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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Since I’m on English soil, I wanted a good hearty Fish & Chips meal at least once. Shahida, my travelling buddy’s cousin told us to go to Spitalfields Market as Poppies Fish & Chips offers the best....They had won the National Fish & Chips Award & Spitalfields Market is the closest venue where they’re located. We asked one English man for directions just outside the Tube Station. Surprisingly, he wasn’t able to give directions as he wasn’t sure himself. Anyway, we followed our nose & managed to find it in the end. We were both quite surprised to see a goat statue before reaching the place. The white-coloured hand sculptured goat, standing on a stack of boxes had won the Spitalfields Sculpture Prize in 2010. Accordingly, it was supposed to symbolise the struggles of immigrants who had made Spitalfield’s their home. Artist Kenny Hunter mentioned that the “I Goat” was inspired by Spitalfield’s rich social history. Goats are associated with non-conformity & are independently-minded. They are a reflection of Londoners. We also saw a bronze pear & a fig sculpture. The fruits are supposed to be a reminder of the market days. I managed to find Poppies Fish & Chips. A Bangladeshi staff had taken my order. I found my cod fish to be large, heavily battered & accompanied by a slice of lemon. The chips were fried to a golden colour. I had asked for some mayo & tartar sauce as dressings for my fish. Unfortunately, I think I had tasted better Fish & Chips elsewhere. Dessert was a slice of pecan pie which my friend’s son had kindly bought for me. It was very delicious & made up for the mediocre lunch. We decided to walk around the market after such a heavy meal. Eventually, a long yellow coloured woollen scarf had caught my friend’s eye & attention. She was indecisive at first as our mutual friend had advised not to purchase it. She walked away but went back to the seller again & bought it in the end. Overall, Spitalfield’s Market is an open air market filled with independent sellers selling various goods & products. Items ranged from being exorbitantly priced to a steal. You just need to know where to look. There are also many eateries to fill you up. You’ll be spoilt for choice!More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed December 24, 2019

Mixed food hall and market. Days vary but there's a selection of tat, clothes and trinkets geared mostly toward tourists. Thusdays there is a collector's market which is good, but not as good as a Monday at covent Garden - since the food hall has...got bigger and bigger at the expense of retail space. Kind of killed it, but still good to poke around for an hour or two. Food options are varied - 'world cuisine' - so the generic stuff you get in every big city, but some good coffee and some alternatives to explore. Across the road, Poppies makes the best fish and chips in London. There are not a lot of reasons to find yourself at Liverpool street for fun, but if in the area, it's worth checking out alongside a few lanes around Spitalfields that missed the developer's scythe, and the wonderful Dennis Severs House in Folgate Street.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 5, 2019

Old Spitalfields Market has been around for a long time. It is a indoor street market, and a kind of food hall with many small places to buy produce and to eat, with lot of local east end character. Go you will enjoy it. Cheers

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 22, 2019

TOURIST TRAP FOR all to fall into...everything in the market is not market price...its lost its way and money is the priority here , better places nearby .

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed August 2, 2019 via mobile

I have only eaten in this market before, and have hardly wandered around looking at the things up for sale but every time that I have eaten there I have been more than impressed by the food, it is all amazing there! The items for...sale that I have seen have always looked quite nice and interesting however I have never properly looked at these items. The location of the market is amazing, in a high-end area in London but also near the slightly more run-down Whitechapel, however whenever I walk around this area, I feel really safe and I am really interested in the surroundings. Definitely one of my favourite places to go in London!More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 28, 2019 via mobile

Free samples from a worldly array of food stalls. Unlike Borough market, plenty of seating and some of the vendors use pagers to summon you when your order is ready. Merchandise isn’t particularly exciting, except maybe the LEGO art and some handicrafts. Not far from...here there is shopping street with very cheap merchandise and less expensive street food.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 21, 2019

Old Spitalfields Market It is located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The closest London Undergroun station is Liverpool. There has been a market on the site for over 350 years. In 2005, a regeneration programme resulted in the new public spaces: Bishops Square...and Crispin Place, which are now part of the modern Spitalfields Market.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed July 12, 2019

Old Victorian market transformed with cafes,shops,restaurants,always busy always interesting,great atmosphere.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 6, 2019

Had really high expectations for here having always heard good things and was just let down. Found it lacking atmosphere, boring, and- dare I say it- bland! All the stalls were either high class (and expensive) artisan craft stalls or just complete tourist tat, nothing...in between. Having just been in Borough Market and Covent Garden, this paled in comparison. 3 stars because while there was nothing exceptionally bad about our visit, there was nothing unusually good either. Unfortunately let down on this occasion.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed June 23, 2019

Really friendly, welcoming market - not touristy in the same way as a Borough-market (albeit also not quite as high-end maybe) but some great little stalls - excellent coffee, bloody brilliant burgers from Bleeker, and just a nice, relaxed atmosphere.

Date of visit: June 2019
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