Unveiling the Best London Street Food in 3 Days

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  • London

  • Food & Wine

  • City Travel

  • England

  • Local Food

  • Foodie

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Curator’s statement

London is a city renowned for its rich culinary scene and one aspect that truly stands out is its vibrant street food culture. From bustling food markets to quirky food trucks, the streets of London offer a plethora of delectable delights waiting to be discovered. In this article, I will take you on a gastronomic journey through the best London street food, showcasing the unique dishes and sharing insider tips on how to navigate this thriving scene.

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Day 1: East London

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Start your street food exploration in East London. Begin the day at Brick Lane Market, known for its diverse culinary offerings. Sample authentic Indian street food, from fragrant curries to crispy samosas. Also, in a fun twist, check out The Rib Man. They are known for serving some of the best ribs in London. The Rib Man stall is located on Brick Lane and is a popular choice among food lovers and, if I'm being honest as a bit of a BBQ snob, they make some fantastic ribs.

Afterward, head to nearby Spitalfields Market, where you can indulge in gourmet burgers, artisanal pizzas and delectable pastries. For specifics at Spitalfields, know that Burger and Beyond lives up to the claim of London's best burgers, Prawnography has a prawn roll that's just heavenly and Monty's Deli is like a delicious piece of NYC in London.

Day 2: Camden Market & Chinatown

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Make your way to Camden Market, a street food haven. Begin with a hearty breakfast at one of the many stalls offering freshly baked pastries and aromatic coffees. Explore the market's vibrant alleys and discover an array of international cuisines, from Korean BBQ to Venezuelan arepas. Yorkshire Burrito is a must-try for those that want something different, but also quite British.

End the day with a visit to London's bustling Chinatown, where you can savor mouthwatering dim sum and traditional Chinese desserts. Make sure to try a pork bun, a taiyaki fish cake and jianbing.

Day 3: Brixton Market & Maltby Street Market

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Venture to South London and explore the bustling Brixton Market. Start with a visit to the infamous Mama's Jerk for a taste of Caribbean delights. Afterward, make your way to Franco Manca, a renowned pizzeria serving authentic Neapolitan pizza with a crispy crust and gooey cheese. Also try World of Wurst, offering a variety of sausages from different countries, with their currywurst being a popular choice.

End your street food journey with a visit to Maltby Street Market, an off-the-beaten-path hidden gem offering artisanal cheese, freshly baked bread and exquisite chocolate treats. Notable stalls worth trying out include Bangers, La Pepiá, Gyoza Guys, Finest Fayre, The Cheese Food Trucks, African Volcano and Beanbag Coffee, which all offer a variety of unique and mouthwatering food options.

Need to Know

London's street food scene is a gastronomic paradise waiting to be explored. From vibrant food markets to hidden food trucks, the city offers a diverse range of flavors that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Whether you're a fan of traditional British fare or craving exotic cuisines from around the world, London's street food scene has it all. So, pack your appetite and embark on a culinary adventure through the bustling streets of London. Trust me, if your tastebuds could talk, they'll thank you.

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