6 August 2014

Maltby Street Market: London's best kept secret

London Bridge's Borough Market is awesome, but a driveby-doughnuting episode the other day reminded me of a secret I've been wanting to share for awhile. For too long really it's been clutched to my chest like a precious jewel lurking in my 'must share' blog posts.
 
Maltby Market.
  
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Sold already?
 
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This foodie oasis is tucked away under a span of London Bridge's railway arches, a haven for tummy-rumbling foodies in search of something delicious a little off the beaten track. Run with independent traders, there always seems to be something going on down in this nook and a huge range of taste bud teasers sizzling on the open air grills.

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We began, as all good adventures do, with a freshly made Flat White, an array of baked goodies and a smattering of expats all bemused at the hustle and bustle of an early Saturday morning start.

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There is of course a downside to having a catch-up in a food market. Deciding. How do you pick just one, ok maybe two (or three) goodies to breakfast upon?

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The upside of course is plenty of time to chatter, catch up with good friends, make new ones and check out the many stalls lining Ropewalk. The morning we went, there were sizzling sausages, waffles, gently wafting bakery stalls, Lebanese salads, cocktails, gravlax, potdogs, gluten free scotch eggs (how do they keep the yolks runny?) French cheeses, and a stall of insanely good brownies. What more can you ask for?
 
Oh wait, how about a gorgeous stall with seasonal and Feijoa chutneys just aching to be spread on everything? Foodie heaven.

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Let the foodporn and indecision commence (you have been warned).

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Just say it with me: a gluten-free sea salted caramel chocolate brownie. Heaven in a small container. As a good friend says, cut it in half and all of the calories will run away...

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How good? Judge for yourself...
 
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The question does still remain of 'Why haven't I got myself out of bed earlier before and made a pilgrimage to this ever changing array of delectations'?? It's a good 5-10 minute meander from the chaos of London Bridge Station (found at "Ropewalk, London SE1 2HQ") but absolutely worth all those calorie burning steps.
 
I know where I'm planning on visiting during my next Staycation (ps. have you joined or checked out our travel linkup yet?) But how about you - I can guarantee you'll thank me. Feel free to do it with cake...

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11 comments :

  1. Oh this is just lovely! When I next take a trip to London I will have to pay a visit. Great find :)

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  2. I can't believe I've never been to Maltby street market, the bread alone looks like it's worth the pilgrimage!!

    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  3. I was absolutely sold with the first photo! Everything looks so delicious!

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  4. Someone recently asked me about my favorite London discovery and I mentioned this market. I love this place. One of the smaller London food markets, but the people, the food, it's just one of the best. Oh and those custard doughnuts from St John bakery.... good right :-)?!

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  5. I loved this market, I loved the atmosphere of the little outside seating places too.

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  6. One of my greatest London joys is living walking distance to Maltby Street markets. I go most Saturdays and always take visitors! Love it!

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  7. You had me at doughnut! The Scotch egg looks yum!

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  8. I was there last Saturday, for the first time - what a paradise for food lovers! I agree with you, it's impossible to just pick one dish, everything is so tempting it's even hard to walk away. The cake stall's already in my plans for the next visit...

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  9. Ommm nom nom... Oh how I love that place! Your photographs have got my mouth-watering :)

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  10. Love this market. As soon as I read about it on Mandys blog I hopped to it. So many choices! Bring a friend and share! You get to samply more, i say!

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