We Lost Our Heart at Borough Market
Since our last trip to London at the beginning of the new millennium the city has changed a lot. You already see it when you look at the skyline that presents itself in a stunning combination of Medieval buildings and modern glass. The Shard is only one of the new views, it stretches its head high over the Tower and from a close it is almost even more impressive.
But it’s not the only great place near London Bridge. Only a few steps further and you will be in one of the most beautiful foodie Heavens this metropole has to offer: Borough Market.
Built entirely under a train’s bridge construction, the mere sight is awe-inspiring; an open, yet weatherproof, hall with lots of daylight and a richness of impressions, that invites you to follow your nose wherever it leads you to.
You can roughly divide the market into two parts: The actual market with offers that will serve every palate from spices to greens and fruits, all the way to drinks, sweets, meat, fish, and bread, and the street food area with its constantly steaming pots and happily noshing people. Soul food until your tummy will hurt.
I can’t even say what impressed us most. The mere sight of all these wonderful ingredients? The seafood booths with mussels and shellfish and varieties of tuna in real sushi quality? The locals farmers, presenting their gorgeous products with a proud smile? The mass of vegetables and fruits that even tempt a carnivore like me to leave the beautiful sight of whole shelves packed with salami behind? The omnipresent offer to try, if possible? The cheeses? The colours? The atmosphere? The scents?
Maybe the people. People that are passionate for food. Good food. Real food that was allowed to see sunlight and grow up on a meadow. People that have a contagious sparkle in their eyes when they ask you if they can help you. People that love to cook and eat and enjoy.
Yes, we did come back here for more after our first visit. We tried as much as we could without exploding. We tasted the Comte from Borough Cheese & Co. We tried the gin from the East London Liquor Company. Lots of olive oil. Bought cured sausages at The French Comte. And munched ourselves through the street food from cold brew coffee over juices and smoothies, all the way to freaking amazing coconut pancakes, sausage rolls and burgers.
The only drop of bitterness was that we couldn’t take some vegetables with us. Or one of the mushroom baskets, some soft cheeses or fish. And that our bellies were stuffed too soon.
Thank you Borough Market for two wonderful and inspiring days in foodie paradise. We already miss you and your wonderful flavours.
And we’ll be back!