The Borough Market
Throughout our entire 3 months travelling around Europe, some of my fondest memories were made at the Borough Markets in London. Having been around for over 1000 years, it’s the city’s oldest food market, boasting a mecca of fresh local produce, gourmet ingredients and dining options. I spent almost every weekend perusing the stalls, chatting to the vendors and sampling everything on offer, from cheese to olive oil, cake and cured meats – every trip was a new experience.
A few of the stalls really stood out for me, and even though this list is far from complete, here are my personal highlights from the Borough Market:
- Bread Ahead Bakery
There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh bread out of the oven, and with their bakery just around the corner, the Bread Ahead stall serves just that. But make sure you save some room for dessert – their signature selection of beautifully golden doughnuts are worth every calorie.
- Le Marché du Quartier
Three words – confit duck sandwich. I would urge everyone to ignore the tremendous amount of fat in the pan and just think about the amazingly flavourful, melt-in-mouth duck that’s generously filled into a lightly buttered ciabatta roll. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Kappacasein is a cheese-lover’s dream – their specialty is Swiss raclette (melted cheese over potatoes), but it’s their cheese toasties that I fell in love with. Made to order and eaten while hot and gooey, it’s simple but damn delicious.
Doubling as a small, Spanish specialty store, Brindisa also offers amazingly flavourful chorizo sandwiches that are definitely worth a try.
- Greedy Goat
I’d never seen goat’s milk ice-cream before Greedy Goat, who offer a full selection of flavours from choc-mint to raspberry ripple. There’s definitely a strong flavour of goat’s milk, which I didn’t mind at all, and it’s perfect for those who are lactose-intolerant!
The Borough Market has what feels like an infinite amount of delicious food to try, and I certainly feel as if I’d barely scratched the surface. It’s a food-lover’s heaven and provided me with a lot of joy and memories during my time in London. I would urge anyone and everyone to spend at least a few hours there during their travels – there’s so much to taste and experience!