This is a foodies dream. So many good things to eat drink and see. You can get amazing fresh fruit and veg, some exotic meats if your feeling brave and the breads deserve their own review.
My recommendation for choosing foods is to make an informed choice!! Wander around and sample lots!! When your finished get the falafel :)
If there's one particular thing I miss the most from London, it's Borough Market. If you are a lover of quality and unique food, GO HERE! There are so many different stands of produce, savory foods, desserts, beverages, etc. that there is definitely something for everyone. A lot of stands offer samples as well, so you can try a bit of everything before you decide what you really want. Hell, just make a lunch out of all the samples you get and it will all be delicious.
I have not visited all the stands; actually I don't even think I've tried a quarter of them! Here are some things I recommend trying out while you're there:
* Bacon Roll: Delicious! The bacon is just right and you can add onions, salad leaves, and mustard as you like!
* Raclette: Basically melted cheese on potatoes. The stand heats the blocks of cheese and slices off the gooey melted part directly on your potatoes! It does take a while to get your food because the cheese has to melt, but it is a must for fellow potato lovers out there!
* Vietnamese Curry: Same place as the seafood paella stand. I got this because I don't like seafood and it was great! It's not too spicy, but it is perfectly hot for a cold day out.
* Goat's Milk Ice Cream: After you have a hearty lunch, this is a nice dessert to have. The ice cream is soo creamy and smooth, yet also somehow light tasting at the same time. The Salted Caramel flavor is divine.
* Macarons: Who doesn't love macarons, though? They have the popular flavors like caramel and pistachio, but they also have some more unique ones like Earl Grey tea, marshmallow, and passion fruit. They are £1 each and a nice treat to leave the market with.
I am not giving this place 5 stars for just a few reasons. First of all, it's often quite crowded here. I don't recommend coming on the weekends because there are just WAYYY too many people. And even though there are so many people here, there are not nearly enough places to just sit and enjoy your food. Also since the food here is really good quality, things can be a bit pricey. It's understandable, but it just makes me sad because everything is so delicious :'[.
I absolutely love Borough Market. Since Im lucky enough to live 15 mins from this awesome spot, I come in every Saturday morning to get my fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat to cook for the weekend/week.
There are an amazing variety of different prepared foods and great drink options including mulled wine, champagne and prosecco. Definitely try the mushroom pate, the chicken and veggie gyozas, the grilled cheese, and the sausages. Try to get there early or late so that you avoid the crazy crowd!!
I love Borough Market. You can browse, eat or do you weekly shop. Interesting stalls. Amazing food. Any kind you can imagine and it's clean. Price range to suit any budget. Vibrant and fall the stall owners are super friendly!
Come hungry; leave happy.
* La Tua Pasta: Cooked portions are available for immediate gratification, but you can also buy packages to take home. Of course, we opted for immediate gratification: the pumpkin ravioli were called "transcendent" and the gnocchi in pesto were little bundles of joy.
* Wife of Bath cheese: award-winning and tragically unavailable in the U.S. Will return for this alone.
* Thai coconut pancakes: Didn't seem fully cooked, which just made them more delicious.
Don't come too late (vendors will have run out of goodies) and don't expect to find anyplace to sit down.
Food, food and more food. That's what Borough Market is about. Located right next to London Bridge it can easily be reached by underground. Then the difficulties start when you try to decide what you want to eat... there is food from various counries like India, France and Mexico just to mention a few. In addition you can find loads of fresh things, like vegetables, fruits, spices, herbs and so on.
The atmosphere is really nice with many locals enjoying a stroll through the market. Free samples are offered to you at every corner and the sales people are happy to assist and inform about their products.
Borough Market is definitely a must see in London, and great to experience a more authentic and not so touristy part of the city.
This is a dangerous place... First there is the very real possibility that you will eat your own body weight in salt beef, or focaccia, or olives, or (and especially) cheese. The second dangerous possibility is that you will inadvertently spend this month's rent/mortgage payment on olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
EVERYTHING is delicious. Just remember that as you are walking around in a haze because that was the best piece of home made turkish delight/mushroom pate/pretzel/pesto that you have ever tasted. It's easy to buy lunch at the first (or second or third) stall you come to, and even though I know that, I often buy something that I cannot believe will be topped - until I get round the corner and see the new pad thai place.
