Foodie Shopping in London

When in London, visit a market. Although that goes for about any city in Europe, in London you really should visit one of these great food havens. And for the Ottolenghi fans amongst us: we’ve bought some spices and salt at one of his renowned restaurants.

borough market IMG_0673Borough Market
Since it’s next to and under the London Bridge Station, you can hardly miss this market. It’s huge, and it’s crowded, but still there is enough space to walk around and do some serious foodie shopping. Go to the Pie Ministers for a great take away lunch. Or just buy some spices, a piece of cheese or a bag of ripe and tasty tomatoes: it’s all very good.
Open: full market Wednesday-Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm, on Monday and Tuesday only open for lunch.
8 Southwark Street, (U: London Bridge Station), http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk

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BROADWAY MARKET IMG_0859Broadway Market
Between Regent’s Canal and London Fields, you’ll find another amazing market. At my own local market in Berlin, you will only find regular fruit and vegetable stands, but here you can get all sorts of food, like freshly smoked fish and very good bread. On top of that expect to find great shops, bars, and restaurants on both sides of the market street. Wouldn’t mind living here for a while!
Open: every Saturday from approx. 9 am – 5 pm
Broadway Market, (U: Bethnal Green) http://www.broadwaymarket.co.uk

Ottolenghi
We just had to visit this restaurant… Actually, we wanted to have lunch here but we couldn’t get a table. Instead, we pleased the pantry with some lovely pots of salt and spices. We might not open them for the next 10 years, but that’s fine, since they will still look pretty. In case you’re not travelling with three kids, as I did, try to have lunch here. It’s served on large plates and the atmosphere is great.
Ottolenghi Islington, 287 Upper Street, (U: Angel / Highbury & Islington); check http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk for opening hours and other locations in town.

Some more pics from Borough Market:
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5 Comments on Foodie Shopping in London

  1. Tal Maes
    May 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm (5 years ago)

    Heerlijke foto’s Petra! Krijg helemaal zin om een weekend Londen in te plannen.

  2. Marleen tol
    May 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm (5 years ago)

    Hoi Petra, eens dat een (super)markt vast onderdeel van je vakantie moet zijn! Heb mijn weekendje Londen met Meike gepland in juli. Ottolenghi was ik al een keer tegengekomen, en nu gereserveerd! Kijk er naar uit, maar eerst nog even wachten. Groetjes, Marleen

  3. Petra De Hamer
    May 13, 2014 at 8:48 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Marleen, leuk dat je daar heen gaat! Vandaag alle restaurants erop gezet, Ottolenghi is heel mooi, wij waren te laat met reserveren, maar alleen al even binnenlopen was een feestje. Die Pizza East is trouwens ook heel leuk met de kinderen, veel plezier!

  4. Inge de Monte
    May 14, 2014 at 5:50 am (5 years ago)

    Bedankt voor je heerlijke London tips. De foto’s lokken je naar de locaties, mooi! En Ottolenghi’s recepten zijn het laatste jaar sowieso steeds populairder, ook onder mijn tafelvrienden, terwijl dat eerst de Zilveren Lepel recepten vnl waren.
    Heb wellicht ook een tip voor jou, ken je de Zero Waste Shops al? Op http://www.zerowasteeurope.eu vindt je ze in legio belangrijke steden in Europa, ook in Berlijn! Ciao

  5. Tal & Petra
    May 14, 2014 at 7:47 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Inge, dank je wel! Uit die Zilveren Lepel heb ik (P) eerlijk gezegd nog nooit gekookt, te dik! Maar Ottolenghi is heerlijk, dat klopt! Ik heb zijn boek Jeruzalem, prachtig. Nou fijn. En nu KitchenTable Food populair maken onder je vrienden :)

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