Borough Market is one of the largest and oldest wholesale and retail food markets in London. There are many things to see and do when you are on a holiday in London. If you are a food lover, a trip to Borough Market should be on the top of your list. Even if you are not a hard-core foodie, do not drop this off – really, you will not regret.
There are many goodies at Borough Market, but I will not be going into details as it is something that you must experience for yourself. Instead, I will share with you some of the things that you must see, do and eat at Borough Market.
Have a meal at Roast Restaurant
Start your adventure at Borough Market with a meal at Roast Restaurant. Perched above the Market, Roast uses seasonal ingredients to create classic British cooking. Otherwise, you should at least get the delicious pork belly sandwich from Roast-to-go (located at the foot of the lift to the restaurant).
Le Marche du Quartier’s duck confit sandwich
Speaking of sandwiches, there is another stall just a stone’s throw away from Roast-to-go, and they dish out excellent duck confit sandwiches. Le Marche du Quartier really changed my opinion of duck meat altogether.
Brindisa’s chorizo sandwich
Brindisa, one of the most famous shops at Borough Market, sells all kinds of Spanish produce. What you must not miss, however, is their legendary chorizo roll. Be prepared for a little queue, though.
A massive pan of paella.
This is perhaps one of the most visually-appealing stalls in Borough Market. I think the picture of the paella says it all. Make sure you try it when you are there. A box of warm paella certainly works wonders, especially on a cold and rainy day.
Very good salt beef sandwich
Any time is a good time to sink your teeth into a massive Salt Beef Sandwich. If you do not already know, this popular local snack is loaded with so much goodness – shredded deli red meat that is cured in brine, and thick and chunky pickles that burst with juice with every bite, all wrapped in lightly toasted wheat bread. And, good ol’ classic mustard to top it off is a fail-proof way to complete a sandwich.
I am still salivating and missing it so incredibly as I am typing this paragraph.
Coffee from Monmouth Coffee Company
Monmouth Coffee Company is one of the best and most renown coffee places in London. They roast coffee from single farms, estates and cooperatives. A caffeine addict? Then you must not leave before getting yourself a cup of coffee here. But, be prepared, because the queue is going to be quite a pain.
As I bought a cup of hot Potato and Leek Soup from this stall that prepares their pots of goodness with home-grown ingredients and take my leave from Borough Market, it brought me so much joy and calmness. Whenever I travel to, I have always been fond of visiting local markets to feel the culture and learn more about what the locals eat and buy on a daily basis. But quite inexplicably, this trip to London’s famous Borough introduced me to produce and creations I never thought would be possible, yet at the same time, I see familiar food that are presented and appreciated in different ways. Sometimes, the simplest ways can be so heart-warming, and we really do not need caviar and truffle to please us everyday.
London Borough Market
8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, United Kingdom
Opening Hours – Thu: 11am – 5pm, Fri: 12pm – 6pm, Sat: 9am – 4pm
Nearest Tube Station: London Bridge