If you haven’t made any plans for the weekend yet, then Broadway Market is where you want to be on a Saturday. A couple of weekends ago, Scott took me for our anniversary. It still amazes me that I can still discover new parts of London that I haven’t explored before – even through I’ve spent my whole life here. It’s located in the heart of Hackney nestled between Regent’s Canal and London Fields. You’ll find independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants dotted along the street, and of course you’ll find stalls offering amazing fresh produce, authentic street food, vintage clothing, and arts and crafts.
Broadway Market is a real foodie haven, and without trying to sound cliche, there really is something for everyone.
We started with these black pudding scotch eggs which we were cooked to perfection as the egg yolk was runny but still managed to hold its shape. I adore scotch eggs, I love the fact they’re basically a miniaturised fry-up made up of sausage, eggs and bread. They’re just a complete little parcel of goodness.
There’s something about garlic stuffed olives – they’re fantastic. Forget the garlic breath and grab yourself a pot of these.
And for one of the main reasons for my visit, The Dumpling Shack. They’re squidgy little dumplings handmade in front of you and fried up to order.
And dessert? Well, we couldn’t decide so we ended up trying a couple of sweet treats. Scott has been ogling these salted caramel brownies all day. Which are unbelievably moreish and between two fudge brownie there’s a layer of liquid salted caramel which oozes as you bite into it.
We also paid a visit to Crosstown Doughnuts, where I gobbled up a matcha doughnut. If you’re not already sold on matcha, then these will do the trick.
By this point, I had eaten my entire calorie intake in an hour. But I brought some meringue kisses to bring home for my family. There’s nothing better than a light, fluffy meringue, and The Meringue Girls nail it. They’re the perfect takeaway treat.
Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