Partially stalls with retro replica clothing other stalls have more actual vintage.
Clothing, décor, records and food stalls!
This place is a WIN!
You could spend all day here and probably not see everything.
A place you could waste an entire day in.
It would be a day well wasted though, because there's a lot of different trinkets to be offered.
Some of these merchants are incredibly pushy, but it does lighten the debt a bit.
Bring Cash. A lot of places don't take credit.
Want a bit of this and that... Street eats, vintage digs, anything from hookahs to paintings... This market is the business. Great stuff.
I RECOMMEND: Smoke 'n' Roll's food truck. Brisquet sandwich with grilled onions and sundries tomatoes melted in my mouth.
EXTRA TIP: bargain bargain bargain! The verb, not just the noun!
This place is an absolute labyrinth. If you can't find what you're looking for in this vast market then you probably never will.
Just awesome. From the amazing building(s) to the wild bronze horsey sculptures to the vast assortment of incredible STUFF on offer, this place is da' bomb! There's a major amount of touristy tat, of course, but if you need to buy some as a souvenir for your Aunt Nora, this is a great place to do so!
There are also one-off stalls with incredible merchandise that you will covet, new things, hand-made things, and actual antique and vintage offerings that are mouth-watering. Prices tend to be very reasonable.
Lots of food. Lots of excellent people watching! Fun, fun, fun. And potentially exhausting. There is a LOT of ground to cover. We refreshed ourselves with a pint at the Elephant's Head on the Camden High Street.
My first visit to the Stables Market was on a Saturday. It was a bad idea.
The market was stupid-busy, and the onslaught of visitors in the market was only compounded by the rain outside. When I first got in, I literally couldn't move. In order to manoeuvre my way past the initial food stalls, I literally had to push and weasel through hundreds of people. Let's just say, it's a good thing I'm small. Further inside, the climate was only marginally better, but I got so claustrophobic and fed up with moving down the corridors at -3 mph because of people looking around at things and generally just not paying attention as if they were on the pavements of Westminster captivated by Big Ben that at one point I said to my partner, rather more loudly than was necessary perhaps, 'I WANT OUT!' At which point, the guy in front of me apologized and moved aside.
I kind of felt like an asshole.
I swore never to go back.
But I did. On a Monday. And it was great!
The market was at least at 85% less capacity than it was on my initial visit, and the wide open spaces and inviting stalls filled with cheap wares (monetarily, in quality, or both) had me trying on rings here, picking up scarves there, and considering the, er, interesting fashions with relish. The food that before seemed cheap and of questionable origin now appeared like part of an exotic food court that begged for eating.
My partner wants to go back. I told him not on a Saturday. Too bad he has a 'real' job and works during the week.
The Stables and I have only just become great friends. Sure there's alot of tat that lines this labyrinth of market shaped joy but there's some right good stuff to be had as well.
Smells of worldwide cuisine (some of which looks vile and a bit repetitve)fill your lungs and bassy tunes plus market banter flood your ears. Great layout but with twists and turns making you feel you're discovering something new. Found some great fairy lights here for upcoming wedding reception. Ace. Also wanted the french stone coasters but had no cash for such items. It is reasonably priced though.
Best food is served in West Yard by the canal, proper decent hog roasts, bangers and mash and generally more authentic than some offerings further in market.
Good fun day out. You need a whole day though mind, and not a weekend day as lots to see and do here in mighty Camden Town but it gets way too busy.
During my stay in London, I wanted to come here everyday. Granted, I spent far too much money and probably looked like the hippest hipster ever with my over-sized bags and crazy scarves - but it was awesome.
The hours flew by as my friend and I stopped into every store, and being approached by awesome (and sometimes creepy) people trying to sell us stuff, and everything in between.
I bought so many things, and the one thing that stood out was this purse made completely out of zippers... I could unzip the whole bag into a long line and zip it back up again. Yea I know, totally unnecessary. But it was totally awesome [dooood]!
The aesthetic experience is one in itself - everything is breathtaking and beautiful, despite being crowded.
