Ridley Road Market, Dalston

Summer’s over and winter is around the corner, but if you’re desperate to eke out some last traces of warmth, Ridley Rd market is a good place to start.

Located outside the uber-trendy borough of east London, Ridley Rd has an unmistakable Caribbean and West African flavour. So if you’ve been travelling somewhere hot and tropical and need a fix to help you ease back into London life, look no further.

Highlights at the market, apart from knick-knacks, include fruit and vegetables – particularly exotic stuff, like papaya, durian and coconut – and fresh fish. There’s also a famous bagel shop and bakery about 100m down on the left.

It’s colourful and chaotic, and its variety and value will ensure you return.

GREAT FOR: Pretending it’s not bloody cold already

» Ridley Rd, E8 2 
Rail: Dalston Kingsland
Monday to Saturday

Words: Tom Sturrock