A foodie’s paradise with a community feel in an up-and-coming corner of south-east London.
Located in increasingly lively Bermondsey, Maltby Street Market is a bit like a calmer, more curated version of Borough Market. It’s only been going since 2010, doesn’t open during the week, and the tourists haven’t quite cottoned on yet. So, if you can’t face the masses, this is the place to come when you’re having a Nigella moment and want to stock your kitchen cupboards with high-end condiments and tipples you can’t get at Tesco.
Nestled in and around the atmospheric Victorian rail arches of the Ropewalk you’ll find around 30 artisan food and drink traders selling everything from craft beer to Mozambique-style peri-peri meats. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Bad Brownie’s gourmet chocolate brownies are definitely recommended. If you’re on a health kick, grab a green juice from the good folks at Bumpin’ Rinds.
If you don’t fancy snacking on the hoof, you can tuck into classy comfort food at St John Maltby, a bright and airy restaurant that gets pretty busy and doesn’t take bookings. And if your stomach’s still not fully satisfied, just saunter half a mile down the road to Spa Terminus, where around 25 food producers sell top-notch cheese, wine, ice cream, honey and coffee – we’re talking Monmouth, obviously.
Top tip: Don’t leave it too late to visit. Maltby Street Market is open 9am-5pm on Saturdays and 11am-5pm on Sundays. Nick Levine
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These quaint markets make for a lovely weekend stroll and will guarantee to satisfy your hunger and thirst.
What I had:
- Brazilian Steak and Haloumi wrap. This was delicious and satisfyingly filling. The tortilla was slightly crispy from being toasted and the beef was succulent and tender. I opted for extra haloumi cheese and guacamole and it definitely hit the spot and cured the drizzly weather.
- Dessert at Comptoir Gourmand: Choux pastry bites, spicy hot chocolate, lamington, gallette des rois (french pastry filled with almond paste). The choux pasty was light and moreish; the lamington had the perfect amount of jam in the middle and the gallete des rois had a lovely crusty pastry and the almond paste wasn’t too overly sweet - the baked goods here definitely will satisfy that sweet tooth. The spicy hot chocolate needed a bit more kick and was a touch too sweet for my liking; but the consistency is like a nice velvet hug around your heart, so you can’t say no to that.
Tip: Great for a bit of a weekend wander (and tipple) so that you feel a little productive and literally follow your nose to what tickles you fancy. Do check out the antique store, the amazing selection of scotch eggs and the ever so comforting cheesy goodness from the cheese toastie stand - can’t miss it.
Good For: casual weekend stroll, small groups, something different
A delicious experience! I loved that this food market was a little hidden away from the buzz of central London and that there were few tourists. It was rather crowded on a Friday night and my friends and I waited a very long time to get food but it was worth it! I had a wonderful burger packed with bacon, cheese, spicy sauce, and a deliciously buttery and toasted bun. We also had drinks from the gin place, which was really good. It was very strong and had a hint of a grapefruit aftertaste.
These hidden markets are an ideal way to spend your morning. Particularly if you're somewhat hungover and are looking for a feast. Whether it's scotch eggs or custard tarts, there really is everything. Rain, hail or shine, this spot is always pumping. A foodie's dream!
An awesome alleyway of street-food favourites, this is a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning (just try not to eat before-hand as you'll instantly regret it, given how much fine fare is on offer here). As well as temporary stalls, there are permanent restaurants and some of the other businesses give over their space to other vendors at the weekend (very cool to see wine & BBQs in the midst of a timber yard!). Reward yourself at either the start and end of the alley, with brewery stands and outlets at either end of the walk - if you fancy putting your feet up, the Hiver Tap Room brews some fantastic honey based drinks and also has a chiller with some of the world's best beers, including NZ Tuatara.
This market has grown and grown but kept its charm. It's certainly one of London's boozier markets with a justified emphasis on local brewers and distillers. Try one of everything!
Wide variety of delicious food! Very friendly street vendors, homemade feel and lovely diverse visitors.
Great food, great atmosphere, not touristy. From gin and tonic to Mexican tacos, you can always find a good option for lunch here
This is everything London is to me. People(all walks of life), local food, local booze and a cracking atmosphere. CANT BEAT IT
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