If you enjoy tasting ALL the foods, sifting through piles of assorted knickknacks, and loving up all the pretty flowers, you’re probs a level 10 market lover (like me). So as LSC Programme Intern and fellow market lover, I have made it a mission to share with you guys a list of tear-worthy markets that will have you in.. well, tears of joy.
Specialty: Food — Location: Southwark — When: Everyday but Sunday; times vary
One of the oldest and largest markets in London, Borough Market is famous for having over 100 stalls of gourmet produce, cooked meals, and pastries.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Specialty: Flowers — Location: Bethnal Green — When: Sundays from 8am ’til 3’ish
Flowers and foliage EVERYWHERE. Both visually appealing and smells amazing. What’s not to love?? It’s also one of the few streets in the country composed of independent shops. Small art galleries sit next to cup cake shops, vintage clothes stores, English and Italian delis, garden and antique shops. There’s a lil something for everyone!
Portobello Road Market
Specialty: Antiques & Food — Location: Westbourne — When: Everyday 9am-4:30pm
Love antiques and old lil knickknacks?!? This is the perfect place to go searching!! It’s a world’s largest antiques market with over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible! Also this is an AMAZING place to get some fruit, veg and specialty items without breaking the bank!
Maltby Street Market
Specialty: Street Food & Artisan Groceries — Location: Bermondsey — When: Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 11am-5pm
Who likes street food?!?!?! ‘CAUSE I LOVE IT ALL. The Maltby Street Market has a wide variety of foods that suit your taste bud’s needs. There’s everything from crafted beer to succulent brownies to gyzoa and noodles. YUMMMMMM. Also just half a mile down the road to Spa Terminus, there are around 25 food producers that sell top-notch cheese, wine, ice cream, honey and coffee.
Specialty: Food, Clothes, Accessories, and Souvenirs — Location: Camden — When: Everyday 10am-LATE
Another EXTREMELY well-known market, however, it’s definitely not overrated. They have cheap but v. cute accessories, clothes, touristy trinkets, and A LOT of art and craftsy stuff to look at. And the fun doesn’t stop there. THE STREET FOOD IS AMAZING and you can have a lil treat while sitting on the side of the Regent’s Canal.
Specialty: Antiques & Vintage Apparel — Location: Shoreditch — When: Sunday from 10am-5pm
If you’re looking for a market that doesn’t revolve around fruits and veg, check out Brick Lane Market! It has grown and mutated over the years to incorporate five different markets known as The Truman Markets, which all focus on something different to sell. One market focuses on arts and crafts, another on street food, but my favourite is the Vintage Market, which has stalls selling clothing, accessories and retro memorabilia from the 1920s to the 1990s!!
Specialty: Antiques, Arts & Crafts, Independent Shops — Location: Greenwich — When: Everyday from 10am-5.30pm
This large indoor market houses around 120 stalls selling jewellery, clothes, second-hand furniture, unusual gifts and general bric-à-brac. There’s also a tonnnn of independent shops and fashion chains if you’re in the mood for a clothes shop. AND on any given day you’ll find around 40 food and drink stalls selling street bites, sweet treats and artisan sarnies. So what’s not to love??
The Open Market
Specialty: Groceries, Antiques, and Arts & Crafts — Location: London Road — When: Everyday; times vary
The historic Open Market underwent a major redevelopment in 2014 and is now home to over 50 of Brighton’s most talented and knowledgeable local producers and creators. With a strong focus on fresh nutritious foods and ethical products, the market has a range of traditional market stalls-butcher, fishmonger, eggs, fruit and veg-as well as cafes, art, crafts, fashions, antiques, tools and more!
Upper Gardner Street Market
Specialty: Vintage Clothing & Secondhand Goods — Location: North Laine area– When: Saturday 9am-5pm
Take a stroll through the North Laines for new and secondhand goods including antiques, books, jewellery and retro clothes many more stalls selling new goods.
Organic veg, cheese and pickles, cup cakes, patisserie and many hot food stalls.
North Laine Bazaar
Specialty: Specialty shops and boutiques — Location: North Laines — When: Everyday; times vary
Although this is not considered a market, this is a really cool area of independent, unique shops that comprise of apparel, gourmet foods, specialty drinks, jewelry, etc. One of my personal favs is called Beyond Retro, a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind vintage garments includes different textures, patterns and an abundance of sparkly sequins. A truly unique shop.
*SIDE NOTE: THEY HAVE MARKETS WHERE VINTAGE CLOTHES ARE SOLD BY THE KILO AND IT IS GLORIOUS
They have these in other locations too, but I know about the Brighton ones because I lived there lol. But do your research and you’ll be able to find some stellar options.
Temple Bar Food Market
Specialty: Fresh Produce and Hot Foods — Location: Dublin Southside — When: Saturday 10am-4:30pm
The reasons to buy your food at the Temple Bar Food Market are endless, low food miles, seasonal produce and a wide range of produce in all weights and portion sizes. So come with a partner, come with a friend or come in solitary splendour to experience this unique shopping experience and help keep the culinary traditions alive!
Dun Laoghaire People’s Park Sunday Market
Specialty: Fresh Produce and Hot Foods — Location: Dun Laoghaire — When: Sunday 9am-4pm
This market features over 50 vendors that trade each Sunday, selling a wide range of products including hot food, baked goods, art and crafts, artisan food products and seasonal produce.
Mansfield Park Farmer’s Market
Specialty: Fresh Produce — Location: Mansfield Park, Partick — When: 2nd & 4th Saturday from 10am-2pm
ith a superb array of fresh produce from over 30 stallholders, you’ll find a wide variety of seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, quality meat, free range eggs, bread, cakes, cheese and fresh street food to be eaten on site. And the onsite entertainment completes the market experience!
The Forge Market
Specialty: A lil bit of everything– Location: East End — When: Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm
The Forge Market is a general market that sells a wide range of goods, services and produce ranging from health to well being, personalised goods to high street fashion for all ages, key cutting to home furnishings and improvements, food and confectionery produce to collectibles and hobbies and it even includes a tarot reader! There’s over 100 traders so there are so many options! Reminds me off the products sold at county fairs in the United States.
Specialty: Art & Food — Location: Drygate — When: 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month
DO WEEKENDS DIFFERENTLY
SHOP. EAT. DRINK. UNWIND. REPEAT.
I mean, they pretty much said it. If you want to enjoy your Sunday drinking craft beer and sifting through stalls with cute Etsy-esque home decor and quirky art pieces, then this is your place. They also have SO MUCH FOOD. With vegan options too!
Oxford Covered Market
Specialty: Various assorted goods — Location: Market Street — When: Everyday; times vary; ends at 5pm
Oxford Covered Market features more than 50 traders selling fresh produce, gifts, fashion, flowers and jewellery, and provides a unique showcase for the very best in local crafts, food and drink.
Gloucester Green Market
Specialty: Fresh Produce — Location: George Street — When: Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday; Times vary
The Gloucester Green market is a traditional and vibrant open air market offering a range of general produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers and plants, household goods, cheeses, pet food, frames, books, fabrics, DVDs, mobile phone accessories, haberdashery, bags, hats, watches and watch batteries, clothing, cakes, sweets, and much more.
East Oxford Farmers’ & Community Market
Specialty: Fresh Produce — Location: East Oxford Primary School — When: Every Saturday 10am-1pm
The East Oxford Farmers’ & Community Market is a small, friendly local market which can provide the staples for your weekly shop: bread, eggs, milk, vegetables, cheese, various meats, refills for cleaning supplies – as well as a range of other products such as jewellery, clothing and secondhand books.