The Ridley Road Market takes place right in the centre of Dalston, opposite Dalston Kingsland Train Station and next to Kingsland Shopping Centre.
It started with about 20 small stalls towards the end of the 1880s but now there are more than 180 stalls offering a range of quality goods at very competitive prices.
You can choose from a range of goods such as foods from Asia, Africa, Caribbean and Mediterranean to the latest ladies fashion wear.
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"do you like my music?" boomed the stall holder (from the stall selling dodgy Caribbean ragga rave carnival CDs as he blasted out his tunes for for us all to hear) to another stall holder near by.
"no. It's sh*t" was the other mans reply.
This to me sums up Ridley Road Market perfectly. It's brutally honest and noisy and totally unpretentious. It's busy and super packed out with stalls...more
Want to buy a pigs trotter? Fancy a dozen quail eggs? Fake DVDs? Exotic fruit and veg? It's all here at Ridley Road Market. What I thought was a few stall on the opposite side of the road to Dalston Kingsland station turned out to be a whole road of gems.
They even have a haberdashery stall that sells wool and knitting needles, a African fabric stall, granny nighties galore and enough toys to...more
Hmmm What to say about Ridley Road Market.
It has gone down over the years gone are the days you pick up a bowl of limes for 50p. There used to be a vast amount of clothing stalls but that seems to have disappeared to. Very good for ethnic foods and traditional "Market" fodder. It isnt one of the cleanest markets if you compare it to others but it certainly does have its character and you...more
A friend of a friend once left our flat to buy some fruit for breakfast and came back wide eyed and open mouthed having stumbled across Ridley Road Market and said of her travels, "It was just like the third world!" Poor love, she does live in Primrose Hill after all. A less offensive way to put it might be that the market is run by and caters for the diverse mix of people living in the...more
Its difficult to fully describe the riot of colour and noise that is Ridley Road market for anyone who hasn't been there. Places it reminds me of are the medina in Marrakesh, Electric Avenue in Brixton, and the old Moore Street market in Dublin - not sure if thats any use. Its basically a market where you can get your hands on mostly anything, with the likelihood being you'll pay significantly...more