This is London's Borough Market. It's likely the best farmer's market you've ever been to.
And also the best food market you've ever been to.
The smells are overpowering in the best way possible. Meats, pies, fish, cheeses, and desserts — all coming together in an amazing way.
When you visit, there's going to be a lot you've never seen before. Just take it all in.
If you're visiting Borough Market for the first time, your goal should be to try as much as possible while staying on a budget — otherwise, you could spend a small fortune here.
I came in with £20 (about $32), and attempted to eat as much as I could. Here's how I did:
Steak and Gravy Pie — £3.50
Green Olive & Cheese Stick — £2
Slice of Comtè cheese — £3.90
I asked for the thinest slice they could give me, and it still ended up being the most expensive thing in my budget. But that cheese — I've never had anything like that before. My one Borough Market regret is not doing this £20 experiment all over again, but only with cheese.
Rock oyster – £1.50
Fried plantains — £1.50
Fudge — £1.60
Sausage on a stick — £1.50
One delicious sausage, and at a real bargain. (Getting the regular portion of sausage — two sausages on a roll — cost £5.)
Gelato — £3.20
Forget everything I said before. Forget the pie, forget the cheese, forget the fudge — there is nothing at Borough Market that even remotely compares to the gelato. I got two small scoops: mint chocolate chip and a Kinder-flavored gelato, which would've been enough. But then they loaded the inside of my cone with Nutella from a Nutella fountain. (Read those words again: NUTELLA FOUNTAIN.) And then they topped it off with a giant wafer. I have never handed over money as quickly as I handed over the money for that gelato.