SWYF Find: The Borough Market - London

After roaming the streets of London today, we stumbled upon an amazing open-air market - the Borough Market. Amid pub grub, TESCOs, ASDAs and other familiar big box and fast food establishments, this was an awesome find.

It's definitely a foodie mecca. There's booth after booth speciality, hand-crafted wares from small food producers - organic olives, artisan cheeses and meats, piles of specialty mushrooms and cases of truffles, small-batch jams and preserves, freshly made breads and baked goods, spice mixes, locally sourced produce, craft beers and endless amounts of prepared, yet healthful foods.

Some vendors or traders I liked:

  • Oliveology: Organic olives straight from a family-owned farm in Greece. This vendor also sells a unique olive leaf tea.
  • The Cinnamon Tree Bakery: Small artisan bakery based out of South London. High quality ingredients, sensitive to dietary needs and offers incredible baked goods. The brownies are unreal - and gluten free!

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A word to vegetarians: There are a lot of options open to you, especially cheeses, vegan and vegetarian dishes and fresh produce. However, there is a prominent meat and fish section, which you can choose to ignore. This area is worth looking at for its cultural significance and striking photo opportunities.

Sure, shopping at Borough Market is a bit more expensive than going to a regular grocery store, but if you're a regular at farmers' markets in the U.S., you'll appreciate it. It's an excellent place to find items for a roving picnic as you wander around London.

**BOROUGH MARKET: 8 Southwark St., London; housed in the Jubilee Market, and adjoining Green Market. Open Tuesday-Wednesday (11-5); Thursday (11-5), Friday (12-6) + Saturday (8-5). Check out the Market Web site for more news on vendors, events and additional information.