It’s easy to see why London is so popular with backpackers and foodies.
With a rich variety street food stalls cropping up in every corner, visitors to the city are spoilt for choice.
Discerning travellers who want to go local should check out the city’s quieter food markets. Save a small fortune on holiday and experience London’s food markets while avoiding all the tourists.
Maltby Street Market: Ropewalk
Business hours: Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
Most new backpackers arriving in London won’t know anything about Ropewalk at Maltby Street Market.
Discreetly hidden in the back streets of South East London, the local food market trades underneath a railway arch in Bermondsey. Situated only a short walk from the nearby Jubilee Line and close to London’s most popular hostels.
The Ropewalk’s street food displays will do wonders for your Instagram collection. Perfect for backpackers wanting to eat posh food without going over budget, Ropewalk serve everything from homemade ginger beer to oysters to Argentinian steak burgers.
Maltby Street Market is a refreshingly quiet food destination and unlike many of its mainstream rivals it’s not overwhelmed by tourists.
Brixton Village Market
Business hours: 8am – 11.30pm daily, except Monday, when they close at 6pm
Brixton Village Market is an increasingly popular destination for backpackers looking for a hungry fix in South London.
Serving freshly cooked meals with a distinctive Caribbean flavour, the street food market is bustling with Afro-Caribbean street stalls.
If you’re looking for a spicy hot lunch simmering with fresh organic flavours, then jump on the Victoria Line and go to Brixton.
Offering travellers a charming and budget place to eat out in London. The former Victorian arcade is home to over 20 cafes, restaurants and street stalls.
Opening late on Thursday and Friday nights, the market has live music and serves a global range of international cuisine in a warm, friendly atmosphere.
KERB and Street Feast
Business hours: 12pm-2pm, daily
Perfect for backpackers staying close to Kings Cross Station, the newly established KERB is a super trendy food market.
Serving locals and visitors freshly prepared street food, it’s a brilliant place to grab a bite to eat.
While KERB is a daytime affair, all good Londoners know that its sister brand Street Feast is the best place for late night eating.
Offering hungry travellers an evolving cast of mobile food traders, you can eat gorgeous pizzas, Korean American burgers and paella dishes for under $10.
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