Step Fourteen: where hipsters buy flowers

11 May


Street food markets are right up my strasse, so at first I was a little skeptical about visiting a flower market – I didn’t want any flowers, so why would I go? – but hats off to the Columbia Road Flower Market. It was a great way of spending a Sunday morning.

The market does what it says on the tin. Just one road, lined with stalls and stalls of flowers. There was definite hustle and bustle, traders crying out in a typical sales banter way, tourists and hipsters jostling each other down the road carrying bouquets and potted pots, and the smell of nature cushioning you as you walk.

If you aren’t good with crowds, don’t come here. But if you can just about manage, it’s worth a visit to pick up flowers, plants, herbs or seeds for reasonable prices. Anything from tulips to roses to black lilies to cabbage. Yes, cabbage.

Regardless of whether you plan to buy or not, it’s a good place to people watch and admire the characters of East London, wander round the little boutique shops on Columbia Road, stop for a little respite in the outdoor cafés and restaurants, or just chill out and listen to the buskers.

Overall, a buzzy market, as it should be. Just mind the crowds.




Location: Columbia Road, between Old Street and Bethnal Green tube stations

Opening times: Sunday, 8am-3pm

To see the official website, click here.






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