If you want to eat some of the best Street Food in London (and take your dog with you), then this guide is for you as we’ve been busy eating our way around the best dog-friendly street food markets and market halls in London.
Belinha very much enjoyed her research assignment for this guide and has taken full advantage of the plethora of food hoovering opportunities it has presented.
Personally, these days I often find myself choosing one of London’s street food markets or market halls as a place to eat out as not only are they likely to welcome dogs, but there is always such a diverse range of food options on offer so perfect when the humans have a mix of tastes or dietary preferences to cater for.
This new wave of dog-friendly street food markets and halls are full of urban charm, often located in some of London’s previously empty buildings, transforming them from unused and derelict to unique and desirable.
As many of them are indoors (or weather-proofed during the winter months), dog-friendly street food markets are a great ‘hanging out whilst eating out’ alternative for rainy days too. And just to be clear, we’re not talking actual street food of the kind that will send your stomach into meltdown but a new generation of chic street food pop-ups that are simply delicious.
So here it is, our roundup of the best dog-friendly street food Markets and market halls in London…bon appétit humans and nose to the ground London dogs…
The Best Dog-friendly Street Food Markets and Market Halls in London
This sprawling Southwark indoor and outdoor food market is a firm favourite of ours as there is literally something delicious for everyone from most corners of the world and plenty for vegans too. The sight of dogs patiently waiting for a sneaky sample is pretty standard as pups are welcome everywhere with the exception of the cinema where they are only allowed in the bar area – yes there is a charming cinema too.
There is even a brewery onsite for the beer lovers amongst us. Many of the food stalls have a permanent spot but some do change on a regular basis so there’s always something new to try – we can personally recommend the Gourmet Hot Dog kitchen, the vegan hot dog is amazing. We’re not the only ones who love a dog-friendly dinner down Mercato Metropolitano either, this Southwark foodie heaven featured in Amber the Basset Fauve’s My Dog-friendly London Guide to Elephant & Castle last year.
And we mustn’t forget the onsite Italian delicatessen store which our Italian friends tell us is heavenly. Finally, some good news for Mercato fans, a new Mercato Metropolitano is opening in Mayfair later this year which we can’t wait to sniff out if it’s any good as the original which no doubt it will be.
Where: 42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR
When: 8am-11pm (Mon to Fri), 11am-11pm (Sat), 11am-10pm (Sun). There is plenty of space and it’s not too loud for dogs as long as you don’t go on a busy Fri/Sat night. There is also an outdoor area with even more food stalls that is open in summer.
A recent addition to the dog-friendly Fulham scene and already making its way around town is the Market Halls concept. Take an old disused building, in this case the Edwardian entrance to Fulham Broadway Tube and turn it into a foodies delight home to some of London’s best street food offerings (and as featured in Mathilda the Sausage’s My Dog Friendly Guide to Fulham recently).
With 7 different kitchens (vegans catered for), a coffee shop, bar and communal seating for 250, this is one for the must-visit list. How cool are the old ‘Train Station’ signs!
This is the first of what looks like several Market Halls around town, more on that in a moment.
Where: 472 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1BY
When: 8am-11pm (Mon to Sat), 10am to 10.30pm (Sun). Great for breakfast, brunch and dinner although we would recommend avoiding busy weekend evenings if bringing your pup. Kitchens close an hour before the Market Hall closes.
Flat Iron Square is a gem of a hidden foodie hub in Southwark. We stumbled on it last year and have been back several times. Located in seven railway arches as well as a Grade II listed house, there is a great mix of food stalls and street-food trucks as well as a bar and stunning outdoor area, so plenty of space for people and pups.
Flat Iron Square is also home to a live music venue so check the What’s On section on the website to avoid large crowds and loud music for doggos. Just a short walk from the not dog-friendly Borough Market, Flat Iron Square is a definite asset to dog-friendly SE1 in our opinion!
Where: 64 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU
When: 12pm-9pm (Mon), 12pm-12am (Tues to Fri), 11am-12am (Sat) and 10am to 8pm (Sun). Flat Iron Square themselves advise against bringing your dog in the evenings as it can get busy
On the other side of town is Greenwich Market with a claim to fame of being London’s only market set on a World Heritage site. Boasting a mix of stalls from arts and antiques to street food and fashion, this market is a delightful eclectic mix of something for everyone set just a stone’s throw from beautiful Greenwich Park as well as The Cutty Sark.
