the markets.

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On my last day in London, I went to visit two local markets: Borough market and Broadway market. Borough market only opens from Thursday to Saturday (they close pretty early, so make sure you check the opening hours on their website) and lunch is available from Monday to Wednesday. The market is packed with all sorts of food stalls: cheese, truffles, fresh organic fruit/veggie juice, pastries, sea salt, meat etc. I went there with my friend Kurt on Saturday afternoon and it was so packed that it was almost impossible to walk around… I felt like I was a little sardine packed tightly in a tin.
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Apple, Pear and Mint juice. It reminds me of the P.A.M. juice I had with BluePrint CleanseDSC_0101

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Hot dog with Venison sausage (this is the small portion)
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I found this stall selling little jars of preserves that are made with reduced amount of sugar. There are samplers for you to try as many kind as you want. I bought a jar of raspberry jam and I love how it’s not as sweet as the ones from the supermarket.
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Broadway market
Last stop of the day was Broadway market (close to London Fields Railway station). Broadway has a very different vibe compared to Borough market. It’s not as packed and everyone seems to know each other there. It feels more friendly and more personal – and the stalls are indie and more individualistic. You can even find handmade stationery and wool products there. It’s also an ideal place to visit if you are into street style photography. Everyone looks like they just walk out from The Sartorialist. The only thing that I regretted was that I was too busy taking pictures and I didn’t get to try any of the food at Broadway market. Mushroom risotto, fruit tarts, chocolate truffles…. By the time we finished walking around at 5, the stalls were already closing. DSC_0129

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One of the few stalls that we stopped by was Catherine Tough. It sells a variety of wool products, such as lambswool scarfs, socks and lavender animal dolls. I bought a scraf (the christmasy one on the left) and a pair of fox socks and they are adorable. The lambswool is so soft and I love the pattern. The socks are a bit expensive but based on the quality, it’s definitely worth it. If you buy a few items altogether (or with a friend), the owner might give you a discount!

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Flat White from one of the coffee stalls at the back of the market. Queue can be very long and I waited for 15 minutes. During my trip in London, I was thrilled to find that every cafe serves flat white. I tried to order one at cafes in Montreal before but unfortunately they don’t have it on the menu.

Now that I’m back to Montreal, it feels so weird to be back. I miss London, the smell (I swear it does have a special scent, the air that I inhaled on my arrival day put a smile on my face), the people, the food. There are so much more to do there but I guess it’s just because winter over there is not as brutal as Montreal’s. It feels almost too good to be true that I actually traveled there for 10 days and now that I’m back to Montreal, it’s time to face the reality. Midterms are still not over and finals are already tiptoeing at the corner in a creepy way (arrrrghhhh). I still have a few more posts to write about London so stay tuned!

Borough Market
(near London Bridge station)
8 Southwark St,
London SE1 1TL

Broadway Market
Open on Saturday only from 9am to 5pm
(near London Fields Railway Station)
London
E8 4QB

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3 Comments on “the markets.”

  1. March 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    I wish we had more markets in the States like this

    • March 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      Does the States have more local produce markets? Montreal has 2 markets similar to the ones in london, but they sell more food produce.

      • March 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

        We do have more produce markets. I wish they sold more artisan foods though. I think most Americans are too squeamish though. I see that changing though with local food movements.

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