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The Hungry Girl's Guide to London: Street Food Edition

1. Borough Market
2. Camden Lock Market (left), 3. Old Spitalfields Market (right)
4. Southbank Food Market

As a self-confessed food addict I've tried and tested many of the food markets that London has to offer. There's something about the amalgam of delectable scents and the bustling atmosphere of a food market that I can't get enough of. I thought I'd continue my 'Hungry Girl's Guide' series on the blog with an homage to some of my favourite foodie hotspots, sharing with you the cream of the crop of London's street food scene. Prepare to have your tastebuds tantalised.

1. Borough Market: Borough Market is famous for its range of artisanal foods; ranging from meats and cheeses, to dosas and thalis, it certainly has something to suit everyone. A few of my personal favourites include the calamari from Furness Fish, Caerphilly cheese from Gorwydd Caerphilly, and the deliciously fluffy sourdough bread from Bread Ahead. I also can't neglect to mention the cookies bigger than your head sold by Comptoir Gourmand- every bite is utterly delicious. You may feel as though you're experiencing an extreme case of déjà vu while visiting the market, but that's probably because Bridget's house in 'Bridget Jones' Diary' is set here. Brownie points if you can spot which building it is. 

2. Camden Lock Market: This one is a bit of a tourist trap but it's well worth facing the crowds just to taste test the mac and cheese from The Mac Factory in the West Yard. The market's hand selected selection of street food is second to none, with a diverse range of dishes from across the globe such as kangaroo burgers, Ethiopian curry and flavoursome falafel (another favourite of mine). Camden Lock Market has a huge range of dishes guaranteed to cater to every taste and dietary preference, and there is more than just food on offer with vendors also selling goods such as jewellery, clothing, art and homewares. You could easily spend an entire day here.

3. Old Spitalfields Market: This East London market features an eclectic range of retailers and you will instantly be greeted with what can only be described as a symphony of olfactory delights upon entering. One of my favourite stands is Scarlet Grill, which specialises in Indian street food and sells the most amazing paneer naan wrap. If you happen to have the Happiour app then you can receive various discounts and freebies from Scarlet's Grill, so I'd definitely recommend giving it a try. The market is well worth a visit on a Thursday, which is the day of the Antiques Market, so why not enjoy some delicious food and treat yourself to a browse afterwards? 

4. Southbank Food Market: This is my most local food market and therefore one of my favourites by default. Whether you live near the Southbank or not it's undoubtedly one not to be missed, partly due to its positioning in one of the cultural epicentres of London. Whether you fancy a refreshing homemade juice, chargrilled corn on the cob or Lebanese mezze, you certainly won't be disappointed. The market also offers a variety of vegan and vegetarian options, which is always a plus in my book. I tried cronuts for the first time here at Galeta and I can definitely hold my hands up and say that I am a convert. The hype is 100% justified. Unfortunately the market is only open from Friday to Sunday, but I'd highly suggest visiting on a Sunday and heading over to Southbank's secondhand book market later. 

If you have any food market recommendations in London or Manchester then I'd love to hear about them. I'm always up for trying somewhere new!

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