Exmouth Market is a charming brick and cobble-stoned hodge podge of sidewalk cafes and independent shops, which date back to 1890. It’s the kind of place you want to enjoy a lazy breakfast, browse until lunch and then sit down again at one of the tempting restaurants with all your new goodies, letting that slow midday meal roll gently into pub o’clock.
Must-visit shops: Book Ends independent children’s bookstore, Space (a quirky gift store that also carries great kids’ books), Family Tree (an enclave of independent London design including footwear, handmade kids’ clothing and jewelry), In With The Old (more awesome British homeware and accessory design + vintage), and The Content Store for dapper threads for Dad.
Must-visit cafes and restaurants: Caravan for house-roasted coffee, brunch, and tempting small plates, Gail’s for good bread, Brill for salt beef bagels, Moro for London’s best Moroccan, Bonnie Gull for fish and chips, and Blackfoot for an ode to the British pig menu, with takeaway porchetta bar and super cool butcher-shop decor.
On many days, a bustling outdoor food market accompanies the usual selection of good retail/restaurants, so decision making is even more difficult.
Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4Q, Exmouth.london