Outdoor markets reflect the heart and soul of a community. South of the River Thames, the Borough Market sells produce to Londoners and visitors alike. Located at 8 Southwark Street across from the London Bridge Station, the Borough Market has an extensive selection of different fruits, vegetables, meats, pastries and cheeses.
The full market is open Thursdays through Saturdays and the selection available is a foodie extravaganza. A large selection of British, as well as international foods, is available. Visitors can sample fresh juices, pans of paella and curry, baked goods, mulled wine, ciders, cheese, breads and pastries. I could almost eat my way through the market just trying samples. As London is an expensive city, eating in the market may also help visitors’ food budgets, especially with the samples available.
A few of my favorite stalls include the brownies and orange pecan shortbread cookies available at Cinnamon Tree Bakery, the cheeses at either Borough Cheese Company or just down the street at Neal’s Yard Dairy, or the meat pies at Roast.
Be aware that Londoners flock to this market, especially during Friday’s lunchtime, so crowds can be a problem. Another downside is there is very little seating and visitors will likely eat standing up. A suggestion is to walk next door to Southwark Cathedral as there are a few tables available in the courtyard. The church courtyard, next to the market, can be a quiet retreat if the market crowds are overwhelming.
I have been coming to the Borough Market for years on the advice of a local British friend. While this market has grown in popularity over the years, few tourists seem to know about this hidden find. I like to eat where the locals eat and the Borough Market seems to be the place.
8 Southwark Street
London SE1 1TL
020 7407 1002