Online shopping is convenient.
If you like clothes that are the wrong size, dropping off returns at the post office every day, and being surprised by the arrival of an enormous core exercise trainer you bought after too much wine.
The solution: a thriving weekend market set under a steel and glass rooftop from 1888, filled with the thrum and bustle of dozens of traders hawking fresh produce, street food, coffee, handmade goods, and more.
Canopy Market was rebooted a few years ago when the abandoned loading bays behind King’s Cross got a lick of paint and became a destination again. Running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it’s a hive of activity, soundtracked by live music and the sizzle of kerbside grills.
A cluster of picnic tables and benches make it a great spot for outdoor drinks with a big group, and you’re a stone’s throw from the canal (and its floating bookshop, Word on the Water).
There’s food to go, in the form of Italian cannoli, Korean street food, melted toasties and freshly baked pastries; food for later (from hand-rolled pasta to artisan cheese, French charcuterie and bread); and drinks (coffee, gin and craft beer – available at all times of the day). But what makes this market particularly special is the independent traders they support. Each week, a host of independent artists and makers set up their stalls and lay out delicate jewellery, hand-stitched slippers, candles, scarves, wall art and more. Basically, they’ve got a bit of everything.
Except for core exercise trainers.
NOTE: Canopy Market usually runs every Friday (12-8pm), Saturday and Sunday (11am-6pm), but is temporarily closed due to Covid-19. You can find out more right HERE.
Canopy Market | West Handyside Canopy, N1C 4BH
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