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Our favourite Independent Shops, Stalls, and Restaurants to Discover

We're putting the spotlight on the best indie shops and traders in Old Spitalfields Market right now.

From carefully curated womenswear to truly unique gifts and fantastic French cheeses, we’re here to make sure you enjoy the full treasure trove that is our historic East London market.

New Season Womenswear at Mercantile
New Season Womenswear at Mercantile
Glorious gifts at InSpitalfields
Glorious gifts at InSpitalfields

Mercantile

What: A long-established boutique based on Lamb Street with over 150 contemporary women’s brands sourced both locally and from far and wide, yet all with a consistent philosophy and aesthetic.

Where: 17 Lamb Street, London, E1 6EA

Why: A regular haunt of stylist, celebrities, bloggers and those in the know.

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Inspitalfields

What: Est. 1993, making it the longest running retailer in the market, this is a gift, home-wares and interiors store quite unlike any other with an incredibly diverse range of products – from well-known brands to independent, local and international designers.

Where: 13 Lamb Street, London, E1 6EA

Why: When you need a high functioning present and you’re dry of ideas, let their imagination do the work for you.

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Weather-ready fashion at Meander
Weather-ready fashion at Meander
Bountiful Books curated by Ezra
Bountiful Books curated by Ezra

Meander

What: Versatile, technical clothing for your everyday adventures, their fashion is made from premium performance materials to craft functional clothing inspired by Scandinavian, minimalist design.

Where: 103 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG

Why: Since the beginning, Meander had offset their carbon emissions by partnering with Forest Carbon and planting trees in Scottish woodland. Around 90% of the collection is either natural or recycled and by the end of 2022 the goal is 100%.

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Ezra the Bookseller

What: Books, books, and more books! A carefully curated collection by bookseller Ezra.

Where: Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW

Why: Whether you’re looking for an old classic, a Booker prize-winner, or a New York Times bestseller, Ezra stocks everything a bookworm could wish for.

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Cheese glorious cheese at Funky Cellar
Cheese glorious cheese at Funky Cellar
A little corner of Italy at BOTTLES
A little corner of Italy at BOTTLES

Funky Cellar

What: Brimming with a large range of high quality cheeses mainly from France, alongside original products from around the world. Their eclectic wine cellar includes craft beers hand-selected from micro-breweries across the UK, to St. Émilion Bordeaux red’s and orange wine coming from Radikon on the Italian/Slovenian border.

Where: 10a Lamb Street, E1 6EA, London

Why: Did you know? All the decorations, furniture and art-work you see at Funky Cellar are for sale, each piece hand-selected from top-quality vintage and second-hand markets across Europe, predominantly 70s and 80s style.

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BOTTLES

What: Boasting East London’s very best Italian wine selection and a tempting menu to match, BOTTLES is a destination for any occasion. From the casual on-street dining and bright covered orangery, to its stylish inner sanctum, this relaxed and buzzy space is wholly dedicated to the enjoyment of food and wine.

Where: 67 Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA

Why: The focus at BOTTLES is on quality wines made by independent producers and small farms, showcasing regional and indigenous varieties and often exploring forgotten grapes.

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The finest vintage pieces at Walconcept
The finest vintage pieces at Walconcept
Vintage Vinyl every 1st and 3rd Friday of every month
Vintage Vinyl every 1st and 3rd Friday of every month

Walconcept

What: Our wonderful daily market regular Wal curates some of East London’s finest vintage.

Where: Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW

Why: As well as an extensive selection of vintage ties, scarves and sheepskin jackets, he also specialises in vintage designer pieces, stocking Hermes, Lanvin, YSL, Gres and Balenciaga.

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The Vinyl Market

What: The digital revolution is all very nice but you can’t beat a nice bit of pressed vinyl. There’s no better place to find it than the Friday Vinyl Market. Sourced by the UK’s most dedicated and knowledgeable vinyl hunters, all musical styles are catered for from obscure psychedelic 60’s to 90’s New York hip hop.

Where: Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW, 1st and 3rd Friday of every month.

Why: Considered the best market in the South for rare and collectable vintage vinyl, as well as some of the new stuff.

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