Abroad Bites: Borough Market, London
London is such a perfect city for a foodie. I’m already totally infatuated with it, simply because of the sheer number of massive food markets. The whole “London has terrible food” stereotype is so not true, you just have to know the right places to go! I went to Camden Market last week (and forgot my camera, oops! Sorry guys) and ate SO much good food. These markets just have rows upon rows of food stalls. People making foods of every ethnic variety, and serving it up in aluminum tins for a couple pounds. Naturally, I want to try everything, so I greedily grab every sample extended to me and split as many things as possible with my friends so we can try as many things as we can before our stomaches explode.
If you follow me on Instagram (@rachelconners), you’ll have a first hand look at the gooey, cheesy foods I tend to gravitate towards, but I’m also going to be posting about my foodie adventures here! In my “Abroad Bites” series, I’ll be sharing with you all my foodie adventures in the all the places that I go. You all seriously need to experience the incredible nature of these markets – they’re massive! I have a few iPhone pics to share with you of the Camden Market, because I can’t not talk about the amazing foods that were experienced there, but the majority of this post is going to be pictures of the gorgeous Borough Market, which is right near the London Bridge. So English, so much incredible food, all of it is just so awesome. This post is going to be picture heavy! Try not to get too hungry :)
OK, let’s start with the few pictures I have of the Camden Market. First up is this churro. Oh my goodness you guys, this churro. In the picture collage thing, you can see the brilliant lady who made our churro press the dough out with a hand crank, fry it fresh in front of us, and then fill it – we got half chocolate and half dulce de leche. For real – this churro was OUT OF THIS WORLD. I would eat it every day if I could. It was fresh, piping hot, and filled with my favorite things. Seriously, if you go to Camden Market, this is a must try.
This sandwich. You guys, seriously, this was one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever tasted. The first thing I noticed about this stand was the piles of buttery, soft brioches buns. I turned to my friends to comment on how beautiful the bread was, and then we all started noticing how good the whole sandwich looked. C’mon now – grilled duck confit, with crispy duck skin, red onion chutney, rocket, and mustard, with your option of cheese. We went with blue cheese (which normally I hate, but the super sweet guy said it was mild and sweet. He was right) and a drizzle of truffle honey. They were sweet enough to cut it into thirds, and I swear, we each demolished our third in seconds. This sandwich was the perfect mix of salty, sweet, crunchy, soft, tangy, and every other thing you could want in a sandwich. It was some true artisan food, and you could tell the adorable guys making them were putting love into every sandwich. So, sooo good. If you go to Camden market, you NEED to try this.
OK, onto Borough market! A lot of these pictures are just of gorgeous foods. I swear, the people in these markets have seriously talent! I wish I could’ve tried everything! Here we go…
One of the things we tried at Borough Market was these bourekas – something Paige nor I had every had before! We opted for the potato and onion, because it’s not a flavor combo we normally go for. These pockets were delicious, and so ridiculously flaky. Definitely a yummy treat!
These brownies looks so gorgeous and fudgy, I couldn’t help snapping a pic. We surprisingly didn’t actually try any of the sweets, but if we had…these brownies totally would have been on the list. That flaky top is calling my name!
Those are pepperoni samples on top of that crate. SO GOOD. If I owned a pizza shop, that would be the pepperoni I would want to put on my pizza. Absolutely delicious!
The little store had tons of amazing sounding freshly made pastas, and they had a huge sign saying what they did every night, all night. They spent hours hand crafting each of these raviolis. I need to go back to try some of these. We were so stuffed by the time we stumbled across it, but those tortellini are calling my name.
I loved all the fresh produce they had! All of it was so gorgeous and vibrant.
Look at that top picture. See that glass case? And that little mountain underneath the sandwiches? That’s ALL CHEESE. This sandwich was so cheesy and crunchy and delicious. It was a grilled cheese to the max, and the long line was so well worth it. The combination of cheeses used was spot on, and I loved the flavor that the leeks and onions brought to the party. Such good, cheesy comfort food.
These owl cookies were too darn cute not to snap a picture of!
That focaccia…man, I was dying to rip into one of those loaves. They all looked soo good!
I seriously love bread, and the samples I nabbed of these bread was absolutely amazing! Look how gorgeous it is too – the bakers are truly artisans. You can’t see all the loaves in this picture, but they were all like works of art.
These Greek pastries were all so pretty! I love that Pistachio Birds Nest towards the right. It looks so cute!
Chocolate Raspberry Cake. This was at the same place as those brownies. Oh my, it looks so dense and fudgy – just like a chocolate cake should be!
All in all, Borough Market is a MUST SEE if you like food (who doesn’t? Especially if you’re on this blog…) and are in London. It’s an incredible place to spend the day, wandering, tasting samples of foods of all sorts, and experiencing a wonderful cultural hub. It’s also a stone’s throw away from the London Bridge – also fun to see! I’d love to hear about your favorite London spots – leave a comment down below!
Hope you guys enjoyed the first installment of my London/Abroad posts. London is a seriously awesome city, and I’m so glad I get to share it with all of you. Xoxo!