Spitalfields Market has undergone quite the transformation of late, so if it’s been awhile since you last visited, now is a great time to return. As well as a cracking food and drink line up, there’s plenty of original clothing, accessories, homewares and ethical goods, coming from up to 60 designers.
Here’s our perfect weekend at the market…..
….but first coffee. At Spitalfields Market you’ll want to wake up with a flat white at Nude Coffee Roasters. They’re a local café who roast their own beans over at their flagship café on Hanbury Street and are a welcome new addition to the market.
Try their famous ‘East’ blend which is available alongside rotating single origins and an extensive choice of v60 slow brew filter options for those of you wanting something a little different.
With your caffeine fix sorted, next up head to Le Swine. There’s nowhere we’d rather get our bacon and egg fix from than these cheeky chappies. Picture this – a homemade milk and onion bap, bacon BUTTER, old fashioned middle bacon, a perfectly fried duck egg and the choice of either Swine Tomato Sauce (always!) or Mushroom Ketchup (yuk!) – yep, basically the best bacon butty ever!
Lunch is going to be a tough call. We say head down with a few pals and make your way through all the food stalls. There’s The Duck Truck who sell an all-duck menu from their retro silver airstream food truck. Simply choose a base (tortilla wrap, salad, chips or brioche) add duck in the form of crispy, confit or breast, whack some veg in for good measure and give it a squirt of special sauce. If you just can’t decide on your combo, there’s a tried and tested menu including the pulled duck brioche bun which you can’t go wrong with.
Duck not your thing? Smokoloko dish up barbequed meat from their incredible contraption – a vintage locomotive stall. Worth a look for this alone.
Mid-Afternoon Snack Attack
Head to cult cake shop Konditor & Cook for a slice of something real nice to combat the afternoon slump. Nigella raves about them saying: “Konditor & Cook make the sort of cakes you’d bake yourself if only you had the time, energy or inclination” and who are we to disagree. Go for the award-winning Whiskey Bomb, hugely popular Curly Whirly Cake which is every bit as good as it sounds.
End your evening with a well-deserved glass of vino at Bedales Wines. We love this cosy little spot – it’s got a slightly Spanish feel about it with bottles of wine lining every wall. As well as an extensive wine list (there’s over 500!), they offer a seasonal market forager menu consisting of small plates, cheese & charcuterie. Even better, if you find a wine you love, all the bottles are available to take home. Hurrah!
Sunday lunchtime is a fantastic time to visit Michelin-Starred restaurant Galvin La Chapelle. Situated in a stunning 19th Century Grade-II listed building, three courses will only set you back £34.50 (a bargain compared to the a la carte menu) and you’ll have the added bonus of listening to jazz in the background. Expect heirloom tomatoes, white almond gazpacho & whipped goat’s curd to start, followed by roast beef with all the trimmings.