One thing I love about the run up to Christmas is the continental market that always visits the centre of Newcastle. It makes a nice trip to visit the market and stop and look at Fenwicks Christmas windows on the way home.
The market is always next to the monument, a selection of covered stalls under the shadow of Lord Grey atop his column. It mingles well with the old buildings and the new glass of the Eldon Square shopping centre.
Newcastle continental market is always busy, a mixture of exotic foods, clothes and ornaments from all round the world. If you are hungry there is plenty of food to eat as you wander round. You can get noodles, paella or creamy chicken cooked in huge vats or maybe you fancy a hog roast. For the more adventurous there is a range of exotic meats being cooked. Maybe you would like a kangeroo or ostrich burger? You will find it all here.
The stalls are bright and colourful as you walk past. There is all sorts of clothing on show. I found these colourful jumpers from Peru. You can also get a wide range of head wear from trapper hats to Russian military hats, very cosy in the cold.
We had great fun browsing and did not leave empty handed. I found some flavoured salt which I brought to try on salads. I also bought an incredibly clever scarf which can be used in a variety of ways from a hat to a hood to a beanie. It is a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. We also visited Newcastle Continental Market last year and hope it will be back next year.