The stall I particularly love is called 'Borough Olives'. They are really friendly, make everything the night before and sell the best pesto I have EVER tasted - it's chunky, with cashew nuts instead of pine nuts and pecorino.
Oh, its also possible (a bit cheeky, but possible) to try enough food on the way round so that you don't have to buy anything. I do challenge you to walk past the German bakery and ignore the amazing custard slices though...
Open-air markets are one of my favorite ways to combine my two primary travel goals: sightseeing and eating at least every two hours. The Borough Market is a large, sprawling market that's great to stroll through, grab a snack or a drink, or do some legitimate grocery shopping.
We were lucky enough to stumble upon it during the weekend, when it was in full swing, so we saw the full gamut of meat, cheese, fruits and veggies, fresh flowers, and pastries. There are also some more permanent structures that are open all week long with stores selling goods like honey, olive oil, and wine.
For me, it was a treat to see classic pastries that I've read about in books but never tried in person, like Bakewell tarts. The meat pies were reasonably priced and excellent. While this isn't necessarily the first place I'd think of for paella, they do have it, as well as Thai and other rotating food carts and stands.
A great way to wander around if you've got some time to kill and/or are trying to feed a group of people with varying degrees of hunger and cravings. Lots of great photo opps, too!
One of the best things to do in London - for locals and tourists alike - is to visit Borough Market.
Not on a Saturday morning though. Then it is a little like stepping into a version of hell with crowds of people pushing and pulling form every direction and lines for the loos resembling those from a music festival. But I digress.
Borough Market is a proper London institution. While it is known best now for its global cuisine and cult status amongst tourists, I think that it's traditional fare is the best way for a visitor to enjoy its charms.
People say that British food is drab, boring and not tasty. I say, have you tried one of the pies from Pieminister? Add some mash and gravy and you have everything that is great about London right there in your hot little hand, served in a nifty recycled box to prevent drips.
What about the chip buttie from Fish Kitchen? Salty, hot chips cooked beautifully, squished into proper white bloomer bread and topped with ketchup. Heaven.
And I can highly recommend the roast pork bap from Hobbs with proper stuffing and apple sauce in a soft white roll. One of life's simple pleasures.
Then there's the sweets and pastries. All the classics are here - bakewell tarts, Eccles cakes, scones and sponges and, because it was Christmas when I visited, a mince pie so much better than the one you would buy at the supermarket, even if it had a famous chef promoting it.
I can almost imagine I've gone back in time with one of these treats in my hands, in the market that has stood by the beautiful Southwark Cathedral on the banks of the Thames for so many years. And that's the beauty of Borough Markrt - it's not just about the food, it's also about the history and culture and the city which is like no other place on earth.
Whenever I go into a city, I feel pressured to eat--and drink--just about everything in sight. In a brief two-block stroll, I can usually find time to eat a pastry, sample a gelato, snack on an over-priced French macaron or chocolate, down a cup of fancy coffee, and possibly even grab a cocktail of some sort. It's down right impressive, albeit slightly sickening to my friends that are forced to dip into every corner shop café with me!
Why does the city send me into this preposterous food frenzy, you ask?
Because I am from the suburbs!! The suburbs of Philadelphia, no less: a place where good food requires some serious gas mileage and planning. You can't find an authentic Italian restaurant, a crab shack, a sake lounge, and an artisanal chocolatier all within the same one-mile radius! If you want Indian, you drive to Iselin, NJ. If you want Italian, you drive to South Philly. If you want French, you're shit outta luck. My point is, that you're driving if you want to get good ethnic foods. So when I see Cambodian sandwiches, ramen, French pastries, and kebabs all within the same street, I get beside myself and feel the urge to try it all simply because it is there!
My most recent trip to London kept me eating around the clock because of the seemingly endless number of cafes and pubs, each one more adorable than the next. I plan to give a full review each meal, but I want to start off with my absolute favorite food experience in London, which doesn't take place in a restaurant at all, but rather an open-air food market called the Borough Market.
