markets. Camden Market is a paradise for bargain hunters searching for all sorts merchandise but also a heaven for street foods. You can find food stalls throughout Camden Market but the best spots are at Camden Lock and Stables Markets where many are located. The stalls pump out varieties of foods that include British foods and foods from around the world ranging from light snacks to hearty dishes. For less than £5, the foods served are deservingly good and value for money.

Food stall at Camden Market by Benjamín Núñez González 

Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market is in London’s borough of Greenwich. The borough is also the location of Maritime Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its historical buildings. Greenwich Market is a family friendly market and not only popular for its arts and crafts but an incredible food market with a dizzying assortment of fantastic foods to satisfy any foodie. Foods you can find here range from traditional British to Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Ethiopian, South African, Mexican and Brazilian. There are also the handmade chocolates, freshly baked muffins, creamy tarts and lemon meringue pies.

Greenwich Market by yisris

Broadway Market

Broadway Market is in East London’s borough of Hackney situated between Regent’s Canal and London Fields. The market opens only on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Broadway Market is a thriving market for seasonal produce as well as a popular weekend hangout for foodies with around 200 stalls closely packed together. The inspiring foods here offer good value for less than £5 and therefore not surprising that many visitors here are weekend regulars. There are varieties of tempting foods from around the world and artisanal delights like freshly baked bread, pastries, cheeses, fruit preserves and cured meat made using traditional methods.

Partridges Food Market

Partridges Food Market is another weekend market held every Saturday at the Duke of York Square, which is in the upscale neighbourhood of Chelsea in southwest London. The food market began in 2005, initially with 15 stalls and today occupied by about 70 stalls. Here you can find local and international dishes including traditional British, Indian, Japanese, Caribbean, Brazilian, Peruvian and Argentinean. There’s also a selection of doughnuts, speciality breads, cakes, pastries, crepes, cheeses and confectionery.

Maltby Street Market

Maltby Street Market is a small but bustling market situated along the Ropewalk in Bermondsey, not far from the southern end of Tower Bridge. The market is under the Victorian railway arches and opens on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s relatively a newcomer to the London food scene, having started sometime around 2010. The quality of the foods served is very high to satisfy even the most discerning foodie. Deli sandwiches, fresh breads, artisan pastries, filling wraps, seafood and meat dishes are some of the foods you can find here.

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