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Utterly hip and charmingly artsy, Greenwich Market is home to stacks of books and vinyl records, vintage fashions and a tempting array of foods, all with a charming small town atmosphere.
Though its origins date back to the 14th century, it wasn’t until 1737 that Greenwich Market officially opened its doors. The market moved to its current location, next to the Old Royal Naval College, in the 1800s. Back then traders gathered under the market’s distinctive glass roof to sell meat, fruit and vegetables while pedlars offered pottery and other wares outside on the street.
These days Greenwich Market, which now finds itself in the middle of a World Heritage Site, still boasts much of its historic charm. Inspired by the success of Camden Market, the market’s turned much of its attention to crafts and collectables while still maintaining a wonderful assortment of street food vendors with international flavours.
Cute, colorful and artsy, buzzing Greenwich Market offers a small-town feel you don’t get from other markets in London. Slip through the entrance and you’ll be greeted with closely packed stalls selling handmade jewelry, vintage clothes, artwork and collectables. Vinyl records and books are piled high for you to peruse, and there’s also a tempting assortment of foods to sample. Feast on everything from freshly steamed dim sum to South African biltong, and don’t forget to save room for dessert! At Greenwich Market you’ll have your pick of specialty baked goods, Brazilian churros and sweet crepes. For a proper sit down meal, step outside the market for some traditional East End fare at Goddards, a family restaurant serving pie and mash since 1890.
Antiques and Collectables are sold at the market Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Craft and design stalls sell on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and weekends. Things get going around 10.00am (closer to noon on Sundays) and finish at 5.30pm. The market is also open on Bank Holiday Mondays.
The historic neighborhood of Greenwich is a must-visit for travelers. Take your time and explore The National Maritime Museum, The Royal Observatory at beautiful Greenwich Park and the recently reopened Cutty Sark clipper ship.