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Broadway Market, London

Categories: Flea Markets, Shopping
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4.6/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
Broadway Market is a street running from London Fields to the Regent's Canal in Haggerston in the London Borough of Hackney, east London.Before the late 20th century it was the site of a busy fruit and vegetable market, but this slowly dwindled over time - in the early 2000s, market activity was limited to a couple of stands selling produce. On 8 May 2004 a food market was launched on Saturdays which has since become firmly established. Broadway Market is closed to traffic when the market is being held (9am - 5pm). Thanks largely to the market a number of new restaurants and boutiques have opened in the area.The ongoing development of Broadway Market has sparked a local debate about the perceived gentrification of Hackney and the way Hackney council disposed of some of their commercial property portfolio. In late 2005 a group of local protestors occupied 34 Broadway Market (Francesca's café) to bring attention to the issue. Despite being evicted on 21 December 2005 the building was successfully reoccupied on 27 December (replacing the demolished roof in the process) before the protestors were again evicted on 23 February 2006. Ultimately the battle was lost and the former proprietor of Francesca's cafe now runs the Little Francesca's juice stall on Saturdays in Broadway Market. The battle did not end, however, and local shopkeeper Spirit, whose shop was sold to an overseas developer by Hackney Council, fought several court battles to regain his property after proving that Hackney Council had cashed the cheque for his purchase deposit prior to selling his property to an overseas development company. Ultimately Spirit lost his battle too - winning in court but unable to reverse the transaction.
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  • Luckily I stayed nearby and found myself spending a beautiful Saturday morning eating my way through this lovely market. The food here is amazing as are some of the restaurants along the street. From ...  read more »
  • So interesting to observe, full of nice vibes and great things to buy. Food from all over the world, amazing smells everywhere. Lots of vintage stores, great flower market. We very much enjoyed it. A ...  read more »
  • It's a short walk (0.7 miles) from the Bethnal Green underground station. The market is a very nice, little market (compared to others in London). It has a nice selection of stalls with food, art, cra...  read more »
  • Great East London market, only open on Saturdays and it gets very busy so don't be afraid to go on a day where the weather is not too great as it often makes for a more relaxed experience. There is a terrific range of wonderful food so don't be too eager as you may regret filling up too soon as you move down the stalls 😜 London fields is just up the end too so you can grab a drink & meal and go eat it in the relaxed confines of the shady trees... 😁
  • Hipster/foodie hangout. Delicious selection on savoury and sweet. Deeney's haggis sandwich was the winner on the day!
  • One of my favourite markets in London. A nice selection of artisan food stalls and also various craft stalls. Very nice surrounding bars, restaurants and bakeries. Definitely worth a visit on the weekend.
  • Although no longer a locals market, it is still a great place to come for fresh produce, cakes and Street food. There's always lots going on and it's a great place for people watching.
  • One of the best market streets in London for what you want now ... food, some interesting products, great musicians busking, and some hipsters (though these locals are increasingly relics as the neighbourhood is more and more gentrified)
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