In London you basically have your pick of markets depending on what you're in the mood for. We headed to the Old Spitafields Market on a sunny Saturday afternoon and it was a hive of activity. Not so busy that you couldn't move (cough Greenwich) but you could browse the stalls at a leisurely pace. Then you have a wide selection of restaurants and cafes surrounding the area for meal times! There's nothing overly impressive about the market itself but it is a really lovely location to spend some time browsing. I'd certainly recommend.
"Spits" is one of my absolute most favourite places in London. Amazing airy indoor space, full of restaurants, the market and quirky shops. I've spent so much time ambling around here come rain or shine and it's an antique or vintage lover's dream spot. 1 less than 5 stars because there are too many really expensive shops popping up (due to high ground rents I'm told). Please keep those lovely independent shops and restaurants- they make the market what it is!) The market has different stalls on different days, Thursday is my favourite which I believe is jewellery and vintage knick knacks. I got an incredible pair of old photos from the 1900s in Spitalfields for 15 quid. I love them and they sit in pride of place at my house now. Always a good find down at this special market.
The day I was at old spitalfields market they had all the vintage clothing sellers in the middle.....I'm takling hundreds...you want an Hawaian shirt....tons, Smoking jacket...plenty. Shirts, pants, jackets....da works.
What I really like about Old Spitalfields were all the great restaurants and funky shops...you could spend hours eating and shopping.
This is the side of the market that houses Leon.
From what I can tell this is the side dedicated to the events that are often taking place throughout the week and at weekends. I've been here for Alternative Fashion Week, the International Women's Fair and for Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair, to name but a few.
The market is covered by a roof yet is open to the public on each side so it's often busy, especially at weekends or during lunchtime on week days when the city slickers pop in to grab a bite to eat from the large variety of restaurants and food vendors.
It's a nice open market and very handy for fast food. Often worth popping down for one of the weekend markets too, for a mooch around.
So the old building has completed it's makeover, and on the whole I like it I think other's have covered the market really. On my most recent visit I only had eyes for the surroundings. To the nice old hall they've added brushed metal ligh fittings in the ceiling. And various elements in pastel-lighted glass. It sounds like it would all clash, but actually it works. The glass work is rather lovely, with panels of glowing colour at the gates, a lift shaft with moving images and another building covered in writing in subtle, but glowing tones.
On the downside: one of my memories of this place is having my first Mexican at one of the slightly ramshackle stalls they had in a food court area. That area seems to have been lost, and replaced by new, posh restaurants. I think they have a sushi chain coming in Nothing against chains, but I'd have liked to have kept those old informal and individual food stalls.
When I first came to London this place was enormous, stretching nearly from the office blocks all the way to commercial road. But then someone decided to knock half of it down, to chreate a more upmarket bit. For me that is when it stopped being a proper market. Gone was the section, the enormous section that still seemed fairly tiny compared to the scale of the place, given over to five a side.
Now what do we have? Basically a few craft stalls, people trying to sell paintings based on movies, a few old memorabilia stalls. And a posh bit, under the market roof itself, for those people who feel uncomfortable with the idea of going to a market, and would rather be surrounded by new items sold from tills. Hopefully the credit crunch will put the landlords out of business and the place will revert.
I used to go here all the time. Now, not so much. I'm kinda bummed out by the renovation. It's okay and many of the same vendors and types of vendors are still there but ... (there's always a but) it just ain't got the same vibe that it used to have (pre-reno). Oh well.
I especially miss Bubba's:
Anyway, it's still a decent place in a cool area with lots going on.
Was here on a Sunday morning after a night out. Only spent a few minutes in the place but got a quick walk around.
Bought a great coffee and chocolate cookie before I started and happily walked around taking in all the stalls and traders had to offer.
Some really nice foods, arts and crafts pieces. Everything from unusual music, rugs, painting, jewelery, clothes etc.
Will definitely call back when I have more time to spend and would happily recommend it for a pleasant afternoon out. Bound to find something to spend your hard earned cash on that will be a little bit different.
Also has boutiques and established businesses in the building surrounding the market which also looked nice.
The main bonus of Spitalfields is that it is under cover.
My favourite is the chocolate brownie stand which for £2 gives you the BEST Brownie in London.
You have your major chains as well. Real Greek, Pizza Express etc ...
You have as well all little independant shops, Market stalls and pubs.
Not on the same scale as Camden, however the best Market in East London
Very disappointed - at boutique prices, most of these market stalls do not belong on a market and many don't even respond to haggling! You're in the wrong place mate! Some nice things in among the pretention, but most of it pointlessly overpriced.
I saw a lovely pocketwatch on one stall - I went home and described it on ebay and bought it for about a 1/5th of the price.
The "market" is surrounded by overpriced boutiques and restaurants. Avoid if you dislike rip-offs.
Although not as great as it used to be - this is still a great place to go shopping if you are averse to the high street.
Aside from the Chinese stalls all selling the same stuff, you do get some great unique pieces from the designers who are just starting out.
There are plenty of places to eat which aren't too overpriced and it's always fun to just people watch sometimes too!
