Some of the fine local shops that Walthamstow has to offer. I’m a big believer in shopping local and supporting out local traders.
Woodstreet indoor market
A converted cinema that is now full of all kinds of independent traders. You can buy antiques, vintage, custom-built chairs, hand-made gifts and rhubarb vodka. I must confess that I love wandering around this market, I don’t often go by myself as I worry what I would come back with. Right next door to Woodstreet station and just 10 minutes walk from the village this is a great place to visit and shop. To read my blog post about the market click here.
Located on Ruby Road just off Hoe street near the Rose and Crown pub, the Ruby Stables is a fantastic, chaotic, rambling rabbit warren of a place. Selling everything from plants to furniture it’s sort of like a cross between a reclamation yard, garden centre and antique shop. Even if you don’t want to buy anything just go and have a look, the guys that run it are really friendly and they sell pretty much everything.
Stretching most of the length of the high street there has been a market in Walthamstow for over 100 years. It may not have the boxing booths or medicine men of the old market but there are some good finds, it’s really great for fruit and veg. We spent one month in 2012 doing all of our shopping locally so spent a fair bit of time on the market during our E17 shopping challenge. The market can get crowded and it can be frustrating trying to get down the high street but don’t let that put you off paying it a visit. There is some great street food available on the market, goat curry from Dee’s Kitchen (St James Street end) and the giant barbecue stall on town square are two of my favourites.
Every Sunday there is a farmers market on the town square near Walthamstow Central Station. Selling fresh produce it can be pricey but the quality of the things on sale is excellent. We once bought eggs from Sainsburys and another box from the farmers market and compared the difference, needless to say the eggs from the market won hands down. Read my blog about a recent visit here
Arts & Crusts
A hidden gen tucked away on Victoria Road, Arts & Crusts is a cafe and bakers which is a fantastic combination. Mr and Mrs crusts have just built a studio next door to the cafe that can be sued for theatre and exhibitions so it is turning in to a bit of a hub. I recommend paying them a visit, and whilst there buy some onion bread, it’s amazing.
E17 Art House
E17 Art House is located just off Church Hill near the top of the high street. The shop offers a picture framing service and also a gallery. The framing work is always top quality and the gallery often contains work by local artists, or work featuring Walthamstow.