It’ll come as no surprise that vibrant and lively Hackney is considered by many to have some of the best street markets in London.
Don’t know where to go? Don’t worry: We’ve put together our six favourites for you.
Whether you’re craving iced Vietnamese coffee, vegetarian scotch eggs or vintage patterned jumpsuits for a tenner, this favourite among East London locals is sure to deliver.
Gourmet foodstuffs and tantalising baked goods are on offer from the stalls lining the street, but don’t miss the many quirky shops along the market. Peek into independent bookseller Broadway bookshop, and grab a pint at The Dove Freehouse and Kitchen.
Or just spend your day hipster-watching and then go for a walk along nearby Regent’s Canal.
London E8 4QJ
Dalston residents head to Ridley Road to stock up on fruit and veg, and it’s not hard to see why. With prices so low they’ll make you do a double-take, this authentic market offers a great atmosphere and food from around the world.
If you’re there on a weekend, follow up your shopping with a visit to Ridley Road Market Bar, for tropical vibes and cheap drinks.
Ridley Road Market
London E8 2NP
Monday to Thursday – 6am to 6pm; Friday and Saturday – 6am to 7pm.
The market on this quirky street is supposedly open from Monday to Saturday, but not much happens on weekdays. On Saturdays, though, locals come to hunt bargains on food and household items.
Come for the all-day breakfast, stay for the samosas.
London N1 6SH
Monday to Thursday – 7.30am to 7pm; Friday and Saturday – 7.30 am to 7pm.
This market celebrating up-and-coming artists in the heart of Dalston is brand-new compared to other more venerable institutions on this list, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
A painfully trendy market from the same team that organises the monthly Hackney Flea Market since 2013, this is the place to go to find one-of-a-kind illustrations, hand-made jewellery, or fanzines.
Hackney DIY Art Market
13-15 Stoke Newington Road
N16 8BH London
Markets on Chatsworth Road date way back to the 1930s. After shutting down back in the nineties, the market returned in its current form in 2010. It’s been a smash hit.
Lazy Sundays at this hipster-heavy market are guaranteed to include offbeat vintage clothes and gourmet deli food.
London E5 0LH
Okay, so this is just across Hackney Road and so technically in Tower Hamlets. But that hardly stops Hackney residents from flocking to this charming street on Sundays. From daffodils to giant orchids and lemon trees, it sometimes seems as though most people you see walking around this end of Shoreditch on a Sunday have their arms full of flowers from Columbia Road.
Take our advice though: Come bright and early, or be prepared to face some serious crowds.
London E2 7RG
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