Broadway Market on a Saturday is a snapshot of what life in Hackney (and London) is all about. A true mix of styles and cultures, young and old, traditional and new. It is a microcosm of what living in a truly global city is all about and I love it.
The street itself (actually called Broadway Market) is not large, yet on Saturdays the weekly market sees it crammed with life. The stalls attract the crowds, but the shops, the pubs, the restaurants and cafes all join in. It is a lively (quite often crammed) market which offers something for everyone.
The market is primarily a specialist food market where you can get organic meat, fruit and veg alongside fresh fish, cakes, bread, cheese, sausages… but you can also get vintage clothes, furniture, handmade brooches and bike repairs.
I always make sure I pick up at least one samosa (or three) from the amazing Gujarati Rasoi stall as they are simply the best I have ever tasted (go to the Gujarati Rasoi restaurant in Dalston if you get a chance) but the whole market is great.
So go for the shopping, stay for the people watching, and then, in the spring and summer, finish off in the crowded London Fields.