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Duke of York Square fine food market
Words by Ed Woolgar
A celebration of international cuisine in the heart of Chelsea
Duke of York Square
Saturday 10am – 4pm
If Chelsea is a village, Duke of York Square is the village green. Once the barracks for several territorial regiments of the British army, it now houses the Saatchi Gallery, as well as a mix of boutique clothes shops, upmarket restaurants, and the famous family-run food shop Partridges.
Each weekend Partridges organises a market, which occupies the square in the autumn and winter and spreads to the running track in the spring and summer.
This market focuses on international food, with stalls selling dishes and delicacies from across the globe. For example, there is street food from Korea and Vietnam, Colombia, Argentina and the Middle East, as well as pastries and baked goods from all over Europe. At the same time, you have stalls selling more local produce – oysters from Maldon in Essex, and Giselle Richardson’s English-made macarons – and other stalls selling champagne to make sure that nobody goes thirsty.
Some mouthwatering canelé spotted in Duke of York Square.
"Visiting the fine food market means you’re spoilt for choice, but the sandwiches on sale at the Finest Duck Confit stall really are world class."
The stalls are laid out in a circle around the central lawn, making for a beautiful sight on a sunny day. Nearing lunchtime the market becomes more popular, as people pick up their favourite snack and sit on the grass for a picnic. What’s more, you hear a range of languages from everyone involved, the market drawing foodies from around the world.
For those with a street tooth, why not try Casa Cannoli and their fresh cannoli with ingredients imported directly from Sicily. They also invent their own flavours and combinations, such as Piedmont hazelnut, Sicilian lemon, and chocolate chip. Alternatively, Babelle Canalé make the traditional Bordeaux delicacy in a range of flavours, from rum to salted caramel, with an all-French team mixing everything by hand. However, if you want something more filling, visit Rainforest Creations, a specialist in tropical, raw and organic foods, with gorgeous spreads of Caribbean salads, wraps, dips and drinks.
Alireza Sagharchi on mixing the classical and the modern
Words by Jake Russell