London's best street food
Pitching up in weekend markets, an ever-expanding troupe of London street food traders are revolutionising the London dining scene
Like a cheap eat? Want to know where to eat when you're at one of London's food markets? Here’s our guide to affordable street food in London's best food markets, from sit-down cafés to takeaways, tried and tasted by Time Out's Eating & Drinking reviewers.
Exmouth Market, between Farringdon Rd and Rosoman St, EC1R 4QL. Farringdon. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm.
There aren’t many places where you can get generous helpings of hot, delicious food for just £5 – but there are plenty at Exmouth Market, between Clerkenwell and Islington. On weekdays (usually 11.30am-2.30pm, Mon-Fri), ten or so stalls line the street selling a variety of tasty meals at low prices; Thursdays and Fridays are the busiest days. A few of the street’s permanent restaurants also set up their own stalls. For example, Moro (www.moro.co.uk) offers one dish a day – perhaps Moroccan pulled lamb served on flatbread with houmous, salad, a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of chilli powder. On other days there are pork or chicken variations. Food vans also appear daily. For unusual vegetarian Indian home cooking, there’s the mother-and-son team at Gujarati Rasoi (www.gujaratirasoi.com), while Spinach & Agushi (www.spinachandagushi.co.uk) provides traditional Ghanaian dishes, such as peanut butter chicken or spinach, ground melon seed (agushi) or mushroom curry. Spanish Flavours serves the likes of meatball and potato stew, chickpea and chorizo stew or marinated chicken, all with saffron rice. Other options include Mexican burritos and tacos from Freebird Burritos, hot dogs from German BBQ or vegetarian curries and salads from Seed. And a mouth-watering display of delicious cakes tempts at the Ion Pâtisserie stall, including apple strudel, banoffee pie and cheesecake in multiple flavours.
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