"The old and traditional Ridley Road market in Dalston, Hackney has not received a mention. Perhaps, because vegetables and friut bought in bowls for £1 is not trendy, there is little organic available -- usually bananas and eggs -- but there is atmosphere. Music wise it is possible to hear soul, sacred, rock and rap during the day. Towards clearing up time Arabic/Turkish sounds and the fishmonger who calls the seagulls down to eat leftovers. A diverse market selling everything from pots, material, incense and most foods. Check out the fabulous fabric cave towards the east end of the market.
I enjoy the relatively new markets and have supported Spitafields organic stalls for over 10 years but Ridley Road should not be ignored. Best days Friday and Saturday but it is open from Monday; there are more stalls later in the week."