More Canary Wharf than Brick Lane, Spitalfields market is now just a steel and glass ghost of its former glory.
Sadly flanked on all sides by dull High Street, Anytown chains and ordered within and inch of its life. I highly recommend skipping over Commercial Rd to UpMarket, which is still fabulously cool - the way the kids like it.
Nothing beats a Sunday mooch and a much on the oh so tasty, yet intrigingly questionable street food.
Thursdays at Spits sees a fabulous antiques and curiosities market arrive where you can pick up pieces ranging from vintage vinal to victorian monkey skulls.
This surely is how markets are supposed to be!
If you've never been to Spitalfields market, go. If you've been to Spitalfields before, go again. And if you go every week, you probably own a stall. The best thing about this market is that it's open on a Sunday, unlike Borough and Portobello.
The other great thing about it is the stuff. The stuff is awesome. I think of it as a middleground of the other markets, selling a little bit of everything. Sure, it doesn't come close to Borough Market in terms of food, but it still does some pretty great produce, and even though Portobello may have more antique-y paraphernalia, Spitalfields can definitely hold its own. And it also has chain shops like Leon for people who fancy a seat and a snack in between buying belts and lamps.
I was here only yesterday evening, I went to the GBK in there for some tasty burgers.
I lived around that area of London a few years ago when I was a student and Spitalfields Market is probably the one place around Shoreditch which has transformed the most.
It used to just be a cut through to Brick Lane with a market at the end in 2007, with only about two restaurants and a shop, but now its full of cool shops and nice places to eat.
The market is great on the weekends, with a Pieminster and a bakery stall that sells some of the most delicious brownies I've ever tasted.
Spitalfields is an awesome market, and if you're a bit of a traveller it'll take you right back to your travelling days when all you do is wander around market after exotic market. On a sunday, the market has a bit of everything on offer. There is every type of food and it is all so tempting that it's practically impossible to walk by without at least buying something to nibble as you wander. the jewellery stalls are good to, but my favourite is the candle stall, mainly because the guy there gave me free stuff. but generally it's
just a nice place to be on a sunday afternoon, wandering the stalls with your friends and trying on silly hats.
As has already been said it used to have a lot more charm and was more rough and ready and less flashy and smart then it it now after the big re development. Still lots of empty retail spaces and a few being worked on right now. Now has an upper level that house wagama and a few other bars/restaurants.
I would still say it worth a visit and if you have never been then you can't compare to its previous state and I'm sure most people will enjoy the visit, its not bad just changed from the old vibe it had in the more
Great indoor market with a wide variety of stalls for everything! Great for christmas presents. It does get really busy though with loads of tourists.
There is a great American diner and lots of take away food places for falafels etc.
Some of the stalls can be quite expensive but lots of variety for one off pressies for yourself or anyone else!
Spittlefields market has to be one of the best in London, stalls sell everything from jewelry, pictures, clothes and weird and wonderful gifts and be sure not to miss the excellent selection of old fashioned sweets!
After a hard days shopping which i suggest you start early as by mid afternoon it becomes hard to move from stall to stall its time to fill up on scrumptious food of all cultures.
Aim to spend a good half a day here if not more, buzzing atmosphere and plenty of goodies to purchase make this a lovely day out.
This market is conveniently near Liverpool station. it's surrounded by trendy shops and cute tea-houses. Walk into the covered part of the market which houses designers and their wares. You can get one of a kind jackets - tailored on the spot, interesting jewelery and funky t-shirts. Plus Petticoat lane is just around the corner if you want some cheap clothing.
Walk towards bricklane and you'll hit the alternative spots for clothing, music, delicious organic food and bars. The rest of the market is in a warehouse, where you can get hold of more designer wear, retro clothing and leather.
A very trendy market with a great vibe. Plus you can keep on walking and find curry house and sit down to a scrumptious meal in brick lane.
Spitalfields may no longer have bargain basement price fashion, but it is still one of London's nicest markets. Young fashion designers show off their wares and try to make their mark with the public, organic food stalls whet the appetite and the vintage stalls can't be beaten. Open most Sundays at the old Spitalfields market site near Liverpool Street station, the area has been renovated and the market itself now sits within an area surrounded by vintage stores and nice restaurants, just adding to the appeal!
If you like markets and you haven't been to Spitalfields, you don't know what you are missing. They have recently done it out but it still has all of it's old charm and character. About 5 mins walk from Liverpoolstation, go any weekend to find hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of arty and eclectic stuff from handmade clothes, bags from new designers, kooky t-shirts plus loads of vintage watches, jackets and bric a abrac. You can also pick up some Artisan breads or handmade fudge. The shops on the outside of the market are great too vintage designer furniture, lovely gift shops and fantastic restaurants. A brilliant day out on a Sunday before a wonder down Brick lane for a pint.
The new Camden, as Camden is now just a trap for tourist and out of town Goths. Spitalfields offers an array art and crafty type goods. Like small up starting t-shirt companies or collectable records. At the bottom end there a strip of food vans offer everything from Mexican to curry. There's some vintage cloths stalls over priced prints (you know the bankseys ones they sell even in corner shops now). But it is a nice day out especially if you combine it with brick lane and petticoat lanes markets and there's plenty of pubs around there offering roasts too. Shame it been hit by the typical London bug of being renovated which is ruin the atmosphere of London. Only open Sundays but often has other events like fashion shows during the week as well as an antiques markets in Wednesdays I think .
