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London Street Food?

In the US street food vendors are a common site but I don't know of many here in London. Anyone have any good recommendations I can check out? Preferably a stall/cart/mobile which isn't in one of the major food markets (eg. Borough Market), but I'd welcome suggestions too. Thanks!

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  1. There was a long thread on this a while ago, but I can't find it. I haven't been for a while, but Whitecross St off Old St has lots of interesting stalls and vans selling food - Indian, Thai, Italian, Caribbean etc.

    There is also lots of stuff at Brick Lane Market - it's worth search the board for the thread on this.

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    1. re: Theresa

      Also Lower Marsh in Waterloo for really good Mexican, Thai, Chinese, wraps, burgers.
      Broadway Market on a Saturday also has a good selection and isnt as crazy as Borough Market.

    2. A good number of stalls tend to be aggregated into markets big or small in various part of London, which is a quite a prominent feature of the food scene in London. Less common to find single carts/stalls etc. There are occasional ones selling roasted nuts etc. and I remember a cart with mulled wine near Spitalfields Market, closer to Liverpool Street -- haven't tried though.

      [Caveat, haven't been in a long while] Exmouth Market is probably on the small side, and has a few interesting stalls -- a West African one (Spinach and Agusi), a very good crepe stall (which I think is no longer there -- anyone know where the guy went?) and a little outpost of the nearby Moro.

      Broadway Market is on my list, hoping to make it there soon. Hope to hear more about the best stalls there.

      A friend recommended the churros and Spanish hot chocolate at the stall (Garcia's iirc) on Portebello Rd in front of the Electric. Any recent experiences?

      Been through many of the stalls at Brick Lane Market -- like the feijoada at Maracuja (Brazilian stall) and the Thai Satay stall. Also have a soft spot for the Mauritian Stall, but haven't been in a while. The kara-age chicken at some of the Japanese deep frying stalls are pretty good, especially since they deep fry the stuff a second time when you order. Also remember liking the roast pork sandwich, especially with cracklings, but timing can be important, as the meat get dry after too long on the spit.

      Have heard good things about Brixton Market, but have only been to Franco Manca there. Hope to hear more from the various intrepid hounds!

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      1. re: limster

        my other half is Mauritian and was intrigued by your mention of a Mauritian stall at Brick Lane - what do they sell?

        1. re: gourmet traveller

          I remember liking the made-to-order roti at the Mauritian stall. There were a number of meat and vegetable curries and perhaps a bryani of some sort. Has been a while since I've eaten at the stall, so would appreciate an update.

        2. re: limster

          i find the best stalls at broadway market are concentrated towards the front of the market (canal end, not london fields end) - but i have a crazy diet and don't eat meat so can't vouch for carnivorous satisfaction

          the dulwich bakery has sensational bread... everything is great....

          the organic veg stall has great rainbow carrots and often excellent organic lettuce deals, amongst other things

          the russian stall has great, simple homecooked russian food... i love the salmon, rice and egg slice and the beetroot salad

          there is also a polish stall with fantastic pierogi

          further up the market (past la bouche) there is the happy kitchen which is an inspiring and delicious vegan, sugar free sweets stall and also a creperie with buckwheat galletes

          the rest of the stalls can be found at other places around london

          special mention to chegworth's for their lovely apples and the tomato stall for their summer golden cherry tomatoes

          the banh mi is also good halfway along the market (I have heard, but have not tried)

        3. I was pleasantly surprised by the delicious pierogies I had last summer at the outdoor food market just off the Regent's Canal in Camden. I'm not sure what that area is called, but there were a lot of tempting stalls.

          1. Thanks everyone for the replies! i'll let you know as and when I try them. Am starting near my place with Golborne Road/Portobello (limster - I've passes the churros stand many a time but never tried it!) possibly this weekend. I've heard there is quite a few stalls worth trying on Golborne, including Jerk Shack, as well as some Moroccan and Ethiopian food. There's a German Food stall on Portobello I've been to be a couple of times that does good (but greasy!) burgers and chickens steaks.

