Good for: food, alternative shopping, cafes and bars, Antique Shopping
Lonely Planet review for Camden Market
Although – or perhaps because – it stopped being cutting-edge several thousand cheap leather jackets ago, Camden market gets a whopping 10 million visitors each year and is one of London's most popular attractions.
What started out as a collection of attractive craft stalls by Camden Lock on the Regent's Canal now extends in various shape or form most of the way from Camden Town tube station to Chalk Farm tube station. There are four main market areas, Buck Street Market, Lock Market, Canal Market and Stables Market, although they seem to blend into one with the crowds snaking along and the 'normal' shops lining the streets. You'll find a bit of everything: clothes (of variable quality) in profusion, bags, jewellery, arts and crafts, candles, incense and a myriad of decorative titbits. For a more detailed breakdown of what you might find.
There are dozens of food stalls at the Lock Market and the Stables Market; virtually every type of cuisine is offered, from French to Argentinian, Japanese and Caribbean. Quality varies but is generally pretty good and affordable and you can eat on the big communal tables or by the canal.