Maltby Street, St. John Bakery, and Monty's Deli

In the few years that I've lived in the London Bridge/Bermondsey Street area, Malty Street saturday morning market has turned from an off-the-beaten-track neighborhood market to a highly popular hipster destination catered especially for expats.  This might be the reason I've always felt a little bit awkward and confused when I visit.  I want so much to love it, but instead I feel reserved from the stuffy atmosphere and overpriced goods.  And is it just me or does everyone have an American accent?  But irregardless of all of that, I must admit that everything I've had at Maltby Street has been really good.

Take for example the St. John Bakery.  I was so excited to have my favorite restaurant in London selling their amazing bread right in my neighborhood.  The sourdough is absolutely addictive.  Although St. John would serve it with butter, I prefer it with good olive oil.  This is all I need in life.
The St. John doughnuts are famous and a must try, if you can get there early enough.  I am not a doughnut lover at all and usually don't enjoy them.  But their doughnut is so sinfully good, not too sweet, oozing with a light custard.

Outside of Ropewalk, there is a little stall selling very tasty proper empanadas.

The smoked salmon stall sells what is probably the best smoked salmon I've tasted.  It can be purchased by the kg if you want to take home and indulge or on bread if you need an immediate snack.  Unfortunately, the bread option is £3.50, which is robbing you in exchange for two little pieces of salmon. 

Monty's Deli is one of the most popular places now for pastramis, reubens, salt beef and even matzoh ball soup.  If you want to go be prepared for a looooong wait because these guys haven't quite yet figured out how to streamline the ordering process.

The £6 reuben sandwich is not so much a true reuben since it was light on the russian dressing and sauerkraut, but the generous portion of meat was thoroughly tasty .  The bread was also properly rye and properly toasted.

There are a lot of nice looking stalls and places to sit for a coffee, morning cocktail, or full brunch.  On my most recent trip there I even saw a tamale stall which excited me to no end (until I saw the prices of course).

In a city infiltrated with markets, Maltby Street remains unique due to its location and dedication to quality food and produce.  It's true, everything I've had there is honestly good, but at the same time feels almost exploited.  Even though this saddens me, I know its these types of eclectic food destinations that make me love London so much. 


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