Portobello Road Today
Portobello Road market has become one of the most visited markets in Europe.
It is vibrant, interesting market selling a vast selection of things. Majority of the shops, fruit and vegetable stalls are there throughout the week, except for Thursdays, when there is a half day closing and as a result, the market is empty and quiet.
The Road comes to life on Fridays and Saturdays. These are the best days to visit the market, when all the small stall holders pitch their stalls. The market is divided into four distinct sections.
At the beginning of the market, there are many antique shops, some of great repute, selling vast selection of silver, glass, paintings and general bric-a-brac. Further down the market is the fruit and vegetable market. These are represented by a score of stalls, selling all sorts of fresh vegetables and exotic fruit. Among these stalls are some shops, selling clothing, souvenirs and food. There are also some stalls selling delicious fresh bread, cheese, fish and other foods.
Further up, near the Westway, is the Porotbello Green arcade. This is full of interesting, quirky little shops and funky little boutiques. If you want something up market and interesting, this is the place to visit.
Outside, under a vast canopy are many stalls. These sell almost everything and anything. Beautiful, antique jewellery, records, furs, loads of cheap and second-hand clothes, with handmade designer garments and lots of vintage denim and leather. If you want something unusual to wear, this is the place to visit.
Further along, past the Westway, towards the top of the market and spilling into neighbouring Goldborne Road, are many small stalls, which are there only on Fridays and Saturdays. These sell unbelievable selection of clothes, some new, some not so. All sorts of bric-a-brac, records, furniture, objects d’art and junk.
In this area are many cafes and shops selling Algerian/Moroccan food and items.