Get festive and shop local

  • 22
  • Feb

Grab last minute festive shopping in your neighbourhood and support local businesses


Archway’s two main streets – Junction Road and Holloway Road – have a wide selection of local businesses, plus there are more located on the island opposite Archway tube and at the foot of Highgate Hill.

For unusual gifts, toys, trinkets and cards head to MAP on Junction Rd. The shop stocks many exclusive and locally sourced products, plus all gifts can be wrapped free of charge.

For food shopping out of the ordinary, try Oriental Food on Junction Rd (Chinese, Korean and Japanese), An Apple a Day on Holloway Road, or the Yildiz bakery selling Turkish specialities. Full listings at

Every Saturday 10am-5pm there’s a street market (at the corner of Holloway Road and St John’s Grove) with a distinctive mix of traders, including the best bookstall in North London, fresh veg, meats, cheese and breads.

And as if that’s not enough, get discounts and special offers with the Archway Card


With a shopping centre, major chain stores and small boutiques, Chapel Market and two Sunday markets, Angel has something for everyone.

Chapel Market lies in the heart of Angel town centre and is one of London’s oldest markets. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, it has 160 designated pitches with approximately 85 licensed traders, selling a mixed range of goods and services. Head down here for your meat, fish and seafood, fruit and veg and fresh flowers. There is also a great cheese stall with a good selection of imported cheeses. Plus grab any last minute cards and wrapping paper.

On a Sunday you can catch the other markets, where you’ll find specialist butchers (selling traditional English sausages), egg sellers, jam stalls, mustards/sauces, ciders, wines and fruit juices. While Angel AIM’s Sunday market features cake stands, festival headbands, handmade cushions and Indian quilts, plus much more.

Camden Passage

Well-known for its antique and contemporary shops, markets and arcades. Camden Passage main market days are Wednesday and Saturday, but most shops are open all week. There are three separate market areas – Camden Passage market, Charlton Place market and Pierrepont Arcade market. Each one has a different area of expertise, so take your time to look around.

Head to Loop for gorgeous knitting supplies, Finbar MacDonnell for period and contemporary prints and maps, or Modern Times for vintage homewares and etc. for cards and gifts.

If vintage fashion is what you are after then you will be spoiled for choice. Annie’s, Cloud Cuckoo Land, Decadent Vintage and Fat Faced Cat are just a few. Full details at

Finsbury Park

Just north of Finsbury Park Station, Stroud Green Road is a hot spot for food. If you’re hungry head to La Fabrica, the delicious Spanish restaurant, or La Porchetta is a family-owned chain famous for its huge pizzas.

Aside from food, Finsbury Park has loads of shops to browse. New Beacon Books is an Afro Caribbean publishing house and bookshop established in 1966 – you can browse a huge array of black British, Caribbean, African, Afro-American and Asian titles. There’s more African influence at Boutique Yamina, which displays fabrics, ceramics and clothes from Morocco. They also do a great line of bags and shoes made with laminated African fabrics, and can tailor-make gifts for you. Find out more at

Nag’s Head

Home to Islington’s only department store, Selby’s, which opened over 100 years ago, Holloway Road and the Nag’s Head town centre is a great destination for shopping. Boasting a mix of large supermarkets, big brand shops and the famous Nag’s Head covered market, head here if you want to stock up on essentials, or buy new clothes or a gift for a friend or loved one.

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