My idea of heaven is an endless Borough Market where every vendor has free samples and they don't judge you for taking more than one, instead they encourage it! The food is free, and it has no caloric value, and you never feel full so you can just keep on eating, and eating, and eating. #FatGirlProblems
The Best Prepared Meal Item: Thai Green Curry Paella with Chicken & Seafood over Rice. I did my research on the market before going (aka Googled the shit out it to see what other bloggers were saying!) in so that I could make an informed decision on what to eat once I got there. I read that the Paella place was one of the best, and I can confirm that it was better than some seafood dishes I had in Spain. It was creamy and flavorful and the rice was tender without being mushy. A food experience that was borderline otherworldly.
The Best Cheese: The Borough Cheese Company's 15 mo. aged Comte
It was the first cheese we sampled going into the market, and we continued to go back for more samples until we found ourselves just pounding down his entire platter one sample after another. Then it got awkward and we decided we were obligated to make a purchase, which was noshed down that same evening. I ate it like a slice of watermelon, right down to the rind, holding the wedge between my two hands.
The Best Exotic Item for Purchase: Tartufaia Truffles' White Truffle Honey
Need I say more? Truffle + Honey = guaranteed foodgasm
I might just have to fly back for more once I eat it all, and for only 5 pound a jar, it is the best bargain in London!!!
The Best Eat at Home Purchase: West Country Preserves
I bought the Spicy Gooseberry with Cumin Seeds, which is more savory than sweet. It pairs well with chicken and meat, but also toast if your taste buds are like mine! I also bought one of the Ginger Curds, which is a sweetened yet naturally spicy spread that pairs lovely with toast and desserts. My friends got the pure Ginger Preserves, which were intensely flavorful but also amazing. The man knows how to sell too--he loves encouraging samples! I think I tried all 32 varieties before selecting my final two for purchase.
Fantastic atmosphere, brilliant selection of foods and drinks from all over the world... and mulled cider. What more could you want?
By FAR, the best meal I had in my week-long London vacation was here at the paella place.
Borough Market has lots of vendor stalls, not all of which were open on the December weekday I visited. But still, enough were open to give me lots of options. I had a pastry, a flat white, and later, great paella. But I was also tempted by the vendor with the whole pig on a spit, and I'm sure I could have found several other wonderful lunch options here...there were many, many vendors to choose from.
While most of the market is closed, and much is blocked from the wind, you'll still need your layers here. Dress warm and bring your cash.
The Borough Market will be a joy for any foodie.
This is a place to grab produce, meats, cheese, and breads for anything you might want to cook and you can also get some lunch while you're at it. Everything we've had is inexpensive, fresh and delicious. I love being able to browse and create dishes to cook while wandering about the market. I also really enjoy the exotic and unexpected finds throughout.
You can grab lunch here each day it is open (M-S) and the Paella shop in the middle, the German Deli for brats and the sinfully bloody good Pork and Crackling with applesauce sandwich at Roast are all highly recommended. The full market of purveyors is only open later in the week (Th-S).
Love this place and quietly weeped when we passed on the penthouse we looked at nearby where I saw the market from the terrace.
This is my usual place to hang if I want to spend some spare time and maybe get something to eat. Some people don't like street food but I just adore those little stalls - the variety on each one is rather low but combined together you get a rich choice of sandwiches, wraps and all kinds of desserts. It's a real adventure for me to go there and try something new, usually the one that smells the best from afar.
There are also fresh dairy, fish, meat and produce with quality far beyond the store-bought products.
Ahh, Borough Market. Its overcrowded, touristy, busy, tons of people stepping on my feet - but I would still recommend you go stop by, even just once to check it out. You will quality vegetables that you probably wouldn't find in your typical Sainsbury! Variety of mushrooms, tomatoes, squash, honey, truffle, artisan cheese, specialty cured meats, fresh meats (ie: duck / rabbit hanging by their feet), burger patties made of alligator, ostrich, elk, etc... the list goes on. These things do come at a premium, and while you might not necessarily buy anything, is always nice to browse around. What I do buy though, is fresh food from the stalls!
