Camden Night Market | Food Bloggers Meet Up

There are lots of things I love about blogging; the creative process, having an excuse to write about interesting things and likewise nonsense, trying to up my photogrpahy game and making loads of new IRL friends. A few weeks ago, the wonderful Loriley organised a meetup for lots of lovely #fdbloggers at the Camden Night Market and it was great. Like really great.

I'm a big fan of Camden, there's like a bazillion great pubs and the nightlife is great, as well as the live music scene - but I'd never really associated it with a great food market. I mean obviously the stables market has a lot of food outlets but I would in no way say they are good - jam packed with Chinese food stalls where the noodles are actually spaghetti served in a bland brown sauce and the 'bang bang' chicken is most definitely questionable.

But the night market located to the left of the stables market is something else. There's rows upon rows upon rows of amazing food stalls with amazing looking and smelling food, and certainly that will cater to most food requirements. There were a number of gluten-free and sugar-free options as well as vegetarian and vegan options too, amongst more standard fare. Although I say standard, nothing about this is standard. From the gourmet mac & cheese and the omlette burgers (yes you read correctly, omlette burger) to the pulled pork buns and falafel - there really is something for everything. AND to wash it all down, there are also a few bars dotted around serving, lager, ale, wine, cider, prosecco (oh yeah) and cocktails as well as music and entertainment. I'm going to throw it out there and say it's probably one of the most impressive food markets I've been to in London in terms of choice and atmosphere. It was quite busy but that was mainly the crowd swarming the mac & cheese stall.

So what did I go for? I stopped by Belly N Bao, having never tried Bao and hearing a lot of buzz around this steamed treat, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. They're effectively steamed buns, so the concept wasn't entirely new but I enjoyed a lot it all the same.

Belly N Bao's buns are HUGE, at £6 a pop it's pretty good value for the market - I was so stuffed afterwards. The bun came with a pulled pork that was coated in a very sweet sauce, sweet and sticky. The sweetness was counteracted by the fresh cucumber and the optional chilli sauce, which I obviously went for. You can also top your bao with pork crackling (omg) and fresh chillis. I'm so glad I had this at the market, it was truly divine and washed down with a couple of Brooklyn Brewery lagers, well, it was a match made in heaven.

If you haven't got any plans tonight, I URGE you to head down to the market for some food, if only for a quick bite to eat, it really is worth it. Otherwise, unfortunately you'll just have to wait until next summer!