Broadway Market

Shopping, Markets and fairs
4 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)
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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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Tastemaker

A fabulous way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I love it here - the vibe on a sunny day is second to none. There's music, people spilling out of pubs onto the street, quirky shops, and a fantastic selection of food (not forgetting coffee from Climpson & Sons as well). The walk here along the canal is also really lovely, and you can go and sit in London Fields afterwards, or pay a visit to the London Fields brewery. 

tastemaker

London has a wonderful array of food markets but this Broadway Market my favourite. With stalls set out all along Broadway, you can walk between London Fields and the canal and soak up the atmosphere, while deciding what you want for lunch. There is a great range of stalls, including both crafts and food. The shops and bars on the street are always busy too. I do recommend getting there earlier than later if you want to avoid the crowds - although sometimes that is part of the fun!

Tastemaker

Saturday mornings in London were made for market browsing. Don’t get me wrong, they’re also made for gluttonous brunching, movie watching & general sofa surfing laziness but when the sun peeks his head out shyly from behind a curtain of nebulous cloud, it’s absolutely worth layering up and having a stroll round one of the capital’s famed food markets.


This particular way of starting the weekend is heaven to me and I will quite happily spend hours foraging for edible treasure like the proverbial pig hunting for truffles. Broadway Market runs through Haggerston from London Fields at the top end to Regent’s Canal at the bottom and mingled in with over 100 stalls laden down with global foods, clothing & crafts, you’ll find gorgeous little independent shops offering everything from books to coffee to second hand records.


It’s always popular but never feels over crowded like some of the other bigger & more commercial markets. Broadway feels like something local, something genuine and something that the natives are proud to have on their doorstep and it’s the loveliest feeling to be able to support something like that whether it’s by scoffing down a freshly-carved-from-the-pig hog roast roll, smearing on some beautiful home-made hand-cream or donning a treasure from the pre-loved clothing stands.


Food wise – because let’s face it, you don’t go anywhere in London now without knowing what you can stuff your face with on site and what you can take away for future feasting at home – there are some real gems to be found here. Butchies make the best buttermilk chicken burgers in the city while Eat My Pies have chorizo scotch eggs to make a beeline for and The End of The Éclair and Nyborg’s Kitchen are my favourite places for sweet treats with salted caramel eclairs and chocolate-banana-rye bread both utterly indulgent and worth every penny.


Open every Saturday from 9am – 5pm and easily accessible by foot, bus or the nearby London Fields overground, this is definitely a market for those who love local, for those who love authentic and for those who love stepping into another part of London’s awesomely patchwork quilted array of individual & distinctive neighbourhoods.




Tastemaker

Saturday morning ritual to visit Broadway market for a coffee, a wander and a browse. Loads of lunch options on the Main Street and school yard- recommend the veggie burger, the scallop and bacon bap and the scotch eggs. Then a drink at one pubs on the Main Street- or a picnic on London fields in the summer!

Tastemaker

Although living on the other side of the city - Broadway Market is like a magnet for me. Especially now, when the weather is on the brink to turn and you enjoy the last sunny days. I just love to wander around the market and look at all the stalls (never managed to walk past the bread stall without being bread) and just taking in all the impressions. Broadway Market is one of the few markets, which are still supported by the community and therefore one of the best experiences you can get out of a London Street Market.

I'd recommend it to everyone - especially to support the marketer.


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).  


Happy listening!

Jess

Tastemaker

My favourite market in London! This is the perfect place to start off your Saturday. There's a great mix of stalls to buy your groceries at, get a meal from or buy some cute jewelry or antiques. If it's a sunny day, it's a great place to pick up a meal and either sit along the Regent's Canal or in London Fields which are at either end of the market. Also, the shops, restaurants and pubs along this road are worth checking out. Saray Broadway Cafe does the best Turkish flat breads, cooked at the front of the caf and one of the cheapest meals around. Don't forget to also visit the nearby Netil Market and School Yard market, these also run on Saturdays.

Staff Writer

Great Hipster London atmosphere (if you are in that sort of things). Recommended to anyone who wants to understand why young London is so special.