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A paradise for foodies, Broadway Market features a wealth of the city's top purveyors fine fare. Sample fresh produce, cakes, cheeses and accoutrements while soaking up the historic market scene.
Established in 1890, many of the area’s original landmarks have remained unchanged since the Broadway Market first opened its doors. Fred Cooke started selling jellied eels at this spot in 1900. His shop, which also sells that East End staple pie and mash, used to cater to shepherds driving their flock from the countryside towards the City of London to trade. The Cat and Mutton has been the neighborhood’s pub of choice since the days when canal boats regularly carried cargo into and out of the capital (at least 300 years ago).
After a decline in the 1980s, the market was revived by local traders and residents in 2004. Their efforts successfully rebranded the market from a struggling fruit and veg-only affair to a sumptuous feast of food alongside vintage clothing stalls and independent boutiques to boot.
Quaint and cool, this is the place to come if you like your markets civilized and you’re a bit of a foodie. Expect to see fellow food fanatics, artistic types and trendy families picking up culinary delights for home cooking or instant scoffing. Smaller than Brick Lane, it’s definitely possible to amble down this one and take your time picking just what it is you really want to eat, including pies, cheeses, meats and homemade jams. Do remember to pick up some cake, as you really you can’t go wrong with these cake stands. In fact, all of the produce here is of a fantastic quality and has become a real foodie’s destination. You’ve been warned: go hungry!
For a table and chair set up try The Dove, a lovely gastropub serving up generous portions of chips in pint glasses and delicious ales to wash it all down with.
We recommend arriving early for more choice.
If the weather is good, take a stroll along the canal and enjoy all the lovingly maintained and quirky canal boats. London Fields is also worth a wander in the warmer months.