The city of London has a variety of unique markets all across its many boroughs. While living in London I was fortunate enough to visit five different markets that are musts if you’re traveling to London and want to find a unique souvenir or a delicious international taste.
1. Borough Market
The first market that I would highly recommend is the almost entirely food market located in the borough of Southwark. In Borough Market you’re immediately greeted (like many of the others) with enticing international smells and hefty amounts of samples throughout the market. I ate there twice having a flavorful onion roll at Bread Ahead my first visit, and Bao my second trip where I was treated to a delicious vegan South Korean Bao from Eat Chay (I still fantasize about it).
2. Greenwich Market
My visit to the beautiful Greenwich Market also had a wide variety of international food but it was split between food and craft/souvenir items all around. After multiple visits I learned that they also change up the featured stalls inside the market so you’re guaranteed to have at least one new option the next time you go. When I went, I had a super tasty Argentinian style empanada from Andes Empanadas and heavenly samples of fudge from the Fudge Patch.
3. Old Spitalfields Market
Old Spitalfields Market is like Greenwich Market, but it’s in a much different location. Greenwich Market is in a more historical and Royal area while Spitalfield is in a more hipster area decorated with all sort of street art. I couldn’t get enough of London’s street art.
4. Camden Market
Camden Market was my all-time favorite because it just went on and on with endless amounts of interesting things. My first trip there I stayed in the artistic section to shop for uniquely crafted items and amazing gifts for people. I bought a print for myself along with two more for my uncles because of how much I liked it! Along with the normal cute stores, if you continue to explore, you’ll find a food section filled with international stalls like Baba G’s Bhangra Burger stand. My sweet tooth was very happy with the cookie dough ice cream stand of Naked Dough. My mouth was watering with all the sweets, but the stores really stood out! There was a rave store filled with fun printed items, all surrounded by the beautiful canal scenery and street art that Camden is known for.
5. Portobello Market
I briefly had the pleasure of going through the Portobello Market in Notting Hill, which is the largest antique market in the world. This market was filled with interesting pieces along with the tradition food selection of markets in the global city of London.
Sarah Feinberg is a CAPA Peer Advisor and student at the University of Pittsburgh. A senior studying marketing, Sarah studied abroad with CAPA in London during the Spring 2019 semester.