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.
Broadway Market itself is not a large street, yet on Saturdays the Market sees it crammed with life. The weekly stalls attract the crowds, but the shops, the pubs, the restaurants and cafes all join in. It is a lively (sometimes crammed) weekly market, but offering 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.
Or hit the shops instead of the stalls and get art books at Artwords, fabulous coffee at Climpsons, homewares from the fabulous East London Design Store or a proper East End pie and mash at the historic Cooke’s.
The choice really is that varied.
I always make sure I pick up at least one samosa from the Gujarati Rasoi stall as they are simply the best I have ever tasted (go to the Gujarati Rasoi restaurant in Dalston!) 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.