The bright red building stands proudly on Margate seafront. Starting life as a cinema back in 1911, it was then a bingo hall in the 60’s, a snooker club in the 80’s and in 2013 it was lovingly restored to become Old Kent Market. Inside there are a variety of stalls selling food and crafts. If you have an hour or two to spare then it’s definitely worth a visit.
BB’s Cafe and Bar
The first thing you notice as you walk through the doors is a great big red bus. Yes, an actual bus is inside Old Kent Market and even better, it’s a cafe! The bottom deck is the bustling kitchen and you can dine on the top deck. You can get all your cafe favourites such as sandwiches and burgers and it’s a great location to soak up the atmosphere of Old Kent Market.
You can even host a kids party on the top deck and why not order your birthday cake from Bren’s Bakes which is also inside Old Kent Market.
Gina’s Old Kent Bakery
With a delicious selection of breads and sweet treats, this is one not to miss. Everything is freshly baked and there are things hitting the shelves straight from the oven all the time.
Grandad’s Workshop is the perfect place to bring children to make a gift for their parents to treasure. ‘Grandad’ is on hand to give you all the help you need and show you what to do every step of the way.
He also sells a wonderful selection of up-cycled crafts from record clocks to lampshades made from Venetian blinds.
If you are looking for a natural remedy for your aches and pains then go and see Kim at Herboristerie. She has a wealth of knowledge and a vast stock of ingredients and will help you find what you need.
With a reputation locally as selling the best fresh pasta, you really need to give this place a visit. You can also stock up your cupboards with specially selected deli ingredients too. Bottega Caruso runs a number of pasta workshops and supper clubs locally, often in conjunction with other local suppliers and eateries.
I know what you’ve all been thinking… “where, oh where can I find a pair of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Dr Martens”. Well, look no further, they are here at Old Kent Market, along with a host of slightly more demure DM’s. Take a trip upstairs to see Mandi and she’ll help you find the perfect pair.
Mica’ Coastal Crafts
The very talented Michelle makes all of the beautiful crafts at Mica’ Coastal Crafts. You will have a hard time choosing your favourite item so be prepared to leave with everything in stock!
For a delicious and healthy lunch, why not grab a salad from Foody Moody’s? There are a whole variety of vegan and gluten free options here and you can wash it down with some fresh lemonade or a smoothie.