I have been in London at least 20 times, but never sat my foot in Camden. I blame my most frequent London travel partner, my ex-boyfriend, for this. He introduced me to so many great things in London, but he never took me to this vibrant and cool place filled with hipsters, punks and other cool tribes wanting to have a good time!
As soon as I stepped out of Camden Town tube station I was sold: I kept stopping every ten metres to take pictures and to let out oohs and aahs about how cool I thought the area was. The shop fronts are decorated with oversized shoes and dragon tattoos. In between are cosy old pubs decorated with baskets of colourful flowers. There are market stalls everywhere selling clothing, bags, shoes, iPhone covers, jewellery, you name it. Most markets are a labyrinth of narrow streets that you can easily get lost in, located in old factories or stables. Everywhere cool music is being played and happy, smiling people are milling about, all seemingly living in the moment.
When we entered the large food market and smelt the mouth-wateringly good fumes of cuisines from all over the world, I was truly sad that I had just eaten and couldn’t force down another bite – except from a few samples, that is. Come back a couple of exploring hours later, though, and I had a yummy burrito and cold lager in the Stables market. Delicious. Memorable. Definitely going back.