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Exmouth Market

Shopping, Markets and fairs Clerkenwell
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A stone’s throw from the City, this pedestrianised street with food stalls is one of central London’s most charming spots.

Exmouth Market is such a central London gem that it’s hard to believe it was considered seedy and run-down as recently as the ‘90s. Now comprehensively regenerated, this pedestrianised street within walking distance of Farringdon, Clerkenwell and the bustling City of London is a lunchtime hub for nearby office workers and a vibrant spot for after-work drinks.

There’s a weekday market featuring an impressive array of street food vendors. Spinach & Agushi’s hearty Ghanaian stews and Freebird’s bulging burritos are firm favourites with City slickers looking to refuel before closing their next deal. Because the market is so food-focused, it tends to wind down soon after lunchtime, so try to arrive before 2pm to check out every option.

But Exmouth Market is also worth visiting after twilight or on weekends to soak up its lively and convivial ambience. Because the majority of cafés, pubs and bars lining the street have outside seating and cover, it’s one of the rare London thoroughfares that offers a proper, continental Europe-style ‘sidewalk café’ vibe. Especially popular spots include Mediterranean fusion restaurant Moro, versatile all-day hangout Caravan, and Café Kick, where you can drink while honing your table football skills.

Top tip: Don’t forget to take a selfie outside the punningly named Barber Streisand hair salon. Nick Levine

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By: Nick Levine

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Transport: Tube: Farringdon
Opening hours: Mon-Fri
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tastemaker

I'm certain there's amazing food here that needs to be tried when the food market opens up during the day. Unfortunately someone else will have to try it for me because I come to Exmouth Market for one thing and one thing only: the Tartiflette!! If you're at Exmouth Market between 12:00-13:00 make sure you get a taste of the Tartiflette. It's £5 and you can get the vegetarian or meat option (personally I prefer the veg option even though I eat meat). So what is Tartiflette, you ask. It's a potato bake with cheese and mushrooms and onions that have been cooked together for what I presume is a few hours and all mixed together. The veg option has oodles of goats cheese on it and it's creamy and delicious. Not exactly a healthy lunch choice but I have no interest in being healthy when stuff tastes this good. 

tastemaker

A 2 minute walk from work and I can honestly say this is one of my fav places to eat! Indian, Italian, Mexican, Moroccan - You name it, they have it! Along with food/ street food stalls there is a cute little bagel and record shop, card shops and a tattoo parlour.. Ooo not to forget, plenty of bakeries too! Instagram heaven! 

Tastemaker

One of my favourite places to spend an afternoon with a multitude of wine bars and brunch spots to choose from. If you haven't checked out this spot, put it on your to do list. Never gets to manically busy but always has a good buzz about it. Less than a 10 minute stroll from Angel tube station.

Tastemaker

A favourite London haunt lined with independent shops and cafe's like Book Ends, Bagman & Robin and Briki coffee shop, plus the much-loved Pizza Pilgrims, Dirty Burger and Hummus Bros. The daily market stalls offer up well-priced street food and friendly service.

Tastemaker

Great variety of food stalls, a cheap and cheerful lunch spot.


Great spot for a good lunch at a decent price £5-6 - all set off in a buzzing area.


This is a buzzing taste bud stimulating market try to walk down without being tempted to buy great smells great atmosphere great food

Tastemaker

Exmouth market is known for its abundance of restaurants and cafes, especially the stalls that appear daily between 12-2pm to feed the masses that work nearby.

There is however, more to this stretch of North London road.

From the wonderfully named Barber Streisand (which never fails to make me smile) to the independent boutiques selling things that you don't need but can't live without (hipster colouring book anyone?), a journey through the market is always a worthwhile expendition. Whether it's a new tattoo, bespoke jewellery or a tasty treat, the market will deliver. There's even a park behind the church where you can sir (British summer time permitting of course) if you cannot wait to consume your goodies.

Staff Writertastemaker

Great market to compliment the amazing food offering on this street already in place. Although there are some standard traders there is always something new when I visit and I’ve never eaten anything bad here either!

I had beautiful meatballs and rice on my last visit with tangy salad. Shaved rib buns the time before both around £7 I think- super value considering the area- and there are lovely local pubs to wash down the food too.

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