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Camden Market has had a complete glow up and has never looked better

Firstly, I don’t want to throw shade at the original Camden Market. Bold, brash and always charming, it was London in a nutshell for me and a much-loved spot in my twenties, serving up an ever-evolving – and always eclectic – selection of foods, art, crafts and gifts.

But all of us have to grow up sometime and as I (mostly) graduated from the basement bars and questionable career moves of my 20s, Camden Market has also, seemingly, grown up.

Camden Market started off as a small arts and crafts fair with only 16 stalls in the backyard of Dingwalls, only open on Sundays. But its popularity soon grew, along with its opening hours, and it became the biggest and boldest market in London.

Of course, there are still remnants of its former self, with a focus on independent brands, retaining that community feel. The market is still laid out within Grade-II listed buildings and cobbled squares that pay homage to its history and are home to the historic Lock and Stables markets.

But the whole place has undergone somewhat of a refresh, with shiny new fixtures and a fresh lick of paint, not to mention plenty of exciting new vendors and the development of Camden Market Hawley Wharf.

Camden Market Hawley Wharf is a focal point for the area. Revamped in 2020, this canal-side multi-story complex sits opposite Camden Lock Market and houses delicious eateries, super cool bars and breweries and independent retail, all bringing something unique to the area.

We went along on a sunny day in May to sample the goods and these were just a few of the highlights.

Juice Junkierz

If you’re looking for food and drink with a side of sunshine, this is the place. With blended juices and retro cocktails served in carved-out fruit and delicious tropical-inspired food, the serotonin boost is instant. The pan-Asian menu includes the likes of sweet chilli fried chicken, vegan bang bang shrimp and vibrant veggie rice.

Chimney Cake Lady

The Chimney Cake Lady has become somewhat of an Instagram sensation with her unique sweet treats. This traditional Hungarian traditional pastry is made with coils of freshly rolled dough that are toasted for a crispy outside and soft, doughy inside, then filled with the likes of chocolate or custard.

3 Locks Micro Brewery

Beer enthusiasts, this one’s for you. With a delightful setting next to the canal, this passion project offers a tasty range of craft beers, all made on-site in a microbrewery under the arches.

Baba Dhaba: Pakistani Street Food

For an indulgent twist on Pakistani cuisine, try Bab Dhaba; a family-run food outlet with a street food theme. We loved the loaded fries!

The Black Cow

The Black Cow is Camden Market’s fine dining option with a beautiful setting in which to enjoy some delicious food. Turning the concept of a traditional American steakhouse on its head, the menu incorporates Middle Eastern influences with innovative and visually impressive cooking techniques. You’ve got to see it to believe it!

Other attractions at Camden Market Hawley Wharf include Flip n Sear: The Wagyu Experience (delicious burgers), Camden Coffee Roastery (charming local coffee shop), Khaao (incredible Indian Street food), A’do’Re Fritto (deep-fried pizza goodness), Wing Lab: Chicken Wings (a vast assortment of tasty wings) and Babylon Park (an underground mecca of arcade games and rides that’s perfect for kids).

To find out more, visit Camden Market Hawley Wharf.