It's just something you need to do. It's part of the Camden/London experience. I mean just focusing on the architecture itself, walking through the tunnels and stables and things. Awesome history covered in touristy shoppy shops. Crazy horse metal sculptures you just gotsta touch/pose in front of.
Just be prepared for an overwhelming walk through lots and lots of cool looking things to buy.
WARNING: There are lots of repeat shops unfortunately. Like that cute, pastel colored, lacy clothing shop that appeals to the asian girl in all of us. And that yoga hippie leather cotton clothing shop with redonkulous prices for post apocalyptic distressed shite.
Just either do a quick run through to understand which shops are the lame repeats, and which ones are interesting and original. Or accept the fact that you might go shopping in one spot and find the same exact dress 20 minutes later for 10 pounds less.
oh and bad for you, good tasting food, lots and lots of food. Oh my god.
and fish that eat your foot skin.
An absolutely absurd amount of stuff is crammed into this unique and bustling collection of stalls and shops. Like, anything you can possibly imagine. A sampling of the items I picked up:
- more Sad Panda and Hello Kitty stationery and paraphernalia (seriously - the second R? Totally unnecessary) than I know what to do with
- a vintage collared dress that I had to try on in a weird makeshift fitting room that was essentially a passageway to another shop
- a tobacco pipe
- fake eyelashes that glow in the dark
- some used CDs
You'd be hard pressed to not be able to find something to buy in the market. They have something for everyone. Make sure you set aside ample time to browse as there are a lot of nooks and crannies that are not to be missed!
Sprawling, epic, awesome... I could spend hours in here. It really doesn't cover it to say there's food, clothing, accessories and more inside this labyrinthine area.
The whole area is very different from Oxford Street, but is no less awesome for shopping. Especially if you like anything offbeat, kicky or sub-culture flavored. While Oxford Street is more for the mainstream trend du jour and high fashion, this place is all about hippie, punk rock, vintage, urban and retro fashion. I've probably missed some in there.
And I saw soooo many crazy awesome looks on the shoppers around here! It was magic. Honestly, I spent a lot more time wishing I had thousands of pounds to spend while I was here than I did when I was looking at the luxury brand name boutiques of Selfridges.
When you add in the food available throughout this place, you really can give all your senses a workout. I'm just sorry I didn't spend more time in this part of the city. And that I didn't leave a lot more room in my luggage.
Put all of the outer stands in Camden market on ignore. You have to walk through them to get to the stables, but don't give up en route. This is the best part of Camden, in my opinion. It has convinced me that I need the following things in my life:
-vintage Burberry trench
-vintage fur coat
-earrings made of plastic in every color and shape
-Maps of really anything
-Other random miscellany
Go on a Thursday or Friday (early!) to avoid mega crowds so that you can enjoy just wandering through the weirdness. It's so worth it.
If it was possible to get any better it just has. Stables Market is now a behemoth with over 450 shops. The newly rebuilt site is sexy, with more food stalls, some amazing clothes stores and some fabulous home decorating shops. I picked up a didge for £10, spotted some beautiful candle holders on the cheap, and was keen to empty my wallet at far to many of the wide range of shops that have opened. (Dangerous).
Camden Market has always been splendid, but now the enjoyment factor has hit a whole new level that will encompass locals, tourists, and just about anyone who walks through its halls.
Super huge catacomb of shopping for the weird, unnecessary and sometimes GOLD!
Found my vintage Antler suitcase there and the little old lady who sold it to me was charming.
It's easy to get lost in the thick of all the great/worthless stuff they have in there. I'd say grab a coffee and a bun and take a walk around first just to "window shop" - mark off where to you to re-visit, then go smoke a fag and come back around for the real deal. It's a good way to spend your rainy Saturday/Sunday afternoon.
I absolutely love this market. So unique.
From the eclectic blend of stalls to the Asian food vendors harassing you to eat their food, you are always in for a treat when you visit this place.
It is a people watcher's dream.
Wow this place has changed. I worked here (before the stables were opened up) when they used to just be one level of indoor markets.
The Stables is now a huge maze of clothing, gifts, antiques, FOOD and souvenires.
Very crowded, a little on the expensive touristy side but still a great place to go walk around and look for some very unique items and clothing.
