Wanderlust Us travel blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market

Spring is one of our favourite times of the year, not only because the sun starts to finally peak back through the clouds on odd weekends but because there are so many beautiful flowers in bloom.

There’s nothing better on a warm, spring Sunday than heading to a market or two. Last Sunday we ventured off to Columbia Road Flower Market in the East End.

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

On a Sunday Columbia Road is transformed into an Oasis of beautiful flowers, pretty little plants and weird and wonderful trees and shrubs.

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Many of the sellers grow their goods at home, whilst others ship them in from around the globe.

There’s nothing you can’t find here, and the buzz of the busy market is fun and refreshing on a slow Sunday.

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

After browsing all the beautiful stands and heckling with the sellers we decided to purchase some eucalyptus, to remind us of our wedding day.

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

At the end of the road is Laxeiro, a quaint and homely Spanish restaurant.

They say; “our food and our family is at the heart of everything we do” and that couldn’t have felt more true.

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

We sat down just after they’d finished serving breakfast, which was perfect for us as it was the lunch menu we were after!

It’s never too early for Sangria, so we ordered a jug and got to slurping!

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

He honestly wasn’t drunk… I promise!

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

For lunch we decided to grab a few plates of our favourite Spanish dishes, tapas is our favourite way to dine.

Chorizo a la Sidra; Galician chorizo with a delicious cider sauce.

Pan Tomacav; Catalan style tomato bread which we were introduced to a year or so ago by Ivan from Guys in London, simple but absolutely delicious.

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Alcachofas con Mancha; artichokes with rosemary and manchego cheese. Artichokes are so underrated, they are one of our favourite vegetables and so mouthwatering when paired with a salty side.

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Costilla Iberico con Romero; juicy ribs with a honey glaze. They was also slightly crispy which made them even more irresistible.

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market \Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

And then for the grand finale, Pulpo a la Barbacoa; barbecued paprika octopus on crushed potatoes. Soooo good!

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Laxeiro did not disappoint, it’s simple in style but definitely not simple in taste. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted straight out of a Catalan kitchen.

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

After lunch we took a wander through the park to burn off some of those calories.

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

Wanderlust Us Travel Blog - Columbia Road Flower Market

It was a perfect Sunday.

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