I’ve never met a vegan who wasn’t also a little bit of a foodie.
After all, who could blame us? With the vegan lifestyle experiencing a surge in popularity and countless new restaurants and chains popping up all over London, there’s never been a better time to go meat-free.
As I’m lucky enough to work just around the corner, I like to consider myself a bit of an expert when it comes to finding the best vegan options at Borough Market. Hey, it’s a skill!
I’ve dedicated hours of my time combing through stalls and dodging meat-heavy dishes in pursuit of the most delicious plant-based cuisine. I couldn’t let this crucial knowledge go to waste, so I decided to put together a guide to finding the tastiest, most Instagram-worthy market fare.
Street food has never tasted so good!
Big V London
Arguably the best vegan burgers in town, Big V London is situated prominently in the middle of the outdoor market. There’s always a queue of hungry vegans and curious meat-eaters, but I promise it’s well worth the wait.
I recommend the ‘Big V Facon Cheeseburger’ – with cheese, pickles and the most authentic maple bacon, it’s the plant-based burger of your dreams. I’m dying to try their vegan halloumi, and I’ve heard rumours about the most incredible tofu fish burger!
If you’re lucky enough to visit when their hotdogs are on offer, snap one up fast – you won’t regret it. Spicy sausage, chorizo, grilled onions… are you sure this is vegan?
Fruit and vegetable stalls
Borough Market is home to a plethora of fruit and vegetable stalls, boasting both homegrown and exotic produce. Every food-lover’s dream!
Strolling through the market is an education in itself, as you’ll discover varieties of fruits and vegetables that you’ve never even heard of! Last week I stumbled across a stall selling almost every type of mushroom imaginable (make sure to pick up a handful of enoki for Japanese dishes) just a stone’s throw away from a vibrant display of dragonfruit and mangosteen. If a recipe calls for an exotic-sounding fresh ingredient, chances are you’ll find it at Borough Market – although I’m still on the hunt for fresh jackfruit and durian!
Tucked away in a corner of the market, Spice Mountain is a haven for food-lovers. You’ll find almost every spice under the sun, including a few that you’d swear they’ve just made up!
It’s not all curry spices – I’ve discovered a huge range of seasonings and herbs along with a variety of salts, including the famous pink Himalayan salts which I swear by. I also gravitate towards the freeze-dried fruit powders – if you’re looking to add colour and nutrients to a smoothie or dish, you need to stock up on these little pots.
Escape the lunchtime crowd and duck into Spice Mountain for a browse – I promise you won’t be leaving empty-handed!
Home of delicious Indian street food and the best onion bhajis I’ve ever tasted, Guajarot Rasoi is a must-visit.
You won’t find a hint of meat on their menu – this stall is 100% vegetarian (and most dishes are completely vegan!) With generous helpings of curry served in surprisingly spacious containers, you have the option to choose your favourite dish or sample a little bit of everything. Make sure you pop a samosa on top!
If you’re struck by a falafel craving while exploring the market, you’re in luck – there’s a stall that specialises in this hot, crispy Middle Eastern treat.
Nana Fanny’s has been crowned the best falafel in London many times over, and it’s easy to see why. They serve traditional Lebanese wraps crammed full-to-bursting with red cabbage, bright pink pickled turnip and of course the legendary falafel. I’m yet to find better, and after one bite I’m sure you’ll agree.
Sampling all of this delicious food is thirsty work! Thankfully, there are various juice bars dotted around Borough Market serving everything from freshly squeezed orange juice to super-healthy wheatgrass shots.
There’s even a handy water fountain so you can refill your reusable water bottle at no cost – delicious and eco-friendly!
Not quite sure what you fancy? Take your time and wander around the market, soaking in the lively atmosphere. You may be lucky enough to stumble across a few plant-based surprises!
Even traditionally meat-heavy stalls stock a few vegan options – sample the vegetable gyoza and noodles at L’ailOlive, try the mango and coconut sticky rice at Khanom Krok and make it a priority to chow down on Pieminister‘s famous vegan pie, the Kevin.
I’ve heard great things about the Free From Bakehouse, but keep an eye out for that ‘vegan’ label as not everything is free from animal products. You’ll find fresh lemon meringue cupcakes alongside fruity muffins just waiting to be consumed by hungry vegans! If you’re into that sort of thing, the market is also home to various bread stalls – again, check with the vendor to ensure you only purchase vegan loaves!
I haven’t yet had the pleasure of sampling Koshari Street‘s fare – they serve up authentic Egyptian street food with a variety of vegan options. The same goes for Horn OK Please (love the name!) which is another delicious, fragrant Indian stall. My stomach always rumbles when I walk past!
Borough Market isn’t exclusively for meat-eaters – thankfully, there’s a huge variety of options for plant-based foodies. I guarantee your meat-eating friends will experience major food envy when you show off your vegan street food haul!
You can find Borough Market at 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL, just a short walk from the London Bridge underground and National Rail station. See you there!