Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Broadway Market

I met some friends for lunch on Saturday at the Broadway market. It was a tough decision as to whether we should eat at one of the restaurants that lined the marketplace, or grab something to takeaway and eat in the park nearby. We chose the latter and it didn't disappoint.
Where: In the Hackey area. The closest tube is Bethnal Green. The market runs from the Regent's Canal down to London Fields with an extension market in London Field School's yard
When:The market is open from 9am to 5pm every Saturday and there are also probably about 30 shops that line the market stalls and are open all week
What: A vibrant Saturday market, which is home to over 80 of the some of tastiest stalls in London 
Who: I went with some friends and we loved the variety and quality of the food available
Food: The stalls are mostly abundant with tasty treats...but you can find anything from vintage fashion to home-made tortellini and fudge. We chose to have wraps from a Lebanese stall. I can’t remember the name of the stall, but the wraps were filled with small disks of either beetroot and cumin or potato and dill and this was accompanied with grated carrot, cabbage and yoghurt and chilli sauce. We all agreed that these were delicious and not to mention healthy. This was however accompanied by one of the best chocolate brownies I have ever tasted from a stall called The Cinnamon Tree. My friend had a rock salt cookie from the same stall. Who would have thought that salty and sweet could go so well together

Drinks: There are plenty of drinks to be had in the bars lining the street
Price: Cheap and cheerful
Service: The stalls were all manned by friendly proprietors, most of whom offered for us to try small morsels of their delicious goods to lure us into purchasing
Saw: Loads of people enjoying a chilly Saturday afternoon strolling through the boutique marketplace
Bathrooms: Hmmm...not that I could see, but there are lots of cafes and restaurants you can go into
Would I go again? Yes. It was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon
Also of note: We were so full that we walked towards home (West London) for a few hours along the Regents Canal. It was a lovely stroll, and of course girls being girls, we were never short on conversation

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