Old Spitalfields Market
Typical of the gentrification that is slowly enveloping Spitalfields, the Old Spitalfields Market is a mixture of designer boutiques lining the exterior, with a mixture of market traders housed in the interior. The traders aren’t what they used to be, but what would you expect of the hipster East End, in the shadow of the City. Spitalfields is a hip, buzzing market all under an original Victorian structure selling everything from crafts, food and flowers to quirky creations by budding designers.
There are general market stalls Sunday to Wednesday, on Thursdays it’s the turn of Antiques & Vintage, on Fridays Fashion & Art, and finally on Saturday Old Spitalfields Market has a themed market day (so check the website for details).
In recent times Old Spitalfields Market has also become a bit of a foodie destination with some excellent small eateries – the famed Bleecker St Burger, Blixen (an all day brasserie and cocktail bar), Androuet (Parisian cheese and charcuterie), Taberna do Mercado (chef de jour Nuno Mendes’ bare tabled Portuguese), Wright Brothers (Cornish oysters and minerally sauvignon blanc) and then a wedge of much less interesting middle-of-the-road chain restaurants (Wagamama, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, The Real Greek and Las Iguanas).