Followers of the London Marathon will instantly recognise where we are. Right beside Cutty Sark – a key landmark of the famous race across the capital. We’re not here for running though, lord no, we came saaa’th of the river in search of street food at the increasingly popular market here in Greenwich.
First things first, how do you get here? Well if you are an athlete you could run but for us less able folk there’s always the docklands light railway (DLR). Connecting to the tube at both Stratford and Canary Wharf. This service is a nice change from the dark tunnels of central London on which you can catch views of the O2 arena, Canary Wharf and its One Canada Square.
Getting off at Cutty Sark station lands you right beside the famous galleon ship famous for its voyages to China and Australia for both tea and wool trade in the 1800’s. You can climb aboard the deck of Cutty Sark but an added bonus is beside the river on a clear day you get a skyline panoramic of the city.
We took our fill of maritime history and headed across the street in search of the market. This area of Greenwich is very nice indeed and tucked between the buildings you can just make out the large iron banner for the Greenwich market. The first place we approached turned out to be one that we had been looking forward to – Brazilian filled Churros.
Good news for fans of gluten free products – these bad boys are not only delicious but contain zero gluten. The friendly stall owner gave us samples to try which went down a treat. We couldn’t decide between chocolate and dulce de leche so figured the best way to solve the dilemma was to go with both – ooh naughty.
£2.50 ($3.19 US) gets you one of these huge sticks of loveliness filled to the brim with our combined fillings and rolled in cinnamon sugar, oh yes. The taste was as good as the description, sweet and crunchy. Added points for picking them fresh out of the fryer, very good indeed.
The sheer choice at Greenwich Market is quite vast. Ramen burgers (burgers with the bun actually make from dried ramen noodles!), pulled pork sandwiches, korean food, empanadas...just heaven for any street food fanatic. We were tempted outside though by a familiar smell of Thai street food….
Thai Kitchen is like a typical stall found all over Bangkok. A tarpaulin roof and underneath, a Thai team cooking up five different stir fries and curries. This place is popular and with good reason, the dishes looked and smelled superb. Many people choose combined plates of rice and curry which are available enabling you to sample different dishes but we opted for the Massaman curry at £6.50 ($8.31 US).
Sitting on the nearby benches we stared back at the stand to see the line had grown to a huge length. Clearly many, like us, were enticed over by the aroma of tasty Thai food. The curry itself was brilliant. Really creamy coconut flavour with a hint of spice and soft beef and potatoes, well worth stopping by for.
Incidentally surrounding the Thai stall were even more eateries serving food from all around the world. The choice at this market is very underrated indeed. We rounded off our trip with a cup of fresh orange juice from Turnips – a company also found in Borough market specialising in fresh juices, all at £2.50 ($3.19 US) per cup.
A trip to Greenwich Market is certainly a worthwhile one – see a famous landmark, enjoy a wonderful view and of course sample some top notch street food in the process. What’s not to like?
Opening Hours: Daily 1000-1700
Nearest DLR station: Cutty Sark