Spitalfields has to be one of my favourite markets in London. It’s nestled between Bishopsgate to the west and Commercial Street to the east. You have Brick Lane and Shoreditch nearby, and it’s a popular spot for City workers to grab lunch at during the week.
Spitalfields market is a square (or rectangle?) surrounded by shops such as Benefit and MAC. There are some retail outlets inside too. Some food stalls with seating areas and some chain cafe / restaurant type places like Giraffe and Leon and places that sell general knick knacks like Tiger.
The busiest day to visit Spitalfields is apparently on a Sunday. Although I’ve not gone there on a Sunday for quite a while now. It’s also busy at lunch times during the week as there are some tasty food vans along one side of the market that sell various cuisines from around the world.
Apparently on different days there are different themes with the stalls and what they sell. Honestly though, I walk through Spitalfields Market almost every day and I see the same stalls neary all the time. Spitalfields market has a range of different stalls, some selling art prints, some selling jewellery and clothing, some selling records and some selling leather goods. It’s really a range, but because it’s in one space that isn’t too massive, it’s not completely overwhelming if you get what I mean?
How to get to Spitalfields market, London
To get to Spitalfields market, you can either take the Overground to Shoreditch High Street station and walk down Shoreditch High Street and take a left, or you can approach the market from Liverpool Street station, walk down Bishopsgate and turn right at the Natwest building.
Where to eat in Spitalfields?
Try one of the food vans that are parked up by the side of Spitalfields market (just off Lamb Street, and near Itsu etc). I’ve heard really good things from my work colleagues about The Coop (that serves chicken) and Smokoloko. For something a bit more exotic you have Cafe Caribbean. Blixen is a nice European brasserie if you want something a bit more sit-down and formal.
Have you ever been to Spitalfields market in London? What did you think?