I normally wouldn’t write about a location that is otherwise considered a tourist destination but I find that Camden Market can often be quite overwhelming and the best parts overlooked by the congestion of the main street. When you get off at Camden Station there are a load of touristy shops with cheap t-shirts, phone cases and touristy trinkets along the main road and it’s important to note that this is not the market you’re looking for.
If you follow to the lock bridge and along Regent Canal to the West Yard you’ll find my favourite places to shop in Camden Market. Here you can find a mix of the handmade artisan goods to hip and funky finds, such as the quirky tuxedo shop or handmade collage art with tiny sculptures in them. Make sure to check out both the upper and lower levels as there are loads of neat shops to check out as well as fresh food vendors! One of my favourite items I purchased was a handmade phone case with fresh flowers embedded in it.
It’s a great place to find unique gifts at reasonable prices if you don’t mind the trek through Camden! There are many entrances to the Market but I like to start at the West Yard: it’s less crowded and easier to access.