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A Day in Borough Market – A Culture Calling Guide 

Borough Market is the king of London’s many food markets. The market is a foodie’s heaven; bursting with smells, colours and produce from across the globe. Shaken by the pandemic but no means broken, the market and its wonderful traders (numbering over 100

Tacos Padre to the rescue

Borough Market is the king of London’s many food markets. The market is a foodie’s heaven; bursting with smells, colours and produce from across the globe. Shaken by the pandemic but no means broken, the market and its wonderful traders (numbering over 100) are back at it filling stomachs and shopping bags aplenty. And then there are the restaurants… Here is how we would spend a day at Borough Market…

1. We Juice It

Look for the red roof for We Juice It

What’s a good way to start any adventure? With a cold refreshing drink, of course! Borough Market favourites We Juice It squeezes all of their juices in the morning ensuring that the drink in your hands is miles away from anything you can get in a supermarket. Our favourite is the carrot, apple and ginger which makes for a nice zingy sip! £4.00 well spent. What’s next?

Where? Ground Market, Borough Market. 

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2. Spice Mountain

Spice Mountain

Is your lockdown ravaged spice rack looking a bit sad? Lacking colour or a tactical punch? Spice Mountain’s owner Magali Russie will sort you out in no time. A shop crammed full of spice blends (both traditional and novel), herbs and fruit powders for your cooking. Some unique finds are their Calabrian fennel pollen from the southern tip of Italy (next to Sicily) and DIY cocktail botanical kits. An excellent place if you need a gift for a keen home cook!

Where? 8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL. 

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3. Tacos Padre

Tacos Padre

Getting hungry? Head over to the reputable taquieria and fiery Tacos Padre. Started up in 2019 by Mexican cuisine veteran chef Nick Fitzgerald (Mexico and London), Tacos Padre (translates as Taco Dad) is a casual grab-and-go eatery that transforms into a fully fleshed al fresco restaurant in the evenings. Why not just stay there all day? Or…

Where? The Borough Market Kitchen Padre, Winchester Walk, Jubilee Pl, London SE1 9AG

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4. Arabica Kitchen & Bar 

A bird’s eye view of Arabica Kitchen & Bar’s menu

Ready for a Levantine cocktail? Middle Eastern meze destination Arabica Kitchen & Bar is our pick for the evening. Arabica guarantees a feast with a menu inspired by the terrain and memories of distant places like Bierut, Jerusalem, and the valleys of Jordan. Expect freshly cooked flatbreads from their in-house clay oven, grilled fish and a vast array of small plates such as charred Za’atar courgette. Not ready for it all to end? Arabica happily sells products online such as preserved lemon, baklava and baba ghanoush. Yum. 

Where? Rochester Walk, Borough Market. 

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