Maltby Market-- hipster culinary weekend paradise!
|Maltby Market on a Saturday or Sunday|
Just a short walk from the London Bridge Tube station, this tiny street is a lumber yard during the week, culinary mecca on the weekends. I live close by, and every time I walk through this market, I'm completely amazed at the transformation from lonely stacks of reclaimed lumber into a bustling, thriving food heaven!
Maltby during the week...
and on the weekend!
Lassco, short for the London Architectural Salvage and Supply Company is located at the entrance to the street, and is the brains behind the development of this market. (Lassco is definitely worth stopping into for some very cool and ever-changing finds! think Restoration Hardware back in the day).
Entering the narrow street under the flags, you will see that both sides of the walkway are chock full of ethnic and delicious food and beverage choices. From bakery options to exotic grilled beef, oysters and seafood to grilled cheese, waffles in egg cartons to brownies, coffee to gin, it's all under the arches of the train tracks.
This unadvertised, weekend-only market in Bermondsey manages to maintain an "insider-secret" air about it. This market attracts hipsters, local Londoners and in-the-know foodies. It opens around 11 on the weekend, but go before 1, as it gets very crowded, especially if it's a nice day!
Don't miss: Bar Tozino (a permanent restaurant/bar serving great spanish tapas and wine), Maltby & Greek (importers of greek artisan food and drink), African Volcano (burgers on steroids), Dhan Waffles (egg shaped waffles, Taiwan style), Craft Coffee, Bad Brownie (voted best in London), Little Bird (Gin Distillery), Maldon Oysters, Comptoir Gourmand ( a permanent shop with amazing baked goods) and the Cheese Shop (great Toasties--British for grilled cheese sandwiches)
When you reach the end of the block.... surprise, there's more! Cross the street, continue into the parking area on the next block, and try the Brewery and distillery and taco shop!