The Best Food Markets
As much as we enjoy eating out, there's nothing quite like slaving over a hot stove and creating something with your own fair hands. Admittedly, we burn things, forget ingredients and generally make a hash of it all but there's one thing that we know we can get right - the best ingredients. The UK and indeed the capital have some amazing suppliers and many of them showcase their wares at food markets around London. These are our go-to places.
Borough Market
8 Southwark Street, Borough, London, SE1 1TL
Okay, it's not exactly imaginative, and it's just as much a place for tourists as it is for foodies, but Borough Market is still one of the very best places to go to for quality produce. We always head to Applebee's for fish, and Ginger Pig for meat, and then have a bit of a wander. One little bit of advice: don't go there hungry - you'll spend a fortune.
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Alexandra Palace Farmers Market
Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY
This is great for anyone in north London, and although it's not huge, there's definitely good quality lining the little road sweeping down the hill, with some especially good cheeses. And there's pitch and put next door, which should never be sniffed at.
London Fields Farmers Market
London Fields Primary School, Westgate Street, London Fields, London, E8 3RL
We visit this place when visiting our trendy friends in East London. We then head back to cook very good Sunday roasts with the produce we've picked up, usually including something from the Wobbly Bottom Farm, just because we're childish and like the name.
Broadway Market
Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH
Ah, good old Broadway Market... full of moustaches, MacBooks and brogues. The weekly market, though, is a great little place to visit for some very reasonably priced produce. The New Jewish Deli does some great wraps, and the ladies love those Violet Cakes.
Islington Farmers Market
Chapel Market, Between Penton Street and Baron Street, Islington, London, N1 9PZ
This is another that's good for north Londoners, so if you're anywhere nearby pop by and see what you can find. There's a Kentish beetroot cake from Global Fusion that's out of this world, as well as excellent lamb from Layer Marney.
Brixton Market
Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PA
Not only does this sprawling market play host to one of the capital's most vibrant restaurant scenes, it's also the very best place in London for getting any African or Caribbean produce, so if you want to make a decent jerk chicken or doro wat, this place is a must.
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