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Broadway Market, London

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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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  • August 7, 2017
    Good mix of stalls, busy but not too busy, great authentic market without the 'tat'. Had a lovely walk around, breakfast at El Ganso Cafe and a walk into the city !ong the canal (4 miles).  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    This is a very good market, especially for food though other various crafty items and collectables are on sale too. It only operates on Saturdays. There are stalls selling fresh and mainly local produ...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Head straight for the Chicken Katsu Wrap - you won't be disappointed. Other highlights are just a 2 minute walk away at the Netil Market - beef shin taco from LemLem (bloody slow service but delicious...  more »
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  • Love this street. When market is on there are so many delicious things to eat. Pasta is one of my fave but also Iranian and the fudge!!! Too many others to list them all or remember. Also great independent stalls, love the print stall and 34.4degrees skincare!
  • They told me there was a great mix of things there.. all I saw was incredible food. Money well spent, great atmosphere, if you fancy grab food here and head to London fields for a picnic, or just hang out in one of the bars/cafes along the market and people watch!
  • Nice hidden gem. A little packed but which good market isn't! Loads of amazing cheese stalls, meats and food. The market also contains non food products but its mainly a food market. On a nice day you can buy your food and eat at the park.
  • Really good food and groceries. Amazing selection of meat, cheese, bread, olives and more. This is also good place to visit when there is no market, there are great shops, bars and restaurants around. Be aware of pickpockets here because its crowded and I've seen them trying, specially inside the cafes when people put their bags down and relax.
  • Lovely neighborhood market. Really good food but it comes at a price. It's a bit too trendy now but still worth the visit. And... Last but not least Saturday only!

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