One of the best things about living in London is the markets. And there are tons. No matter where you live, in all likelihood, you are walking distance from some kind of market, especially when the weekend rolls around. Today, John and I are going to take you on a trip through our local markets - highlighting our favourite spots along the way.
Broadway Market is situated in Haggerston. It is actually the name of the street that runs from the Regent’s Canal to London Fields and is home to a ton of great pubs, shops and cafes but every Saturday is when it really comes to life. You can expect it to be busy but the East London market is far enough off the beaten path that the crowds shouldn’t deter you. There is a great mix of produce vendors, butchers, bakers and delicious ready food so you can do some specialty food shopping and have a great lunch as well.
Climpson & Sons
Some of the best specialty coffee in London. Expect the cafe to be busy for sitting in but it’s the perfect place to get a flat white to takeaway and keep walking.
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This is one of my favourite spots on Broadway Market. Tiosk is a specialty tea cafe and I’m usually much more of a coffee girl but their traditional masala chai with almond milk is unreal. They also offer delicious health-conscious treats like gluten free/dairy free cakes and ‘cheesecake’ from The Hardihood as well as daily changing grain bowls for lunch. A definite hidden gem.
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I’m a sucker for a good bookshop and this is one of my favourites. The books are merchandised beautifully with tons of covers on display around a central table, inviting you to pick them up and have a flip through. The shop itself is cozy and quirky. Make sure to ask the friendly, knowledgeable staff for recommendations or a particular book you can’t find.
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This pub is in the same family as The Book Club and Queen of Hoxton and it provides the same kind of comfortable charm. The brunch is delicious and the outdoor seating especially inviting in the summer (but not bad in the winter either, with a warm cup of coffee). Ideally located for people watching while the market is on but a destination even if not.
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Insider tip -- Be sure not to miss the Schoolyard Market — located in London Fields Primary School for more delicious eats. Enjoy!