A gorgeous, huge market that I finally made the trip to after living in London a couple of months. Tons of vendors, a large food court, and fabulous people-watching. A lot of 90s-style punks with huge mohawks and Doc Martens hang out here, which is always entertaining.
All the vendors are super helpful, and not too pushy, a far cry from the streetside markets of the Caribbean where they see a tourist and latch on for dear life. I picked up a couple great pieces of jewelry for a decent price, and they were definitely unique pieces that I had never seen the likes of before.
A wonderful market and a great place to spend the day.
I didn't grow up in London so I missed out on the youthful joys of Camden Market - running around with your friends, trying on cheap clothes underneath your skirt (I've heard many stories from a friend who grew up here).
I've only been here as an adult. And as an adult the stables market (north of the locks on the west side of Camden High Street) is the only place I'll keep coming back to even now that I've left London.
It has the best goods: jewelry, photos, sculpture, lots of ethnic stuff as well as all the good food. From the stables I've purchases some Indian sandals (that I always get compliments on), a floor pillow with an Indian print, lots of silk throw pillows, a series of framed photos of London, a huge print of Tower Bridge, and plenty more. It's a great place to get nice looking things for your home at good prices.
I usually walk here along the canal from Angel, then pop out at the Stables and wander through the catacombs up towards Chalk Farm tube.
Note: on busy weekends they will close Camden Town tube stop to outgoing traffic (they will let people come into Camden Town but you can't leave that way). Just walk up the road to Chalk Farm tube stop (10 minute walk from the market) instead.
I really loved my trip through Stables. I didn't indulge in any of the food although some of it looked really good, although I was always hungry when I was walking through London should be considered.
Walking through the shops was great. The most vintage stuff I have ever seen together. It was awesome picked out a couple of gems for myself and friends.
It was also cool to go into the Cyber-whatever, to see what it is like to not get laid in the Matrix.
Whether you plan on buying anything or not it's a great trip to just walk around on a nice day. I suggest going during the week since there are fewer people.
How to describe such a entwining place; well here goes; its a strange cross between harry potter's diagonal alley, Tokyo, and new york. yes i think that completely sums it up.
And what a horse?! the magnificent statues that surround the market make it that much unique, great for tourists.. i feel like one every time i go.
There's always someone practically throwing food towards you, by the time your done sampling food, i guarantee your appetite will be gone.
great for exploring or playing hide and seek in with your friend. No of course Ive never done that...*twindles fingers and whistles conspicuously*.
Despite the 'regeneration' going on in this area which has led to the unfortunate arrival of chain bars and restaurants rearing their ugly neon heads all over the place and the disappearance of many older establishments, this is still a great place to potter, especially at the weekends.
The Market is steeped in local history and has been in operation since the 1970s, originating as a crafts market and then broadening to the point it's at today with hundreds of stalls and shops selling everything from postcards to vintage clothes and handmade designs by talented artisans.
My favourite route is jumping off at Camden tube and tourist dodging towards the lock, ducking past the shops that sell incense and herbal highs and heading into the stables market. Its incredibly busy at the weekends but is open seven days if you don't like crowds. It's great for people watching, present shopping and picking up vintage bargains.
Well, well, well have you not been here yet? Of all the markets in London, Camden Stables is a must go! You have "really, £40 for a sweater, really?..." to your "omg that's so cute but I cannot fit those, why!" to "this is purrfection." There are commercial brands to true independent designers to something unique for anything you're looking for: food, clothes, accessories - it's simply the best.
So here's my must-do list in Camden.
Teriyaki House near Proud. Authentic Japanese food that hasn't been stirring in a wok for all day. Cooked by a real Japanese family, the food is deliciously fresh and mouth wateringly filling. Perfect portions. Wagamama's what? Get your katsu curry here and nowhere else!
Mulled Wine/Orange Juice. Right outside the Camden Stables. Extremely friendly old man with his wife (?) who sell cheap but fresh drinks. They are dears, who make drinks that suit the weather! I'm thinking of visiting them every time for my £1.50 drink of the day.
