- Visit Broadway Market, just brimming with buzzing stalls that offer everything from Vietnamese coffee, to candles to baked goods, and dairy-free cheese and vegan delights.
- Broadway Market is a delightful place to spend a Saturday, so check out the nearby attractions such as London Fields Lido, Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Columbia Road Flower Market and more.
- Don't miss out on the great restaurants nearby, along with quaint little bookshops.
One of many gems in East London, Broadway Market is a London Fields street brimming with unique boutiques, idiosyncratic bookshops, independent, local produce grocers and fantastic vintage clothing. Drawing people from all over to the Broadway Market stalls, at the weekend you'll find delicious street food, original designer clothing from up and coming artists, East End arts and crafts, niche stalls and more, with many a hidden gem to uncover. Along with these, there are plenty of Broadway Market restaurants if you're looking to sit down, plus conveniently located, you're right near a number of East London attractions, so get down to to experience a dynamic day out.
Broadway Market has a history dating back to the Roman times when the street was in use all the way back then, as a tradesman route, known as part of the old “Porter’s Path”, situated between Hackney and Shoreditch. Although it started off as a great street market, the 1970s and 1980s saw changing shopping habits, as large supermarkets began opening, meaning the street markets suffered. The market then faced the threat of demolishment to become a motorway route to and from the Blackwall Tunnel. Inspiringly though, two committed shop keepers decided to throw a Victorian themed street carnival to rescue the market, with the entire community attending. Given the amount of support, Broadway Street Market was saved.
Just a stone's throw away is Columbia Flower Market, in Bethnal Green, open on Sundays, a cacophony of vibrant colours, smells, and vivacity runs through the market, so you should check it out after. You’ve probably heard of Borough Market, too, or may even have been, along with Portobello Road market. Broadway Market remains one of the markets less spoken about, but still with an untouched, authentic feel, offering a great London experience that all should try out. Broadway Market blends all the best parts of a market, from fresh produce (and amazing bread), food stalls, along with a complimentary medley of cultures, sounds, hues and scents.
Got any picky eaters in the family, or have certain dietary requirements? No need to worry, Broadway Market boasts a fantastic range of food, from gluten-free foods, to delicious worldly inspired meals, along with vegan and vegetarian foods that's all on offer every Saturday. Try out the Floris Bakery or the delicious pancakes that are soft and fluffy at Osu, along with the 30 dedicated stalls at the Broadway Vegan Market, all locally run.
Plus, Broadway Market, being so conveniently located, is a shopper's heaven, being so near to Shoreditch. Pop over to Brick Lane and sample the sweets there, or get vintage with some interiors and clothing. From quirky jewellery, accessories and more, to children’s clothing handmade with the utmost care, you have everything on your trip. Fashionistas will find all the best original pieces, all in the heart of London. With something for everyone, you can come across vintage records, flowers, street perfumes and more. Take a leisurely stroll around the area as there is lots to take it, so you don't want to miss out on anything. Browse the stalls as you walk through the market, and enjoy the live music, chanting, bantering, bartering and more. If you are in need of more of a stretch, head to London Fields, relax on the grass and enjoy the lively, vibrant character of this beautiful community-driven area. This is the ideal spot to revel in the food goodies you just purchased, just across the road from the market, your day is sorted.
For the perfect picnic trip out, head straight to the market in the morning to avoid the rush, as it can get very busy, and fill your tote bags with all the tasty food goods that your heart desires. Then head over to London Fields, maybe after popping over to Brick Lane if you need to fulfil some more shopping needs. Get your blanket down and enjoy the atmosphere at London Fields, even just people watching is entertaining, a hotspot for creatives and hip Londoners. It's then best to take a scenic stroll along Regent's Canal, only a short distance away, especially pretty when its sunny. Plus, if it is sunny, or even if its not, nearby is London Fields Lido, and this pool, although outdoors, is heated so it's available to use all year round, although it is the best in the summer for obvious reasons. It's very child friendly, too so you can relax while letting your kids splash about and have fun, after a fun time at Broadway Market, food galore and more all for you to enjoy.
For more fun in London, check out Shoreditch Park, just a short way from Broadway in London Fields, offering sports pitches, some fun ping pong tables, even beach volleyball courts and some thrilling children's play areas and an adventure playground, just waiting to be explored.
What to know before you go
- Broadway Market opening times are every Saturday 9am-5pm.
- When you're feeling peckish, you're a stone's throw away to a variety of eateries, including cafes, restaurants and street food stalls. Please note that each venue has their own opening hours, so make sure to check before you go if you have a specific place in mind. Some restaurants we recommend, OKKO, The Dove and Freehouse Kitchen, El Ganso Cafe, Franco Manca, Stories, plus so many more.
- There are toilets, baby changing facilities and accessible toilets in restaurants and cafe's nearby, but no facilities in Broadway Market itself.
- The area is largely accessible for pushchair and wheelchair users, although some streets are harder to navigate so care must be taken at all times.
- Kidadl tip: Broadway Market can get really busy so be sure to leave enough time to explore everything you want.
- If travelling by public transport, Bethnal Green station is the closest underground station, at around 15 minute walk away. The nearest Overground station is London Fields, which is a minute walk away. For buses, the routes, 26, 48, 55, 106, 254, 388 and D6 go by Broadway Market.
- If travelling via car, from the centre of London, ensure to go via Hackney Rd or the A1208 to get to Broadway Market. Although, it is recommended that you take public transport.
- For parking, check here for NCP parking nearby.