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Seven of the best UK food markets for summer

When the weather’s good, there’s nothing quite like sitting out in the sun and enjoying some street food.

By Delle Chan
Published 3 Jul 2022, 06:04 BST
Maltby Street Market offers a plethora of tasty treats, such as sausage sarnies from Bangers, dumplings ...

Located on the eponymous street in London’s hip Hackney neighbourhood, Broadway Market is a hit with fashionable food-lovers.

Photograph by Sean Pollock

1. Maltby Street Market, London

This weekend hangout is a short walk from — and a less touristy alternative to — the perennially packed Borough Market. It occupies a little alley flanked by railway arches and festooned with colourful flags, and has become a magnet for discerning foodies since it opened in 2010. On offer is a smorgasbord of global flavours: sink your teeth into sausage sarnies from Bangers, tuck into dumplings from Gyoza Guys or try Venezuelan arepas (cornmeal cakes) from La Pepiá.

2. Quayside Sunday Market, Newcastle

Expect delicious food and glorious views at this bustling market overlooking the River Tyne. Vendors include Batik Kitchen, which dishes up Indonesian favourites such as beef rendang (coconut-based stew) and chicken satay; Cubanos, which specialises in Cuban classics, including medianoche (a roast pork, Swiss cheese and pickle sandwich) and empanadas (savoury turnovers); and Magpye, which offers deluxe handmade 
vegan pies.

3. Grub, Manchester 

Housed in a former textile warehouse, Grub is home to a craft beer bar, an independent cinema and an event space. At weekends, some of the city’s best street traders — including Oh Mei Dumpling and What’s Your Beef — serve up an incredible array of dishes in the beer garden. Don’t miss Plant Powered Sundays, a weekly event with delicious vegan eats from the likes of Seitan’s Kebab and Bee Kind Bakery.

4. St Nicholas Markets, Bristol

This local institution — which comprises an indoor market, a farmers’ market and a street food market — has been trading since 1743. Head to Wine Street (just outside the main market building) during lunchtime on Tuesdays and Fridays for handmade Tibetan dumplings from Momo Bar, delicious Japanese donburis (rice bowls) from Don Don and fiery curries from Indian Masala.

5. Broadway Market, London

Located on the eponymous street in London’s hip Hackney neighbourhood, this Saturday market is a hit with fashionable food-lovers. Local favourites include the enormous hog roast sandwich from Neriman’s, the sauce-slathered chicken wings from Lord of the Wings and the punchy paneer kati rolls (flatbread wraps) from Kolkati, to name just a few.

6. Last Friday, Leicester 

In-the-know locals flock to creative hub LCB Depot on — you guessed it — the last Friday of each month for a celebration of street food, art and music. Culinary offerings include vegan burgers from BA-HA, wood-fired pizzas from Biddulph’s Pizzeria, Greek kebabs from Street Souvlaki and much more — all dished up to a backdrop of cool tunes, courtesy of a live DJ. 

7. Stockbridge Market, Edinburgh 

Every Sunday, dozens of independent traders set up shop in the city’s Jubilee Gardens, hawking all manner of delicious wares, from artisan cheeses to freshly baked bread and toothsome pastries. Satiate any hunger pangs with some hot food, be it a platter of piping hot paella from Lovely Paella or a hearty vegan seitan sandwich from FacePlant Foods. 

Published in Issue 16 (summer 2022) of Food by National Geographic Traveller

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