Spitalfields Market is a great place to walk around. There is a good range of stalls offering a varied mix of goodies from vintage clothes to beautiful handmade bags. The choice of different places to eat is quite good. It's a great place to people watch.
First thing to note is that this market is closed on Saturdays! Made the mistake of trecking across here one freezing cold Saturday - oops. Nice market with load of independant stalls. Great to pick up some individual pices. Bit more upmarket than a few other markets such as Camden but still great for a look around.
An idyllic Sunday can be spent trawling the stores in Spitalfields and grabbing a snack from one of the stalls before hitting the nearby bars later. This market has a wide variety of clothes, accessories and food. There are a number of stallholders here who also stock in Topshop and other high street brands but prices are lower as you cut out the middleman. This is a great place to go gift shopping as you can get something special without breaking the bank.
There's a lovely victorian styled market with antiques, handy crafts and jewellery. It is surrounded by chic boutiques , food shops and restaurants. Nearby is Brick Lane, famous as the Brish home of curries. If you are a big fan of curry, it's a place you shouldn't miss.
I loved this place when I first came to London 11 years ago, unfortunately most of the original character has been stripped away and the fascinating array of market stalls has diminished to be replaced by the type of restaurants you can get anywhere. But Canteen does do a good macaroni cheese
Once a brilliant piece of old green steel architecture, which was a bit ecclectic and schitzo in all manner of old and new stalls, now a bit of steel and glass modernisim. I miss the old market but this still has some of the good old feel but not too much.
They have done a reat job refurbishing and building up a part of London which used to be deserted, derelict, dirty. Now you will see lots of trendy shops, selling food , clothes, furniture, scosmetics, lots of young people hangig arund in the bars and the restaurants, is becoming quite expensive, like a new Islington, prices for the properties shooted through the roof, very close to the dodgy Brick Lane
Spitalfields Market is a great place for bargains. There are plenty of independent designers with some really different clothes, gifts etc at reasonable prices that were hand made by them. I was also delighted to see a great selection of original retro clothing again a good prices. Worth a trip if you like unusual & alternative clothing/gifts with a real originality that's increasingly harder to find these days.
I actually find this market quite pricey, but it does get very busy, so maybe thats just me!! Its still a great place to shop for something a little bit different and individual, such as gifts etc. There are many vintage stalls and new designers selling their good, as well as a huge array of jewelry stalls. The market is also surrounded by good places to eat or get a coffee, so you won't go hungry or thirsty here!
Spitalfields is a great little spot near London's Brick lane. Lots of cafes, shops and stalls selling everything ranging from handcrafted items and vintage clothing to belts, beltbuckles and sunglasses. Nice place to have a wander!
It is probably one of the best markets in London. It has a wide variety of things. I particularly love the clothes they have there as it is unique and yoolu can't really get it elsewhere. The food is also good. I buy bread amd cheese there often as the selection is great. There are also lots of things that you never thought you would buy. The upside of it is its open everyday except Saturday. You can have a fun filled day there then because of its close proximity to Brick Lane have a meal later on. It is a good place for adults and children as well. My mum and dad enjoyed visiting the market when they were in London and would recommend it to anyone.
Spitalfields Market is not only a great market, but it's also in a great location - walking distance from Brick Lane and surrounded by nice bars, cool restaurants, cute shops, and a good musical venue, the Spitz. Though you might end up seeing too much of those scruffy things you find in Camden Town, concentrate on the sweets - fudge, liquorice... yummy.
What more could you want, a market with loads of independent designers, artists, and loads more. There are now 4 markets in the area as well as all the shopping of the top part of brick lane.
the old market has now re-opened along side the cripspin place market.
the main market is open on Thursday and Friday as well but on Sunday everyone will be there selling everything from independent printed shirts, top notch female fashion, hand made jewellery, fresh oysters, vintage clothes, hand made hats and fascinators etc etc etc. basically its huge and you will need a fair bit of time to get through it all. And yes the cash machines do get very busy and I would recommend coming with enough to snap up several bargains. Yes there are some bad imports but nowhere near as many as Portobello or Camden. The emphasis is on quality here. Loads of the stuff you cant get anywhere else and you might just be speaking to the very person who created your new favourite thing!
Londons most wonderful market. Thats why we have a shop here!
A very mixed bag in this market.just as it should be. As stated before its not as crowded as the others in London.which is a massive plus for me. Around the market area there are lots of restaurants, shops and lots of other places to get into some shenanigans! I loved it! A little gem.
Love love love it here! Lots of independent stalls selling handmade as well as commercial clothing accessories etc. Go early to avoid the crowds
so so varied, and after the refit, feels like a posh outdoor department store! so the fact you cal still buy someone's home made print t-shirts for a tenner makes you smile. NO shortage of places to eat and drink, and loads of textiles and clothes. always busy at the weekends but not as crushed as places like borough market.
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