When you think about it, London is a food lover’s paradise. Not only can you sample every cuisine in the world within the city’s limits, but food markets are in plentiful supply. The UK’s famously inclement weather might not be entirely food market friendly, and yet we seem to have embraced the street market/gourmet food al fresco tradition, especially in the nation’s capital. But we’re going to focus on one food destination in particular: Maltby Street Market, Bermondsey.
Maltby Street Market first opened its doors in 2010. A weekend market, it has since become a favourite hangout for anyone in search of fresh produce or the finest street food. It started life when Monmouth Coffee opened up its Maltby Street warehouse to the public for a few informal hours on a Saturday. Other independent traders quickly did the same thing, and it wasn’t long before a community of traders had congregated in one spot, setting up camp in the shadow of the time-worn railway arches.
The market itself is small, and doesn’t attract the large, tourist-heavy crowds that other markets do (namely nearby Borough Market), but this only adds to its charm. However, Saturdays are usually busier than Sundays.
When Saturday arrives, market vendors line up their stalls in a narrow street between the LASSCO store and the railway arches. Start on Druid Street and weave your way round to the aptly-named ‘Ropewalk’, a decidedly skinny thoroughfare, where you’ll be handsomely rewarded by all the sights and smells.
What will I find at Maltby Street Market?
You’ll find traders selling everything from cheese to cupcakes to meat to artisanal beers, and much of it is produced locally. There are also stalls selling fruit and vegetables, fish, wine, bread, cured meats, preserves, and pickles.
The market is a combination of stalls and places where you can sit down and enjoy some freshly-cooked food. Some of the arches house permanent restaurants. But if you want food to eat on the go, you’ll be able to find everything from beef patties with Peri Peri sauce to Taiwan-inspired egg-shaped waffles.
Can I get a good cup of coffee?
A resounding ‘yes’. We’ve already mentioned the presence of Monmouth Coffee, but you’ll also find Coleman Coffee and Craft Coffee. However, we heartily recommend Beanbag Coffee. Their coffee beans are sourced from a variety of different places, including Thailand, Vietnam, and India, while the coffee is brewed using traditional Thai methods. Both hot coffee and iced coffee are available. The name ‘beanbag’ is not coincidental, either. Freshly-made iced coffee is neatly served in bags, so you can drink on the go.
The home of the hamburger. Here you can indulge in a thick beef pattie (cooked in BBQ sauce and with Emmenthaler) topped with sliced tomato and gherkin, sautéed onion, salad, Peri Peri sauce, and served in a bap. Don’t forget to grab a napkin. Meat food heaven – enjoy.
Maltby & Greek
This supplier specialises in good quality Greek produce. You can sample Greek beer and wine, cheese, meats – anything so long as it’s of Greek origin. If your feet are feeling tired by this point, there are tables and chairs.
This is ‘traditional handmade patisserie’ at its very best. From the flakiest, most buttery croissants to the finest eclairs and fruit tarts, the words ‘decadent desserts’ spring to mind – try your best not to fill up on savoury food.
A little tip from us to you…
When paying Maltby Street Market a visit – and we recommend you do so – remember to take cash along with you, as many of the stalls only take cash.