A secondhand book store: £5 hardcover £3 paperback. This man also owns the antique store right across that has an absolutely gorgeous Valetine typewriter, lovely clothes, books, tea sets, etc. He's extremely helpful! Just ask him for a certain book (style, genre, author) and he's sure to give you a backstory, a summary and a fun fact along with it!
Your Eyes Lie: Wow. wow, wow, wow - I don't care for the clothes too much because I think it's artistically ...not pleasing but the accessories are to die for. I had reservations against buying a certain necklace, went back two weeks later and it was gone. Utterly upset. Still crying. I've even emailed them to ask about making a second one.
Green Tea shop - further down Camden Stables, behind Proud, is a little shop that specializes in green tea, more specifically matcha. If you don't know what matcha is, come here. It will blow your normal green tea leaves out of the water. And let me say, get the matcha hot chocolate. Green tea hot chocolate is just mmmm... with two tiny marshmallows... sigh lovely on a winter's day. Plus you get a cute area to take off your shoes and sit Japanese style on a mat.
Walk further into the stables and find leather bound notebooks, more food choices, dangerous shops that will suck your wallet dry!
It's a great place for dates, exploring on your own or just losing a whole day's time. I could never come here just for an hour! Plus the treats, the goodies - ahhh Camden Stables you will be sorely missed when I leave.
The worst thing about this market is that it took me so long to discover it. I have fallen in love with this entire area and can't wait for my next trip to the UK so I can return and continue exploring.
There is a lot to see in the Camden Market area. I wandered around for at least 4.5 hours, and I still didn't manage to see everything. From fancy to funky, this region has it all. Take your time, don't mind the crowds and soak it all in.
In all my visits to London (which have been many) I have never thought of London as the place to go to shop. Exchange rates are not favorable. This market area had the cool and unusual and vendors I could bargain with. Be aware that some only take cash, so make sure to not have to rely on plastic when you go.
The Stables Market is incrediable. I absolutely love this market! It has the most amazing clothing, gifts and foods from around the world. If you love vintage, jewellery, gorgeous furnishings and mad clothing then you'll fall in love with The Stables as well. There are over 450 retail and food stalls to explore and experience so you are bound to find something there that's you-even if it's merely the atmosphere.
They have great music playing as you wander around, a great community and creative spirit and fantastic stalls. It attracts tourists and locals alike and whenever I need to buy gifts this is the first and last place I need to go. The Stables is amust see of london-it's gorgeous and so are the people.
Camden Market is really a fun place to people watch and window [booth?] shop. I didn't find anything to buy when I went, but it was cool just to walk around. You can get tattooed and then go grab a bite at a pub, then go buy some random jewelry. Of course if you're a little punk rock fan you'll want to come here and pick up on Dr. Martins.
There's also a lot of food booths that all smelled really delicious. I really love outdoor markets like this because you see all kinds of people, tons of food, and lots of random things you probably don't need but want anyway.
Camden really comes alive on Sundays for the famous Camden Market: bubble blowers, tarot reading and punks handing out flyers are just some of the things one can look forward to. Thousands of people flock to Camden to eat, drink, and most importantly, shop.
There are copious stalls, with everything from clothes to incense to bongs and piercing paraphernalia. Food stalls are rife with every cuisine on offer, I usually grab a falafel and ALWAYS some homemade lemonade from the oh-so-gorgeous stand. Be warned that it gets SUPER CROWDED, so only go down when you have the strength and aren't too hungover to deal with the crowds.
I feel like Camden market has lost it a bit, since my early teens when going there was a massive treat and made me feel really 'cool'. Now, tack seems to have taken over substance in most cases, and the sad old punks who sit on the bridge near the market are a sad reminder of what Camded used to stand for.
I saw some french school kids buying drugs off a dealer once, no doubt getting conned in some way or another. That is another sad thing about this place, that school trips come here (its a famous area!) only to be
faced with one of Londons most prevalent problems. And so openly!