Each day different stalls taking up residence and you can check who will be there by day on the website. There are several permanent shops within the market too, several of which welcome doggos such as Crosstown Doughnuts and The Fudge Patch (we found the most amazing hand-made fudge here).
Where: 5B Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ
When: 10:30am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holidays and if you’re lucky you may get spotted for the Mutts on the Market page
Spitalfields Market has long been at the heart of the London street food market scene – since 1876 in fact and Old Spitalfields is one of London’s oldest Victorian market halls. Now expanded so that the refurbished historic market is combined with a modern shopping precinct, Spitalfields retains its title as the East London mecca of antiques, food and fashion. Open seven days a week with Sunday being the busiest day of the week. If you go, make sure to pay a visit to resident doggy stall Edwyn UK.
Where: 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW
When: 9am-5.30pm (Mon to Fri), 11am-5pm (Sat) and 9am-5pm (Sun). Sundays can get very busy so be aware of this if your dog is not a fan of crowds
Hot on the heels of the Market Hall Fulham came Market Hall Victoria. Housed in the old Pacha club opposite Victoria Station, Market Hall Victoria is a large space set across three floors with food offerings from eleven kitchens, a coffee shop and 3 bars! There’s also a roof terrace set to open in Spring 2019. We popped in to check it out and although it doesn’t have the train station charm of Fulham, it’s pretty impressive and handily located opposite Victoria Station too. We double checked at the door if dogs were allowed and were told by the charming doorman ‘only if they say hello to me’ so dogs make sure to give him your best hello if you visit!
There is also a Market Hall West End on Oxford Street planned to open this year (coinciding with the planned pedestrianisation of Oxford Circus). This will not only be the largest food hall in the UK but will be Market Hall’s flagship building with a mix of local producers, retailers, restaurants, street food vendors, four bars, event spaces and a demo kitchen. We’ll update this guide when it’s open.
Where: 191 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5NE
When: 7am-11pm (Mon to Fri), 10am-11pm (Sat), and 10am-10pm (Sun) but it gets very busy in the evenings (especially on weekends) so again, be aware of that if you’re planning to bring your pup and maybe stick to a daytime visit
#7 Tooting Market (The Yard)
Since we last went to Tooting Market it’s had a bit of a makeover. It’s still got it’s eclectic charm thanks to the higgledy piggledy stalls selling all sorts of wares from around the world but it’s also got a brand new modern section – the Yard Market.
This part of the market is home to some fabulous street food stalls such as the Athenian for amazing Greek food or Panzerotto for an authentic spin on Italian pizza with their Panzerotti Pizzas (also in Greenwich Market on Fridays). Some well-known dog-friendly favourites such as Brickwood Coffee can also be found in Tooting Market too.
Where: 21-23 Tooting High St, London SW17 0SN
When: 8am-6pm (Mon to Thurs), 8am-10:30pm (Fri to Sat) and 9am-5pm (Sun). It has a pretty chilled vibe all the time so great for dogs
A short walk from both Bermondsey Street and London Bridge, Maltby Street Market is a weekend market tucked away down the charismatic Ropewalk. An architectural salvage lumber yard during the week, on the weekend it is transformed into an unpretentious international award-winning (dog-friendly) street food market.
Ropewalk is a narrow street but there are plenty of nooks and crannies to grab a seat whilst tucking into an unexpected culinary delight from one of the stalls. Although we didn’t try the waffles from Waffle On (listed as #7 in BuzzFeed’s London Street Foods you must eat before you die), we did try the salted caramel hot chocolate with marshmallows from Fatties Bakery and it was to die for, I’d go back for that hot chocolate alone.
Where: Maltby St, London SE1 3PA
When: 10am-5pm (Sat), 11am – 4pm (Sunday). Plenty of doggos with noses to the ground at Maltby Street
#9 Pop Brixton
Winner of the Foodism ‘Best Food Market Award’, Pop Brixton is a community initiative that is thriving and we’re not surprised. Think street food kiosks, restaurants, fashion and retail boutiques, a radio station and even a barbershop – all set in upcycled shipping containers celebrating local and independent businesses. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a regular program of entertainment and events. Open air in summer and winter-proofed for the rest of the year so you can enjoy it all year round.
