A Waste Warrior's guide to London food markets

2 years ago

Ahh, London markets. A menagerie of art, shopping, and most importantly - food. Unfortunately, with all this glorious food comes a rather inglorious amount of food waste. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve partnered with a bunch of epic food vendors across London markets that are tackling food waste head on.

Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant and Castle

Mercato Metropolitano (MM) is a space dedicated to minimising food waste - and we love it! The brainchild of Andrea Rasca, a food ambassador who’s worked in the field for more than 20 years, MM ensures that everything is as circular as possible: sustainably sourced, shared with loved ones and ultimately - good!

MM is committed to raising awareness around the food waste crisis, so loads of the incredible vendors make their unsold street food available on Too Good To Go. Rescue international delights that range from chilli beef nachos at Hermanos Taco House, to traditional curries at Indian Kitchen, or even a spicy sausage or two from German Kraft - and that’s just the start!

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Old Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields

Right near Liverpool Street Station, Old Spitalfields Market is home to all kinds of incredible street food vendors. Your rescue mission to this hotspot could include saving a selection of probiotic salad bowls (um, yes please) from High Mood Food, vegetarian and vegan curries from Merkamo Ethiopian, or, if you want to tickle your sweet tooth, an insta-worthy cake from Konditor and Cook.

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Greenwich Market, Greenwich

Greenwich Market is making a name for itself as a must-visit for street food fanatics. So basically a must-visit for everyone, right? These vendors aren’t just serving up epic food though, they're also fighting to end food waste. Rescue colourful vegan meals at Omni Collective and Veganauti. Or, go full carnivore with Chinese pork from Dragon & Panda and hot dogs from Pig Dogs and Brisket.

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Sunday Upmarket, Brick Lane

Head to the Sunday Upmarket in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane to find the food hall jam-packed with a smorgasbord of street food vendors, some of whom have joined the fight against food waste. Use the app to rescue a selection of salad boxes from Planet Falafel, curries from Ethiopiques, or nutella cinnamon swirls from Jack’s Bakery (yes please!).

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Camden Market, Camden

Amongst the labyrinth of market stalls at Camden Market are a handful of vendors that have joined the fight against food waste. A Camden Market rescue mission will gift you goodness like crispy katsu chicken from Katsu House, curried butternut squash pie (say what?!) from Young Vegans and (you guessed it) a really good burger from The Good Burger.

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Anoushka Grover
Marketing Manager