Camden Passage, Islington, London18.04.2015 / 00:00
One of my favourite things to do on Wednesdays (when I get a free day) and Saturdays is visiting Camden Passage market.
First time I was introduced to this place by my dear friend, beautiful Anna. You can check out her lifestyle blog here. She is brilliant at fashion & beauty tips and she knows all the coolest organic food spots, nice coffee places, vintage stores.
Camden Passage itself is a a charming street in Islington (Angel tube station) which is considered as a great destination for vingate lovers. It has a number of cafes, restaurants, pubs; old-fashioned stores selling everything you can ever think of: veils, wedding dresses, hats, vintage jewellry boxes, mugs, lamps, postcards, kimonos, umbrellas, etc.; plus every Wednesday and Saturday street market is open from 9am till 17:30 pm.
It is a smart choice for collectors of vintage jewellery and furniture of high quality and for those wondering who are looking for a nice brunch place and got an hour or two to kill along with doing some eye-pleasing and unexpensive shopping.
Camden Passage market is not as well-known as Portobello Road market so you probably wouldn't be forced to wiggle in crowds of tourists. No unnecessary stress, no fuss. Quiet walk along passage, very old-fashioned, extremely polite salespeople with thousands of fascinating stories about each item, slow food approach at local restaurants, beautifully decorated window displays that make you desire all those "very neccesary" things... The best place to discover when you have all the time on the world.
So... Let me give you a small tour around Camden Passage!
I usually start with cup of flat white at Coffee Works Project Baristas here tend to have an attitude though place is nice and coffee is alright which makes my early morning more bearable. Then I move along the street checking out fish and cheese shops, thinking of what I would like to buy in my way back. At the market I'm digging for authentic camelia brooches for £10-£15, nice mugs, old-fashioned lamps, vintage hats £35-£80, silk kimonos, theatre veils and wooden with enamel jewellery boxes at beautiful Christina Tattum boutique where she will serve you a cup of tea (with milk and scones, of course) and sit you down to share some memories of youth and history of new items recently arrived to the store. I don't necessarily buy anything but I what I enjoy a lot is a talk with locals. Great thing to spend free time, practice language knowledge, collect fun stories, understand lifestyle of Brits better. On my way back I go to any of local pubs for a set of slider burgers and half pint of cider. Really like the Wenlock and Essex pub. Finally before heading back home I'm popping in to cheese and fish stores where I usually buy some salmon and cod. It's the best way to do shopping in London. Purchasing every specific product from a specialized shop: you have guaranteed quality and the best price. For instance, 1 kg of salmon + 1 kg of cod + 1 kg of mussels would cost only £18-£23 which is an awesome deal by London standards. Plus you can taste all the product you want like cheese, cakes, sweets, fruits, etc. and make some new friends among locals!
I'm wearing Laird & Co hatters red wool floppy drim.