Borough Market has been a haven of foodie delights for over 1000 years. It’s the oldest food market in London and now home to a crazy number of shops and stalls that both keep to its traditional roots and give it a modern flair. There are so many delicious food options in Borough, and when you’re hungry and not sure of the must-eats, you could end up settling for something that doesn’t quite hit the spot. We’ve rounded up the best stalls in Borough Market, where to find them and what to order so you know exactly where to head and what’s gonna taste 10/10. Trust us, you’ll be glad you didn’t dive straight in and buy the first sample that came your way!
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St Christopher’s Inns at The Village is just a 4 minute walk from Borough Market.
RICHARD HAWARD OYSTERS
The Haward family have been harvesting London’s tastiest oysters ever since the year 1792. Whether you like oysters or not, the Richard Haward Oysters stall to the right of the main entrance on Stoney Street will always be one of the market’s most famous stops - and the dedication of visitors queuing down the road just goes to prove it!
The meatiness of the oysters are like nothing you’ve ever tasted before, and they’re fresher that you’d ever believe. The staff at the tiny oyster hut in Borough are super chatty and gave a delicious recommendation of green tabasco and lemon juice to slurp up with it. If you’re an oyster sceptic a small one only costs £1 - it would be rude not to try one of the tastiest oysters in the city!
Easily mistaken for the other two Brindisas on the same road of the market, the one you’re really looking for is the tiny chorizo grill stall, serving up the world-famous chorizo roll of Borough. The menu is simply either a single or double Spanish sausage stuffed roll, grilled in the little outdoor kitchen to the left of the main green entrance on Stoney Street. We’d recommend going for the single if you’re planning on sampling a few Borough Market delicacies, and for £4.95 it’s definitely filling enough. The warm, crusty ciabatta rolls filled with hot chorizo, piquillo pepper, crispy rocket and topped with a good glug of fine quality olive oil are one of the market’s most treasured treats.
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Cheese addicts, make sure to keep room in your belly for Kappacasein on the corner of Stoney Street and Southwark Street. It’s a simple menu here: melty cheese raclette or gooey cheese toastie? It’s a tough call but although the toastie is tempting, the raclette with cheesy potatoes and pickles are way too good to miss. Watch the cheese wheel bubble under the grill before it gets scraped on top of your crushed new potatoes and sprinkled with salt with a good portion of pickles on the side. The Ogleshield cheese is mild but tastes phenomenal, plus the cheese string on this one is insane! Both the raclette and the toastie cost £6 but for the amount of cheesy goodness you get, the value really isn’t bad at all.
Borough Market’s Bread Ahead is, of course, well-known and loved for it’s fresh bread and bakes. But DONUT walk past the stall outside the Bread Ahead Bakery and School, tucked away near the back of the market on Cathedral Street (and different to the stall in the main market) as it could easily be overlooked accidentally! One doughnut costs £3 or 4 cost £10. The selection offers simple flavours like chocolate, vanilla and jam, as well as one or two more fancy flavours like salted caramel and honeycomb or hazelnut and almond praline… Drool.
We can vouch for the chocolate one. The dough is so light and soft and it’s absolutely stuffed with smooth, creamy, chocolatey goo. It was sweet but somehow not sickly, so it’s perfectly acceptable to buy one and have it all to yourself! Expect it to be messy but worth it for the best doughnut you’ve ever eaten.
Monmouth Coffee almost always has a queue out the door. However don’t let this put you off, as it really is a fantastic cup of coffee plus the baristas get through the queue super fast. The owners of Monmouth know what good coffee tastes like, choosing to set up shop directly opposite the main green entrance to Borough Market on Stoney Street. They use only the best beans sourced from farms, estates and cooperatives all over the world, making the range of espresso-based or single cone filter coffee superb. You can smell how good this brew is going to taste from across the road, and it really is as delicious as people say.
HORN OK PLEASE
This veggie-friendly, Indian street food stall can be found on the edge of the market near Southwark Cathedral. You won’t be able to miss it; it’s the vibrant stall with the funny name, drawing you in with the smell of spices and deliciously fresh and fragrant Indian food. Moong dal dosa, aloo tikki chaat and pani puri are all on the 100% vegetarian menu and all cooked up fresh in front of your eyes. The moong dal dosa is their most popular dish and for good reason. It’s a savoury crepe made from lentils and filled with spicy potatoes with chana chaat on the side. For £5, it’s perfect for a lunchtime munch and tastes so fresh that you feel you could eat it all again!
Gelateria 3BIS is probably the closest to authentic Italian gelato that you’ll get in the heart of London. Find the shop on Park Street (just off Stoney Street) where all the gelato is made in fresh batches daily. Opt for a cone or a tub, choose your flavour combo and then decide whether or not you’d like melted chocolate to be poured from a tap into the bottom of your cone… Take your time to decide between flavours like Eton mess, Nutella, cookies and cream, pistachio, coconut and loads more. You could easily be there a while choosing but whatever you opt for, it’ll be the right choice.
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