Quirky atmopshere and lots of good food!


Member Rating 5 out of 5 by RLB2 on September 13, 2011

It was a lovely sunny day when we visited Camden Markets. Having just come from Covent Garden the difference between the two places was a little off putting to start with. Camden is loud, brash, quirky and everywhere you look you see something different. That isn't to say that it isn't amazing and we had a fab time.

We arrived on the underground, having taken the northern line to Camden. It was really very busy when we arrived and I took care to have my valuables securely held and out of sight. However, I didn't ever feel vulnerable or in danger, there was almost a carnival atmosphere in the air. We wandered down the highstreet where there a loads of quirky shops, catering for every possible taste and even though I would say I was quite conventional they were fun to look around.

We were hungry and decided to head to Camden Locks, where we had heard we could get some good food. When we got to what I can only describe as a food court, but set out like market stalls, the choice seemed unending. Everything from a hog roast to vegetarian food, falafel to jerk chicken and then that isn't even mentioning the puddings. Chocolate brownies, fruit dipped in Belgian chocolate, smoothies, cakes, biscuits, you name it they had it. What was best was the price, we were fit to bursting and had only spent £6 each and the food was delicious.

We bought our food from different stalls (I had opted for Vegi and my other half had italian) and sat in the sunshine at some tables, just watching the world and his wife walk by. There was so much going on, and all sorts of different people wandering about so people watching was entertaining to say the least. Reggae music was blaring from a nearby stall and it felt like we had left London and ended up in the Caribbean somewhere.

After having out fill of the yummy food we headed round the market stalls. I could have spent a small fortune, there was everything there that you could possibly imagine wanting to buy and then more. I had to restrain myself on more than one occassion, but we did manage to get a couple of silk scarves and a pashmina for £5, so I felt like I had got a bargain.

All in all a fab place to spend an afternoon and don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't eat cheaply in London Town!
Camden Markets
Camden High Street
Camden, London, England, NW1

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