Food: London’s largest food market, Borough Market has more than 100 stalls selling British produce like gourmet cheeses, sausages, ciders, coffees, vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood. There are also a wide variety of street food vendors here, so you can always drop by for a takeaway meal. Besides British and European cuisines, you’ll also find stalls selling Egyptian, Thai and Gujarati, Caribbean and Argentinean food.
Best times to go: If you want to avoid the crowds, don’t go at lunchtime, and visit on weekdays rather than weekends. Take some time to scope out the street food stalls to see what catches your fancy. The portions are pretty generous, so go hungry and in a group if possible so you can sample more items
Must try stalls: Gourmet Goat’s moreish Eastern Mediterranean kid goat meat kofta pita wraps with pomegranate dressing, chilli salsa and tzatziki is so good you might need seconds. One of the most famous items at Borough Market, Brindisa’s chorizo ciabatta roll with grilled pepper and rocket has the perfect combination of salty, peppery, sweet and chewy. For the juiciest most flavourful oysters and shellfish, head for Richard Hayward’s Oysters. At Café Brood, the moist, perfectly cooked paella with seafood and chorizo is one dish that will leave you feeling warm-bellied and satisfied.
Ambience: If you’re a serious food lover or consider yourself a gourmand, then the energy, sights, smells and noises here will send you into a rapturous tailspin before you even taste anything. You’ll want to spend as much time as possible trawling through all the artisanal food produce shops and sampling cheese, olive oils, tapenades and other goodies.
Opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays: from 10am to 5pm. Fridays: 10am to 6pm. Saturdays: 8am to 5pm
Average price per street food item: £6-£15
Address: Borough Market. 8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL, England, United Kingdom.