Deptford High Street
It’s ace to see a market retaining its original fair. Although Deptford High Street market doesn’t still offer foreign cattle to Smithfield meat market as it did back in 1872, it does retain an old school charm. Providing anything from fresh fish, meat and fruit and veg to haberdashery, clothing, fabric, curtains and every kind of household item. If you need a pack of pants or socks for just a few pounds, or want to grab a household bargain without going through Ikea hell, this high street market will deliver. Expect a good bit of banter with the traders and locals too. It’s a vibrant high street market with a local edge you won’t find anywhere else.
Take a turn off Deptfod High Street down Douglas Way and you’ll enter a market overspilling with a bric-a-brac selection of new and second-hand goods. There’s a handful of hidden treasures to be found here amongst a lot of junk. Dig deep through the abundance of crazy items, offer up a fair price to the local sellers and you’ll definitely grab yourself a bargain.
In October 2013, a new food fair selling a wide range of street food, was created beneath the famous his ‘n’ hers mural on Giffin Square on the first Saturday of the month. There’s an eclectic range of street food on offer. Punjabi wraps, Portuguese breads, Italian tasties, Vietnamese dumplings or savour Caribbean and zingy South American flavours. Most of the Giffin Square market traders are graduates from the Council’s trainee market trader scheme.
Not only do these Deptford markets bring a taste of old London to this area, but just visit any one of the established brilliant butchers, fishmongers, fruit and veg shops, or small cafes down this high street and your wallet alone will have an ace day – the freshest food at a fraction of your typical London prices.
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9am–6pm
Giffin Square Food Fair: first Saturday of every month 10am–4pm
Deptford High St, SE8 3PR