After our visit to Hackney Homemade on Saturday morning, Kat and I realised that we had over an hour to spare and we decided to walk down to Broadway Market. We made a quick detour into Primark first because even though it looked pretty warm and sunny outside, it certainly wasn’t! With a brand new teal scarf and smart-phone-ready gloves for me, we carried on with our journey.
We walked through the beautiful London Fields, a very old park between Hackney and Regent’s Canal, which was historically used as a pasture field for cows and sheep. Wikipedia tells me that there has been a park here since 1540 and I imagine that this pebble-clad statue of flower-sellers is meant to represent the various merchants who have passed through this way over the years. There were sheep gathered around their feet and a couple of families were resting there on this quiet Saturday afternoon.
We soon reached the Broadway Market and were treated to splashes of colour and mouth-watering aromas. I’m learning to love markets and Broadway is one of the most vibrant and colourful London markets I’ve visited recently.
Our first stop was the Coco & Me stall, which is one of Kat’s favourites. The lady behind Coco & Me is so lovely and friendly! She is a blogger too and I will definitely be visiting her blog and her stall again!
There is food to suit every taste at Broadway Market and I noticed that many of the stalls focused on sweet goods including an array of cakes, truffles, tarts and desserts. If you have a sweet tooth, you simply must visit this market! Of course, those are savoury tarts and quiches in the photo above, which looked very tempting indeed.
I visited the Polish Deli and I sampled a cheese pieróg (a cottage cheese, onion and potato dumpling) and a kabanos. Have I ever mentioned how much I love sausages of all sizes, shapes and origins? Well, unfortunately, I was juggling a camera, handbag, kabanos and pieróg and managed to photograph neither the Polish Deli stall nor the absolutely divine food. Needless to say, Polish food now lies firmly in my top 5 foods now, along with German, Italian, Spanish and Greek food.
Kat made it as far as the German deli stall and had a massive Bratwurst. I have to admit, given my love of sausages, that this would have been my choice too had we arrived here first, but I am glad that I made the choice that I did.
It was a mile walk from Hackney Central to the bottom of Broadway Market and then we decided to walk another mile east towards Haggerston Station along Regent’s Canal. It was a really beautiful walk and Regent’s Canal never fails to lift my spirits (not that I was sad to begin with) and leave me feeling refreshed and happy.
The only thing that bugged us a little bit was the extremely rude cyclists. The signs to the canal walk clearly state that pedestrians have the right of way and still cyclists charge down the canal walk, ringing their little bells and bullying walkers to move out of their way. Not cool at all.
Far too soon, our visit to Hackney, London Fields and Haggerston was over. It was my first visit to this part of town and like Dalston which I visited in the summer (but didn’t blog about as it was meant to be a family visit) I’m really keen on exploring more of this area. I don’t really mind the Hipsters as I was young, insecure and arrogant once too. If anything, they are fun to look at if they’re not trying to ride you into a canal!
Nearest station: London Fields