A walk through Borough Market and Maltby Street Market

Up early on a Saturday morning with no plans in particular, we thought we’d hit some of our favourite food markets in South East London. 

Borough Market is well known and get’s really busy, but that’s part of it’s charm. It’s bustling and loud and appeals to the senses, we love how the seasons affect the atmosphere of the market. and how, even though parts of the market have been spruced up it still retains the grit and bustle of a functioning farmers market. It is, afterall, a London institution, which has been around since 1014, so well before the Cronut then.

 What better place to start than with some freshly baked English Muffins (to take away).

What better place to start than with some freshly baked English Muffins (to take away).

 Why not escape the bustle of the market and people watch in the warmth and convenience of a an established restaurant in the heart of the market?

Why not escape the bustle of the market and people watch in the warmth and convenience of a an established restaurant in the heart of the market?

 While we really love Borough Market, it’s size can be overwhelming and the amount of choice on offer can make it difficult to make a decision, but who could resist these gourmet scotch eggs?

While we really love Borough Market, it’s size can be overwhelming and the amount of choice on offer can make it difficult to make a decision, but who could resist these gourmet scotch eggs?

 Monmouth Coffee always has a queue outside and for good reason too.

Monmouth Coffee always has a queue outside and for good reason too.

Maltby Street market which is about a 20 min walk from Borough is nestled away in a small alley between a railway and some former industrial buildings. It is much smaller but no less assaulting on the senses, It’s jam packed with vendors and happy people eating, drinking and being merry, and why wouldn’t they, the food on offer is top notch. 

 This is what you are greeted by when entering the market, wonderful smells, World flags and the bustle of a thriving street food market.

This is what you are greeted by when entering the market, wonderful smells, World flags and the bustle of a thriving street food market.

 There’s even a branch of St. John’s tucked under one of the arches, if you fancy having a sit down at table, their doughnuts look amazing also, the best Bacon Sandwich in London!

There’s even a branch of St. John’s tucked under one of the arches, if you fancy having a sit down at table, their doughnuts look amazing also, the best Bacon Sandwich in London!

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 Here are some of the happy punters we met at Maltby Street Market

Here are some of the happy punters we met at Maltby Street Market

 Gary from Beanbag Coffee gives us the thumbs up, you must try the coconut Thai coffee!

Gary from Beanbag Coffee gives us the thumbs up, you must try the coconut Thai coffee!

 Gary from Beanbag Coffee in mid flow.

Gary from Beanbag Coffee in mid flow.

 Sub cult is well worth a try.

Sub cult is well worth a try.

 We must come back and try this Vietnamese, It smelled and looked amazing!

We must come back and try this Vietnamese, It smelled and looked amazing!

 Some more happy vendors.

Some more happy vendors.

Every time we go to either of these markets, we come away feeling better for having shared the love of good food with our fellow Londoners. And for a while, immersing oneself in the independent spirit that these places evoke is invigorating. These are, in some way, places of discovery and joy and places that we should hold dear and appreciate, as I’m sure many of you do already.


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