My personal favourite is Kappacasein's onion and cheese sandwich - it is to die for! It is incredibly tasty, cheesy, and definitely on the greasy side. They grill it slow enough, and as the butter mixes with the oils oozing out from the cheese, it creates a nice crispy crust on the outside. My mouth just watered as I typed that. Seriously. Yum! You can eat this on your own, but I recommend to share this with someone, so you can try other stuff! There's also Patemoi - they sell mushroom pate (near the guy who sells truffle honey and oil), which is really good stuff! Its made fresh and doesn't last too long (can be frozen though!), but its delicious. It is actually stocked at Selfridges as well, so grab some from there if you can't make it out to Borough. But support your local traders if you can at Borough!
Avoid the crowds if you can. If you have a day off, try pop by during their weekday hours, or get there early (9:30/10) to browse around, and by the time you're done, the food traders will be ready to serve you lunch! If you make it out there around lunchtime, you will be packed in the crowd like a sardine.
Love this place. Living in Seattle, I am well familiar with touristy markets and navigating throngs of confused travelers. Borough Market is completely justified. Neal's Yard Dairy, Monmouth Coffee, Kappacasein, Roast, The Ginger Pig... so much great food! Lots of stalls handing out samples (paella, anyone?) and of course the various fruit, vegetable and other stalls you can wander around. Lots of restaurants in the area as well. If you're in London, this is a great place to visit.
The Borough Market is located by London Bridge steps down from the Southwark Cathedral. The market itself is big in size especially when the full market is open from Thursday through Saturday. The size of the market and the variety of food even puts New York City's famous Union Square farmers market look amateur. I was lucky to visit the Borough Market twice during my trip. The first time I visited the market was when the market was open for lunch only during the earlier part of the week. During this time only the green market area of the market is open showcasing food stalls of all types of cuisine to grab a quick lunch break from the busy day. Some vendors were nice enough to let you sample their food with intention that a purchase will be made.
My second visit was on a Friday when the whole market was open. This is when the market is really lively and bustling with more to offer hungry mouths. When the full market is open, there is produce, meat, fish and dairy available to purchase. There were a lot of the fruits and vegetables sold in the market that I have not seen in the United States such as the strazberry and pineberry. I also saw an abundant of familiar and unfamiliar breeds of heirloom tomatoes that looked so delicious. The only regret visiting the market was that I was unable to try some of the beautiful produce.
However here are some highlights from the Borough Market during my visit (separated by section):
Green Market Area
Khanom Krok, Authentic Thai Street Food: Coconut Pancakes
I tried this vendor when I first visited the market. The big show stopper that intrigues customers to the stand are their sweet and delicate coconut pancakes. The mixture of the base is poured from a teapot and formed in this circular pan of mini wells to form their unique semi-circular shape.
The coconut pancakes are made with a mixture of rice flour and coconut milk. The light shell of the pancake is then filled with a small amount of sweet coconut cream and topped with black sesame seeds, scallions or corn kernels. These small crispy well-shaped pancakes are sweet and creamy in flavor and are a great snack to grab during the lunch hour. Each order is served with eight in a decorative wooden boat for just £2.50.
Borough Nuts, Confectionery: Turkish Delight (Mon-Sat)
Borough Nuts offers various nuts and dried fruits to take home to eat as is or to use in recipes, but what is even greater are the sweet and soft little squares of Turkish delight. The vendor offers samples of their pistachio Turkish delight. It was soft, chewy and full of coconut flakes and chopped pistachio nuts. Another flavor I would suggest buying is the rose flavored Turkish delight. The rose Turkish delight is light and so soft that it just melts in your mouth without even chewing. All products from this vendor are sold by the weight. It is a great treat to bring home back from the UK with low spoilage.
Comptoir Gourmand, Desserts and Pastries: Pastel de Nata and Meringues (Mon-Sat)
Two sweet treats I tried from this stall is the pastel de nata and the meringue. The pastel de nata is a Portuguese custard tart that reminded me of those Chinese egg custard desserts.
