High Street, London E17 7JY
- Walthamstow Central Station (0.4 km)
- Blackhorse Road Station (1.0 km)
- St. James St. Walthamstow Station (0.4 km)
- Bowes Park Station (0.7 km)
13 reviews of Walthamstow Market in English
Well, I used to work in the market after school, on Saturdays and when I had school holidays about 1967. I worked in a bakers, and on a dress stall and I remember one Xmas we sold out of these really cheap dresses with long white lace sleeves,white top with a high collar with a tiny neck bow and a black skirt . People were going mad for them! They probably fell apart on Boxing Day, but it was fun while it lasted. The pickle stall was one of the best with pickled red cabbage,pickled onion and – my favorite- Horseradish and Beetroot! Fantastic ! Blew your head off.Is it still there?
Glad to hear that old London tradition of Pie and Mash still exists .I am vegetarian but still love the Mash and Liquor- and I think they even do a ver versionnow. No meat in pepper, salt and vinegar so I can go to town. Thank goodness the shop survives- there are only one or two still left of the traditional ones with marble tables , in London. Part of our strange and disapearing heritage…
Well where do we start with Walthamstow Market. Giving that it is a stone throw from where i live i feel that i am in good sted to write a review. The market is best to attend on the weekends particulary on a Saturday. This is a good place to shop for foods. your fruits etc perfect. But as for clothes shopping forget it. The clothes are bad quality and the market stalls have the good little nick nacks for the kids cheap toys and bits and bobs. So overall Walthamstow market is ok
Id been using Walthamstow market for many years when my family were younger. I used to drive up from Tottenham, which is not too far away. This stopped for a few years, but I went back today, to search for some silk, to sew myself a wrap/shawl as they can be ridiculously priced in the larger retail stores. An Evan sales person suggested I do this yesterday. Funny how thngs work out! so I went to the market today keeping my fingers crossed. I walked into the first fabric shop I came upon and was so dellighted to find the exact matching colour in silk. The sales girl in there suggested I buy a contrasting ribbon to sew to the edge to the silk material, which she said I could get from a couple of doors down. Now isnt that proper customer service?? I think it is. My total bill came up to £5 for the silk and ribbon and the cotton thread! Walthamstow Market made my day, and I never knew it was the longest outdoor market in Europe! :)
What do you expect me to say...it's obvious it's a just a 'Market', although it is a very long market road there's not much choice in lets say clothing. You will come across mainly fruit & veg stalls, kitchenware, bedroom/living room furniture i.e. pillows, blankets, cushions, curtains etc.
Now if your intending to shop for clothes then the shops alongside the market side street may be a better choice.
NB - this is not the type of market as a first choice for bargain clothing, it'll be better you to travel elsewhere fot this.
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Ok, maybe it's just me but I wish the market lost its cheap sections of poor quality clothes,kitchen pots, detergents etc and kept just the fruit, veg, books and fabrics. The cheapness of some of the stalls makes it look a bit tatty whereas the fruits and veg stlls are fab.
I hadn't walked the entire length of the market for years, but did so last week and was very impressed with what I saw. Although many items were either of poor quality or of no interest, there were some really good clothes, accessories and especially haberdashery items at amazingly low prices. Even the lunch was cheap and delicious - though it came with the worst cup of coffee I've ever had in my life. We both went home laden with fruit at £1 per bowl. I'd definitely visit again.
I’ve never written about Walthamstow before, mainly as it has always been tainted in my mind by visions of East 17 (I was a teenager in the nineties), but now, dare I say it the area is more than on the up, in fact I may have missed a memo as many parts of it are rather charming, ‘village-y’, even.
And what could be a better example to illustrate this than its weekly Sunday farmer’s market which opens and 10am and shuts up shop at 2pm. It’s situated in Walthamstow’s town Square by Selbourne Walk Shopping Centre, off the High Street, right at the very top.
This one’s quite a mixed bag of treats; when you get there you may be surpised by how small it is, but don’t be perturbed: this website http://www.lfm.org.uk/walthamstow.asp shows you how different vendors come on alternate Sundays, therefore the market will rarely look the same week-on week. Enjoy anything that takes your fancy from Buffalo cheese to locally brewed cider, and even a mini-plat nursery. Worth a quick whiz up the A104 in my opinion.
Tuesday to Saturday, Walthamstow Market is a bustling hive of activity.
Reputedly the longest market in Europe, it can certainly seem that way if you walk from one end to the other.
A huge variety of stalls selling good value fruit and vegetables, clothing and homewares compete for your business, and the surrounding street is lined with a number of multicultural shops and cafes, as well as popular high street chain stores.
Sunday is the Farmers Market, which has a good selection of local produce available.
Despite its busyness, particularly on a saturday where you have to be prepared to walk VERY slowly and repeatedly dodge shopping trolleys and pushchairs, I would definitely recommend shopping here for good value, nice quality fruit and veg.
Walthamstow market is apparently the longest outdoor market in Europe. I’m not sure about that but it is definitely my favourite. It’s a bustling place to come both mid-week and on the weekend. Fresh fruit and veg is ridiculously cheap and most vendors sell bowls for a £1. There is lots of different varieties of hot and cold food from all over the world you can sample. It sells everything, from toilet brushes, handbags, watches, pumpkins, Jamaican music and Indian silk, all at very reasonable prices.
Walthamstow market is ace!
It’s the longest streetmarket in Europe, spanning over a mile!
Saturday’s are the best days, lots of fruit and veg to be had. They sell the fruit and veg in bowls at a £1 a bowl!!!
Lots of shops selling foods from around the world at bargain prices! and quite a few pound stores as well.
There is a great Greek bakery half way down the high street
You can get there either by tube Walthamstow central, or the overland from Liverpool street jumping off at St James street or Walthamstow.
Still a great market despite the fact that there are a lot less stalls than a few years ago. I always find that because of it complexity and size I find what I think is a bargain only to find it slightly cheaper on another stall. The fruit and veg are fresh and very cheap no problem affording your 5 a day here. There are less of the old fashioned stallholders with there quips and patter but still a fun place to shop.
Walk along Walthamstow High Street today and you will find a hoard of multicultural street sellers, Asian, Caribbean, Polish, the odd Cockney selling everything from £1 a bowl fruit’n’veg, phone batteries, handbags, material etc.
It is reputedly the longest market in Europe, it certainly feels like it on a busy day.
There are lots of cafes, and the fantastic Manzies Pie’n’mash shop, still stubbornly Edwardian.
There are NO public toilets in the market, there is a single super-loo close by in Palmerston Road but that seldom works. There are loos in the library, and in Selbourne Walk shopping centre, otherwise you have to chance the cafes will allow you to use theirs.
The side streets are permit only parking and the few local car parks fill up quickly, so public transport is best, happily Walthamstow Central Tube and bus Stations are a few minutes walk away.
The Market runs Tues-Sat usually from 8am till 4pm depending on the weather, Monday the street is open to certain traffic making it a bit hazardous, and few stalls bother to open. On Sunday there is a farmers market in the Town Square.
When busy the market is a bit daunting for the disabled, as the stallholders have no respect for wheelchairs (or buggies) and often block access and spread the goods far beyond the natural size of the stalls, and the crowds can be quite ferocious, also there are number of pickpockets, bag slashers and chancers operating in the market, so keep your valuables safe!
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