Borough Market

If short on time during a stay in London, Borough Market tops the list as your foodie must-visit. 

As London’s most renowned food and beverage market, impressively dating back to at least the 12th century, it’s the mother of artisan markets – a cornucopia of global gourmet goodies, quality speciality ingredients, and talented local food producers.

Snake through stands of fishmongers and butchers; towering loaves of bread and smelly cheeses; delectable patisseries and exotic mushrooms; and colourful food stalls selling fare inspired from all four corners of the world. 

It’s the perfect outing no matter whether you’re on the hunt for the latest food trend, shopping for ingredients to cook up a storm, or are just plain old hungry. Top tip: it’s noisy and crowded, so come earlier in the day for shorter lines and a little breathing space, especially on the weekend.

This was a favourite spot to visit while living in London. I’d load up my belly while simultaneously collecting an extravaganza of snacks to take on the tube home for later – single slices of cheesecake, homemade decadent chocolate truffles, and tubs of exotic mushroom risotto to-go.

Find Borough market at 8 Southwark St in London.

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