The main benefit of Broadway Market being so near to me, is that it makes finding delicious food for hangovers very easy. This summer, there was nothing better than throwing on a pair of shorts and some sunglasses and grabbing a banh mi, some form of caffeine, and a delicious, sugary, definitely unhealthy baked good.
It’s not summer anymore. And it’s much more difficult to coerce myself on Saturday mornings to bundle up and truck down to the market. Especially if it’s raining, and windy, which it usually is.
We were super lucky during my birthday weekend however. Before my boyfriend and I headed to Reading to celebrate Burn’s Night with our wonderful Edinburgh friends, we stopped off at the market for some grub. I’m going to pretend that the weather was temporarily sunny and welcoming because the universe knew that in just 2 days, I’d be turning a quarter of a century. What a kindness!
Broadway Market is perfect for a simple and easy stroll. The crowds are manageable, so that I don’t turn into the sociopath I become on Oxford Street or on the Victoria Line during rush hour. And it’s East London at it’s best. Despite the eye rolls of people when I told them I’d be moving to Hackney, so much of East London has been a joy to experience. The food, the parks (London Fields equipped with a heated Lido and Victoria Park), everyone calling me “love,” there are so many little things I’ve loved about my time in here.
Because we knew we’d be going to Koya later in the afternoon, and then stuffing ourselves with haggis, neeps and tatties later in the evening, we got ourselves some hot drinks, Chegworth spiced apple cider (or pressed apple juice for the British) and fresh dripped coffee from Merito. Then we paced up and down the street a good 3 or 4 times before finding a stall for the perfect pre-birthday carrot cake and truffles. Next time I go back to Broadway Market, I’m buying at least a half dozen of the earl grey truffles, probably one of the most heavenly combinations I’ve ever tasted.
A note to potential Broadway Market visitors: do it. In addition to the stalls, there are little shops and pubs dotted all along the road. But, grab cash ahead of time. The area as a whole isn’t known for having an abundance of cash machines, and the one ATM outside of the Tesco by Haggerston station usually has a queue. Whatever cash machine you might find near the market will most definitely charge you a fee.
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Photographs and words by Diana Eastman