One of the best ways to get an insight into what Cornwall is about is to explore a Cornish market. Lemon Street Market in Truro is one of my favourites in the county; under its roof is a myriad of things that are fundamentally Cornish including locally grown produce, artisan food, Cornish artwork, handmade pottery and unique gifts.
Lemon Market may be fairly small but it has almost everything you could possibly need under one roof including a barbers, bakers, florist and a selection of three cafes…I mean it even has its own indoor palm trees. Yet more excitingly there’s an art gallery on the first floor. Let’s go up and have a look shall we?
The Lander Gallery is my personal favourite part of Lemon Market. It showcases a diverse selection of both contemporary and classic Cornish artwork exhibitions – Cornwall’s prominent art scene means that you are never far from an art gallery. Going on gallery crawls are a must for any art lover when in Cornwall and bringing home your own piece of Cornish artwork makes for a perfect memento.
There’s even a grand piano on the first floor if you fancy tickling the ivories.
Back on the ground floor is Helzephron Farm shop which sells a selection of high quality, handmade sauces and marinades, utilising local ingredients and are made up in small batches.
Baker Tom is an independent bakery that offers a selection of handmade artisan breads made with organic only ingredients.
This colourful Cornish market is bursting with intrigue and it’s a perfect destination to grab a bite to eat and discover some of the best of what Cornwall produces. Lemon Market is rather discreetly located down an alleyway on Truro’s Lemon Street, making it a real hidden gem.