Camden Market, London
Camden Market is a great place to buy all kinds of funky and fantastic shoes, boots and clothes. At weekends it is sooooo packed but the streets are buzzing and vibrant and fun - you will be so busy looking at all the colourful folk around you that you might forget you were here to shop! Take the tube to Camden for an unforgettable shopping experience. There are masses of nice places to stop and take a break for a coffee or lunch or whatever you want.
When you come out of the tube station turn right and keep going - make sure you see both sides of the street right up to the bridge and the lock - there are more and more market stalls to be seen.
If you are looking for shoes or boots DON'T buy the first pair you see.. make sure you see ALL the shoe shops and there are DOZENS. The shop owners are prepared to take less if you say you have seen the same shoes across the road for cheaper. Try it!!!
It's open Sat-Sun 9-5.30 so.....Have a nice day !! :))
What to buy: Clothes, shoes, boots, arty crafty stuff, jewellery - oh and you will probably be offered drugs as you exit the station too. Just say "No" :))
What to pay: Take as much as you like! You will probably spend more than you intended to!
Last visit September 2013
When you come out of the Camden Town tube station, the 1st part of the Camden experience you'll have is the wild looking shops along Camden High Street with giant shoes and spiders adorning the tops of the multicolored buildings, then the Camden Market which is mostly clothes and accessories and Camden Lock Village (formerly the Camden Canal Market), which runs along Regent's Canal to the north of the main market which is a mix of souvenirs, clothes and little food booths.
Crossing to the other side of Camden High Street there are the main markets of Camden Lock and Camden Stables, much of which is indoors although with fresh air flowing through. Here you can find clothes, home furnishings, antiques, music, and lots of places to grab a bite to eat. Every time I go it seems like they've renovated a bit more of the Stables, there's a section on the upper floor that has had photography exhibits (also for sale), this time it was of the early days of AC/DC and the film "Withnail and I".
Camden seems to attract more locals than Portobello Road which seems to cater more to tourists and skews more towards goods for younger people with a big selection of alternative clothing, jewelry, vintage clothing, etc.
The attached website has a listing of all of the various shopping areas and their opening times. It appears that most everything is open every day, the Electric Ballroom only on Sunday. The weekends are when the market is really bustling, I've been before on a weekday and it was pretty dead. If you go on Sunday, the Camden Town tube station is closed to outbound traffic so you have to walk to the Mornington Crescent station.
What to buy: Alternative clothing, vintage clothing, home decor, souvenirs, antiques, Camden has a bit of everything
Sourbugger is a man of a certain age, and therefore feels no compunction to dress up in a day-glo PVC suit witha flashing number on it advertising his IQ.
On the other hand he is quite content to wander around the Cyberdog shop to see what the 'pretty young things' of London see as cutting edge in Clubwear.
This shop, buried in the heart of Camden Market sells all manner of 'party gear' and I don't mean Jelly and Ice-cream.
The shop itself retains much of the original Victorian Brickwork arches, into which as been aded various space-station mock ups, robots, a coffee bar, some very stange electronic installation and shop assistants who go by the description of "Nice people, Wrong Planet".
Still, if your after the ultimate "Bling-Bling" clothes to set your local dancefloor alight, then this is the place.
What to buy: The stock changes all the time : but if it's in It's here.
What to pay: Quite pricey in comparison to more mainstream places
I liked visiting this shop whenver I went to Camden. Unlike other second-hand shops, this shop sells at very reasonable prices. I could always find some nice but inexpensive clothes there. Furthermore, the staff was friendly to me.
What to buy: Second-hand clothes.
What to pay: Minimum = 2 pounds
There are all sorts of shops in Camden Market, most of them selling clothes and accessories. There are also some souvenirs shops and places to get fish and chips. We didn't spend too long here, but some of the others in our group did, and they went to this store called Cyberdog which sounded really cool, and they got a lot of funky stuff there.
