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People of the Market

Meet the faces of the Market and find out what makes them tick.

Salim Jega, Stall staff, Vanilla Blanc

Describe Old Spitalfields Market in five words.

Exciting, challenging, multicultural, youthful and multigenerational.


Fashion food or flea market?

We sell home-based diffusers – anything with fruit or flowers.


What was the last web page you looked at?

I was reading an article about history. I’m very interested in ancient societies and the middle ages.


What is your chosen tipple?

I don’t drink but I like a malt drink in the summer, or a chai tea.


What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Have belief in God.


What has been your best market find?

The food. I like Cafe Caribbean and Jollof Box.


What’s on your bedside table?

I like to read but I recently watched a great documentary about pollution. That was an eye opener.


What’s are you listening to right now?

I stopped listening to music so much because the lyrics were no longer talking to me. I was listening to a lot of rap and found it becoming too violent. I do like the old school tunes though. Like ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon. It’s timeless.