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London, England, United Kingdom
April 23, 2011
From journal Things to Do in London
San Diego, California
April 1, 2005
We also bought some baked goods and sat down at one of the coffee shops along the outer edges to enjoy. It's a must see, and it's open from 10am - 5:30pm, so get there early to see everything. We found ourselves back in the same area later that evening on the Jack the Ripper walking tour, so there's some history to be seen while there, too.
From journal London for a Week
September 24, 2004
Upon entering the market, you might smell something quite putrid, that means you entered where the food stalls are located. You can get foreign and quite rare cheeses, dips, and spreads from a nice Italian entrepreneur. Near the cheeses you'll find fresh fruits and veggies, all grown or hand-picked by hard working foreigners. Next to them, you can find delicious baked items -- some stalls have German specialties, while other stalls have breads that'll remind you of the patisseries of Paris.
My favorite section is the clothing section. Loads of young designers come with samples of their clothing. You can try on some of the clothes in their make-shift dressing rooms, which if you're not careful, the boy at the next stall might get a sneak peak at you, but that should be the least of your worries. If you find a shirt, but want to think about it, you might want to think quickly because some other girl might've spotted that shirt and steal it from right under your nose! This is because the designers try to keep their clothes in demand, so you'll want to come back for more! Really, you'll find things here that put Miss Selfridges and Top Shop to shame.
Another favorite of Spitalfield-goers is the food section! Oh, and what a selection you have! You can get anything from lemon and sugar crepes to a plate of enchiladas, frijoles, and chips. It really is quite the international eating experience. You can also find fudge, gelato, and fried bananas.
You'll need a whole day to explore the wonders of Old SpitalFields. If you walk through Brick Lane market before coming to SpitalFields, you'll also encounter exclusive designer shops that have clothing that you cannot find anywhere else! Make it a point to explore the back roads of this area. You never know what you'll find!
From journal The Real London - The East End
June 18, 2003
Located in a Victorian building with a glass roof on Commercial Street, the lightfilled Spitafields market was once a produce market. Now it offers an extensive mix of arts and crafts, second-hand books, jewlery and retro clothes alongside flower, organic fruit and vegetable, and baked goods stalls. On Fridays and Sundays additional stalls offer organic food. Definitely a more unique and trendier market than its neighboring Petticoat Lane or Brick Lane -- I was amazed at the number of quality handmade goods offered. Among the items we encountered -- fun lampshades and housewares, funky picture frames, gourmet chocolates, boutique hats and purses, baby hats and booties, and vintage records. There were even massage and yoga themed booths. Many young designers offer their latest one of a kind fashions at reasonable prices. I bought a baby blue peasant blouse for £5 and I get compliments each time I wear it. You can easily find something for every member of the family.
One caveat -- on the Sunday we visited, many vendors will still setting up around 10am, so we came back closer to 11am and found the vendors more ready. We decided to eat at the Tandoori Hut located in the center of the market around noon, and we were wonderfully satisfied having spent less than £5 on a meal for two. However, by 12:30pm, the lines at the food stands were long, and all of the lunch tables were full so opt for an early lunch!.
On a Sunday afternoon, Spitafelds is perfect for some fun shopping and a cheap but tasty lunch!
From journal Shopping the Markets of London
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
July 12, 2002
The trading units within the Market Hall have all the modern facilities that today’s trade requires which include cold storage rooms, ripening rooms and racking for palletised produce. New Spitalfields Market has the highest number of wholesale traders of any horticultural market in the United Kingdom and the continual specialisation by wholesalers in exotic fruit and vegetables provides the greatest choice of these products of any market in Europe.
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