Broadway Market

Hackney’s Broadway Market has recently become one of my favourite places to mooch around. It’s a hipster’s haven with tonnes of cafés, pizzerias, tapas bars and pubs; as well as a book shop and florist snuggled somewhere in between. But until this weekend I had never been on a Saturday, when the road is closed off to cars and the market stalls fill the street.

It’s just a short walk boat journey along the canal from Victoria Park.

Regents CanalRegents CanalRegents CanalArriving hungry is a slightly ambiguous decision. There is so, so much food to chose from… almost too much! And by the time you finally decide between a pulled pork roll or luscious pastries, your tummy will be rumbling and your mouth will be watering.

I went for neither and  headed to Deeney’s for a Lady Macbeth. A  freshly grilled toastie bursting with vegetarian haggis, melted cheddar, rocket and caramelised onion.

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I hadn’t tried haggis before but this was just like stuffing which went down rather well with me.

As did the accordion and the cello…

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P1030080The market sells a bit of everything, from vintage clothing to vintage cheddar and red onion chutney.

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Around the corner is the lesser known Netil Market. Another collection of gourmet food and drinks stalls, these ones were a little more creative, like a Land Rover Discovery turned pizza oven!

This is the place to come to to pick up some second hand furniture, bric-a-brac or give your bike some TLC.

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A steady stream of people headed into London Fields from the markets, armed with bbq’s and booze. 

It seemed obligatory that before entering the park you had to head to Londis and grab a Rekorderlig. Bottles in hand, half of Hackney were kicking back in the sun enjoying the Instagram worthy sunshine.
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P1030128Back on the Broadway Market every pub was heaving and merry drinkers were spilling onto the pavement. We ended up curb cotching with one last cider.

As the shadows lengthened, the bin men came and we noticed our wallets had became increasingly lighter, so it was time to call it a day and head home along the canal.

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As of next week I am starting a new job so this was my last free weekend for a while. I’m so glad I finally went to the market on a Saturday and can’t think of a better way to have spent the day. The market is open every Saturday from about 9am-4pm and I couldn’t recommend a better East London destination when the sun is shining!

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One thought on “Broadway Market

  1. This looks great, I keep meaning to make it up there but never quite do. Now it’s nicer weather this is definitely on my to do list.

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