However... the atmosphere is still really fun, and although it gets hideously over crowded, the excitement does become infectious. Also, the numerous food stalls there,(especially the Mexican- stay away from the cheaper Chinese ones) make it a great place to grab some lunch and sit on the benches with friends. And some of the vintage shops are not too badly priced, offering up some good deals. I used to also rootle through the vinyl stalls and buy loads of basic silver jewellry. If you haven't been, then make sure you go, but it really is not what it used to be.
The Camden Stables Market is where to shop for Indie and Vintage clothes in London.
Camden Town is the center of punk and student culture in London, and the shops in the Stables Market cater to that crowd. You can find fashions ranging from punk, raver, 50s, 70s, and hippie. There are great record shops, as well.
It's also a great place to get cheap student food like gyros and small takeout plates. And the shops are open for late night food. There are a number of clubs in the area, and it's nice to know the late night food is there.
Stables Market is amazing.
This market is massive! You could spend a whole day and only explore a few stores. There are so many places to eat at, lots of trinkets to look at, vintage stuff... There's something for everyone. Bring cash, dress comfy, and keep an eye on your belongings. It does get crowded, but maybe it wouldn't be so bad if you visited during the weekdays. Camden is a cool town with a Hipster-ish vibe without the smell. The Stables Market has been around since the 1800's a and is a great place to go shopping and get some good food!
From the overwhelming array of food options to the wide variety of shops--from records to indie designer clothing--the Stables Market in Camden Town is an amazing place to visit and shop.
My wife picked up an incredible jacket from a local underground designer for £30 cash, and passed up another for £20 because it just didn't fit her exactly right. This is clothing that would be desirable at 5x the price.
We also snagged a little bag of fresh donuts, with sugar and cinnamon, at one of the stalls--sublime!
You don't have to buy anything to enjoy visiting the Stables Market--it's worth at least a walk-through--but you'll be hard pressed to leave with empty hands and an empty stomach.
I enjoyed the stables market for the historical aspects, it was incredible to see the size of it, decor, and layout. However, the number of people and crap sold there is overwhelming - rows and rows of cheaply made stuff you often see in NYC Chinatown/Greenwich Village to bait teenagers.
Don't get me wrong there might be some interesting stores that have unique quality items, but I mostly saw junk. The sheer volume of people and stuff discouraged me from buying anything under suspicion all of it was overpriced, too.
It's worth checking out, but I wouldn't make it out of my way there, especially for a London "shopping" experience.
I guess I will help the rest of you learn from my mistake - DO NOT come here before noon during the week!! None of the interesting indie shops that I read about on here were open....
Yelp and other places say that these markets open at 10am, but during those morning hours - this place was 90% chock full of cheap Chinese made crap, and the other 10% were thrift shops that got off on calling themselves "vintage." You saw the SAME goods being sold every 8 booths.
Not to mention Camden Town is an absolute nightmare. It is literally lined with tourist shop after tourist shop selling the same tshirts and lighters and key chains. Tour buses drop off loads here and good luck walking more than 25 feet without getting stuck behind a group of Italian teenagers taking pictures or French students bumping into you. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this place has more tourists than any other place that I visited while in London.
I was really disappointed in this place, I was hoping to find some great unique clothing and accessories and ended up wanting to run away from this entire district.
The stables themselves are an amazing place. A lot of great food stalls! Sometimes they even gave you free samples :] The vintage shops are great too. There is an independent shop called Your Eyes Lie. Great tshirts and the worker was extremely helpful and nice.
However, I had a bad experience once. An older man (in his 40s-50s) who was selling pastries which were 3 for a pound, insulted me after he dropped his own donut on the floor. He thought I dropped it and therefore, blamed me and then cursed at me. I instantly left. VERY rude. Guys, don't go to him!
Stables market stopped existing when those israeli landlords ripped out the horse stalls so Proud gallery or whatever their name is could have a new exhibition/nightclub space. What is called Stables market now is the arches, with the old stalls moved there, making it feel very strange indeed.
Gone is the old labyrinthine feel of the arches, gone are the miles and miles of dirt cheap clothing. In fact a lot of the arches are gone as well, sadly demolished. I suppose we should be grateful it didn't burn down eh?
Still at least all the popstars have somewhere else to party while the hawley arms is being rebuilt. i feel sorry for all the poor little tourists kids who think it's always been like this. It hasn't. It wasn't. Aargh!
