Lyric Square Food MarketGet global grub on the go from these street-food stalls
Offering hungry hordes of local shoppers, workers and residents a welcome lunchtime change from high-street chains, this street-food market is deservedly insanely popular, drawing queues in all weathers. It’s one of London’s longest-running, spanning cooking cultures from around the globe, and its 20 or so stalls are set up next to the Lyric Theatre on Thursdays and Fridays.
As well as international favourites like pad thai, falafels and burgers, there are also less common options like Spanish paella, Vietnamese banh mi filled baguettes, Portuguese stews, Caribbean spinach and sweetcorn fritters and some frankly unusual finds, like bokits, fried Guadaloupean sandwiches, or Japanese-Mexican fusion in the form of katsu burritos.
How to choose? You could pick by popularity (queues are often longest for Ultimate Moroccan Street Food and Falafel Wraps) or your nose: jerk-spiced smoke or South African boerewors sausage are sure to spark your appetite.
For a more leisurely option, instead of eating on the hoof or carrying your lunch back to your desk, head for the picnic area of the Lyric Theatre’s roof terrace, riverside Furnivall Gardens, or St Paul’s Green, by the church and munch your delicious lunch in peace. Mmmm.
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