A first time visitor’s guide to Brick Lane Market

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If you’re in search of the bustling shopping experience that London is famous for, you don’t need to look any further than the historic Brick Lane Market. Whether you’re looking for vintage clothes or handmade souvenirs, the stalls and traders at Brick Lane Market will have everything you need.

This friendly marketplace is one of the best Shopping Destinations in London if you want to get away from the big brands in search of something a little more quirky or alternative. We’ve put together this helpful guide to give you a little more history behind the Brick Lane Market and show you some of the things you can find there.

History

Back in the 17th century The Truman Farmers Market established itself as a small but popular trading stall in the heart of the Brick Lane area. People from all over the city would venture to the market every Sunday to browse the fresh produce and barter with the local traders. During the 20th century, the area experienced a large influx of Bangladeshi immigrants who settled in Brick Lane. The influence of culture helped transformed the market into what it is today, a bustling hotspot for local shoppers and visiting tourists.

Vintage

If you’re looking for vintage goods or antique artwork then you’ll be spoilt for choice with the amount of traders. Brick Lane Market is a great spot to find a rare gift during your stay at the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch. There’s always something new to find every day at the market, which is what makes it such a popular spot for shoppers. The huge selection of vintage vinyl records is enough to make any collector smile. Spend the afternoon digging through the crates in search of classic presses to add to your collection. If you enjoy reading, you’ll love the hundreds of second-hand books available.

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Food

The countless food stalls and street vendors found at Brick Lane Market offer up some of the finest international dishes in London. The strong Bangladeshi culture means you can find an array of eastern-inspired foods that will have your taste buds tingling. There’s a whole range of other culinary styles to be found in the market, including Japanese, Jewish, Italian and much more. Whatever your taste, the street vendors at Brick Lane Market are almost certain to have the flavours to match it. As well as cooked food, you will also find a selection of traders that deal in fresh fruit and vegetables which you can purchase by the bowl full.

Clothes

Vintage clothes are the latest trend and you’ll find a treasure trove of classic threads at Brick Lane Market. Update your wardrobe with garments from as far back as the 1920s and complete the look with retro accessories and trinkets. The prices at a lot of high-end clothes shops and boutiques can be very high, but you won’t be scared off by the price tags at Brick Lane Market. Browse the rails and treat yourself to a new outfit this summer.