Serious shopping on Portobello Road is all about having a plan. Sure, if you’re just grazing your way through its foodie stalls, you can dispense with agendas; but for those seeking real finds – whether of the gastro or culinary variety – grab a brew at Talkhouse Coffee and arm yourself with Corner’s tips – it’s all about who you know.
We recommend kicking off proceedings at 281 Portobello Green Vintage Fashion Market. Ask for Silkie, whose stall is brimming with pastel silks and sublime vintage robes.
Next, continue all the way down to the Penny Market. Here, Mama Leoni’s stall, run by the wonderful Jacqueline, dispenses wonderful chutney to hungry shoppers, but if you’re really peckish, head to Lowry and Baker just a few yards away, our go-to lunch spot for refuelling after those mile-rich market wanders. Serving smoked salmon and poached English muffins as well as a selection of hearty salads, it’s worthy of raising even the most seasoned of foodie’s brows…
Not sure which day to visit? Sssh… We recommend Friday, as prices are marked up on Saturday.
Portobello Road Market; Portobello Road, W10 5TA; Opening hours: Fri-Sat 09:00-16:00; portobelloroad.co.uk