Food, vintage and more at Islington’s best markets

Markets are great for their atmosphere. Whether you are looking for something unique, or for fresh ingredients for a meal, these are the places to go.

In Islington, you can find vintage clothing, jewelry, tableware and – who knows – small treasures hidden between crystal glass and postcards.

If you were wondering what are the best markets in Islington but don’t know where to start, don’t worry: here is Islington Now’s guide of seven unmissable markets in the borough.

Exmouth Market

exmouth market good

Food, food and more food. This weekday street market, located on a semi-pedestrianised street in Clerkenwell, is an absolute pleasure for your eyes and nose. You’ll find a variety of mouth-watering lunchtime option, ranging from Mediterranean food, to African and Asian.

And the best thing? The prices. £5 will buy you a freshly cooked takeaway lunch. Just try not to spend your whole lunch break deciding what to eat!

Where: Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell.

When: Monday to Friday, 12am to 3pm-ish.

Whitecross Street Market

Whitecross Streetmarket

Known as a ‘heaven for foodies’, Whitecross Street is one of London’s oldest street markets, dating back to the 17th century. Located in a lively area in South Islington, Whitecross Street Market is surrounded by local businesses full of workaholics. Its stalls offer a wide range of food. Expect to find all kinds of worldwide cuisines, together with household items, women’s clothing and hand-made jewellery. £5 will be enough to fill your belly.

Where: Whitecross Street, between Old Street and Fortune Street.

When: Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

London Farmers’ market

A woman buys fresh vegetables at London Farmers' Market

Why not start your Sunday by shopping directly from farmers? At this market, just 2 minutes walk from Angel station, you will find a wide range of products, from cheese and cider, to handmade pasta, jam, chutney and mustard. You will also find flowers, fruit, organic bread, olive oil and vinegar. There are also specialist butchers, selling traditional English sausages. And even better, the products come from farms within 100 miles from London.

Where: Chapel Market (Penton Street end).

When: Sundays 10am-2pm.

Chapel Market


Come here on weekdays if you are looking for fruit, vegetables, fresh fish and meat. The market has 160 designated pitches with approximately 85 full licensed traders and it is not exclusively about food. They sell everything. from clothing and footwear to cards and stationery. As well as the market stalls there are shops on either side, major chain stores and small boutiques.

Where: Chapel Market, about 3 mins walk from Angel station.

When: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-6pm. Sunday 8:30am-4pm.

Archway market

A selection of French breads and pastries at the continental Archway Market
(Picture courtesy of Archway Market)

Prepare yourself to be surprised by the taste and savour from the selection of stalls at Archway market. The place brings together English produce and international ingredients and there you will find seasonal vegetables fresh from the fields of Lincolnshire, fine cheese from UK and Italy, handmade pies, smoothies, scrumptious street food and amazing cakes. You will also find an artisan charcuterie and free-range meat from UK farmers. Archway market is also great for lovely old stuff and second-hand books. On a sunny Saturday, what would be better than a walk amongst the stalls?

Where: Top of Holloway Road, corner of St John’s Grove, N.19 5SS.

When: Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Camden Passage

A taste of London - stall holder flog their wares at Camden Passage market

Upper Street’s famous alley turns into a lively market on Sundays. From military antiques at Hearts and Daggers to vintage clothing and jewelry, here is the best place for finding quirky and lovely old stuff. The stalls mix up with the traditional shops in the passage, as well as cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Where: Camden Passage.

When: Sunday 10am-4pm.

Nags Heads Market

nags head market

Corbyn’s favorite – the Leader of the Opposition is reported to buy many of his clothes here. Located in an old market warehouse, you’ll find an array of clothes, jewellery, electronics, home products and food. On Wednesdays and Sundays, there is an outdoor flea market, which is a perfect opportunity for bargain hunting.

Where: 22 Seven Sisters Road, Holloway.

When: Monday to Wednesday 7am to 7pm, Thursday to Saturday 7am to 9pm, Sunday 7am to 4pm.

What are you waiting for? Grab your shopping bag and go explore a bit more of North London.

This article has been updated from the original version posted in March 2015, by Keila Guimaraes.

Pictures by: Keila Guimaraes.