There are many famous markets throughout the world that epitomise the country and area that they’re in but as far as I’m concerned, there’s only one market that does it all: Camden Market in London.
There’s nothing worse than being stuck in truck wishing you had breakdown cover so ditch the car and jump on to the tube! Set on the backdrop of a beautiful canal, there is nothing quite like it especially as it sums up London with just one word; diversity. The city of London is a melting pot of different nationalities, whether the people are immigrants, tourists, expats or locals and Camden has something for every one of them.
No two areas in the market are the same. Yes, some stalls sell the same things but considering the size of the market, I’ve yet to find somewhere around the world that matches its variety and diversity. The reason I love it so much? If you miss something from your travels like the style of clothes, the quirky jewellery or the food, you’re likely to find it here!
If you love all things London, you can buy the stereotypical T-shirt with the Beatles or the Union Jack flag on it to celebrate the big city:
Alternatively, you can grab yourself an old-school sign of some of the most famous streets in London or a sign celebrating our sarcastic British humour. Two stalls to do with England and the city yet totally different.
When you’ve had enough of London, you can travel to a Moroccan bazaar to and grab yourself a classic rug or table decoration for your home. You get to experience, just a little, about what a Moroccan market looks like with its vibrant colours and choice of materials, each one distracting you from the next.
Once Morocco, with its vibrancy and smells of incense sticks, have filled your senses, why not take a trip over the Mediterranean Sea and visit Turkey to buy yourself a gorgeous lamp for your home where the vibrant colours grab your attention?
Is your wardrobe looking a little dull and you want to spice it up a little and bring back the memories of Asia? Then why not buy yourself a sarong or bag? Or perhaps some incense sticks to remind you of the offerings that you used to wake up to the smell of?
My personal favourite, however, is to buy some jewellery that reminds me of my travels around Africa with its amber, bone and turquoise.
That’s three continents covered and you haven’t even hit midday!
So how are you supposed to relax? Travel the world through food of course! If you think that shopping the world through the stalls is fun, just wait until you start eating your way around!
You can have anything from doughnuts to three course meals right next to each other. Even in this photo above you can see traditional British fish and chips sat next to Ethiopian Food; such diversity and choice in such a small space.
You can treat yourself to as many Chinese dishes you want…
Or perhaps you’d like to smoke in a traditional Moroccan restaurant before treating yourself to some home made British orange juice or lemonade after?
And then there’s dessert…anything from old-school candy to South American churros…
All eaten under traditional British shelter…
There really is nothing like Camden Market at the weekend.
People of all walks of life and from all over the world meeting old and new friends in this unique location whilst experiencing a little bit of home and abroad within metres of each other.
Whenever I miss my travels, a trip to London and a visit to Camden, especially in the sun, always make me feel that I could be anywhere in the world remembering the good times and there really is no better way to spend a day
Have you ever visited Camden Market? What did you think?