Camden Market, London
Between Camden Market and Camden Lock, you can find numerous other shops. Most of them seem to belong to three branches. They sell either gothic and punk clothes or touristy t-shirts and souvenirs (like the notorious "My wife/brother/dog/... went to London and all I got was this lousy t-shirt"), or they are tattoo and piercing studios advertised by some creepy looking people with tattoed faces and rings through their eyebrows. In case you like stuff like that or want to shock your mum by wearing one of the above mentioned t-shirts combined with Doc Martens, leather trousers with metal rivets, pink sunglasses and three new piercings through your tongue, nose and eyebrow, you should spend some time here. Otherwise, I'd recommend going straight on towards Camden Stables Market.
What to buy: see above
What to pay: One of the stores announced that it sells the "cheapest Doc Martens in the city"
Camden Stables Market is not far away from Camden Market, but completely different in its atmosphere. Long ago, stables for the horses pulling barges bordered the canal. These times are commemorated by numerous statues of horses in the market. Between them, you can find everything you want - mainly vintage and alternative clothing, antiques, food and ethno kitsch. There must be hundreds of shops, and while of course some of the stuff is the same as everywhere, the vintage shops can hold real surprises. Dresses from the 1950s are as common to find as 70s "Grease" style leather jackets. Another great thing to shop for are mirrors - a store somewhere deep in the heart of the stables sells dozens of them and seems to be specialized on baroque mirrors in all sizes. In between all the shops and stalls you can find several food stalls where good international food (Chinese, Indian, Caribbean, Italian...) is sold.
What to buy: Clothes, especially vintage. Mirrors of all kinds and sizes. Pseudo antiques from Africa. Whatever else you want...
What to pay: I had the feeling that clothes were more reasonably priced here than in nearby Camden Market. In the end, it all depends on what you want to get.
Camden Market is probably the most famous place in London to go shopping for clothes. Located on one end of Camden High Street, it consists of countless little stalls where you can get new t-shirts, dresses, trousers, shoes, blouses, skirts and whatever else one could use for dressing. Many of the stalls sell exactly the same stuff, so really unique clothes are hardly found. I therefore was a little disappointed by the market. Furthermore, the clothes here are quite expensive, but it might be possible to barter. My wife tried a winter coat and when she was indecisive the price suddenly fell from 65 to 45 pounds.
What to buy: Clothes of all kinds, ranging from wellies to ethno dresses
What to pay: Depends very much on what you want to get - with a little bartering good prices may be achieved, but without it I doubt that Camden Market is really a good place for bargain hunters
If your lookin for high street fashion, n punk rock is your style of dressing definitely a plce for you to visit.Also, if your a reserved,straight person who needs a feel of a diff area to what he is used too i would say go to camden town.This place has some nice stores with a lot of junk,free style dressing.from boots,to hats,to accessories,junk jewellery,tatoo n body piercing centres.Don't be surprised if you see people with purple hair n faces pierced walkin around this is definately home for them.
What to buy: Shoes,leather goods.u can bargain so make sure u do.how long the stuff will last, well that only god knows.i paid 10 pounds for a belt by the time i took a tube n reached home a chip of it was out but it still is the sexiest belt ever.
What to pay: what u can afford
Camden Market is a bohemian labyrinth of shops and food vendors. It's overwhelming but such a fun experience to take in. Here you will fun underground fashions, accessories, art, antiques, records and even an impressive display of hookahs. You can get cuisine from China, Japan, Vietnam, Greek, Italian...you name it. The onloy thing this place didn't seem to have was electronics. You could really wander around here for hours and the shop owners weren't aggressive at all. It almost feels like a scene out of BladeRunner.
What to buy: Too wide a variety of things available narrow it down!
What to pay: Varies, but it's not a high priced area.
The huge Camden Markets are a free form chaos. They get so crowded on the weekends that you will think that you are in The Third World.
The markets include:
The Camden Canal Market where you will find bric-a-brac, furniture and designer clothes.
