If you have wanderlust and like getting lost in the giant maze that is London, we have the perfect spot. From Sunday brunch to an after-work last-minute shopping session, Camden Passage has everything you need.
The street started to host antique shops back in 1950, and since then has grown into a favorite spot for both tourists and locals. Just a five-minute walk from Angel tube station in North London, Camden Passage is home to numerous vintage shops, jewelers, Japanese art prints, and restaurants.
The quirky market also hosts a vintage antique market every Wednesday and Saturday. From 1920’s dresses to WWII helmets, it is the perfect place to find fun, imaginative gifts. You could easily spend half the day walking and shopping at the vintage wedding shop Annie’s before enjoying a homemade coffee at The Coffee Work Projects.
“We have always had an affection for this street because of the antique market. This street has become so eclectic – slightly bohemian and definitely avant-garde – and we love to be a part of this,” said Robert Zdero, 48, owner of vintage shop Fat Faced Cat, which opened 13 years ago and offers a large range of vintage clothes from the Victorian era to the 1980s.
The Passage has provided an opportunity for business owners to grow their brands, Zdero said. “We started from the very bottom, we had a market stall just at the beginning of the street and now we have a big store,” he boasted. His store now occupies three floors and attracts customers from all over the world.
In the last two years, fashion retailers have been opening their stores in the Passage, making it more fashion-orientated and edgy. But some owners such as Zdero worry that the market is becoming “more conservative” and food-orientated and that in future it could lose some of the eccentricity for which it is famous.
Simone Kavanagh, 45, is the co-owner of Spice, a London-based shoe retailer located in the Passage. It opened in 2015, although the brand has been present in London for more than a decade.
For Kavanagh, the Passage was an obvious choice because it appeals to both tourists and locals, and is the perfect marriage between modern and vintage.
“We were right away conquered by the atmosphere and the vibethis street had, it’s fashion-forward and quirky just like our customers,” she said.
But for Zdero the magic of the passage is still there: “the fact that the antique market is still here after so many years makes the passage historical.”
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