Have you ever been to a place that has you in a trance, wanting to soak up every sight, sound and smell, giving you a yearning to explore as much as you can? I felt like that on both of my stays in London.
On my first trip, sadly I wasn’t smart when it came to visiting Borough Market – an absolute must-do in any food lover’s London itinerary. The day I went was not a full market day so only some of the stalls were open. Note to self: PLAN AHEAD.
A proper visit, on a full market day, was high on the agenda for my European holiday the following year.
Borough Market is a delicious place to spend a day and there are so many amazing foods to enjoy. If I had a bottomless stomach, I would have eaten everything. If I had access to a kitchen, I would have bought loads of fresh fruits and vegetables to cook with.
One of the (many) things I love about London is how veg-friendly it is. To my delight, vegetarians are very well catered for with exciting and interesting options available in most eateries. This really stood out for me as some venues in Sydney only offer one or two (sometimes bland or carb heavy) dishes for vegetarians.
The folks at Pieminister (such a clever name) had a few fabulous veg hot pies – like goats cheese, sweet potato, spinach and red onion – and if you’re feeling indulgent you go all out and have mash, mushy peas and gravy on top.
During my stay in London I was sent lots of tips by readers on Instagram. The suggestion that had me most intrigued was the toasted cheese sandwich from Kappacasein. Made in an orderly fashion at two-tiered cart, these crunchy, fat, oozy toasties are insanely good and I totally get why they are an essential Borough Market snack.
Want to make one at home? This toastie version is very similar and so easy you’ll be patting yourself on the back for whipping up such an impressive cheesy snack.
It doesn’t take much to make me happy. A glass (or bottle) of prosecco and a wedge of truffled brie should do the trick.
While wandering around I spotted a young couple who were gleefully sharing an oozy custard doughnut. They were having such a delicious time of it that I was compelled to interrupt and ask where they bought it. They told me I HAD to get one and pointed to the Bread Ahead stall.
Oh my, I’m so glad I got the tip about these. I went to the stall and asked for a doughnut and found out they had sold out of the chocolate filled ones so I went with the vanilla version. The friendly stallholder – who advised that I would need both hands – said he’d have fun watching me eat it. After a couple of bites I understood why as my mouth and chin were covered in sugar and blobs of custard. No regrets folks, it was SO WORTH IT.
I really enjoyed Borough Market – I’ll be keen to spend another day there next time I’m in London. Even if it’s just for that cheese toastie…
Have you been to Borough Market? What’s your favourite market snack?
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