Aromas of savoury sizzling street food waft through the street as dozens of people meander down Portobello Road in London’s Notting Hill. Stalls spruiking food, flowers, antique cameras, jewellery, vintage clothing, you name it, stretch as far as the eye can see. The excited, animated chatter of tourists, locals buzzes in the air. It’s not yet 10am on a Saturday morning and already the world-famous Portobello Market is in full swing.
If you like fresh food the sneaky sweet treat or can’t go past a bratwurst roll then this place is a must-do while in London. The road is closed to cars on Saturday so stalls stretch along the street, set-up in front of the permanent vintage clothing shops, cafes and restaurants. If you’re like me and love to eat anything and everything you can get your hands on, you’ll quickly discover the food is the best part about the market. There’s an overwhelming variety of gorgeous looking fresh fruit and vegetables and country/region specific food like an amazing Mediterranean stall I stumbled upon. Their hummus, greek salad and stuffed capsicums were DIVINE. DELICIOUS. AMAZING. I make the bold statement they’re the best I’ve eaten since last year’s trip to Greece. As you can tell, i’m in love with this place.
Looking past all that tasty, mouth-watering goodness the market is filled with a plethora of independent antique stores. Even if bric-a-brac isn’t your thing these are pretty fun to pop into before exploring and snapping a few pictures in the colourful streets of Notting Hill.