looking for somewhere different to do your shopping or
you want to cook something special for a loved one or
to celebrate an occasion, why not check out one of Europe’s
biggest Caribbean food markets [map] located to the East
of Brixton Road and Pope’s Road, Electric Avenue
and Granville Arcade.
Choose from a great selection of fresh ingredients
to cook up a West Indian feast.
With around 300 stalls you’re sure to find something
to tickle those taste buds. Choose from an extensive
selection of exotic fruit and vegetables, specialist fish and meats,
and fresh flowers. You’ll also
find a range of cheap CDs, make-up, toiletries and a
selection of unusual clothes and traditional costumes.
Across the street you’ll also find the indoor market, perfect for a rainy day, that
houses clothes, food and fishmonger shops as well an
excellent Caribbean bakery and some
hard to find African foods and spices.
Get crafty with a visit to The Merton Abbey
Mills Market [map], Watermill Way, off Merantun Way. This picturesque weekend market is located beside
the River Wandle and provides shoppers with beautiful
scenery in which to do some leisurely browsing. Choose
from a range of handmade craft and jewellery
stalls, a farmer’s market selling fresh produce and excellent cheeses and some
really unusual pine furniture.
Culture vultures will love the working pottery in the old mill and a museum dedicated to the textiles
that were made at the mill in the 19th century. Both venues
have gift shops offering unusual present ideas for loved
The Merton Abbey Mills Market is open on Saturday and
London flower enthusiasts and those looking for bouquets
for special occasions should head to The New Covent
Garden Flower Market [map]. The flower market actually moved
from Covent Garden to its present larger site at Nine
Elms Lane, SW8, in the 1970s, but maintains its original
name on which its reputation is built.
Prospective brides and local florists can be seen perusing
the large selection of beautiful and unusual flowers from
as early as 3am on a week day and 4am on a Saturday and
while it’s not essential to rise early to enjoy
the best selection, shoppers should be aware that the
market closes at 11am.
Get there early to get the very best deals and bag a bargain
of a beautiful bouquet. There are also tropical and exotic
flowers on offer as well as flowers for funerals and wreaths
made to order.
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