London Highlight #1: Borough Market

It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite memory from my trip to London, but visiting Borough Market is definitely up there on the list.

If you enjoy local fruits and veggies, freshly baked goods, gourmet cheeses and charcuterie and unique jams and spreads, you must carve out a few hours to spend at Borough Market. It’s located on the Southbank and is easily accessible from the tube (London Bridge Station)…just make sure you come with an appetite because you’ll want to try everything! Upon arrival, Lauren and I swept through the market to see what we were up against. Unlike the food court at Harrods, the vendors were all mostly friendly and willing to provide samples. We tried all kinds of cheeses, charcuterie, and olives before choosing our meal. Lauren is a vegetarian and was satisfied by all the cheese and bread samples (umm, fresh baked sourdough? Yes please!), but she patiently watched me slurp down some oysters. We also enjoyed some fresh squeezed OJ, a yummy parmesan and olive bread stick, some leek and potato & tomato basil soup, and a small focaccia. Mmmm! Our only regret was not having enough room for dessert.

More photos after the jump!

(These oysters were apparently “medium” size. Delicious!)

(Who knew that french fries on bread could look so appetizing?)

You’ll find farmers markets everywhere, but Borough Market had a few “English” touches. For instance, I’ve never seen so many truffle stands! You could smell this one from a distance…they even let you sniff the different types of truffles. I learned that I prefer black, of course the most expensive kind at 64 pounds per gram.

(The truffle “sniff” station!)

After chowing down and satisfying our appetites, we walked a little further and discovered a whole new area of the market that we missed the first time. Don’t make this mistake! This side had more prepared-food vendors including a pie stand, tons of desserts, some street Thai food…the works. I guess we’ll just have to come back!

More London highlights coming up soon.

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