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“Interesting mix of food, fashion and mid-century furniture”
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Broadway Market
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Interesting mix of food, fashion and mid-century furniture”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Although you can always guarantee the kind of stalls that will appear at the market each week (the Market is held on a Saturday) you never quite know what you are going to get. The vintage clothing and jewellery stock naturally changes each week and the food stalls offer everything from meats, flavoured oils, cheeses and cakes to fudge. A lot of the products are artisan which means that you get something a but different within a friendly and buzzing environment but one which is not so busy that you can't look at the produce.

There is also often live music and the permanent shops around the market include independent bookshops and haberdashery which is an added bonus. Just a short walk around the corner is a seller of mid-century collectibles and furniture where I have found many interesting and beautiful items to furnish my house. Again as you would expect stock changes weekly so if is worth a regular visit. There is a limited number of free parking spaces at the weekend arond the area should you need to collect a larger purchase.

A vibrant market that I have been visiting for over six months and one thst never fails.

Visited January 2013
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“A more "local" folkesy market”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

It took some research and travel to get from our hotel in London proper to this street-market. But boy, was it worth it! This market is much smaller than Borough market, but it has character in spades. Having stores and restaurants deeply steeped in tradition (such as F. Cooke) and being in the neighborhood of canal houseboats that are within a stones throw, is indeed a spectacular drawing point. The hype surrounding the bigger institutions like Borough and other large markets is notably missing and on the day we were there, a booth had been set up by what appeared to be the local "bobbies" repairing bicycles for people. We ate a wide variety of well prepared food that did not have the feel of being prepared for the thousands. We had a nice leisurely chat with the gentleman who manned the Cheshire cheese booth. We talked about pies with the lady selling pork pies (and ate a few). All very low-key and what you would expect a local neighborhood market to be. Reminded us of our own good farmer's markets back in New Hampshire. This would be a good neighborhood walk in the summer - especially if you are nearby.

Visited November 2012
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“East London's answer to Borough Market - and benefits the local community too”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Everyone knows Borough Market. It's on every foodie's radar, is very poplar, and so busy that it has almost become a victim of its own success. However, every Saturday, those in the know in East and North London now flock to a previously unfashionable but now desirable street in South Hackney, a local community-oriented market that is giving its more famous rival a run for its money.

Broadway Market, E8, has its origins in the Drovers who took flocks of sheep from East Anglia to the City of London. Often they would rest up locally to fatten up the sheep and ensure they were in good condition when they arrived. Cat and Mutton Bridge over the Regent's Canal, and nearby Sheep Lane, a a reminder of this trade.

Broadway Market served the community well, surviving social turmoil and two world wars, but the 1980s were not kind to Hackney. Many of those that could, bought their council housing, sold up and moved out, leaving By 2000, the market consisted on just one fruit'n'veg stall.

In 2004, local volunteers and traders came together to revive the Saturday market, and the fortunes of the street. The surrounding area has been gradually gentrified, as professionals and young families have moved here, put off by the high house prices of West London and attracted to the better-value housing and proximity to the City of London and Canary Wharf. The success of the market has also drawn new shops, bars, restaurants and businesses into the street, which has been described as one of the finest regenerations of a local shopping street anywhere in the UK.

Now, every Saturday, the cars and vans are banished and the market stalls move in, selling high-quality products - meats, fruit and vegetables, clothing, crafts, olives and olive oils. These are complemented by stalls selling take-away food from all parts of the world, so arrive hungry! Also don't overlook the Schoolyard Market, held in the playground of the local school in Westgate Street - stalls here are made available to local not-for-profit organisations, and income from the market benefits the school directly. Even better, the whole market is run by a community organisation, and profits made from the running of the market are invested in local charitable organisations. The market benefits Hackney as a whole too - it generates a gross income for the Borough of over £2million a year. Many of the shoppers would previously have spent this money at Borough Market, or in Islington.

The market is complemented by high-quality shops, cafés, restaurants and bars, which are also open during the week - don't miss the independent bookshops; and if you like fish, you are in for a treat at Fin and Flounder - an excellent little shop, run by enthusiastic and knowledgeable young people who had high-flying jobs in the City, took the money and left to do something they clearly love.

In short - who needs Borough when you've got Broadway?

Visited October 2012
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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“tit bits”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

cakes cakes cakes encluding chocolate brownies, fresh coffee, salads, cheeses aall kinds off stuff even some music being played !!!
i forgot smoked salmon
great way to spend the morning

Visited October 2012
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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“Difficult to find due to a lack of signposting!”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

WE got off the number 48 bus and went in search of this market, but very quickly lost the signs, so headed to London Fields station where we once again picked up the signs and then yes lost them again! Came across a local who was heading that way so walked with him, he said the market has nice food but VERY expensive, and do you what, he was absolutely right. £3.50 for a teeny tiny punnet of baby plum tomatoes and a load of bread for £8! Chock full of the type of pompous, born again hippy types who think that they are getting a bargain when in fact they are being robbed senseless. There are so many better markets in London (with toilet facilities) and they are easier to find!

Visited September 2012
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