Markets of the World: Borough Market London

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Getting there, sort of

We got out of the London Bridge underground station at Borough High Street. The map I had showed that the entrance to Borough Market was right in front of the tube exit, so we crossed the street and started looking.

But nothing.

We went into some alleys, looked behind some corners.

Still nothing.

Then we decided to head back to the tube exit and start all over again. As we got ready to cross the street to where we came from,, there it was. Some sort of gate with ‘Borough Market’ in huge letters above it.

borough market food

You see, the Borough High Street exit of London Bridge underground station is located at a point where the street splits in two. When we got out of the underground we had just looked in front of us and presumed we were looking in the right direction, while the entrance to the market had been behind us!

We had a laugh at ourselves and crossed the street – this time in the right direction.

Sights, sounds and smells

It was about lunch time when we walked onto Borough Market London and the smells coming from the different food stands immediately appealed to my stomach.

borough market candy

Cheese, vegetables, meat, sandwiches, pastries …

There was so much to choose from.

We had a few samples before I saw what I really wanted to try: dumplings.

borough market dumplings

I’d read about dumplings on several of the travel blogs I follow and was curious to know if they really were that good. So when I saw a stand selling dumplings I went for it. My dad, London travel partner and fellow food lover wanted a bite as well and we decided to share a portion.


Now I know that these dumplings probably weren’t as great as the ones you get in Asia, but they definitely tasted fine by me!

Have you ever tried out something new while visiting a market?


Hostel Los AngelesSofie is a language lover and travel aficionada who combines a full-time job with freelance writing and blogging. She uses her weekends, vacation days and public holidays to travel the world and share her experiences with you on her blog Wonderful Wanderings. Be sure to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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Markets of the World: Borough Market London

9 Responses

  1. Hey Shanna,

    Thanks so much for having me.
    The post looks great:-)
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    Sofie January 20, 2014 at 11:51 am #
    • Thanks for writing it! I am getting really good feedback – everyone likes reading about markets!

      Shanna January 24, 2014 at 7:02 pm #
  2. I love your posts about markets. I would love to try the dumplings. Mmmmm! Thanks for sharing!
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    Mary @ Green Global Travel January 21, 2014 at 12:58 am #
  3. I love Borough market! They recently opened a chocolate restaurant there where every dish has chocolate, cacao or cocoa butter – I want to goooo!
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    Alyssa James January 30, 2014 at 11:27 am #
    • Wow, that sounds like an AMAZING restaurant that I will have to add to my bucket list!

      Shanna June 7, 2014 at 12:57 am #
  4. We were there about a week ago and loved every second of it. It’s certainly quite the tourist attraction now, but it still holds all the charm that you expect and the food on offer is absolutely fantastic.

    Did you see any other markets in London?
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    Dale February 17, 2014 at 8:42 am #
    • Our whirlwind tour of London did not include nearly enough stops for markets…I also missed a couple of other big sites in London last time we were there (still want to tour the town on a double decker bus and see the Tower of London!) Looks like I will have to plan a return trip!

      Shanna February 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm #
  5. I love dumplings! Markets are great for trying new foods. I had potato tacos at a market in Napa Valley that I would have never tried without a local’s recommendation.
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    Jennifer February 27, 2014 at 11:34 pm #
    • I love picking locals brains about great, little known restaurants. I find the best meals that way, and get to make great connections with the people in the place that I am visiting!

      Shanna March 24, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

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