The Borough Markets in London is quite an institution. As one of the oldest wholesale fruits and vegies market in London, it has a history that dates back to medieval times when the market was located on London Bridge. I’d imagine the sights and smells of delicious fresh and homemade produce would have constantly stopped traffic back then. Nowadays the traffic is caused mostly by the swarms of tourists and local yuppies exploring the gourmet food market on the weekends. The verdict: the food is delicious, fresh and diverse, but be prepared to pay for the touristy-yuppie factor!
The market is still a wholesale fresh produce market in the early hours of the morning during the week. From Thursday to Saturday, it is transformed into a gourmet retail market with nearly 100 stalls and stands. Producers from all over the UK sell a range of fresh produce including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes, and patisseries. Last time I counted, there are 13 places that sold cheese. The meat vendors are just as diverse, with several places selling exotic game meats – from wild boar burgers to ostrich steaks. There are also stalls that specialise in produce imported from abroad – from South African biltons to Lebanese meze.
Most stalls offer meals-to-go with their produce , so you can pick your salmon fillet and have someone grill it for you on the spot, or choose a ball of buffalo mozzarella and they’ll throw it in a rocket and pear salad You could actually spend the whole day just eating your way from stall to stall. Almost all of them will try to entice you with free samples! (Now don’t be shy…)
The Borough Market should be on every foodie tourist’s hit-list in London. And don’t forget to join the queue at Monmouth Coffee!
Opening hours for the gourmet retail market: Thursdays from 11am to 5pm, Fridays from 12pm to 6pm, and Saturdays from 8am to 5pm.
Address: 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL (Nearest Tube: London Bridge)