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Although – or perhaps because – it stopped being cutting-edge several thousand cheap leather jackets ago, Camden Market attracts millions of visitors each year and is one of London's most popular attractions. What started out as a collection of attractive craft stalls beside Camden Lock on the Regent's Canal now extends most of the way from Camden Town tube station to Chalk Farm tube station.
There are three main market areas – the original Camden Market, Camden Lock Market and Stables Market – although they blend together 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 myriad decorative titbits.
There are dozens of food stalls at the Lock Market (courtesy of food collective KERB) and the Stables Market. Virtually every type of cuisine is offered, from French to Argentine, Japanese to Caribbean. Quality is generally pretty good and its affordable, especially in the Lock Market. You can eat at the big communal tables or by the canal.