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            1. re: gourmet traveller

              Definitely try Whitecross Street at some point. Barbican can feel a bit out of the way if you don't work in the area, but it's a nice way to spend a Thursday or Friday lunchtime (when the majority of stalls are there) and there are some lovely pubs nearby. I can definitely recommend the falafel stand, the hog roast boys, Gwilym Davies' coffee cart and the Karuna curry stall. So cheap!


              TimeOut has a good feature on street food here if you missed it:


              This huge thread on street food at the Brick Lane markets is well worth trawling through:


              You can occasionally find interesting street food stalls in Camden, although I have never eaten anything amazing from the loud scary hawkers in the Stables Market. Try Inverness St where there is a good burrito stand and a guy who sells stew - always Irish and one other. £5 for stew, rice and a chunk of bread. Sorted!

              1. re: DollyDagger

                Almost forgot one of the most central street food hot spots - Goodge Place W1.


                Chinese, Thai, salads, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, wraps and Freebird Burritos!

                1. re: DollyDagger

                  I really like the Hoxton Beach falafel wraps at Goodge Place. Some of the nicest I've tasted, but then I did get them fresh from the fryer.

            2. Tubby Isaacs for jellied eels. 90-years-old & still going strong :-)


              1. Almost forgot - the gelato stall/truck outside of John Lewis (west entrance) on Oxford Street has good gelati from Danieli's (iirc).

                1. Last weekend I did a did a little West London Streetfood crawl along Golborne and Portobello Roads. I sampled a great kebab from an unmarked stall, really good grilled fish at Moroccan Fish (I need to get back there another time and try the tagine!), tasty burger from the German food truck on Portobello and amazing Churros (thanks for the tip Limster!) at Churros Garcia. There's loads more along those stretches (and I'll be back to try those too sometime) - definitely worth a wander. I've written more on my blog if you want to have a peek and get a look at some pictures.

                  This Friday am heading to Whitecross St for more streetfood - will update you all when I've been!

                  1. Last Friday I visited Whitecross St Food Market (am slowly getting through all the areas!) and there were some good eats including Luardo's burritos, Artisan Foods Chicilate Fudge Brownies, Eat My Pies' Black Pudding Scotch Egg and coffee from Gwilym Davies' coffee cart (Bristish barista of the year).

                    As always I've pictures and more detailed descriptions (as well as what stalls to avoid!) on my blog (just click on my profile for the link).

                    This weekend, weather permitting I'll be doing Brick Lane so will update you all then! If there are any stalls I cannot miss there please let me know (As i understand there's quite a lot and my stomach space is limited!!).

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                    1. re: gourmet traveller

                      Thanks for the report.

                      I'm one of those City workers who eats at Whitecross fairly regularly. Usually I grab a Luardo's burrito and some coffee from Davies. Sometimes the Chorizo guys show up too though I'm not sure exactly when they are there.

                      A note on Luardo's. They are doing San Francisco style burritos. Do they bill themselves as Tex-Mex? In fact, I've chatted with them and one of them used to live in the same neighborhood as me in San Francisco. Despite being one of the better options in the market, I've found them to be pretty good but not great. Mostly, their meat could use more flavor.

                      1. re: r.vacapinta

                        Thanks for the clarification on the burrito-style, I had taken tex-mex to be a broad term for Americanised Mexican cuisine - apologies! :) And yes, they could probably do with more flavour but we did get him to load up on the hot sauce which could be why our taste buds were fooled.

                        Of course, nothing to compared to what you get in San Francisco - we were there last year (had an amazing time!) and passed a Mexican place on our trek to Harry Slocombe, the burrito there was SO good. And don't get me started on Taylor's Burgers...I could talk about the food in SFC all day!

                    2. Sorry to suggest another market but if you'd like a trip to Greenwich, their market just near Cutty Sark DLR station that has a number of tasty food stalls, including Caribbean, Brazilian, Japanese, crepes, Thai, etc. I haven't been down recently but in warmer weather at least there are 2 additional areas with food vendors: on Greenwich Pier, and then further down the main road towards the Greenwich train station.

                      1. Which ones are operating on a Sunday?

                        1. I walked by Exmouth Market today and tried one of the stalls. It sold mainly sausage ciabattas with onions and sauce for 3.50. It was really good. Does anyone know the name of this stall?