Today I visited the renowned Camden Market in London. Firstly getting coffee from one of the best coffee shops in town. Then some Frankincense and myrrh from the Frankincense store. Finally I visit the new street food market called Kerb.
Arriving in Camden using London’s Tube first you hit Camden High Street lined with interesting shops and stores. Also markets located very close to the station have entrances off Camden High Street. But the most interesting place to visit is the huge sprawling maze of shops and markets up the street next to the Regents canal.
Camden Market evolved into what it is today from just a handful of stalls in the yard that is currently home to KERB in 1974. It started as a small arts and crafts market. Although the diversity of items for sale today is incredible and far too long to list here a strong arts a crafts presence remains.
The mix of sellers is possibly one of the most eclectic in London. Fashion both vintage and new of every genre. Food and drink inspired by every corner of the globe. Every art and craft imaginable. Along with pubs, bars and clubs to keep you entertained well into the early hours.
With over 1000 stores and stalls to browse one trip to Camden is never enough. Sundays was traditionally market day and weekends remain the busiest time to visit with possibly the most traders present too. However the market and most stores are now open 7 days a week.
Today I visited Lantana in the very heart of the market for coffee. Lantana has three cafes in London, Shoreditch, Fitzrovia and Camden. Founded in 2008 and inspired by everything the founders missed about Australian café culture. In Camden they serve food from a stall outside the store. As well as a selection of cakes and light snacks. The coffee is also some of the best in Camden.
The Frankincense Store
First shop I visited on this trip was the London Frankincense store. With Christmas coming I picked up some frankincense from Oman and some Myrrh. It makes my workshop and store smell like Christmas which is helpful when the weather outside is still more like summer than holiday season.
There has always been an amazing choice of food stalls and restaurants in Camden. Especially one area formally called global kitchen, a name which summed up this markets diversity of food available. This summer global kitchen transformed into a street food market called Kerb.
The amount of traders reduced to 35 from 50 in Kerb’s section of the market. It is just one small section of the market though and there are far more food stalls overall than just 35. The yard next to regents canal is also surrounded by a gallery with a pub, tea shop and many other stores at ground level.
Previously the global kitchen was very crowded especially at weekends. The reduction in traders has opened up the space for some much needed seating for visitors to enjoy their food. Also a bar has been given centre space which gives this yard a more sociable and relaxed look and feel.
The choice of food makes deciding what to eat challenging. So I simply joined the longest queue hoping they all knew something I didn’t. A street food trader named Arepazo Bros serving Venezuelan wraps called arepa. Arepa are traditional Venezuelan wraps made from 100% corn flour bread. Also meaning Arepa are 100% gluten free.
Corn bread Arepa are gently fried on a hot plate making it crispy outside while remaining soft inside. Arepa can be filled with anything like a sandwich or wrap. At Arepazo Bros shredded chicken or beef, avocado, cheese and black beans are some of the fillings available. Fried plantain is also on the menu.
I had Shredded beef, chicken, melted cheese, black beans, avocado and a tomato salsa. It was a delicious combination. The lightly fried crispy arepa is a great combination with the soft succulent fillings.
Finally I would definitely recommend a trip to Camden Market and cannot wait to return to try some of the other new street food stalls. You could easily visit every weekend and with the every changing line up market wide never run out of new things to try.
Opening times: Every day: 10am-Late, including bank holidays however times may vary for each business.
Nearest tube is Camden Town which is exit only at peak times so Chalk Farm road or Mornington crescent are just a 5 minute walk along the same road – see the video above for further information.
Check out our previous visit to camden here
To see the full line up of current Kerb traders visit the Kerb website here: www.kerbfood.com
Visit Camden Markets website here