16 June 2013

Marylebone Summer Fayre and Farmers’ Market

The Bath Soft Cheese Company at Marylebone Farmers' Market
Volcano Coffee at Marylebone Summer Fayre
Marylebone Farmers' Market
Monocle Cafe London

Unfortunately for me, I have to cross half the city to get there, but I love shopping in Marylebone High Street. Here you’ll find Daunt Books, the Conran Shop, The Natural Kitchen, La Fromagerie and other great shops, boutiques and restaurants.

So when I read that today there would be a Summer Fayre and a Farmers’ Market (you know me and food markets) in Marylebone, I didn’t want to miss it. The Marylebone Summer Fayre is an annual ‘village fete’ with food stalls, retailers, music and activities. It is of course a great day out for everyone in the neighbourhood, but its purpose is also to raise money for a good cause (Kids Company).

If you missed this one, you’ll have to wait until next year. But the Marylebone Farmers’ Market is open every Sunday between 10 am and 2 pm. As with everything in this neighbourhood, the food isn’t cheap, but it all looks great. And there’s just something about fresh local products that I find hard to resist.

Another thing I find hard to resist are new, beautiful coffee places. The Monocle Café opened two months ago and everybody was talking about it. It’s only a two minute walk from Marylebone High Street, so I thought this was a good opportunity to try it. It’s quite little, so they only offer a few seats, but luckily everybody seemed to be at the fayre. I knew of course about the Monocle magazine, but here at the café was actually the first time I read one. And I couldn’t put it down. What a great magazine! And the café fits the brand. But apart from that, the coffee and pastries are good, so it’s worth a visit.

And apparently there’s a Monocle shop just around the corner, which I missed this time. So I guess I’ll just have to come back for more food and shopping soon.