There is one thing that we both really enjoy doing whilst in a new city and that’s wandering around a market, especially if it’s a food market which is much better for our eyes and our tummies too. It might have something to do with the fact that I am the Queen of people watching and I love food, there are no better places for it, wouldn’t you agree with me? It’s not just that though.
We have been to London several times, but only on our latest visit did we finally go to see one of the oldest (if not the oldest) food market: Borough Market. I’m pretty sure that, like for us, this is not the first time you’ve heard of this well known market in London, that’s why we decided to go and see with our eyes what all the fuss was about.
Pleasure for All Senses
Set in a very special old building with an Art Deco style entrance and a wrought-iron roof which we couldn’t help but liking, Borough Market is really something quite exclusive where we were pleased to find different kinds of food from typical British to International cuisine.
The smell of the freshly baked bread and pastries and also the various seasonal fruits and vegetables was the first sign that I was going to like this market considering how crazy I am about these products. There really is something for everyone and every taste at Borough Market from cooked and ready-to-eat delicious food like typical British pies, cookies, cakes and curries to International delicatessen like Italian Parmesan and olives and French cheeses just to mention a few.
The almost Dickensian looking setting and the vast variety of food and beverage on offer is not the only thing that I loved about Borough Market. In fact the quality more than anything else and the dedication that the food sellers have for the products they sell and, in same cases, produce themselves is incredible and very tangible at first sight. Not being an expert, it’s still very clear how much care there is behind the products at this market, no matter if homemade or imported, they did look like the best quality.
Apart from the bread stall from where I could happily buy everything, I was especially pleased to see a vegetarian only stall that had a vast menu of hand-made vegetarian and vegan food with plenty of veggie burgers, curries, salads and soups. The Veggie Table in fact caught our curiosity straight away and we couldn’t help trying some of their delicious burgers which, without taking anything away from the other products on offer and considering our special vegetarian diet, were the best for us in the whole Borough Market.
We also noticed that there were other special products for sale especially made for particular diets, like gluten free, dairy free and some delicious looking vegan cakes too which we happily sampled.
By walking through it, watching and asking questions to the stallholders, I finally started to realize where the Borough Market’s fame comes from and why. In fact it’s not only to do with the food and beverage on offer, but that the people behind it are very passionate and have a vast knowledge of what they sell and/or produce. They were ready to give advice, answer my questions and fill my curiosity with adequate explanations.
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I would say that Borough Market is a lively place where to find some quality gourmet food and delicatessens, with a nice atmosphere, a bit touristy perhaps due to its popularity and fame, but definitely worth going to if you are in London.
The fact that is a market though it doesn’t mean that everything you see is cheap though, in fact we found out that some of the products were a bit pricey for our budget, but again it all depends how much you are ready to pay for some mouth-watering food.