London: Portobello Road

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IMG_8108.jpgA popular market out in the West end of London.  Located close to Notting Hill Gate Station.  It’s a short walk North of the exit.  Here you will find tons of antique shops that open on the street daily.  Although, some of them don’t open until the weekend, like the Portobello Green Market which opens up at the end of the street.  There are also a few food vendors who don’t open until the weekend as well.  You should definitely aim for getting there on a Friday if you can, Saturday and Sunday get quite packed.

I have talked about how food around markets and museums can be quite pricey in London.  Portobello Road, however, isn’t that bad.  The produces and street vendors are quite reasonable.  It’s likely due to the fact that it isn’t as central as markets like Borough Market and Covent Garden.  My personal favourite here is the falafel wrap by the girls at the Happy Vegetarian food truck.  It was probably by far the freshest wrap I’ve ever had.

Early into my trip I had this idea that I would try my best to eat healthy by making my own breakfast.  That idea failed quickly.  I did however try to buy all my produces here in Portobello Road.  You can get some seriously cheap stuff.  A lot of the vendors sell them in small plastic bowls, but fill them up quite nicely.  Most of the vendors sell each filled bowl for about a pound or two.  The first few days I tried making my usual avocado spread for breakfast but it really was too much trouble to do while travelling.  I have to say though that, some of legumes in London do taste a lot more different than Toronto.  British avocados are definitely a lot more different than the ones we import in Toronto.  My taste buds certainly didn’t agree with the taste of the organics.

IMG_8103.jpgThere are other foods to be had here too.  There’s the famous cupcake bakery, Hummingbird.  There are also some really good breakfast places here too, but it’s likely you won’t want to travel all the way here for breakfast unless you live in the area.  There’s also an interesting bubble tea shop that isn’t too bad too, but it’s more for the shop design than anything else.

Portobello is definitely a must see if you’re here in London.

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