Just 20 minutes away from the famous Borough Market (you can read about it in our review here), there is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Maltby Street Market, or Ropewalk, is a fantastic little market tucked beside the railway arches of the Greenwich train line. This is one of our favorite spots in London. We love how this small walkway can become crowded with people, eating, drinking, and having a good time.
The market is open every weekend, both on Saturday and Sunday. We suggest a visit here on Saturday, it’s the day with more open stalls! To find it, just follow the light brown railway from London Bridge, and you’ll quickly reach it. It’s a nice walk under the shadow of the Shard, a wonderful way to stimulate the appetite before reaching some of the best food stalls in London!
DeliciousTip: The market is small, and the road does not offer any repair against raining. Few shops have covered space, and it won’t be worth anyway as they would be very crowded. Check the weather before deciding to come here!
Highlights of the Market
The shops at the Maltby Street Market tend to change quite often; therefore our list will be updated every time we get back to the market! This is our current list, updated at May 2017!
African Volcano from Grant Hawthorne
Among the cornerstones of this market, there is African Volcano from Grant Hawthorne. This stall, one of the few with some covered tables (they are rarely available though!), is specialized in oversized burgers, with a secret marinade and peri-peri sauce coming from Mozambique. Their top of the gamma is the secret burger.
This is the biggest burger you can find in London. The beef patty is topped with a generous amount of cheese, onion, peri-peri sauce, and beef brisket. The top half of the bread is cooked together with the brisket juice. Is it good? Well, it’s fulfilling for sure! There are too many flavors merged together for our personal taste, but if you are hungry this is your go-to place! For everybody else, try the bacon burger, a little bit lighter and with better flavors!
It was many years since we had such a good chicken & waffle! Sure, Waffle On serves many types of waffle, with sour and sweet topping, but their combination of freshly fried chicken, maple syrup, and buttermilk waffle is the reason to stop here. They also have some tables nearby, allowing to savor every bit of it. Note for our American fellows: the portion is smaller than the one you can usually get in the US, but that’s perfect to get ready for the African Volcano burger!
One of the most crowded stalls of the market, at Gyoza guys you can find several variations of a traditional gyoza. Four different kinds of dumplings (pork, chicken, shrimps and vegetarian) are cooked on the spot and then covered with a special set of dressings, giving a modern twist to the dish. For us, it was a bit too much, as the flavors may get a bit confused. But if you like dishes with sauces and several flavors (like the secret burger from above) you would love this place!
As in every market, we can’t miss our plate of mixed oysters. The designed place in Maltby street for our seafood craving is Bagley’s Champagne bar. Their oysters, arriving from Essex & Cornwall, are fat and perfect. We loved the fact they serve a tasting dish with four different types of oysters so that we could get an overview of all their products. We loved their Porthilly rocks, with a creamy texture and a very lasting finish.
Dhan, from Taiwanese, means “egg”. Take a waffle, shape it like an egg, cover it with homemade topping, eat, repeat. Simple isn’t it?! We loved this iconic Taiwanese street food, and it worked perfectly as a first dessert by not being too sweet (well, unless you put Nutella on top 😛 ). Our suggestion? When they ask “do you want the peanut brittle on top” answer “YES”! It’s not as sweet as you may think, and it works perfectly with the waffle.
The guys at bad brownie are focused on preparing one thing only: the richest, most flavorful piece of brownie you can get our hands on. Do they manage to do so? We think so. They have several flavors available, but first-timers should go for their best product: the salted caramel has a wonderful texture and deep, rich, moist filling. Delicious. If you want to check out multiple flavors (they have an amazing bacon & maple syrup one!), you can grab their mixed box, with small bits of several of their product, and share among the group. Or keep it hidden and eat it all by yourself!
A delicious pairing with the brownie can be found at Beanbag coffee. They specialize in Asian coffee, importing the beans from the South-East corner of the continent and brewing it in-house to create their own signature blend. The coffee is filtered with a cloth and served to customers. The resulting mixture is a dark, rich beverage that perfectly pairs with the caramel and chocolate of the brownie. Any coffee lover will love this stall, and we are among them!
If you think that Borough Market is a bit too touristic, and you want to blend more within London’s population, Maltby Street Market is the place where to go to get a perfect Saturday lunch. Moreover, this is one of the few markets open on Sunday, making it a delicious brunch spot! So come here, grab a beer and enjoy the sunshine!
How to reach Maltby Street Market?
Maltby Street Market is 5 minute walk from the Tower Bridge.
Nearest Tube Station: London Bridge or Bermondsey.
Saturday 9am – 4pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm
For more info, visit the market website.
Did you visit Maltby Street Market? Which is your Delicious Spot here? Tell us about it!