In a city celebrated for its farmers’ markets, food hubs, culinary artisans, and craft brewery culture, it’s no surprise that food innovators and visionaries abound. Indie businesses and producers of hand-crafted, small-batches, made-in-London foods are easily found while exploring the city’s food scene.
Discover the emerging food district in Old East Village by visiting the London Food Incubator, home to several unique-to-London start-ups. While you’re there, drop by the Urban Oven for gluten-free artisan bread dough and Naturally Vegan for plant-based baked goods and savoury treats. Momo’s at the Market offers locally-renowned Nepalese-inspired vegetable or pork filled dumplings handmade with a local flour-based exterior. Glen’s Farms Herb and Preserves features turn-of-the-century inspired homestead jams, marmalades and vinegars.
London Food Incubator
On Saturdays and Sundays, be sure to visit the The Market at Western Fair District. This food-focused hub features two floors 100+ permanent vendors and a seasonal outdoor market with a rotating roster of growers and producers.
Stock up on the diverse line of naturally sweetened, whole food energy bars that are locally-produced by Kosuma. The dark chocolate used in a few of the bar flavours is sourced from Habitual Chocolate, a neighbouring chocolatier specializing in organic fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolate.
There are many friendly vendors and food stalls where you can savour everything from a gourmet grilled cheese at Goodah at the Market to a classic Portuguese-inspired sandwich with a modern twist from the Bifana Boys. If you like heat, pick up Bifana Boys homemade piri piri hot sauces, pickles and preserves. Both businesses are extensions of the evolving local food truck culture.
Located at the Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market the food and small wares pantry’s focus is on preparing delicious small-batch ferments, like sauerkraut, kimchi, cultured mustards and chickpea miso.
The Harvest Pantry
Attracting a loyal clientele who appreciate the generous ratio of savoury filling to phyllo, Zoran Sehovac and his culinary team at the Covent Garden Market are passionate about their Balkan-inspired bureks. Hand-rolled into a flaky spiral of phyllo, offerings include spinach and cheese, meat or plain pastries served hot from the oven with sour cream.
Margaret Coons, founder of Nuts for Cheese is a prime example, producing a line of dairy and gluten-free, vegan cheeses hand-crafted from cultured organic cashews. Vegetable-centred offerings can be found at her boutique shop at the Western Fair Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market as well as other local businesses: Plant Matter Kitchen, Glassroots, 10 Eighteen Café, Pure Bon – A Food Shop, Remark and Sunripe.
Nuts for Cheese
In downtown London, Globally Local is taking the plant-based food trend to a whole new level with a cutting- edge vegan menu – featuring tacos, faux pulled pork, BLT`s made with soy-based “tempeh bacon” and a vegan burger made with chick pea patties – the difference is that they contain no animal products.
Are you craving the cult-favourite cronut? You can find delicious variations on that decadent croissant-doughnut hybrid every Thursday at The Rhino Lounge Bakery & Coffee Shoppe located at Museum London. Another city-wide sensation is La Noisette Bakery’s bagel bomb, a baked bagel with cream cheese filling mixed with bacon and green onions. As to where to find the best French-style macarons, that’s an easy question to answer: Petit-Paris Creperie & Pâtisserie in the Covent Garden Market. Their unique macaron flavours include lemon almond, raspberry almond, coconut mango, Key lime and black currant. For gluten-free vegan doughnuts sweetened naturally using pure honey or maple syrup check out The Boho Bakeshop at the The Market at Western Fair District. London has plenty of small-batch, made-from- scratch specialty bakeries. Here is a shortlist of some of the city’s most diverse and uniquely London bakeries: The Artisan Bakery, Black Walnut Bakery Café, The Boombox Bakeshop, Bliss, Hey Cupcake and Razzle Dazzle Cupcakes.
The Rhino Lounge Bakery & Coffee Shoppe
Nothing beats the intoxicating aroma of freshly baked pies. Spicer’s Bakery in Lambeth is dedicated to from-scratch baking excellence — high quality, hand-crafted pies, using hand-rolled pastry for flaky goodness and delectable fillings. There is a daily rotating selection of seasonal pies, cream pies, pot pies, tarts, tourtière and quiches available fresh baked or frozen. Some are nostalgic farm-house classics; other pies break with tradition and there are specialty offerings like Cherry Coke Pie and Chai Latte Cream Pie. Saturday is the big day when pie-inspired gourmet doughnuts such as Maple Bacon and Salted Caramel Apple are available.
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