There’s nothing better than a stroll around a market come the weekend – shades on, iced coffee in hand… The Resident rounds up 11 of our favourite south east London weekend grazing hangouts
Who needs Borough Market when you’ve got Brockley? Started in September 2011 by local photographer Toby Allen, this very popular weekly food market, which offers locally sourced seasonal produce (fresh fruit & veg, meat & fish, artisan breads, cakes, plants and flowers) has had food bloggers salivating over the numerous street food stalls especially. Don’t miss the excellent flatbreads from Mike & Ollie, burgers from Mother Flipper and coffee from Dark Fluid. Sorbitum Ices and Ruby Violet pitch up in their vintage ice cream vans on alternate weekends.
Lewisham College Car Park, Lewisham Way SE4 1UT; brockleymarket.com
Every Saturday, 10am-2pm
Deptford Food Court
What’s here? About a dozen new street food start-ups all run by local people, so well worth supporting. There’s a really good mix of food including In a Pikkle, who offer a contemporary twist on the Barbadian delicacy ‘Souse’, salad boxes from Leafs and Meats and freshly squeezed juices from That Natural Stuff. There are benches where you can sit and eat and you may catch some live music too. Don’t miss the smiling stallholders at Two Hungry Bees with their delicious summery Vietnamese home cooking. Deptford Market is great for good value fruit and veg. Leave time to have a rummage through the second hand stalls.
Douglas Square, just by The Albany, Deptford SE8 4AG
Every Saturday, 9am-3pm
Blackheath Farmers’ Market
You’ll find fresh milk from Sussex, fresh fish from the East Coast, tomatoes from the Isle of Wight, London honey cut straight from the hive, jams and chutneys, breads and cakes, seasonal fruit and veg, flowers and plants. Don’t miss Green Poultry’s chicken burgers go down very well with hungry shoppers, and don’t leave it too late, especially if you are after fresh bread. They’re a keen crowd here. Some arrive early and wait eagerly, purses at the ready, for the market bell to ring on the dot at 10am.
Blackheath Station car park SE3 9LA; lfm.org.uk
Every Sunday, 10am-2pm
Catford Broadway Market
Here you’ll find a tasty array of stalls with friendly traders who are more than happy to let you ‘try before you buy’, including Sweetroot with their delicious handmade preserves, DB Foods with their South African twist on global flavours and Pastificio Mansi’s fresh pasta and Italian delicacies. Try the fabulous Portuguese custard tarts from Wonder Baker and homemade salted caramel macaroons from Uli.
Catford Broadway SE6 4SN
First Sunday of every month, 10am-4pm (next event 7 July)
Manor House Gardens Farmers’ Market
Shop for seasonal fruit and veg, handmade burgers and sausages, organic bread, pressed fruit juices. Whatever the weather you can feel the heat with chilli products & chilli plants all grown in Steve Page’s garden in Eltham (caregrow.co.uk). Stay and enjoy this lovely park with its good value Pistachios café, kid’s playground and tennis courts.
Manor House Gardens, Lee SE13 5SY, on the first Saturday of every month (10am-2pm). This market also takes place at Hilly Fields, Telegraph Hill and Passy Place in Eltham. See weareccfm.com
Horniman Farmers Market
The Horniman Farmers’ Market started as a monthly market and proved so popular it went weekly from February 2014. The market features locally sourced vegetables, meat, fish, bread, flowers, hot food and much more, all in the glorious surrounds of the Horniman Gardens. Look out for artisan cakes from the Forest Hill Cake Company, and gluten-free treats from Keik, biodynamic apples and juice and biodynamic orchard eggs from Brambletye Fruit Farm and seasonally flavoured muffins by Mr Muffin.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; 020 8699 1872
Every Saturday morning, 9am-1.30pm
Crystal Palace Market
This is a great place for local produce; hot, crusty loaves, creamy cheeses and juicy homemade chutneys. A fantastic go-to is Jacob’s Ladder Farm, (jacobsladderfarms.co.uk), which not only sells produce like freshly laid eggs, and reared meat, but also cooks a mean burger served in delicious Brockwell Bake buns.
Haynes Lane, SE19 3AP; crystalpalacefoodmarket.co.uk
Every Saturday, 10-3pm
Westow Street Market
Crystal Palace continues to build on its reputation for independent traders and a lively local community with the new Westow Street Market. Located on Victoria Place, next to Crystal Palace Vintage on 35 Westow Street, the market features designer-makers, artisan crafts, artists, street food vendors, vintage clothing and more.
Every Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm; westowstreetmarket.com
Packed with 20 stalls, this great new venture is owned by SEE3 – the Portas Pilot project for Sydenham, Kirkdale and Forest Hill – and supported by Lewisham Council and the Mayor of London. As soon as you rock up, head straight to Van Dough, whose van is the best thing since sliced bread and whose wood-fired pizzas are to die for with anchovies, capers and olives. For dessert, newbie Mr Muffin’s sunny disposition is as sweet as his baked goodies (mr-muffin.co.uk) – do try his strawberry and dark chocolate muffins.
Sydenham Station Approach SE26 5EU
Last Sunday of every month, 10am-4pm
Street Feast, the east London ‘nomadic street food circus’, has taken over Lewisham’s disused Model Market on Friday and Saturday nights for the summer with street food traders including ice cream from Greenwich and Blackheath’s Black Vanilla, the Winyl DJ bar (wine with old school vinyl – what’s not to like?!), a rum shack and plenty more.
196 Lewisham High Street SE13 6LS; streetfeastlondon.com
Every Friday and Saturday, 6pm-1am, until 27 September.
Pleasant Pleasaunce Monthly Market
The new Pleasant Pleasaunce Monthly Market takes place on the last Sunday of every month with in the tranquil secret garden of East Greenwich Pleasaunce. The brainchild of Lizzie Cooper at Pistachios in the Park cafe, the market features local traders including Berry & Shrub preserves, Brake Bikes and Crafty Pear childrens clothes alongside an eclectic mix of gifts, cakes, vintage clothes and furniture.
Chevening Road, Greenwich SE10 0LB; 020 8853 4675 (search The Pleasaunce Market on Facebook)