French pastries displayed on a London food market stall

Like a Local: Whitecross Street Food Market

Whitecross Street Market is one of London's oldest markets. Nestled between Barbican and Old Street, it opens daily on week days from late morning until 5pm. Things get very interesting on Thursday and Friday with the street food market. This is when you need to pop there! At lunch time you will find scented food stalls and a buzzing crowd of hungry office workers. Delicacies from all over the world can be found in this long and narrow street. Some dishes are a bit pricey but the lively Whitecross Street Food Market is really worth a visit.

With this post, I am introducing a new category on my blog called 'Like a Local'. I'll share some of my discoveries hoping it will inspire you to explore or rediscover London.

Having lunch at your desk is a crying shame! I work in Shoreditch where there is galore of places to grab a bite. Most of them are poky and packed which forces you to eat outside or head back to the office. A colleague of mine introduced me to a lovely local food market in Whitecross Street. Weather permitting, I strongly recommend its freshly cooked meals.

A taste of France

Maisons Crêpes, savoury gluten-free French crêpes in London
Fancy a very filling and tasty French treat? Grab a crêpe at Whitecross Street Food Market. I always go for the same crêpe: a ‘Provençale’ with cheese, chicken, mixed vegetables, mustard and an egg. A crêpe costs between £5 to £7. Mind you, there is always a terrible queue at this stall but it’s because they’re made right in front of you and taste really good. The owner is a bubbly and energetic lady who always has a kind word for you -in French or in English! Get a taste of France in the heart of London.

Comptoir Gourmand, delicious French pastries in London
I have a sweet tooth and there are a few things I deeply miss from home like French pastries. I was thrilled to find the French bakery Comptoir Gourmand at the market. I plumped for their scrumptious Bakewell tart, their lemon and almond polenta, and my all-time favourite flan. If you can’t make it to Whitecross Market, you can catch these guys at plenty other London markets (Borough Market, Primrose Hill Market, Chelsea Market, etc.) Otherwise, just pop by their shop in Bermondsey to treat yourself to a mouth-watering tart, cake or viennoiserie. Bon appétit!

Where to find them:
Comptoir Gourmand
98 Druid Street, London, SE1 2HQ

Other popular food stalls

There is always a long queue at Luardos, the Mexican food truck. It's definitely one of the most popular food stalls of the market along with The Wild Game Co and their venison steaks.

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What are your favourite spots in Whitecross Street Food Market? Let me know in the comments below and I'll add some of your recommendations.


Whitecross Street Food Market
Whitecross Street,
London, EC1Y 8NR

Nearest tube station(s): Barbican, Old Street or Moorgate.


Whitecross Street Market is open from Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm, and closed on weekends.

The food market is held every Thursday and Friday, and is especially busy around lunch time (12 to 2pm).

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