Well, I may not have been able to check out all of the cuisines I listed in my last article about food (yet!), but I did make it to the cobblestone streets of Camden Market’s food vendor area yesterday…close enough, right? Davis, California might have the most adorable Saturday morning farmer’s market, but I’m starting to see why shopping in London is so famous, it’s pretty impossible to compete with the size and variety of London’s famous sites.
The Camden Market’s stalls were tiny, the streets were narrow, and the food was AMAZING! (Suck on that, American food courts). I swear this tiny corner of Camden houses any and everything you could possibly want to eat. Cuban? Check. Spanish? Italian? Thai? Moroccan? Chinese? Indian? Mexican? Check, check, check, check, check, check, check! Everything looked and smelled so delicious that I worked up an appetite just trying to decide which one to choose. And, one of the best things about strolling around Camden is the mix of locals and tourists, sure, there are a ton of souvenirs and knick-knacks lining the streets, but do and a little digging and the market is actually packed with great (and often cheap!) clothing, crafts, and music as well. From CDs to corsets, there’s something for everyone in Camden, just make sure you’ve got plenty of time to spend exploring!
I can’t wait to check out some of the city’s other famous markets and foods soon…Maybe all of this exploring will help burn off the huge helping of paella I wolfed down last night!
And, even if you don’t happen to be in London, there are great markets to visit around the world! Many of my most authentic and beautiful souvenirs come from cramped, winding streets, not department store shelves.
In Greece, spend an afternoon strolling around the gorgeous Nea Moudania, then, once you’ve shopped, grab a picnic blanket and a plate and check out some of the local vegetables or the Halkidiki region’s distinctive honey wine, sounds pretty sweet!
Or, head to the famous Hippie Fair in Rio de Janiero. The market’s stalls are lined with homemade crafts, dolls, jewellery, and instruments, and the market is a great place to search for your perfect bargain.
For more markets and ideas, check out http://www.openair.org/, a guide to international open-air markets and street vendors.