Where: 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ
When: 9am-11pm (Sun to Weds), 9am-12am (Thurs to Sat). Dogs are allowed at Pop Brixton all day Sunday-Wednesday and Thursday-Saturday until 7pm. However restaurant units may have their own policy, so please check with them directly if there’s a specific one you are planning to visit
Once a horse hospital and stables (hence the name), Camden Stables Market is the largest of Camden’s market spaces and home to many food, fashion and craft stalls. As with most things Camden, think an eclectic mix of stalls selling everything from vintage and original fashion to unique gifts. When you’re done shopping, tuck into some of the best street food around with something to suit all tastes (including vegan of course) at one of the 70+ food stalls, cafes and more. It’s been a while since we’ve been but Camden Stables Market Guest Services confirmed to us that they welcome all types and sizes of doggos!
Where: Camden Market, Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF
When: 10am-late daily although opening times for each business within the market may vary (but there’s plenty to choose from)
Part of the Street Feast family, some of which are dog-friendly – Dinerama in Shoreditch is one of their venues that welcomes dogs. With 9 street food stalls and 10 bars (one of them a rooftop bar) all within a short walk of either Shoreditch Station, Old Street or Liverpool Street Dinerama may look unassuming from the outside but don’t underestimate it on the inside.
Where: 19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ
When: 5pm-late (Weds to Sat) so best for early evening dining with your dog. Free entry before 7pm, £3 entry afterwards
#12 Deptford Bites
Every Saturday from 10am-3pm, the cute cobblestone of Deptford Market Yard tucked under the railway arches is home to Deptford Bites, curated by events collective Eat Me Drink Me who bring stalls full of street food, fresh farm product and crafts (and even a doggy stall or two we’re told). Deptford Bites is taking a break for January but we’re looking forward to their 2019 season so we have two reasons to visit this corner of Deptford (dog-friendly Little Nan’s Bar being the other one, read our review here).
Where: Deptford Market Yard, London SE8 4BX
When: 10am-3pm Sat only
#13 Public, Woolwich
Another in the Street Feast family of dog-friendly street food markets, this time in Woolwich. Public has turned an old disused market into a culinary delight set over a ground floor plus two mezzanine levels with an arched rainbow roof. Boasting eight street food traders, 5 bars and even a pool bar (as in the game not of the swimming variety), there’s plenty to keep you busy at this one.
Where: Plumstead Rd, Woolwich, London SE18 7BZ
When: 5pm-late (Fri) and 12pm to late (Sat)
From the team behind Flat Iron Square (featured earlier in this guide), is street food market and cultural hub Vinegar Yard Market located just a few minutes from London Bridge Station. With the smorgasbord of delicious food stalls we now come to expect from any good street food market this is the perfect pitstop for lunch or an afternoon drink set against the dramatic backdrop of The Shard. It gets super busy at night so best for doggos to stay at home in the evenings.
On weekends the very charming vintage makers market FLEA (previously resident at Flat Iron Square), takes up residence if vintage is your thing. There is also an impressive repurposed art and design collection with both indoor and outdoor art installations to admire.
Vinegar Yard Market is open seven days a week (food traders open from midday) and the FLEA Market is open weekends only. On sunny days it can get busy so if visiting with your pup and they need more space, then we suggest the tables and benches near the entrance to the FLEA market where they will feel more relaxed.
Where: 74 St Thomas St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3QU
When: Food traders from midday seven days a week, FLEA market weekends only (Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm)
#15 Brockley Market
This award-winning weekly food market is much loved with local humans and hounds alike as recently featured in Milos’s My Dog-Friendly London Guide to St Johns. A bit of a hidden gem tucked away in the unassuming car park of Lewisham College, Brockley Market is packed with food stalls selling produce from artisan producers to take home as well as food trucks selling breakfast, brunch or lunch to tempt your taste buds there and then.
With a bustling friendly vibe and only open from 10am-2pm on Saturdays, popular items often sell out so get there early and traders only accept cash so make sure to stop by an ATM first.
Parking can be found in the side streets a short walk away or it’s a short walk from St Johns station. A trip to Brockley Market can also easily be combined with a visit to nearby Greenwich which has plenty on offer for puppers – see our Dog-friendly Guide to Greenwich for more inspiration.
Where: Lewisham College Carpark, Lewisham Way, London SE4 1UT
When: Saturday 10am-2pm, cash only