London’s Brick Lane Market is a traditional flea-market affair, with a rich diversity of products and wares with everything from food, second-hand clothes (always worth a look for the retro-lovers), furniture, bric-a-brac, magazines, toiletries, sweets, electrical equipment and ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING in between. The market spills across a relatively large area and several streets. The Brick Lane Market is now becoming known as a great place to pick up home accessories: from kitchen equipment, CDs, DVDs and furniture.
The Brick Lane area is home to London's most famous enclave of Indian and other asian fooderies and as such there is no shortage of snacks, delicacies and proper sit-down meals that you can try inbetween browsing through the wares on offer. There are so many to choose from with such a variety of quality, that the best advice is probably just to head to the ones with the biggest queues as the locals and regulars have long since managed to separate the wheat from the chaff!
If you're really into your bargain hunting and haggling then why not make a proper day of it? Take in all the local markets one Sunday including the Columbia Road flower market, Spitalfields market and Petticoat Lane market which are all within easy reach of Brick Lane market itself.
The food market in the boiler house hall offers readymade food from around the world, including everything from freshly cooked pasta to Japanese octopus fritters. In the summertime the outdoor Sunday Up Market caters to hundreds of visitors who come for the world food and the sunshine. The Rootmaster, a restaurant housed within a double decker bus, serves vegan food.
If that doesn’t appeal there are dozens of curry houses to choose from, alternatively the Vibe Bar, Big Chill Bar and 93 Feet East provide refreshments and music.
The market opens from 9 to 5 on a Sunday, however the surrounding shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants are open 7 days a week.
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Whether it is the Sunday Upmarket or Brick Lane Market s a whole, you’ll be please with this one. Always prepare for the crowds and you’ll be fine. Street food, clothes, records and bookstalls are always worth the trip east.
Brick Lane is trully unique and strange in someway. You can find almost everything there and it always surprises you.
It's like suspended rags-to-riches story between cheap stolen bikes and inexpensive household appliances to trenfy fashionable items.
If you like dough, you can fill your stomach and your eyes with the historical bagel shops and , on the same street, under the railway bridge the lastest entry of a high quality patisserie, the so-called Saint Sugar of London.
Most of all, the people passing by on a Sunday are all quite special with a story to tell and clothes to show.