They are similar in taste, but differ in crust. Instead of the pie crust-like shell the Chinese egg custard tart has, the Portuguese tart has a flaky phyllo dough crust with a creamy custard inside. Each cost £1.50 or 3 for £4.
How can you pass up a delicious French meringue that is as big as a softball? The appearance alone catches eyes of passersby in the busy market. They are light and may come with either fruity or chocolate toppings on top. Each of these comes at £2.50 apiece.
Flat Cap Coffee Co: Your Caffeine Fix a.k.a Coffee (Tues-Sat)
For that energy pick-me-up when the day is going slow or when you need a cup of joe to get around a busy day at the market. These drinks are strong enough to get you through the rest of the day. You can order from a flat white to a long black and the usual espresso or latte. There is even hot chocolate served there for the kids or those who do not want coffee.
Middle Road Section
Le Marché du Quartier, French Cuisine and Goods: Duck Confit Sandwich (Wed-Sat)
The smell of the duck confit cooking in a huge pan is good enough to attract customers. This rich and meaty sandwich is generously filled with duck meat and arugula in ciabatta smeared with mustard. The duck confit was rich and juicy and paired well with the peppery arugula and spicy deli mustard. The soft and ciabatta bread with its crunchy crust completes the meal to create a perfect bite. For only £5, it is a duck-eating lover's dream.
This place is a foodie's heaven! This is the first place I take all my guests when they visit London. The market is always buzzing on the weekends and it smells delicious! I love that there is a mixture of savoury cooked food, baked goods, and high-quality ingredients that you can take home for cooking. Must visit with an empty stomach!
Love Borough Market. Be prepared for big crowds and make peace with eating while walking- there is no place to sit. Find the Raclette stand....right next to the grilled cheese. That, with some hot local cider....life changing. Come hungry!
I know some people think this market is quite commercialized, but for the variety of stalls, the cleanliness of the market, and the quality of food here, it's a great place to go for lunch with colleagues or friends, weekday or weekend.
There's too many good things to try so I always get something different every time I go. My top favorites are the burger and paella. Just wonder around and anywhere with a long line usually indicates how good it is.
Try and go with several friends and bring enough cash... it's great to share at these kinds of places.
This market is AMAZING! Lots of nice varieties of food and eateries. There are at least food from Turkey, Arab, UK, Germany, etc. The price is also quite decent. The only thing is you would need to pack a large stomach here to eat everything in one go. Also be sure to watch the merchant when buying. Things are usually bought by weight, and the merchant would try to stuff lots into your bag. You can always say NO and ask for more reasonable amount that you want to buy instead. I highly recommend the Turkish delight shop and the chocolate shop.
I lived near the market for about two months and never went... yes I know... last time I was in London I didn't let this pass and it didn't disappoint. I felt like a little kid in a candy store... all this food! and so much to choose from!
I went local, with a pork sandwich and it was delicious (almost had a second one and I had already eaten lunch). Either way, ambiance is great, you can grab a bite or a pint in one of the bars around, you just can't miss.
My boyfriend took me here on my first day in London. I thought I had been to good markets before, but this one is in an entirely different category.
Even on the rainy day we experienced, the Borough Market was lively, warm, and full of samples, foods, drinks, and goods to purchase.
I couldn't count the number of cheese shops, with meat stores coming in a close second. There was a licorice shop, potted meat stand, draft cider bar, and so much more. Each place was unique and contained quality, fine-crafted items.
It took us more than an hour to make our way through the whole thing, and then we went back through for more. You could easily make a meal of samples, but you'll want to purchase larger amounts for later.
Great place to meet friends, for a date, or just to get some fresh air on your own.
SO COOL!!!! I love markets but for some reason it didn't occur to me to make this a destination on the trip. But, when we were on our way to the Clink museum, we passed through the market and gorged on everything. Had some cheese at a separate shop across from the market, ate at the Roast to Go stand and had some hot cider somewhere else. All delicious food and interesting shops- a must see on the South Bank.
Great place to try different tasty things at the same time. I really like the big chocolate cookie there. Also recommend the Goat milk ice cream and duck wrap as well as the cheesecake stand.
