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Camden Market, London

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With hundreds of stalls selling clothing, crafts, and food, Camden Market is one of Europe's largest markets. The nexus of one of London's most offbeat neighborhoods, the market joins together a series of smaller markets. Start in Camden Lock Market, the one that helped give rise to the others. Here you'll find music, films, books, crafts, and unusual gift items. Head to Camden Stables Market for vintage clothing and antiques. Most of the markets contain food stalls, but go to Inverness Street for fresh produce and continental-style restaurants. Sunday is the busiest day here, and the Camden tube stop restricts inbound service in the afternoon to help manage the crowds. You'll find fewer people--but also fewer open stalls--on weekdays. Put Camden Market into our London family vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in London.
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  • August 21, 2017
    omg where do i start. This market is vast and has a bit of everything. wonderful street food and drink as well as bars the market itself is huge it sells so many things from candles to bags jewelry sc...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Incredible neighborhood as the Camden Town / Camden Market. It starts with a classic tourist street, then a clothing market with all small aisles crowded, then another covered market of trinkets of all kinds, finishing in the stables between fast food and objects of all kinds. Bonus madness at the Cyberdog. Another world, really!
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  • August 21, 2017
    Only giving four as I'm not the best with crowded areas which frustrates me! The area is full of interesting shops and stores and the food market is absolutely unbelievable. It was really busy (having...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    If you can make Camden Market one of the stops on your itinerary, then do so. Here, you will find the cheapest souvenirs, a few great clothing finds, and cheap records (Beatles, if you're willing to shell out a couple more pounds). The same magnets that I had already bought in the centre of London were probably about 40% off at the Camden Market. I only wish I had waited to do all of my gift shopping. The downside is that it gets SUPER crowded after noon. We came before 10 AM (right before opening time), and shops were still setting up, but tourists quickly flooded the place soon after. So if you do not like crowds, then you might want to avoid Camden. But if you don't mind braving it to get a few good bargains, then Camden could be for you. Other than that, there's not much else going on. They have a good amount of food stands but none of them seem like they would be really good - just your typical food court food. You're better off leaving the market and grabbing a bite nearby.
  • August 21, 2017
    Absolutely brilliant market that is a major attraction for Londoners and visitors alike. The variety and scope of all the stalls is unbeatable. Brilliant place to spend a day with food from every corner of the globe. You can buy things here that you can buy nowhere else. If you are tired of visiting Camden Market then you are tired of life.
  • June 10, 2017
    A very exciting street fair full of people and options. It is also quite big and going around getting to know the place is part of the fun! Among the many food options I chose the pasta made in a giant cheese and that was a smart decision. The shops are another delightful attraction - different and interesting - and it's hard to leave without taking some things. I had an excellent day at the Camden Market and would definitely recommend the experience!
  • July 19, 2017
    I love this place very much. Big 3 part market and wonderful place to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere on the side of canal. Very busy and popular. Food from all over the world to taste , vintage clothes to buy or you can negotiate the price of other things you find interesting to buy
  • August 3, 2017
    Wonderful place! Amazing variety of arts & crafts & incredible foods. Can be uncomfortable on busy days like sunday, I enjoyed it a lot more when I went on a weeknight. Less stalls, less food options, but still fantastic minus the massive crowd.

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