Camden Market, London
Noisy and touristy, I cannot say I liked it. The atmosphere is lovely but actually I cound not say they sell something unique; I had the impression you could find the same stuff in every 2à hand market on every European capital. Well, I am happy I've gone there but I am not sure I will come back againg.
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
This is a fantastic market in Camden (northern London) it has everything, food from around the world, souveniors, funky clothing, local artist, collectables and more.
You could go for the whole day and just "people watch"
What to buy: Buy everything and anything, the Camden Market has something for everyone, and if you go and just walk around, you will have a great time too.
What to pay: from nothing to over $100...it just depends on the person
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"
Sourbugger never has or never will have any urge to dress in a way that looks like death warmed up.
They say Black is the new Black, but believe me it has never been OUT of fashion around here.
The place sell tons of clothing for those who wish to make such a statement, along with hair care stuff, fangs, wings, wigs jewllery and gothic gifts.
They also sell PVC club Wear, but don't get me started on that subject again or i'll end up dribbling (again)
What to buy: Don't ask me I'm far too conventional
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
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.
Its great to go to Camden to do some shopping. Here you find what you don't find somewhere else. Its a whole area full of special extravant clothes and things. Even if you don't want to buy anything its a nice day out. Especially on a Sunday.
Now this store is among the weirdest I have seen in my life. Not only is it guarded by two giant android robots, it also features half-naked gogo girls and t-shirts that react visually when the bass starts pumping. Everything is neon coloured and crazy, just like back in the 1990s when techno music had its heyday. In the basement of the shop there is a real DJ and if you pushed aside the clothes racks you could create a great dancefloor. The shop calls itself the home of "intergalactic space fashion" - a name quite fitting, I'd say!
I would have loved this shop 15 years ago, but with 30 I'm definitely too old to run around in neon shirts with fake fur collar... Ah, the good old times!
What to buy: techno clothing and accessories
What to pay: not the cheapest place in London, but not the most expensive either
Such a funky and fun vibe in Camden Town. You will see all sorts of people here. It's also easier to get a more local scene of London than in central London. I went shopping in a local 99 pence store, got some local bakery yummies, had fish and chips at a hole in the wall place. The markets/stalls are filled with anything you could think of. And they have stalls of various international foods like Venezuelan, Indian, Chinese, Chilean, etc. Only bad thing is no where to sit.
What to buy: Souveniers are very cheap in Camden. The same trinkets you see in central London can be had for 10-20% less in Camden Town. Also, you can find all the punk/goth clothing you could ever want. Doc Martens? Find 'em here! Unique ethic clothes and gifts are here as well. This is one of the best markets I've ever been too.
What to pay: What's your shopping budget?
Camden Market is one of London's most popular weekend tourist attractions, offering fashion and crafts; a mix of people and foods from every corner of the world. The area has been made famous by films such as 'Withnail & I', pop icons 'Madness' & Oasis, and historic writers such as George Orwell, Mary Shelley and Charles Dickens. The Camden Market we know today is along way from the way it was in the 1800s and a short history of this make this clearer.
The Camden market of today has now less than 4 distinct markets and is complmented by shops with clothes and merchandinsing from around the world. Camden Market is a shoppers paradise!
What to buy: From punk and hypies dressing to all sort of t-shirt and jewellery. Shoes and napsack also available. You could see all kind of stuff when you stroll down the market street.
What to pay: You can expect to spend from GBP5 to GBP50. It's all matter of your choice and bargain.
Lots of so yammy shops for us who like the gothic style-and also rock-style,hippies,and so on so on!
I just wished to have more money and bigger luggage!
I bought lovely shirt from shop called Darkside. I also bought three pairs of earings,and my husband bought one pair and he also bought two t-shirts.I would have wanted to buy so lovely shirt,but they didn´t have my size.We must come back third time (and even more!)
They had so good service at Darkside-and at many others too.And everything was much cheaper than in Finland.
What to buy: Cothes, jewellery small decorations to home etc..
What to pay: Things are cheaper than same kind in Finalnd.Can´t say about other countries.
Built in the 1790s, this market is an extraordinary outburst of alternative culture. From furniture to clothes to records to restaurants and clubs, you will find everithing that is not mainstream.
Great place to hang around!
What to buy: Vynil records, retor design products
What to pay: It's London... a lot!
The market is located in the former Pickfords stables and horse hospital which served the horses pulling Pickford's distribution vans and barges along the canal. Many of the stalls and shops are set in large arches in railway viaducts.
Chain stores are not permitted and trade is provided by a mixture of small enclosed and outdoor shops and stalls, of which some are permanent, while others are hired by the day. In common with most of the other Camden markets the Stables Market has many clothes stalls.
What to buy: It is also the main focus for furniture in the markets. Household goods, decorative, ethnically influenced items, and secondhand or 20th-century antiquesare, many of them hand-crafted are among the wares on sale, and also includes clothing and art pieces for alternative sub-cultures, such as goths and cybergoths. Two of the more well-known of these shops are Black Rose, which caters for goths, with items such as coffin-shaped handbags, and Cyberdog, which houses a huge range of cyber-style neon PVC and rubber clothing.
This is a huge market - outdoors there are mainly clothes, lots of yummy looking food stalls [I really wished I hadn't eaten just before going there, I had to really restrain myself from buying lots of food!!) and inside the buildings there are tons of craft and jewellery stalls among other things. I really could have spent a fortune there - great if you are looking for gifts for people.
What to buy: EVERYTHING! You can get handmade jewellery, candles, photo frames, books, artwork etc as well as the usual clothes, bags, shoes, CDs. There are many hot food stalls [more on a Sunday beside the canal] and also the traditional market fruit & veg stalls etc
What to pay: You can haggle a bit, my friend got £5 of a top just because she told the stallholder [truthfully] that she didn't have enough money