What is it? Street Food Market in Shoreditch
Whitecross Street Market, situated between Old Street and Barbican in EC1, is a brilliant place to grab lunch. It attracts office workers and students alike and is bustling every lunchtime. There’s a plethora of different stalls and cuisines to choose between too.
If you’re in the Shoreditch area, there’s nowhere better for food on the hoof. Check out our post on nearby Finsbury Leisure Centre – Whitecross Market is the perfect place to grab a well earned bite after a bit of lunchtime 5-a-side.
There are stalls from food cultures as diverse as Brazil and Korea, and even one selling good old-fashioned English pies.
How Long Will It Take?
The market is near both Barbican and Old Street tube stations – probably no more than a ten minute walk from either.
But you’ll want to allow time to browse thoroughly before making your decision. There are almost too many stalls to choose from, so allow a good ten-fifteen minutes to deliberate and force your way through the hungry crowds.
The service is always fast, though, so don’t let the queues put you off. It’ll be well worth a good portion of your precious lunch break!
What can you eat? Various World Cuisines on offer
The stalls offer delicious and nutritious lunches, including classic dishes such as chicken katsu curry with rice and more unusual ones such as Lahmacun – a type of Turkish wrap.
One of the best is the Vietnamese stall. The rice bowl with crispy pork is an excellent choice – the meat tastes every bit as good as it looks on the hot plate.
It comes served with a salad and chilli sauce and is a great choice to fill you up for the rest of the day.
Where is it? Accessible to the City and Shoreditch
The Market is at 13 Whitecross St, London EC1Y. It’s open daily between 11.30am and 3pm.
In addition to the stalls, there are plenty of other cafés and restaurants on the street, from Fish and Chip shops to greasy spoons.
Standard prices for most meals are £5-6, with extras often available for a bit extra if you’re feeling really hungry.
The Vietnamese rice bowl (above) is great value at £5.50 and will give you energy to keep working hard for the rest of the day.
Try going to the market outside of peak times which are between 12.30 and 1.30. It’s much quieter, meaning more time for relaxed browsing and less queuing!