TheCamden Market you will find leather good and army surplus gear.
The Electric Market you will find records and 1960's clothing.
What to pay: Bargain in all of these markets
What can i say about Camden Market well is my favourite market in London, here i find all that i want it, leather, costume jewellery, clothes, shoes, etc with incredibles prices. There are lots of places to make your shoppings.
Que puedo decir de Camden Market simplemente que es mi mercadillo favorito en Londres, aquí encuentro todo lo que quiero, cosas de piel, bisutería, ropa, zapatos, etc a precios increibles. Hay un montón de puestos y tiendas donde elegir.
Dr Martens is known all over the World as the boot worn by all sorts of alternative people but also by the London police force and many many others. Personally, I love them once the first few weeks' pain has given way to that special Doc M feel when the boot fits perfectly :) London is of course the place to buy them as here they come in all sorts of colours and patterns and not just the classic grey and burgundy. Union Jack, purple, flowers...you name it. If you are already a DM owner, this is also the place where you can buy those spare laces that your shoe shop at home won't stock.
Camden town in whole is a market area with lots too see and even smell.. You can make interesting findings or just experience the unique atmosphere. People there are also quite colourful. I think the market area is on its best on sundays.
What to buy: Clothes, used clothes, shoes, decoration, strange stuff
What to pay: Prize level is much cheaper than in downtown
it's just a place worth to see if not to shop. very colourful, very different, loads of stuff from the Middle East and the Far East. I always shop there. Many unique things
What to buy: colourful beddings and other materials, souvenirs, clothes
What to pay: try and bargain. sometimes it works. also depends on a shopper, probably about £100-£200
It's probably not the best market in London, but still, many people (including me !) go there.
When you get out of the tube at "Camdem Town" Station you will find the first market called " Camdem Market". It is the worst part of it, mainly with stalls that sell all the same kind of ugly clothes...
Then if you walk a bit more there is the "Camdem Canal Market" which is already a little better. There is good poster shop and various gothic or other bizzare clothing stores.
If you continue on the street, you will arrive to the "Camdem Lock Market". It is a covered market and best part of it. You will find different crafts, vintage clothing, some antiques... and also various food options.
Camden is a great vibrant area of London and has four main markets. They cater for those individuals who do not want to buy from the big retail chains, and particularly for those whose idea of fasion is individuality.
Its open seven days a week from 10:00am - about 6:00pm and its closed on Christmas day.
There are many type of food to sample and we went to this Moroccan restaurant to try the mint tea and sisha(water pipes strawberry flavoured).
What to buy: From arts, crafts, cloths, accessries , food and furnishing. You can also get your palm read,and tatoo here.
Almost anything from all over the world can be found here.
I bought 2 paintings from this man from Kenya for 15pounds. He wanted more but .. I bargain and got the price I wanted. When I told my friend and he went to the same shop to buy the paintings the price was 25pounds. So I told the shop owner my friends like the painting I bought so that why he wanted to buy it and finally my friend got the same price as me.
What to pay: from 1 pounds and more
Camden Canal Market is one of the many markets in Camden, it has various stalls selling anything from clothing and Jewellery to ornaments and souvenirs. Well worth a look if your out shopping in Camden.
What to buy: Clothing, Jewellery, souvenirs, arts and crafts, foodstalls.
What to pay: Haggle, haggle, HAGGLE!
There seems to be many ways that a business will avoid the word 'secondhand', it sound so cheap doesn't it ? 'Previously owned', 'New to you', 'As new' and many other euphanisms come to mind.
In Camden's markets you will find many shops that are basically selling secondhand clothes. Most off the stuff is however good quality and well above the 'jumble sale' piles of tat. Here you may well get designer gear for a fraction of the original price, and if your interest is in way out, outlandish clothes then you could spend days here.
Whilst it is unfair to single ant particular shop out, the one listed above seems to have a very wide selection of stuff.