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.
For (yet) more excellent food options turn right after the Cat and Mutton and right again into The Schoolyard market (int he playground of London Fields Primary School), which hosts around a dozen street food stalls and a handful of craft traders.
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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Fabulous market run by a community who really cares. When this market was in its dying embers (down to 1 trader), the community rallied to get it going again. It's hard to pick a favourite stall!
We run a podcast about street markets (Broadway Market was our most recent venture!), so if you fancy having a listen to some interviews with traders, listen here: http://www.streetmarketpodcast.com/ (or Street Market Podcast on any podcasting app / iTunes).