In a Nutshell
Since 1770, traders on infamous Soho's Berwick Street have been selling their wares. Once merchandise was sold straight from the pavement, but in 1892 the informal market and its exotic array of goods were officially recognised and Berwick Street Market was born.
Berwick Street Market has long been synonymous with exotic cuisine and delicacies. Populated by Italian, Greek and French Huguenot sellers, the market brought many foreign foods and tastes to 19th Century London. In fact, this is the spot where London's very first tomatoes were sold in 1880 and the city's earliest introduction to the grapefruit in 1890.
Today, the market is just as much a foodie destination, offering delicious cuisine inspired by food cultures from across the globe. For fashion lovers too, Berwick Street Market is a must-visit hidden gem in Soho, surrounded by a whole host of fabulous fabric stores.
ABOUT THE MARKET
This historic market, tucked away amongst the trendy bars and businesses of Soho, has been associated with world food and pioneering fashion for almost 250 years. Originally home to traders touting delicious wares from Italy, Greece and beyond, the market's exotic foodie credentials are as strong today as they were in the late 1800s.
In the 1950s the new celebrity chefs of the day, including Fanny Cradock and Elizabeth David, turned to Berwick Street Market to purchase the exotic ingredients called for by their freshly adventurous recipes, from olive oil to oregano.
The market is no less of a foodie paradise today. In fact, it's one of Miss Digressive blogger Jaya Sabnani's favourite foodie spots: "Berwick Street Market...has really grown from strength to strength over the last 4 years and has churned out some great food stalls including Pizza Pilgrims who now have a number of restaurants in London". Jaya’s favourite Berwick Market treats showcase the market's diversity: "My absolute favourite store is the Pit Stop Cafe. It's a small truck with a cooker and they churn out a heap of different dishes, from Singapore noodles, to fried rice, to Malaysian curry and dim sum".
Other market "must-tries" include something scrummy-yet-healthy from Savage Salads, where Davide and Kristina serve up tasty treats for wholesome food-lovers: "We both thought there was a lack of healthy food around London and we wanted to offer...something that would make you feel good, that would fill you up and, of course, taste delicious". For a dish that’s a little more decadent, head to Italian-founded Tongue 'n Cheek for the "super juicy" Heartbreaker Burger, packed with succulent ox heart and dry-aged beef.