Eat local in the heart of London! Covent Garden Market is located downtown at the junction of King and Talbot Streets. A strong attraction for locals and out-of-town guests alike, this is one of the city’s most venerated cultural landmarks and the heart and soul of the downtown area.
Traditions Old and New
Gourmet, artisanal and wholesome, farm-fresh quality can be found daily. Ask Bob Usher, the market’s personable CEO and a past President and still long-standing board member of the London Downtown Business Association, about some of the city’s best selection of organic foods, award-winning meats (Chris’ Country Cuts and Mark’s Fine Meats), ethnic foods (a long list!), the largest assortment of cheese (thanks to Glenda Smith) in Southwestern Ontario, confectionery, chocolatiers, market-roasted coffees, and a wide selection of seasonal fresh cut flowers. You’ll be amazed with the variety of ethnic, gourmet and specialty foods you can purchase, which showcase the multicultural diversity of our community.
Outdoor Farmers’ Market
On Thursdays and Saturdays from May to December an outdoor Farmers’ Market offers fresh, local food on the Market Square. Share the passion for locally-grown food direct from local farmers, growers and producers. The vendors selling here “grow it, raise it, bake it, or make it!” For current news, recipes and seasonal information, visit www.coventmarket.com and sign up for the weekly newsletter.
The Farmers’ Market hosts free cooking classes every Saturday in the Market Kitchen on the Mezzanine, from 11am–noon, January–March and May–September. This is a unique opportunity to learn a new dish featuring products fresh from the farmers’ market.
Rain or shine, enjoy live music every Saturday, 10am–noon. In the case of inclement weather, music will move indoors, upstairs in the mezzanine.
From May through October, Thursdays feature an Outdoor Night Market, from 4:00pm–7:00pm.
From January 12–March 30, the Farmers’ Market moves indoors, upstairs on the Mezzanine, Saturdays 9am – 1pm.
Arts & Culture
Covent Garden Market also houses several excellent restaurants, such as Olive R. Twist’s, Waldo’s on King Bistro and Wine Bar, and Tanakaya. Amy Shackleton, Covent Garden Market Executive Assistant / Events Co-ordinator, will tell you that arts and culture are the focus of the market’s mezzanine, where a number of local artists and cultural organizations are located, and there’s even a community kitchen, an art school and a theatre.
As in the days of old, market days are full of enticing surprises, adding an element of discovery to the consistent appeal and bounty of Covent Garden Market.
130 King Street (at Talbot)
MONDAY–FRIDAY 8 am–7 pm
SATURDAY 8 am–6 pm
SUNDAY: 11 am–5 pm
Outdoor Farmers’ Market
In the Market Square
THURSDAY 4 pm–7 pm (May–October)
SATURDAY 8 am–1 pm
May to December
Winter Indoor Farmers’ Market
Upstairs on the Mezzanine
HOURS: SATURDAY 9 am–1 pm
January 12 – March 30