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Brick Lane

The street in East London, England, is a firm favourite for vintage classics.

The area once associated to poor slums and the scene of the crime for Jack the Ripper’s murders, is now THE place for an edgy and artistic crowd. Here, you can choose from a wide range of galleries, restaurants, markets and festivals.

London’s Brick Lane Market is a traditional flea-market affair, with a rich diversity of products from food, second-hand clothes, furniture, magazines, toiletries, sweets, electrical equipment and everything in between.

After an intense search for second-hand furniture and unusual clothes, finish you shopping spree with a lunch at one of the many ethnic restaurants and cafés lining up the street. Here you can find the best Indian and Asian foods and you can have a quick snack or a proper meal. The food market in the boiler house hall also offers readymade food from all over the world, from freshly cooked pasta to Japanese octopus fritters.

If you’re vegetarian, try a quirky restaurant within a double Decker bus, The Rootmaster, where it serves vegan food. You can also choose from numerous curry houses like the Vibe Bar, Big Chill Bar and 93 Feet East.

The street is famous for its graffiti as well and has been used for various music videos like ‘All the Things that I’ve Done’ by The Killers.

In the heart of London’s Bangladeshi community, Brick Lane is chosen to celebrate the Bengal New Year, but also lots of colourful festivals and parades, with traditional costumes, tigers, elephants and rituals.

The market opens from 9 to 5 on a Sunday, however the surrounding shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants are open 7 days a week.