I'll moan with the rest of them about how Camden Stables Market 'ain't what it used to be', but there's a new generation of goths that need to get its fashion fix, and much as its edge may have eroded, this is still a fun, enjoyable and interesting place to hang out and shop for all kinds of alternative gear.
Fairy Goth Mother has upped sticks and moved, which for many people ripped the heart out of the Stables, but there are still plenty of spooky boutiques selling corsets, boas and clubbing gear. It's actually a nicer place to eat and hang out than it used to be as the outdoor seating has been rennovated and extended, and you can pick up plenty of art and craft items from the various stalls.
Camden and its market is best visited on a warm day when you can amble down the canal afterwards and sit up by the Stables with a cool beer.
VINTAGE VINTAGE VINTAGE. If you are familiar with St. Mark's in NYC, this is 100x better! They have vintage clothing, postcards, sewing machines, tea sets, you name it they have it. The Stables, the stalls and anywhere within a 10 minute walking distance from here is great for shopping! Bring cash! It does get hot when you are running around being excited about all the fantastic finds so don't wear too many layers. Be careful of your belongings as well. There are stalls upstairs, downstairs, every corner of this place is packed so make sure you pay attention and hit up everything. I've also noticed that going earlier in the day is when it's busiest and when everything is open. The food stalls aren't that great or tasteful, but if you are like me- you might forget how much time has passed and forget about eating. The donut guy at the end of the road sells donuts for 75p each around 4pm...
Oh such variety! I love Camden for its colourful eclectic people, and its punky undertones. You can find anything here - second hand books, leather pants, neon make-up, second-hand prom dresses, handbags, records, windchimes, chessboards, leather-bound notebooks, and anything hand-made you can imagine.
And then there's the food.... if you haven't eaten in the Camden stables market, do it soon! There's nothing like a goat curry, or black bean corn-bread, eaten by the canal, after a hard night out.
A geat way to spend any day of the week really, I love coming here for the variety of clothesin the vintage shops, the food in the food market which they sell for £2-£3 at the end of the day!
For the lovely palm reader Brigit who is always at the ready to do an insightfull reading.
It's a great place to come if you have a low attention span as there is so much to do and see here you will be entertained for hours! If you have not already been then go!
Never had the good fortune to go here before it was rebuilt, but ended up here on a bleak midweek day, so only the most determined shoppers and tourists were out.
Seemed to be a mix of touristy shops selling a mix of UK souvenirs and vaguely "alternative" t-shirts and accessories, Indian and Moroccan shops, gothic, rockabilly and raver shops, and a few independent designers or handmade goods stalls, mixed with some vintage shops. The vintage shops had reasonable quality items but mostly a bit overpriced except for one shop near the baked potato stand (which had apparently opened only relatively recently).
The many food stalls smelled nice but about the only one I could find that had gluten-free certainty was that baked potato stand, so a potato is what I had. And it was quite nice. You could probably get nearly a whole meal out of the free tastes all the (slightly annoyingly touting) food sellers kept offering.
I LOVE THIS PLACE!
Usually when I come down to London, this is the place to go. At the canal theres a pub called the Ice Wharf, they are apart of Lloyds. There is a Starbucks around the corner from there. Another few pubs over the bridge, Bar 55 which also has cheap mixed drinks.
The market itself is a huge shopping area. They sell everything you can think of. I'm talkin a diverse variety of food, smoke pipes, clothes, purses, artsy stuff, almost anything you can think of! Becareful though! Alot of stuff here are knock-offs, but hey, for 5 quid you can get yourself some nice stuff. The best part? You can bargain with them! Just like a flea market. I know deals when I see one and this place, definately has some great deals if you look hard enough. The only downside.. BRING CASH. No one takes card here.. so BRING CASH!
Cyberdog is a must visit store there.. it's like a big rave.. inside the store! Across from there is a little nice Hookah shop.. they charge 12 quid and you must buy something.. i usually just get a water, cause I get thirsty sittin there anyhow.. so it works out.
Don't take my word for it, try coming here for yourself!
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