If we do not like people who only look good but have no substance, then neither do we want our food to be that way. Lucky for you, London is not only a picturesque city but it also home to some really great markets and cafés.

Markets

If you want to have a slightly deeper understanding of a culture, local market is where you should head to. After all, when there is food, life form of all sorts will gather together. It makes up the basis of a civilization. When someone says ‘market’ in London, the first thing that comes to mind will probably be Borough Market.  But locals who know better will head over to…

Spa Terminus Market

No, this is not a spa salon. In fact, it is an area for food production and businesses there supply to cafés and restaurants all around London. Hidden at a corner in Bermondsey, vendors in Spa Terminus operate their business under the railway arches and they only open to the public on Saturday morning.

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Nothing too loud about its entrance and you could easily just walk past it

The Little Bread Pedlar

With their breads and pastries being the talk of the town because their name is synonymous with exemplary quality, The Little Bread Pedlar is an artisan bakery in Spa Terminus that sells everything straight out of the oven. You will be greeted by the aroma of freshly baked breads even before you enter the premises. Be sure to get there early because the queues start forming as early as 9 a.m. when they open.

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My personal favourite is the grapefruit brioche

Photo: Little Bread Pedlar official website

Photo: Little Bread Pedlar official website

If you like pastries, these croissants from Little Bread Pedlar are the finest you're likely to find ❤️❤️❤️ #shoplocal #croissants #layersfordays #butter #littlebreadpedlar

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More details on http://lbpedlar.com/ .

The Kernel Brewery

This gem is definitely worth a trip over the south bank on a Saturday morning because this local micro-brewery offers some of the best ales in London. With the beers being freshly brewed there, the layer of yeast sediments is still in the bottle when they are being sold. Although The Kernel Brewery no longer sells their beers on taps, customers can still buy bottles from the store. If you are up for it, you can even (kindly) request for a tour in the brewery!

You will be greeted with stacks of beer kegs when you arrived

You will be greeted with stacks of beer kegs when you arrived

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La Grotta Ices

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Photo: La Grotta Ices’ Facebook account

La Grotta Ices has no actual storefront and the ice creams are carted out in a three-wheeled mini truck. However, it is ready to surprise the market goers at Spa Terminus with changing menu for each visit. Made with the freshest seasonal fruits, it produces some of the most unique and original flavours. Everything is handcrafted by Kitty Travers, the founder who has immense passion for ice cream. She only sells them if the temperature in London that day is higher than 14 °C because she believes that ice creams taste the best only above that temperature.

Check the website on http://lagrottaices.tumblr.com/ beforehand to make sure that the ice cream truck is making an appearance on the day of your visit!

Changing flavours for each week. Photo: La Grotta Ice's Facebook account

Changing flavours for each week. Photo: La Grotta Ices’ Facebook account

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Address:
Spa Terminus
Dockley Road Industrial Estate, London SE16 3SF
Opening Hours: 8.30am – 2.30pm
Nearest station: Bermondsey

Exmouth Market

A semi-pedestrianised street twinkling with fairy lights, Exmouth Market has pretty interesting food start-ups.  It might not fit into your expectation of how a market is, but this place is a hidden gem with beautiful shops, cafés and restaurants.

The street of Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell

The street of Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell

✂️ Probably the coolest hairdresser on earth. #exmouthmarket

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Grind

With its eclectic décor, the atmosphere in this café-bar is fun and lively. Situated at the entrance of Exmouth Market, Grind will catch your attention from far with their pretty hanging lights.

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London really knows how to trEAT a girl right 🍑 #BoneAppleTea

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Pizza Pilgrim

Always crowded after the working hours, Pizza Pilgrim serves delicious pizzas that are straight forward at wallet friendly price. For the dessert menu, you can even bring your own chocolate and calzone it into a pizza pastry!

Their tongue-in-cheek décor perks up the whole dining experience

Their tongue-in-cheek interior perks up the whole dining experience

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The real comfort food

@aburich_dvm making friends while waiting for our takeaway from Pizza Pilgrims in Exmouth Market. 🇬🇧 🍕 #london #exmouthmarket #clerkenwell #pizzapilgrims #andrewandcraig

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Address:
15 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QD
Nearest station: Farringdon/ Angel (Would suggest taking bus instead because it is not close to any tube station)

Cafés

Cafés are everywhere in London and if there is not one in a street then there must be two.

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

This building is pretty easy to spot from far

This building is pretty easy to spot from far

Influencers in London love taking pictures at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings. A modern all day brasserie and bar, this place serves breakfast and pancakes with the option of bottomless Bellini brunch. Free flow Prosecco cocktails, anyone? Under the charming and innocent looking façade of the establishment, you probably would never guess that the basement is where the bar and clubroom Below & Hidden is at.

Bottomless Bellini

Yes to bottomless Bellini!

Beautiful and minimalistic interior

Beautiful and minimalist interior at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

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Below & Hidden

Below & Hidden clubroom at the basement of the same building. Photo: B&H official website

Address:
42 Northampton Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HU
Nearest station: Farringdon/ Angel

Peggy Porschen

Probably the most instagram-ed part of the café

Probably the most instagram-ed part of the café

Everything here is pink and that should be a good enough reason to convince you to make a trip to Peggy Porschen. With an undying crowd standing in front of the cupcake store doing some grammin’ job, this is a popular place for many trendy Londoners. Talking about Instagram worthy, the cakes and cupcakes here are as good as how their storefront looks.

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Their cakes and cupcakes are as good as they look

Address:
116 Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ
Nearest station: Victoria

Muffin Man Tea Shop

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Paintings, gilt frames, chandeliers with a jade green overall colour scheme

Located off the Kensington high street, this traditional tearoom furnished with an old English charm is known for their scones. The selection at the Muffin Man Tea Shop includes pastries, coffee and also value for money tea sets. You cannot go wrong with the Devon Cream Tea set at around £6 for a pot of tea served with scones and jam.

Scones, jam and clotted cream served in a two-tiered cake stand

Scones, jam and cream served in a two-tiered cake stand

2 scones please

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Address:
12 Wrights Ln, Kensington, London W8 6TA
Nearest Station: High Street Kensington

The Attendant

Once an underground toilet, now a cafe

Once an underground toilet, now a café

What used to be a Victorian underground public toilet off the street, this converted café The Attendant serves excellent quality coffee and brunch on a lazy afternoon. Do not be bothered by the urinals, the space is definitely clean.

She sips coffee where men once stood peeing in to porcelain bowls… #TransformingLondon

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Address:
27A Foley Street, London W1W 6DY
Nearest tube station: Goodge Street/ Oxford Circus

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