Best shopping in Hackney
Where to find Hackney's best cutting-edge fashion, vintage steals and everything in between
© Netil Market
Get ready to mine a rich seam of cool on a tour of Hackney's independent shops and markets. Broadway Market is a magnet for Saturday shoppers with stalls selling everything from exotic meats to vintage clothes. Fight through the crowds for futureproof fashions from Black Truffle or a kaleidoscope of crafts at Fabrications. There's plenty to tempt even the prudent purse within a short walk of here, so read on for our guide to the best shops in the area.
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Artwords has its finger firmly on the pulse when it comes to contemporary visual arts publications. Stock relating to contemporary fine art dominates, but there are also plenty of architecture, photography, graphic design, fashion, advertising and film titles, plus an excellent range of industry and creative magazines.
- 20-22 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ
Time Out has long sung the praises of Black Truffle, and for good reason. Selling some quirky yet wearable footwear for women and kids, the shop – a lovely space over two levels – has notched up a string of awards. The range of shoes is impressive, with brands such as Roby & Pier, Chie Mihara, Baltarini, Melissa, b store, Repetto and Timeless represented. The shop also stocks tasteful bags from the likes of Abro, a small range of clothing (that’s especially strong on knitwear) and tasteful accessories.
- 4 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ
This Hackney independent benefits from its position on the canal end of popular Broadway Market. A smart layout and intelligently weighed stock boost its appeal further. The shop is a thoughtful enterprise, promoting small publishers like Eland and stocking lots of New York Review titles, plus interesting reprints of forgotten gems. There’s plenty of top-drawer literary fiction and a large travel section that’s strong on London and local history.
- 6 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ
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.
- Broadway Market, E8 4PH
Hackney’s bohemian Broadway Market attracts young families in their droves (particularly when the market’s in full swing), so this pleasant little shop makes the most of passing trade. As well as innovative double buggies and wooden, pedal-free starter bikes, the stock is made up of unusual pieces of nursery equipment, clothes for babies to 12-year-olds and a range of covetable toys. The proprietor is keen to display the knitwear and needlework of local designers; there are some delightful little cardigans for babies, fine print dresses for toddlers and adorable booties.
- 23 Broadway Market, E8 4PH
This warehouse space showcases seconds and excess stock reduced by 50% or more. Classic men’s macs can be had for around £199 or less.
- 29-31 Chatham Place, E9 6LP
Ben MacKinnon's tiny E5 Bakehouse is tucked away in the arches underneath London Fields station. Using organic flour and sourdough cultures, the team's artisanal breads are baked in a handmade oven and feature the Hackney Wild (a plainflour sourdough) and a Russian rye called Borodinsky bread alongside classics like multi-seed, ciabatta and a raisin and hazelnut with prices starting at £3.20. It's a small yet friendly concern (the baking team double as servers) with an espresso coffee machine and Coleman Coffee (roasted in Camberwell), but there are plans afoot to expand with a small range of products, an online store and home delivery.
- Arch 395, (Mentmore Terrace), E8 3PH
Barley Massey’s studio/shop/gallery is an outlet for her distinctive textile designs. Among the regularly changing offerings, you might find Massey’s cushions made from vintage fabrics, and knitted lambswool creatures or items of food (the latter recently made for an entertaining window display). There’s a quirky haberdashery section, with a small but unusual selection of wool, needles and patterns, and the shop also does a good line in seasonal items, cards and gifts, as well as Hackney mementoes, such as ‘I love Hackney’ badges. Regular classes are held for those keen to learn the crafts of knitting and needlework.
- 7 Broadway Market, E8 4PH
It’s not often that you have to book an appointment for the privilege of entering a shop, but then LN-CC is no ordinary boutique. The jaw-dropping interior, which is somewhere between the set of Red Dwarf and a futuristic tree house, is located underneath a drab office block, which you enter via a very ordinary side door. Inside, the avant-garde designer stock is creatively merchandised and separated into themed zones by art director Gary Card and brands include Balenciaga, Haider Ackermann, and Dries Van Noten. There’s also a record and book store, and an in-house disco with the odd event (invitation-only, naturally) taking place for the privileged few.
- LN-CC, 18-24 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EZ
While Broadway Market is clogged with whippet-walkers, busking indie bands and buggies, Netil Market (just a gourmet loaf's throw away) is an altogether more sedate affair. The small collection of stalls (usually about 15) offer a microcosm of Broadway Market with espresso coffee, gourmet baked goods, bric-a-brac, crafts and even a rotisserie. Based in the playground of London Fields School, it’s the brainchild of a local creative community based nearby at Netil House which has focused on giving space to local designers.
- 11-25 Westgate St, E8 3RL
At first the name may seem strange, but not if you’re into original Vans skate shoes and trainers, vintage sportswear and NOS (new old stock) designer sunglasses. Then you’ll know why this shop, situated on whisper-quiet Wilton Way to the north of London Fields in Hackney, is mining a rich seam of cool. Owners Henry Davies and Maurizio Di Nino have a passion for all kinds of collectables from the 1960s to the mid ’90s: cameras, line-dancing shoes, tea sets, ’70s NOS Italian socks, or even a first-edition copy of Larry Clark’s book Teenage Lust.
- 61 Wilton Way, E8 1BG