London’s best farmers' markets

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    Bread of heaven at Sunday UpMarket

    Brick Lane Sunday UpMarket

    Put on your best rags and rub elbows with up-and-coming designers, mopey fashion students and bona fide locals at this larger-than-life Sunday market, where much-needed post-browsing sustenance comes in the form of food stalls that capitalise on cheap, delicious food. You’ll struggle to settle on just one stall – the best option is to let your hair down and graze. Most of the stalls are concentrated at the Brick Lane end of the UpMarket, where you’ll find anything from Moroccan couscous to a Thai stall where a mountain of refreshing som tham (spicy green papaya salad) is doled out to an eager crowd. Spanish tapas, Indian masala chai, Turkish sweets and Ethiopian coffee. Outside, near the car park off Dray Walk, a row of Japanese street-food stalls do a brisk trade in classics such as takoyaki (octopus pieces in ball-shaped batter) and yakisoba (fried buckwheat noodles).

    BEST BUY
    There’s virtually nothing better on a hot summer’s day than an Alphonso mango lassi from Carrom Café.

    THEN WHAT?
    While away the hours by traipsing up and down Brick Lane in search of a mean food or fashion bargain. By the time you work your way to the Bethnal Green Road end, it’ll be time for the obligatory snack stop at Beigel Bake (159 Brick Lane, E1 6SB; 020 7729 0616).

    Brick Lane Sunday UpMarket, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL (www.sundayupmarket.co.uk) Aldgate East tube or Liverpool St tube/rail. Open Sun 10am-5pm.

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    Enjoy a slice of Broadway Market if you've got a sweet tooth

    Broadway Market

    One of London’s oldest chartered markets, this veteran has made a remarkable comeback in recent years (since 2004, to be exact) and has become a destination for fashionably attired food lovers from Hackney and beyond. Most of the food-based stalls are clustered around the Westgate Street end of the market, where hot food and fresh produce dominate; venture further out and you’re into incense, accessories and rug territory. The market benefits from a jovial, welcoming atmosphere that is helped by the community of regular stallholders who often engage in witty banter over their wares. There is no shortage of quality edibles, from moreish fish pies from Two Fishwives to hot Ghanaian food from Spinach & Agushi. Sizzling burgers from Northfield Farm are a must-try – don’t forget to bag some of their quality back bacon or meaty sirloin steaks, either. BEST BUY Vietnamese coffee is a joy to make as well as drink, so bag yourself a stainless steel Vietnamese coffee filter and ground French beans from Cà Phê VN for a strong, rich brew at home. THEN WHAT? Wander up Landsdowne Drive, past London Fields, and have a well-deserved afternoon pint of Deuchars IPA at The Prince Arthur (95 Forest Rd, E8 3BH; 020 7249 9996), a pleasing gastropub run by Tom and Ed Martin, the people behind the Empress of India and The Gun. Broadway Market, London Fields, E8 (www.broadwaymarket.co.uk) Bethnal Green tube/London Fields rail/394, 388, 263, 55 253, 106, 48, 26, 277, D6 bus. Open Sat 9am-5pm.
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One of London’s oldest chartered markets, this veteran has made a remarkable comeback in recent years (since 2004, to be exact) and has become a destination for fashionably attired food lovers from Hackney and beyond. Most of the food-based stalls are clustered around the Westgate Street end of the market, where hot food and fresh produce dominate; venture further out and you’re into incense, accessories and rug territory. The market benefits from a jovial, welcoming atmosphere that is helped by the community of regular stallholders who often engage in witty banter over their wares. There is no shortage of quality edibles, from moreish fish pies from Two Fishwives to hot Ghanaian food from Spinach & Agushi. Sizzling burgers from Northfield Farm are a must-try – don’t forget to bag some of their quality back bacon or meaty sirloin steaks, either. Vietnamese coffee is a joy to make as well as drink, so bag yourself a stainless steel Vietnamese coffee filter and ground French beans from Cà Phê VN for a strong, rich brew at home. Wander up Landsdowne Drive, past London Fields, and have a well-deserved afternoon pint of Deuchars IPA at The Prince Arthur (95 Forest Rd, E8 3BH; 020 7249 9996), a pleasing gastropub run by Tom and Ed Martin, the people behind the Empress of India and The Gun.
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