Where To Find The Best Street Food In London
Where To Find The Best Street Food In London

Where To Find The Best Street Food In London

Everyone knows London has a great food scene – and, even better, you don’t always have to spend big to enjoy the good stuff. From Borough market to Brick Lane, here are the affordable places to try some of the city’s best dishes…
Image: KERB
By Tobias Gourlay
Borough Market
Borough Market

Borough Market, SE1

This is the OG, where the whole eating-on-the-street revolution started. It’s been around for hundreds of years, and if it keeps it up, it’ll be around for hundreds more. The market gets busy at weekends, but dive in and you’ll find everything from goat milk ice cream (delicious, honestly) to Black Pig’s heavenly Italian sandwiches.

DON’T MISS: Kappacasein cheese toasties are famous for a reason. You don’t just get three types of toasted cheese – there’s London raclette too, wrapped up in sourdough and oozing over onions and leeks.

Visit BoroughMarket.org.uk

Broadway Market, E8

You could spend an entire weekend wandering up and down Broadway Market. This isn’t just a street food destination – it’s got cool bakeries, good coffee shops and vintage clothes stores as well. But the street food is what makes it. From Vietnamese (Bahn Mi 11) to vegan (Biff’s Jack Shack) it’s all here.

DON’T MISS: Waffle On – they do the freshest toppings, sweet or savoury, but we always go for the chocolate one with cream.  

Visit BroadwayMarket.co.uk

Southbank Centre, SE1

Great location, great food – what’s not to like about the Southbank’s food market? From Fridays to Sundays each week, you can find great Asian street food (Horn OK Please is a great veggie option), the Frenchie’s awesome duck confit burger and a load of sweet treats (crepes, galettes, Portuguese custard tarts… okay, we’ll stop now).

DON’T MISS: For something a bit different, head over to Voodoo’s for New Orleans-style chicken with a unique array of hot sauces (don’t worry, they’re not all that hot).

Visit SouthbankCentre.co.uk 

Kerb, Various

No one’s done more to spread the street food gospel around London than Kerb. Coming up to its 10th anniversary, it’s now running six markets around town most weeks. Seven Dials is the newest one – bang in the centre of town and feeling a bit more permanent than the others. There are seven traders that do snacks and desserts on Cucumber Alley every day, while Banana Warehouse is the place for more serious mains like truffle burgers or pizza.

DON’T MISS: Shuk is Tel Aviv on a paper plate – killer falafel and beautiful grilled meats on fresh pittas.

Visit SevenDialsMarket.com

Kerb, Seven Dials Market
Kerb, Seven Dials Market

Canopy Market, N1

There’s some great stuff going on in King’s Cross these days – and a lot of it’s happening in Canopy Market. In between the artisan creatives and gallery spaces, there are some seriously good street food traders – think Mexican tacos, The Big Melt toasties or Sweet & Tart bakes. 

DON’T MISS: Any trip to Canopy Market should finish with something sweet and Sicilian from Casa Cannoli.

Visit CanopyMarket.co.uk

Vinegar Yard, SE1

Right next to London Bridge station, Vinegar Yard comes into its own on sunny days. Bag yourselves one of its picnic benches and enjoy Italian snacks from Sugo UK, pan-Asian dishes from Nik’s Kitchen or one of Bad Boy’s classic pizzas. 

DON’T MISS: Nanny Bill’s. A few years back, they changed the game with their mac and cheese croquettes. The line-up’s been expanding ever since – don’t miss the Dalston Dip.

Visit VinegarYard.london

Market Halls, Various

Market Halls run three food halls around town – and we rate them all. They’ve got 24 kitchens between them, so you’re never going to be short on choice, and you can count on quality from the likes of DF Tacos in Victoria, Le Bab at Oxford Street and Pasta Evangelists over at Canary Wharf.

DON’T MISS: If you ever find yourself craving dan dan noodles or dim sum, get the girls to meet you at your closest Market Hall – and head straight to BaoziInn.

Visit MarketHalls.co.uk

Vinegar Yard, SE1
Vinegar Yard, SE1

Arcade Food Hall, WC1

In the West End, at the bottom of the Centrepoint tower, right next to Tottenham Court Road, you can drop in to this food hall and take your pick from about eight different vendors. Viet Populaire does a brilliant bahn mi, there’s Manna for American-style fast food, or Sushi Kamon is the healthy option.

DON’T MISS: The Jelladrome. It does trifles – but not how your gran makes them. These are pieces of art with flavours like mango colada.

Visit ArcadeFoodHall.com

Brick Lane, E1

There’s so much to see in and around Brick Lane, including street food stalls within the old Truman Brewery. Go down on a Sunday, when the Rib Man’s there. He’s been there for years and he only does two things: standard rib meat rolls and massive rib meat rolls. They’re both incredible.

DON’T MISS: Tibet Kitchen is our other go-to. Steamy Tibetan dumplings handmade and served by a Tibetan family.  

Visit SundayUpmarket.co.uk

Pop Brixton, SW9

Pop Brixton won’t be here forever – it was only ever a temporary thing that’s become a south London institution. Get down there while you can for Baba G’s spicy burgers, some Love Churros and a wander around some of its cool social enterprises.

DON’T MISS: The Cheese Wheel. It does what it says – the freshest pasta, swirled around on a giant wheel of cheese and topped with all sorts of deliciousness. 

Visit PopBrixton.org

Maltby Street Market, SE1

Beneath some railway arches in Bermondsey, this cool weekend market always has an amazing line-up of traders embracing the latest street food trends. Right now, you can find Duck Frites doing all things duck and Amen turning out great Ethiopian dishes. 

DON’T MISS: La Pepia – if you don’t know what Venezuela arepas are, this is the place to find out. 

Visit Maltby.st

Pop Brixton, SW9
Pop Brixton, SW9
Arcade Food Hall, WC1
Arcade Food Hall, WC1

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