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Fora Recommends: The best of food markets in Reading
Street food is on the up, as our busy schedules mean we’re increasingly looking for quick, healthy and affordable lunches. In recent years, the offering has become more diverse, and street markets now offer cuisines from all over the world.
Reading is home to several street food stalls and farmers’ markets, so there’s plenty of opportunities to treat your taste buds during your time in the town. Here are some of our favourite street food picks. CHOW Friday Street Food Market CHOW is open every Friday in Market Place Square, just a five-minute walk from Reading Station and our Thames Tower office. It’s made up of 18 stalls and runs between 10am and 4pm, so it’s ideal if you fancy a different weekday lunch. You’ll find a range of cuisines, from Greek to Caribbean and even Georgian, alongside British classics like pie and mash, of course. So, whether you’re after tacos, paella, noodles or a burger, there’ll be something you’ll love at CHOW. Once you’ve made your choice, you’ll be able to enjoy it in the market or bring it back to our offices. Blue Collar Street Food Market Since being launched in 2016, this market has blossomed into a multi-site operation. Every Wednesday, food vendors gather in Market Place Square to showcase meat and vegan dishes from around the world. But that’s not all. The sellers set up outside the city centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are at the two yearly festivals in Forbury Gardens. Don’t miss Cheese Feast in April or Feastival in June. Wolf Wolf is a chain of street food outlets offering classic Italian food. It creates high-quality dishes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. There are two Wolf locations in Reading, but the centrally located one can be found on Broad Street. There’s inside and outdoor seating, which makes Wolf a convenient choice, whether you want to enjoy a sit-down meal or eat on the go. Hosier Street Market This market sells fruit and veg, along with flowers, clothes and household items, so there’s plenty to browse during your time here. Unlike other markets, this one runs four times a week, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It’s open from 9am to 4pm, and it’s only a seven-minute walk from Reading Station and Thames Tower, so it’s ideal for picking up local produce in your lunch break. With such delicious food on the doorstep, there’s no need to go hungry when you’re based in Reading. Drop by and visit our Thames Tower workspace any time and we’ll be happy to show you around.