We've covered the shopping side of Old Spitalfields Market, but I've left my favorite part of this London neighbourhood aside for a special mention, as it so rightfully deserves. Any great part of London is mainly great because of its foodie corners, in my opinion, and Old Spitalfields Market has plenty to discover from entrance to exit. It will overwhelm you, but in the most delightful way. You will stand there and wish the universe had provided you with a bigger stomach. The food trucks, the tucked away restaurants, the epic neon lights pointing out everything from burgers to salads and beyond, will all make you feel as if you've entered a true foodie's paradise.
As there is so much to discover in Old Spitalfields Market restaurants, I thought I'd give you a quick briefing on a few of my favourites. After all, shopping always leaves us all hungry and, depending on how much money you've spent, you might need a few drinks to wash away the credit card blues at the end of your haul.
So, here you have a guide to Old Spitalfields Market food from burgers at Blixen to oysters at Wright Brothers.
First of all, I need to tell you that Blixen is an interiors dream. Their 'garden' out the back is a thing of true beauty and will convince you that you are actually eating in a tropical destination, rather than chilly East London. However, it's the burger that will have you writing to friends requesting your usual night out be moved into this fine establishment. The service, the cocktails, the atmosphere and the food all add up to quite a beautiful experience. And they are speedy! If you are there for brunch, lunch or dinner, you will find you can stay for as long or short a period as you so desire.
2. Coffee at Rapha
Yes, yes, Rapha is actually a cycling shop. But it's also a coffee house, and makes a mean cup-a-joe. The store has a lovely terrace overlooking the market, with tables that showcase classic cycling jerseys, that allows you to sit back and enjoy the atmosphere around you as you caffeinate for your adventures in the market to come.
Ps. If juice is how you like to start your day, head over to Lululemon's juice bar just opposite.
For those of you that swear by a speciality food truck, you will be in absolute heaven. They have food trucks for toasties, BBQ, Philly Cheese Steaks, doughnuts, duck, desserts, tacos and more. I imagine you could eat lunch here everyday for the rest of your life, just out of these trucks, and never get bored. It's food on the go that's just as good as what you'd find in most top tier restaurants. But that's the foodie truck trend, isn't it? It's all about delicious discoveries from the side of a travelling restaurant.
For those of you that are looking for liquid courage (maybe you are facing the shopping police at home with all your beautiful bags?), head to Vagabond Wine Bar. Located just next door to Blixen, their glass windows looking into the garden make you feel as if you too are part of the tropical jungle. Sit back, relax, sip wine and take in the ever changing mood of the market in front of you. Warning: you could sit here for hours and wonder where the time has gone. It's such a great place to people watch with a glass of vino in hand!
Wright Brothers is everything you would expect from the quintessential oyster bar. The long bar itself is beautiful and you'll find yourself wanting to take more shots of this space than you ever thought possible, and that's before you see the food. Wright Brothers' seafood platters are epic. We're talking next level beautiful and absolutely delicious. This is a restaurant that is designed for both everyday eating and special occasions. It's what you want it to be in the moment. My favourite? Sitting in the corner booth, looking out onto the rainy London day and sipping champagne with fresh oysters swimming in shallot vinegar.There is so much more to discover at Old Spitalfields Market for food! Check out the complete listing of restaurants, and make sure to plan in plenty of breaks for everything from coffee to late night espresso martinis. Don't be surprised if you run into me there while you are hunting for the perfect place to stop! I seem to find myself on premises at least once a week and I'm entirely addicted!
And don't forget to reference back to what to do in Old Spitalfields Market, if you are putting together a comprehensive day!