There is nothing like a traditional street market and St Albans is lucky enough to have more than one. The original St Albans market is of course steeped in history with a special Royal Charter that was granted in 1553. But the market can actually be traced back as far as the 9th century. Currently, the market is firmly established in the heart of St Albans city centre and runs the length of St Peters Street on a regular basis. It offers an excellent street shopping experience alongside all the other high street shops an retail outlets you would expect.
If you are looking to shop local and enjoy the experience of a street market in the place that you live St Albans might be the place for you. The traditional St Albans Market is widely renowned as one of the best in the area, and the quality of products and produce available has won many awards. The market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from approximately 8:30 am and closes at approximately 5:30 pm.
On Wednesdays, there is the specialist Food Market located in the section of the St Albans Wednesday Market, between Caffé Nero and Reiss in Market Place. There you will find stalls selling hot and cold food, sweet and savoury bakeries and other items of street food. Often there are 160 stalls on the market purveying tasty treats for everyone to enjoy.
In addition to the traditional street market in St Albans there is the Farmers' Market on a monthly basis and occasionally throughout the year, continental markets are held on St Peters Street. These speciality markets offer the best produce, food and gifts from the continent, especially from France. Make sure you look out for the St Albans Christmas markets coming soon to help the winter season in St Albans be a gastronomic delight.