For east London’s fashionably attired food-lovers, there's no better Saturday destination than Broadway Market. Quaint cafés, pubs and indie music shops line the street, but the real star here is the market. The food-loving hipster's weekend hangout of choice, Broadway Market is as much about seeking out quality food as it is about just letting your hair down and soaking up the vibe – with a freshly grilled burger (from Northfield Farm) in one hand and a chilled Vietnamese coffee (from Ca Phe VN) in the other. Stalls range from the classic (sweet seasonal cupcakes from Violet) to the exotic (The Arabica Food & Spice Company do a mouthwatering range of mèze, as well as Damascene falafel wraps). Spices, cheeses, breads, rare-breed meat, luscious cakes and olives are all present – it's hard to imagine the need to go anywhere else for your weekly food shop.
The market is also popular for its vintage and new designer threads, old Vogue patterns, buttons, Ladybird books, flowers and crafts. The permanent shops and eateries are worth popping into as well – look out for the Broadway Bookshop, coffee house Climpson & Sons, haberdashery store Fabrications and florist Rebel Rebel. The neighbouring Netil Market is just around the corner on Westgate Street – you'll find more vintage clothes, food, jewellery and bric-à-brac.
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Say you've been on one or two successful Tinder dates (drinks, duh) and now you need to be more creative with your next date. Go to Broadway Market. There is so much to eat and entertain yourself with that even if you don't like your date now that you've seen them earlier in the day (and sober?) you will have enough distractions to balance it all out.
In all seriousness though, this place is a true London gem. Although tourists have started to catch wind of it, as opposed to Borough Market you can still avoid massive crowds here and there's a great selection of things to eat and people to watch. Avoid the mistake I always make of sitting down somewhere to eat and just eat a bunch of different foods and pastries at the stalls. Although the restaurants are also really good and you can have nice brunch, the magic is in the market. The scotch eggs will change your life and you can get a dope coffee at the Pavilion Bakery to keep you warm on the walk you take along the wonderful canal if your date goes well.
Lost some charm what with the increase of non-dinks...pushchairs ought to be one in one out system! Ha
This whole area is gorgeous but the market in particular is really lovely on a Saturday and there's some really good street food.
a great atmosphere and the street stalls are great. Plenty of places child friendly. Lovely destination on a market day.
I love coming here on a Saturday to soak up the atmosphere; busy but full of relaxed people wandering around, getting a bite to eat or people watching from the surrounding cafes (La Bouche or Little Italia are my favourites!) Definitely worth a stroll through on a lazy Saturday to watch organic families, East hipsters and tourists combined! Ali x