Foodie fanatics get yourselves down to the hidden gem that is Maltby Street Market – and be prepared for some tough decisions, serious food envy and all sorts of cravings!
Venue: Maltby Market
Location: 41 Maltby Street, London, SE1 3PA
Blowout or budget: dishes range from £4 – £12, depending on how hungry you are!
Exploring some of London’s finest food markets is our idea of the perfect weekend. Wrapping up in your warmest winter coat, wandering from stall to stall looking for a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch option is what makes London’s ever-growing food scene so appealing.
With a whole host of food markets popping up, Maltby Street Market exists as a hidden gem that hasn’t yet succumbed to becoming a tourist trap that charges the earth for street food.
Tucked away south of the river between Maltby Street and Millstream Road, the market is home to a cluster of gourmet delights, coffee shops and bars.
Only a 15-minute walk from Borough Market, Maltby seems miles away from the over-crowded hotspot – buzzing with it’s own local atmosphere and artisan sellers. We couldn’t wait to get stuck in!
Maltby is home to some of the best independent traders we’ve come across. The food market offers a variety of culinary choices including cured meats, burgers and seafood whilst not forgetting cakes, pastries – and even gyozas.
With so many tempting options, we slowly wandered up and down the arcade to make our all important foodie decisions – peering at everything on offer from the stalls and vendors nestled away under the picturesque railway arches.
THE GYOZA GUYS
After having our heads turned in every direction, we eventually came across the Gyoza Guys and instantly we knew this had to be our first stop.
Childhood friends Kien and Amir turned their love for dumplings into steaming baskets and skillets of pure genius. With their house rule of #nosharing clearly signposted, our hand was forced and we had to get double orders in – but there were no complaints on our side. As soon as we had the first bite, I don’t think anyone could’ve wrestled our chopsticks away!
As we were tucking into the medley of glorious gyozas, paired with sides of udon noodles and seaweed salad, it didn’t take us long to realise why the queue was growing so rapidly!
Spending the rest of our afternoon sampling cured meats, granolas and cookie bites from a number of the bazaar’s many outlets, it was hard to resist piling headfirst into all the treats on offer!
Maltby Market is a foodie paradise without the crowds and extortionate prices. It might be small, but it’s definitely a case of quality over quantity in SE1! A truly fantastic place to visit for brunch; with excellent food, drink and lots of friendly people – who clearly love what they do.
Open every Saturday from 9am-4pm and 11am-4pm on Sundays, why not plan your next weekend at Maltby?
Top tip: let your food go down in between rounds and treat yourself to a gin cocktail at Little Bird Gin, a cute bar nestled in one of the railway arches.
What are you favourite food stalls at Maltby Street Market? Let us know in the comments!