Food Markets and Trendy Food Bazaars – They’re everywhere. To make life easier – The Wonder List way, we’ve collated foodie markets and food halls old and new which are worthy of a weekend visit.
Bang Bang Oriental
Meet Bang Bang Oriental: a gargantuan pan-Asian food court… in Colindale! Yes, Colindale. The long journey might be a turn-off, but this is the largest food hall of its kind in Europe, with 27 individual kiosks offering a whole range of oriental cuisines and seating for up to 450 people. The vast space also hosts Chinese beauty parlours, a community dance rehearsal studio and the 300-cover flagship Golden Dragon restaurant. Don’t know where to start? Well worth a trip out to Zone 4.
London’s best known food market is a bustling, beloved dining destination. Dating back to the thirteenth century, this historic food market (London’s oldest) is a sprawling cornucopia of gourmet goodies. It’s best to visit Borough Market on an empty stomach so you have room to snaffle samples of the bread, cured meats, cheese, olives and pastries on offer.
SE5’s transformation from grimy transport deadzone to bona-fide foodie haven continues apace, bolstered by the teeny gem that is Camberwell Market. Its location on the Green gives it a fêtey feel (there are used book and vintage thread stalls, and the Salvation Army band have been known to parp up), but the food is anything but amateur: think grilled-cheese sarnies, Japanese soul food, Malaysian home cooking and mega mac’n’cheese.
Feast Bar & Kitchen
Introducing Feast, your neighbourhood bar and kitchen! One bar and a restaurant serving up chicken, beef and veggie burgers – drink, eat-in or take-away.
An incredible den of deliciousness, Feast has big sharing tables and communal seating for 350 diners, as well as a rotating line-up of the capital’s most incredible independent eateries. The space is set to become a new kind of restaurant and bar hybrid for West London and beyond to enjoy.
Other Side Fried have designed a bespoke menu, with dishes available exclusively for us. Order your food at their kiosk and our staff will bring it to your table – easy!
Open Monday to Friday, 12pm ’til late.
Refitted shipping containers plonked artfully underneath the elevated Shoreditch High Street Overground station make up this contemporary shopping and eating mall. Installed in late 2011, Boxpark is founded by Boxfresh entrepreneur Roger Wade who, with developers Hammerson and Ballymore, has filled the mall with labels such as Evisu, Wandering Minds and Scandi-inspired fashion stores Swedish Hasbeens and Nordic Poetry plus unique jewelry from Astrid & Miyu and food and drink outfits Voodoo Ray’s, Falafelicious and Poptata.
Maltby Street Market
This heaving strip of a weekend market – largely set down Bermondsey’s Ropewalk alley, between railway arches and the LASSCO salvage warehouse – first started taking shape way back in 2009. Back then, it was just coffee kings Monmouth cupping up for a couple of hours every Saturday. Now, it’s a proper institution, and the main pretender to Borough’s crown. Street food, booze and produce of every shape abounds, emptying the wallets of tourists and locals alike.
Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
Brixton Village and Market Row
A bustling hub of food and independent shopping in south London. Brixton Village and Market Row, two indoor markets housed in separate arcades, are integral to Brixton’s rich history. Over the last decade they have transformed into an epicentre for London’s culinary diversity, housing nearly 130 independent traders.
Flat Iron Square
This snazzy food court and bar/venue, sprawled through a few Borough railway arches, may look a tad sheeny, but don’t be fooled: this is keenly curated stuff. Fab fare – from manti dumplings to ramen, Levantine bits and tip-top toasties – can be scoffed in the midst of the indoor crowds, or on outdoor tables under heaters (there are a couple of sit-in restaurants too). FYI: one of the guys behind it is Jon Spiteri, king of London maître d’s and a co-founder of St John. Respect.
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