- 1 Brick Lane Market Sunday – A FEAST for the eyes AND tummy!
- 2 The Sunday UpMarket
- 3 The Inside Scoop
- 4 While you are here…
- 5 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
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Brick Lane Market Sunday – A FEAST for the eyes AND tummy!
You must wander through the Brick Lane Market Sunday is the best day to go because the Sunday Upmarket and Boiler House Food Hall is in full swing! Wedged in between Spitalfields and the actual Brick Lane road, it’s East London’s creative community, fashion scene and street food trends mashed up in one place.
If you LOVE food, you MUST NOT MISS THIS PLACE. I have NEVER in my life seen so many amazing colourful aromatic dishes and bubbling vats in one place, and most for less than a tenner. We didn’t walk out of this haven of world cuisine. We rolled.
There’s vegan and vegetarian cuisine all around including at least 3 lentil dhal dishes to try (my fave!), and meat lovers can snack on grilled chicken or lamb kofte wraps, and lamb and chicken curries. Look out for Turkish specialties, Moroccan dishes, Spanish Paellas and Empanadas, hand-rolled Sushi (made while you wait), and Japanese savoury pancakes ‘okonomiyaki’.
It doesn’t stop there. Chinese pork dumplings (fried so the bottoms are crispy) and a bao stand ( beef, or pork, or veg), Chai and Indian Street Snacks, Thai Food,Colombian ‘arepas’ (corn cakes from the griddle, stuffed with fillings), Italian gnocchi with creamy pesto, Afro-Caribbean street stall salads, Caribbean sea bass and fried plantain sandwiches. Did we mention Japanese sweets, cake, Ethiopian hand roasted coffee, and other after-lunch treats too?
Upmarket’s famous food area, the Boiler House Food Hall, is all about passionate caterers creating home-to-market food. It’s the newest cottage industry and one you will love!
The Sunday UpMarket
Adjoined to the food hall is the Sunday Upmarket, a place where designers, maker, and creative entrepreneurs can sell their one-off bespoke creations direct to their clientele. It’s a place to meet the person behind the brand as the creatives play the role of stall holder. Sunday Upmarket first opened its doors in September 2004 and now has more than 140 creative traders.
Look out for:
- funky unique women’s wear
- customised men’s clothing
- delightful children’s clothes
- vintage wear, antiques and collectables
- handmade jewellery and accessories
- art, photos and prints
- hand-crafted goodies
- music and film archives
- handmade health and beauty products
The Inside Scoop
Opening Hours & Entry Fees
- FREE entry!
- Bring cash. Food stalls start from £1. Most main dishes are around £5-6.
- Every Sunday 10 am to 5pm.
- Phone: +44 20 7770 6000
- UpMarket Website – Brick Lane Sunday Market
- 5-10 min walk from Liverpool St, Aldgate, Algate East (underground) and Shoreditch High St (overground).
- Best bet is to get the 8 or 388 bus and get off at the Brick Lane stop.
Location and Map
- Venue: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
While you are here…
Along Brick Lane itself, there are other markets and cafes you should visit:
*NB: Be aware that the street numbers are a little confusing and out of sync with how you would expect them to unfold on a street! Type the address below into your google map for a visual.
- Backyard Market 146 Brick Lane. Appreciate London’s young creative community and visit the Backyard Market that celebrates arts & crafts, and handmade wares including jewellery and fashion.
- Boiler House Food Hall 91 Brick Lane. Across the lane from the Sunday Upmarket, more food and an opportunity to sit at wooden tables around the great chimney. There’s a lovely secret beer garden for sun and fresh air lovers too.
- Bricklane Tearooms 91 Brick Lane. A secret coffee shop, with traders in vintage and antique suitcases, costume jewellery, records, clothing, fashion, and aprons.
- Vintage Market 134 Brick Lane. Vintage specialists from across the UK and Europe take part to display their wares at the Vintage Market at Old Truman Brewery. Clothing come from as far back as the 1920s and cover every decade up to the 90s. Whether it’s glam fur coats, feather capes, vintage bridal wear, men’s suits or distinctive accessories, there are bound to be some exciting discoveries to be made for both men and women.
- Cereal Killer Cafe 139 Brick Lane- for breakfast, lunch or dinner of sweet cereal, this gimmicky themed cafe is SUPER FUN for the kids.
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
There’s so much life, noise and atmosphere here. Kids will love it. Go early to avoid crowds.
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