Camden Passage

Posted by Suzi | July 27, 2012

Another day, another of my favourite London haunts- this time Camden Passage in Angel. I lived around the corner for years and used to while-away my wages there on all kinds of trinkets and vintage dresses (you now know that I can never resist a good ol’ ballgown).

Hidden behind the shrill of Upper Street, on Saturdays and Wednesdays the cobbled little alleyway transforms into a vintage market- full of all kinds of weird and wonderful treasure. It is a stylist’s dream!

I began my day there catching-up with friends at the hot new launch across the street Bill’s Cafe. Run by Australian chef Bill Granger, it has nothing to do with Bill’s in Sydney but has a similar approach to sourcing no-nonsense delicious food. Set out like a rather industrial old-fashioned grocer, while you brunch/lunch/dine you can tick a sheet of all the products you like and they’ll have a hamper packed for you by the time your bill arrives. Lethal after a hedgerow fizz (sparkling wine, elderflower and blackberry) or two.

Then to the passage! Where as well as pottering through all the stalls- there is a tempting array of indie shops (you now know that I can never resist a good ol’ one of those either). My picks are Decorexi, which sells an eclectic range of furniture that looks a lot more expensive than it actually is because they sell at trade prices- yippee. Practically next door is Home & Pantry, which is newer and full of shabby-chic French looking things, again veeeery reasonably priced.

Across the street pop into Smug, an airy lifestyle boutique full of quirky high-quality finds – sweet smelling candles, owl cups, you name it. Then last, but by no means least, my main man: Paul A. Young. Arguably Britain’s best chocolatier (oooh how I’d love to be a chocolatier- best job title ever!) everything is made by hand in the kitchen in the back. While his creations are sometimes controversial- Marmite (yes, really, and it’s gorgeous) or Goats’ cheese & Lemon chocolate anyone?- I’d happily gain a jean size for all of them.




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