Holy Smokes! This place is incredible. If you like down-home food markets, you'll love Borough Market. The smells emanating from this place are divine. I had a freshly grilled duck sandwich that I could barely finish and it only cost me 5 GBP. In a city where even bottled water is overpriced, this was by far the best deal I encountered on my trip. Even better, the location is close to everything so it's easy to get to and easy to get on to your next destination when your stomach fills up to the brim.
are you kidding.... I adore this place. As does everyone else, but what I really like about this market is that I can somehow find a deal on produce that I can't find in bigger chains. The raw unpasteurised milk is amazing, the chorizo and rocket sandwiches is a must, the JUICE BAR (so effing excited about this) is amazing, the duck sandwich also good. The selection is superb.
I can't describe how awesome this place is. You simply have to come here to experience it.
You think you have seen markets before, and maybe you have, plenty of them ... but nothing like this. Food offerings and choices beyond your wildest imaginations, fantastic cheese, meats, cured meats, specialty everything ... even mushroom butters and micro gardens!
You can sample your way through the entire market, and everything is pretty much delicious. One of my favorite coffee places is right next to this market, and one of the most infamous cured pork shops is across from that!
There are also restaurants in the area with open bars to the street for good people watching, and just so. much. food. and drink. and wine. and yogurt. I COULD GO ON.
But then I'd just want to eat my arm. A MUST, VISIT. when in London.
Foodie heaven. I come from sf so I'm pretty spoiled with farmers markets and eccentric eateries but this was amazing. I will be going often during my time here in London!
The market is great! There is a big selection of organic foods. I really enjoyed the freshness and quality of foods. The free samples are great as well. This was my favorite part of the trip to London. It is rare to see such a vibrant combination of cultures and different types of food. My only regret is not spending as much time as I would like in the market.
The problem with Borough markets is not that it is ridiculously crowded, or that you'll get rained on or snowed on, and it isn't that there are too many tourists. No my friends, the problem is that my stomach is just too small to eat ALL OF TEH THINGS.
My pathetic little girl stomach can only manage one thing, and maybe a sweet thing to take home if I'm lucky.
Why stomach? Why do I have to CHOOSE between the german sausage and the fresh pesto gnocchi, why must I only be able to fit one, single, delicious sandwich from Guildable Manor inside of you?
As a vegetarian I have always been wary of going to food markets as there is often a lot of hanging meat about and I am not a fan but I was pleasantly surprised and put at ease when I came here and despite Ian purchasing a Kangaroo steak for his dinner we managed to avoid most of the meat which I was happy about and instead bought a lot of cheese and a lot of veg!! We had a really nice time and apart from spending a lot of money in the beer shop I was again amazed at how reasonably priced the veg in particular was. You will want to take a fair amount of cash with you as you will inevitably want to purchase a lot but for a market, it was definitely a surprise.
I also purchased a veggie burger from the veggie/vegan stand which, when it comes to take away food was on the more expensive side as it always it but is was rather delicious. I went for the veg and halloumi burger and will probably try the vegan burger next time as I think they stay together a bit better and look a little more filling but all in all was rather good. I think Ian had gone for a wild boar option or goat or something like that but hey!!
Anyway, I will definitely be returning to Borough Market and be purchasing some more cheese and vegetables (and no doubt Ian will come home with Ostrich or something like that!) and be cooking up a lovely meal accompanied by a good beer!!
i would love this even more if it was OPEN when i went!!! I was so excited as I was taking the subway to Borough Market and as I was walking towards Borough Market and noticed almost all the shops are closed, i was so disappointed! Sudden Sadness.
I only got to see a few vendors and eat at a couple places. But I can imagine how fun this place would be if every vendor is opened. The location is nice and there are areas for you to sit and enjoy your food.
The restrooms are so clean! For a public place, the restrooms are nice. Doesn't smell bad at all.
I would love to see the different vegetables and fruits from different vendors and try even more light bites.
Oh Borough Market! Why can't you relocate to Tampa?
Are you in the mood for curry? Check. A falafel wrap? Check. An orange shortbread cookie? Check. Paella? Check.
