We Love Hackney's Markets
Celebrate Love Your Local Market fortnight, from 17 to 31 May, in Hackney
HACKNEY has a host of lively East End street markets, where customers can buy anything from fresh fruit and vegetables to handcrafted jewellery.
As part of national Love Your Local Market fortnight, which runs from 17 to 31 May, residents and businesses are encouraged to re-discover their outdoor, community trading places.
Each of the borough’s markets allow for individual experiences that shoppers can smell, see, hear and touch. There are six Council-managed, or supported, markets: Broadway; Chatsworth Road; Hoxton Street; Kingsland Waste; Ridley Road; and Well Street.
To help celebrate Love Your Local Market fortnight, the Council has launched a photo competition. For a chance to win one of 24 Hackney markets’ gift vouchers, worth £15 each, take a picture at one of the Council-supported markets. The most creative photos will win.
One winner will be drawn each hour (between 10am and 4pm) throughout the month at the following locations: 21 May, Broadway Market; 22 May, Chatsworth Road; 27 May, Ridley Road Market; and 28 May, Hoxton Street Market. Upload images to Instagram or Twitter via @hackneycouncil using the hashtag #LYLM2016.
9am-5pm, Saturdays, E8 4PH
Established in the 1890s on an old drovers (livestock) route into the city, Broadway Market (pictured below) provides an eclectic mix of stalls offering fresh produce, authentic street food, original clothing and arts and crafts.
Shoppers, friends and families mingle to create an ideal community meeting space. A short walk from the Regent’s Canal, at one end of the market, and London Fields park at the other, shoppers can also enjoy a number of great pubs and restaurants that line the market on either side.
Chatsworth Road Market
11am-4pm, Sundays, E5 0LH
Revived and revamped in 2011, Chatsworth Road Market (pictured below) is renowned for supporting entrepreneurs. Numerous market traders have tested their start-ups here, before going on to open their own businesses.
This Love Your Local Market fortnight, visitors can enjoy award-winning street food on Sundays, or treat themselves to a number of handmade products that also make great gifts. The market has more than 50 active traders, so there is something for everyone. From organic skincare to jewellery and clothes, alongside vintage wares and weekly food staples from a butcher, baker, fishmonger and greengrocer.
Ridley Road Market
Monday to Thursday, 6am-6pm; Friday to Saturday, 6am-7pm, E8 2NP
Making a daily or weekly journey to Ridley Road (pictured below) is routine for many of the customers who use this multicultural market. Established in the 1880s, Ridley Road lies at the heart of Dalston; opposite Dalston Kingsland Overground and stretching towards St Mark’s Rise.
Ridley Road plays an important part in the borough’s heritage and identity. Visitors to the market will be greeted by the sounds of traders touting for business, energetic beats of African drums and reggae, and dance music floating in the air. The market is always lively, offering everything you could possibly need; from colourful fruit and veg to useful household goods, and a mixture of Afro-Caribbean, Asian and Europe exotic flavours.
Hoxton Street Market
9am-4pm, Saturdays, N1 6HG
Rich in history, Hoxton has the oldest street market in Hackney, established for over 300 years, since 1687. Home to arts centre Hoxton Hall, and minutes away from the City, visitors can indulge in tasty street food stalls from around the world, every Monday to Friday, as well as a traditional market on Saturdays.
Market finds include authentic street food, freshly baked goods, arts and crafts, flowers (pictured below), homewares, jewellery, underwear, statement fashion pieces, natural skincare products and bespoke gifts.
Growing Communities Farmers Market
10am-2.30pm, Saturdays, N16 7UY
Growing Communities Farmers’ Market, in Stoke Newington (video above), is home to a varied crop of small local food producers, alongside local farmers selling fruit, veg, meat and cheese.
At the UK’s only all-organic market, visitors will find health-boosting sauerkraut, kombucha and kimchi; gluten-free cakes and raw vegan cakes; handmade chocolates; vegan creole fritters; tasty pies and sausage rolls; raw milk and butter; kefir; Italian cakes and tarts; sourdough wheat, rye and spelt bread; organic fry-ups; coffees and Turkish gozleme.
Growing Communities has helped many of small food producers to set up businesses and sell at the market, by lending stalls, offering storage space and giving advice on what, and how, to sell. To celebrate Love Your Local Market fortnight, the Hackney-based social enterprise has created a fund to offer interest-free loans to smaller producers to pay for their Soil Association Organic certification.