The secret burger from African Volcano, Maltby Street Market, London
London Street Food

Delicious Spots @ Maltby Street Market

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 flags are one of the features of this wonderful market 🌈 Maltby Street Market
The flags are one of the features of this wonderful market 🌈

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!

Fancy a proper cheese sandwich? Maltby Street Market is the answer!
Fancy a proper cheese sandwich? Maltby Street Market is the answer!
Nobody can resist the temptation to stop by here, nobody.
Nobody can resist the temptation to stop by here, nobody.

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!

A happy face in the market! Maltby Street Market, London
A happy face in the market!

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

The special burger: when burger is not enough, put some brisket on top! Maltby Street Market, London
The special burger: when burger is not enough, put some brisket on top!

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.

Mr Hawthorne preparing his signature burger, Maltby Street Market
Mr Hawthorne preparing his signature burger!
The burgers are cooked on a grill right in the market, Maltby Street Market
The burgers are cooked on a grill right in the market.
Multiple sauces for every taste, Maltby Street Market
Multiple sauces for every taste 😋

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!

Close it with half of the bun, pinch it all together and eat! Maltby Street Market
Close it with half of the bun, pinch it all together and eat!
Enjoying the majestic african volcano bacon burger, Maltby Street Market, London
Enjoying the majestic african volcano bacon burger 🍔
How to prepare a humongous burger. Step 1: salad and sauce, Maltby Market
How to prepare a humongous burger. Step 1: salad and sauce
Step 2: burger and cheese, Maltby Street Market, London
Step 2: burger and cheese
Step 3: onions cooked in beef sauce, Maltby Street Market
Step 3: onions cooked in beef sauce
Special peri peri sauce. It’s dangerously hot! Maltby Street Market
Special peri peri sauce. It’s dangerously hot!
Bacon, and more bacon! Maltby Street Market
Bacon, and more bacon!
  • Waffle On

Nothing beats chicken and waffles for starting the day at Maltby Street Market!
Nothing beats chicken and waffles for starting the day at Maltby Street Market!

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!

Waffles with several toppings, sweet and savory! Maltby Street Market
Waffles with several toppings, sweet and savory!
Waffle On preparing wonderful sweet waffles! Maltby Street Market
Waffle On preparing wonderful sweet waffles!
  • Gyoza Guys

Delicious gyoza on their way to our plate 😃, Maltby Street Market
Delicious gyoza on their way to our plate 😃
Gyoza guys, they are serious about dumplings! Maltby Street Market
Gyoza guys, they are serious about dumplings!

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!

Mixed gyozas from Gyoza guys, one for each flavor is the best choice! Maltby Street Market
Mixed gyozas from Gyoza guys, one for each flavor is the best choice!
  • Bagleys (oysters)

Oysters, we do love them! Maltby Street Market
Oysters, we do love them!
The oyster assortment at Bagleys 🔝 Maltby Street Market
The oyster assortment at Bagleys 🔝

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 Waffle

The box is the same as eggs, but this is more delicious! Maltby Street Market
The box is the same as eggs, but this is more delicious!

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.

Hesitant about which topping to put on your waffles? Why not EVERY one of them?! Maltby Street Market
Hesitant about which topping to put on your waffles? Why not EVERY one of them?!
Egg waffles for everybody! Maltby Street Market
Egg waffles for everybody!
The peanut brittle, imported from Taiwan and ended up on our waffles 😍 Maltby Street Market
The peanut brittle, imported from Taiwan and ended up on our waffles 😍
Cooked to perfection! Maltby Street Market
Cooked to perfection!
  • Bad Brownie

Oh my Brownie! Maltby Street Market
Oh my Brownie!

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!

Bad brownie, a brownie aggressively good 😜 Maltby Street Market
Bad brownie, a brownie aggressively good 😜
A bag full of deliciousness! Maltby Street Market
A bag full of deliciousness!
  • Beanbag Coffee

At Beanbag Coffee, they do proper filtered coffee, using a cloth! Maltby Street Market
At Beanbag Coffee, they do proper filtered coffee, using a cloth!

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!

The awesome coffee from Beanbag ☕️ Maltby Street Market
The awesome coffee from Beanbag ☕️
Enjoying a coffee and a treat before leaving the market. Maltby Street Market
Enjoying a coffee and a treat before leaving the market.

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!

The market can get crowded at lunch-time. Maltby Street Market, London
The market can get crowded at lunch-time.

How to reach Maltby Street Market?

Maltby Street Market is 5 minute walk from the Tower Bridge.

Nearest Tube Station: London Bridge or Bermondsey.

Opening Times:
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!