Ridley Road Market

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Ridley Road Market
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Ridley Road Market

Everything from domestic and exotic fruit and veg, fish and meat to cheap clothes, bric-a-brac and fabrics from Africa and India.


Venue name: Ridley Road Market
Address: Ridley Road, off Kingsland High Street
Opening hours: Open Mon-Thur 6am-6pm, Fri, Sat 6am-7pm
Transport: Tube: Dalston Kingsland tube
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I used to live on this street on top of Pak Butchers. I love the market here, cheap and cheerful. However, fruit an veg should be used on the same day as bought since they don't have a long shelf life. You can get some really good deals on fabrics from Hamid's fabrics. Dalston mill fabrics is just at the end with a lot more choice. Host to yearly Hackney One Carnival, this street becomes a huge party. Not to mention Tasty Buds that serve authentic Caribbean food along with bagels and are open 24hrs. Walk a bit further down and you'll find organic Argan and Coconut oils and much much more. Stalls change on daily basis, but best time and day to go there is on Saturdays around 4pm- all the stalls are up then and towards the end of the day they give out great deals on everything.


The fresh produce here, in my opinion, is the absolute draw card. You'll be spoilt for choice by the array of fresh fruit and vegetables being sold and your eyes won't be able to help but be drawn to the colourful produce that's all around. You'll easily be able to get a week's supply of fruit and veg for under a tenner and it'll make you question why you've been spending so much money at the mainstream shops. Obviously, since it's super fresh, you'll need to use it asap however, this can easily be mitigated if you cook up a big batch of something or other for the week. Sitting alongside the fresh food, including fish and meat, are a range of other 'markety' stalls such as clothes, random bits and bobs and food vans. There are also a line of shops sitting behind the market so you could definitely spend a decent amount of time here prior to loading up with your food.


We love stopping here for a £1 bowl of ripe avocados (make avo toasts for a whole week!) okra (to make bhindi masala) and methi naan (fresh from the oven). The hustle & bustle of this market, along with its stalls of palm oil & indomie, butchers and fishmongers makes me feel like I'm back in markets of Ghana.

I lived for about 3 months in the area and the market fascinated me. It does literally sell everything for every walk of life. All the stallholders are friendly and helpful and there is also a network of shops that run behind most of the stalls which are also interesting and good value ,clothing,food even wigs if you need one . Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.