Borough Market is an outdoor area filled with local food vendors offering up hot, fresh good. This is a perfect place to walk around and grab a bite to eat for lunch.
Be aware that the seating area is limited so its best to grab and go.
I'm rating the Borough Market purely from a tourist perspective.
I thought it was awesome. We weren't intending to go here, but got lost trying to find London Bridge (ha). We were able to spend some time touring the Borough Market and looking at the many types of wares, from fresh meats and fish to cheeses and fruit to spices and dry goods. This market is huge, colorful, and offers many options for shopping or dining.
I'm sad we didn't have more time to spend at the Borough Market. On my next trip to London, I'll definitely try to get here for lunch!
Great little place to go for your special, more exclusive, groceries.
The entire market is always buzzing with people walking around, tasting things, buying the amazing food.
Located under the railroad tracks leading to Cannon Street Station this place is virtually hidden from view. Once you've found it though, you are in for a big surprise!
Every little corner and cavity of this place has been filled by people selling the most amazing food on amazingly beautiful stands.
Whether you're on a business trip or visiting London as a tourist, this is a must-go place!
Also great for just having a spot of lunch! Many of the shops will sell (warm or cold) food to go. One of my personal favorites is the little 'Raclette' stand near the church. They'll do you up with some amazing molten Swiss cheese over some potatoes and gherkins.
On the other end of the market, just across Monmouth Coffee (worthy of a visit just as much as the market) you'll find a place that cooks amazing curry's! Give that a go as well!
Borough Market, one of London's best kept secrets (until now at least).
Welcome to the ultimate multi-cultural meat, cheese, and fresh local vegetable market. It's been here since the Romans built the first London bridge and travelers needed a bite to eat on their journey.
The local fresh and aged meats as well as the international meaty delicacies are outstanding. Steak steak steak of every cut, flavor, and animal can be had. Want to try a camel, horse, or ostrich burger? This is the place!
The local British cheeses as well as Swiss, Italian, and other cheesy wonders from around Europe are waiting to be savored.
The vegetables, in all their organic and brightly colored glory, must be sampled.
Plus, you can obtain fresh pasta, Turkish delight, borek, Slovenian cuisine, all manner of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, and a huge assortment of fresh truffles!
The only competition for this market is the boqueria in Barcelona. Go to both and compare. We did.
Borough Market is definitely SOOOOOOO beyond crazy crowded. Finding seating for your food can be one of the bigger challenges of your day, after choosing what you're going to have for lunch/dinner and not spending all of your money.
I really wanted to come to Borough Market on my first trip to London. We got there a bit late for lunch, I guess, because when I stopped at Pieminister, they only had one flavour of pie, which was the wild shroom pie (mushrooms, asparagus, white wine & cream sauce). It all worked out for the best, because I wasn't in the mood for much meat anyway! So I got myself a cute little pie with a mash on the side. The guys at Pieminister stall were really kind as well. The gravy was pretty salty but there didn't seem to be enough of it to moisten all my food. If there was more of it and it was less salty, I would've been super peachy.
I split the pie with my dad, and it was a bit heavier than I was in the mood for considering it was still pretty hot in London that day. So, I also stopped by Fish! , which had a restaurant but ALSO a stall? In any case, I wanted to get my fish&chips on and got myself some haddock and chips. I did have to go back to the stall afterwards and add a butt-ton more vinegar, but it's all good. Was pretty good.
Aside from the food I bought, I saw a lot of really GREAT offerings at Borough Market. For the student, this isn't the best place to be buying all meals, but it's definitely a fun and happening foodie place.
This place was great - an outdoor food market where one can get prepared foods, fresh foods and everything in between. There's a ton of people everywhere and really has a lively atmosphere...a visit to London definitely includes a visit here.
Every time I go to Borough Market I try to taste something new. Lets just say I have been more times now than I can count and have never been disappointed.
The selection of food and drink here is amazing and there is sure to be a flavour to suite every single lucky person that stumbles across this amazing market. My current favourites include the salted caramel fudge from burnt sugar and vegetarian from The Veggie Table! My only tip, try to get in early, as its almost impossible to move through the market from 1pm onwards.
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