It was a Saturday morning. The sun was shining (sporadically at least). My tummy was rumbling. There was only one place I wanted to be; the quirky and eclectic Broadway Market. It had been several weeks since I’d last frequented my favourite corner of Hackney and I was in great need of some fresh, organic veggie food.
Veering off the very busy Mare Street, arriving at Broadway Market often feels like arriving at another world. In a city where EVERYONE is in a hurry, the opposite can be said for this area. Whilst undoubtedly still busy, no-one at the market ever appears to be in a rush. Pubs are overflowing with denim-clad hipster types sipping their Bulmers (who said midday is too early for a drink?!). Vintage looking ladies ride around on their even more vintage looking bicycles without a care in the world. The pavements are lined with smiley market-goers sipping on a can of beer and munching on some freshly bought food. Everyone is happy. Everyone looks like they could stay there all day. Live music fuels the happy-go-lucky, laid back atmosphere of Broadway Market.
Still deliberating over which type of street food to purchase, I was torn between a burger from The Veggie Table…
Some Eastern European and Middle Eastern-style food from Zakuski
Or an Indian thali from Gujarati Rasoi…
Eventually, the smells of coriander and cumin became too enticing for me so I just had to opt for a thali. A creature of habit, this is my regular choice when visiting the market. The curries included mixed veg, potato and spinach and a dhal, along with rice and all the trimmings.
We then went to relax in London Fields where I managed to polish off my thali in record time. Not only was it ridiculously delicious but I was also ridiculously hungry! Basking in the early September sunshine, my boyfriend and I reflected upon what a lovely day it had been. Then the inevitable happened. It started pouring down. We ran for cover but I don’t think it was as easy for the poor group of people near us who were enjoying a barbeque…!