L'Eau à la Bouche

Restaurants, French South Hackney
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This bijou French deli has been a foodie hotspot since its arrival on Broadway Market in 2004. Its popularity means you'll struggle to bag a seat on weekends, but elbow past the lunchtime rush and you'll find a gourmet array of artisan cheeses and pastries.

The amusingly snooty French staff may be aloof, but they serve some of the best coffee and snacks in the area. Quiches are a safe bet, always crumbly and light, while the vegetable pastilla (a Moroccan-style pie) makes for a more hearty lunch.

Save room for desserts along the lines of fruit crumble tart or pear flan, and in fair weather grab a table outside and enjoy the eclectic mix of Hackney characters drifting by.


Venue name: L'Eau à la Bouche
Address: 35-37 Broadway Market
E8 4PH
Opening hours: Meals served 9am-10pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail, then 26, 48 or 55 bus/London Fields rail
Price: Main courses £5-£7.50. Set lunch £6.95 2 courses incl soft drink.
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Diana T

Walking through Broadway Market sometimes you just want to sit down and people watch. My friend and I struggled to get seats here, at L'Eau a la Bouche, because so many people are doing what we planned to do, sit and watch the people walk by. Previously I had been in this shop/cafe, to buy mortadella and other southern European foods. I really enjoyed the food I bought, and I had finished it really quickly. 

This time we just wanted to get coffee and look at the people walking by. Originally we had brought books with us to read in the crowded cafe, but I think I was only able to read 4 pages in the two hours that we sat there. It was just such a good view. We were able to see different families walking past, with cute children stopping to listen to and clap for the street musicians.

They probably would have let us sit there for a lot longer, but the market was closing and there were less people to watch, and it had been a while since we had finished our coffees. But if you ever feel lonely in London, sitting there on a Saturday afternoon will really cheer you up. 


Lovely food and drinks. Perfect to sit down and watch the razzmatazz on broadway market. But to expensive!