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Old Spitalfields Market

  • 16 Horner Sq., Brushfield St. Map It
  • Spitalfields
  • Specialty Stores

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Once the East End's wholesale fruit and vegetable market and now restored to its original splendor, this fine example of a Victorian market hall is at the center of the area's gentrified revival. The original building is largely occupied by shops (including trendy shoe retailers like Author, Camper, and Dr. Martens), with traders' stalls in the courtyard. A modern shopping precinct under a Norman Foster–designed glass canopy adjoins the old building and holds many more traders' stalls. You may have to wade through a certain number of stalls selling cheap imports to find the good stuff, which includes crafts, vintage and new clothing, handmade rugs, jewelry, hand-carved toy trains, unique baby clothes, rare vinyl, and cakes. Thursday is particularly good for antiques; Friday for fashion, art, and a biweekly record fair; and Saturday for produce and handmade crafts. The food outlets (mostly small, upscale chains but some indies as well) sell Spanish tapas, Thai satays, and many other dishes from all over.

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16 Horner Sq., Brushfield St., London, E1 6EW, England

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Published 08/30/2016


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