What to buy: I bought a dress, two scarves, and a little bit touristy London tank top. My friend and I were looking to get some clothes and accessories while we were in Europe, and this was a nice place to do so, especially if you're good at haggling. There is a ton of variety and just the atmosphere of Camden Market is very cool.
What to pay: I know I spent a bit too much on what I bought--I'm terrible at haggling! I definitely need some practice. A common tactic of the shopkeepers we noticed was that they would say "since it's almost time to close I'll make you a deal", even though it was still hours until the close of Camden Market. I would say if you know what you want and are decent at haggling, you can definitely get some good deals here. I didn't haggle very much and I was still satisfied with what I paid for everything.
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.
Funky little town. This was my favorite day of the week long trip. I love this place! There are shops and stalls everywhere! Full of unusual this and thats. Laid back atmosphere. We were there on a Friday. A local told us Saturdays get really crowded.
What to buy: clothes for clubbing, cheap sunglasses, (zz top plug) way too much stuff to mention! I bought a few candlesticks from a girl who's father has a glass blowing shop nearby. They are from Persia. There is also an antique market, but it wasn't open on the day we were there. (Friday)
What to pay: Everything is priced to sell!
The markets are very nice and you can find whatever you want at cheap prices.
Go and visit Camden town (here there are also nice bars and pubs), portobello and all the markets you can.
In Brick Lane market there are no tourist. It's on sunday morning.
Camden Town is a sea of entertainment. It overflows with a variety of colourful markets, shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, theatres and cinemas. The town attracts enormous crowds of Londoners and tourists alike.
Camden Lock Market, by the canal, was the original craft market, established in 1974, but now has a much wider spectrum of goods on sale. Both this and the ever popular Camden Stables Market - centre of the alternative fashion scene, Camden (Buck Street) Market and Inverness Street Market - which thrived on local trade long before tourists discovered Camden, are all open, at least in parts, every day, making the area well worth a mid-week visit.
But it is at the weekend that the market scene jumps fully into life with all stalls and shops at the above-mentioned markets fully trading and the lively Camden Canal Market opening Friday to Sunday. The indoor fashion market at the Electric Ballroom opens on Sunday only.
There is always something happening in the centre of Camden Town. Multitudes of shops and restaurants spill out on to the busy Main Streets. Days in Camden start slow and easy - shops and stalls open around 10am usually until 6pm, although some traders do stay open later. In the evening the theatres, bars, clubs, pubs and restaurants continue to swing until at least 11pm.
CAMDEN STABLES MARKET:
street and casual wear
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.
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.
The 'Punkyfish' brand is according to rather attractive shop assistant I was talking to in a Camden store has become seen as a brand that has serious 'street-cred' . She also said the company has plans for rapid expansion.
I think she only deigned to speak to me (an obviously middle aged male with no dress sense rather than a hip young thing with no stomach) because she was utterly bored with working at the place and was trying to having a crafty fag just outside the door to the shop.
I am certainly not qualified to speak about such things (clothing that is) - all I know is they have several shops littered around Camden's roads, which must be a sign that they are doing well.
What to buy: Buy more miniskirts - that's my advice in life
The Camden area is, for locals and tourists alike, an excellent place to shop as there are many 99 pence shops and also the Camden Lock Market, where you can find anything from fresh fudge to marijuana sweets (!) to Mexican food to lamp shades made of silicon chips to rugs. There is a food market featuring a diverse range of international cuisine as well.
Those looking for clothes and souvenir shops will also find them here, but by and large, it's a very distinctive and quirky market well worth the time to check out. Saturday is the best day to go.
What to pay: Cheaper than Portobello Market, but slightly more expensive than what you'd find in Petticoat Lane Market (to be fair, Camden has the greatest diversity of goods)
Everything, you can buy everything in one of Camden's multiple sprawling markets. From bean bags to hemp trousers, via curtains, glass chess boards and leather jackets, everything is available here. You just have to spend enough time looking for the bargain.
What to buy: Anything you wouldn't find anywhere else.
Clothes, curtains, rugs and other cloth.
Cheap jewellery and piercing.
Strange and useless objects.
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!