It’s quite a challenge to live in Vegas and be a vintage lover. This fast-paced, indulgence-obsessed, modernity-prioritized city is all about embracing the new and ditching the old. So when I found myself in London, I was not going to leave without doing some serious antiquing and vintage shopping. I thought Portobello Road Market would be great for those two reasons, and it was, but I had no idea that it was also going to be the most fun strolling experience of this great city.
The scene here is so incredibly quirky, fun, and charming. You will find anything from vintage cameras, old postcards to antique teapots. But there are also a ton of vintage fashion for you to spend your afternoon admiring.
If you need some fashion inspiration, just keep your eyes open for the eclectic fun that the shop-owners take with their own styles. Much of the merchandise was handmade and thus the shopping experience also becomes a cultural study of personal expressions.
You can spend your whole Saturday here if you’d like, because there are also myriads of diverse ethnic food and fresh groceries to ponder. My favorite was definitely The Jamon Jamon paella stand, gigantic pans of steaming fresh paella being cooked in front of your eyes, the smell of saffron lingers for hundreds of footsteps.
The paella chef, Nick (in the photo above) liked the picture so much that he gave me a tremendous plate of goodness to trade, I can’t think of anything better to trade my photos for…
Belly-full and heart-filled, it was a kind of perfect Saturday I could only dream of, strolling to the rhythm of talented singer-songwriters performing as street musicians, looking at treasures from a time long past, eating delicious food, but most importantly, meeting people from diverse walks of life unexpected in opulent London, all sharing in the conviviality of life’s simple pleasures.