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We Love Hackney's markets

Celebrate Love Your Local Market fortnight by checking out Hackney’s amazing street traders

HACKNEY has an array of vibrant street markets where shoppers can buy anything from fresh fruit and vegetables to vintage clothes and handmade crafts.

As part of national Love Your Local Market fortnight, which runs from 13 to 27 May, people are being encouraged to re-discover the amazing markets on their doorstep. From traditional East End to hipster chic, each Hackney market has its own distinctive character.

There are six Council-run or supported markets in Hackney: Ridley Road, Broadway Market, Chatsworth Road, Hoxton Street, Kingsland Waste, and Well Street.

There are also a number of independent markets, the most famous being Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market, the first in the UK to only host organic producers.

Plus there are numerous pop-up markets that also attract visitors to the borough. These include Hackney Flea Market; Dusty Fingers vintage market; Hackney Homemade market, Dalston Food Market; The Wick market; and spaces like Netil Market and Hackney Downs Studios that host regular stalls and food festivals.

A trip to any of Hackney’s diverse markets is a great way to see the borough and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the East End. As well as picking up some bargains, visitors will be supporting local businesses. Here are a pick of some of Hackney's vibrant markets:

Ridley Road Market

Ridley Road, E8 2NP, Mon to Thurs, 6am-6pm; Fri to Sat, 6am-7pm

Ridley Road (above) has been home to this popular market since the beginning of the 20th century and it plays an important part in the borough’s culture and heritage. The market is one of the most vibrant in Hackney, offering international flavours from around the world. With the fusion of Afro-Caribbean, Asian and European goods, there is something here for everyone. Apart from providing generations of families with their fruit and veg, the market also offers a wide range of household goods and clothing. 

Chatsworth Road Market 

Chatsworth Road, E5 0NS, Sundays, 11am-4pm

Chatsworth Road (above) is becoming renowned for supporting emerging entrepreneurs who have expanded a market stall into larger scale businesses. During the fortnight, the market is introducing a number of new traders, giving local people the chance to get back into paid work by trialling their products alongside regular traders. Grab lunch from award-winning street food stalls, or buy handmade beauty products, jewellery and vintage clothes and wares. More traditional stalls sell freshly baked bread, organic vegetables, cured meats and ethically sourced fish.

Hoxton Street Market

Hoxton Street, N1 6HG, Saturdays, 9am-4pm 

Established in 1687 as a two-day market, Hoxton (above) is the oldest street market in Hackney. Packed with East End spirit – yet just a stroll away from Shoreditch – the recently transformed 328-year-old market now boasts new-look stalls. Visit Hoxton Street Market to enjoy traditional pie and mash, freshly baked goods, delicious street food, arts and crafts, homewares, jewellery, bespoke fashion pieces and shoes. Quirky and diverse, visitors will also discover other hidden gems along the street including art galleries and the recently restored Hoxton Hall.

Broadway Market

Broadway Market, E8 4PH, Saturdays, 9am-5pm

Established on a route for farmers moving their livestock to the capital, Broadway Market (above) has been home to street traders since the 1890s. Situated between Regent’s Canal and London Fields, there are now around 100 stalls offering organic meat, fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and oysters, bread, cakes, cheese, vintage and designer clothes, health products and homemade crafts. There are also a number of shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes offering some of the best food and most original clothing in Hackney.

Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market 

St Paul’s Church, Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7UY, Saturdays 10am-2.30pm

The UK’s only all-organic weekly farmers’ market has won awards for its ethical principles combined with the quality of the produce it sells. Visitors who shop at Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market (above) will also be supporting local food producers from within Hackney as well as small-scale, sustainable farms from around London. Alongside fresh, seasonal, organic vegetables, salad, fruit and meats, there are a range of more unusual products.

Hackney-based PaMa make pickles and sauerkraut; Better Health Bakery employs people recovering from mental health issues to make sourdough bread in Haggerston; Hook & Son sell raw milk, butter and cream; Longwood Farm sell rare-breed meat; the Mushroom Table offers an eclectic range of wild and cultivated mushrooms; Channel Fish sells fish caught sustainably off the Sussex coast; Mr Prempys make sugar-free, gluten-free, raw vegan cakes; and other local people sell chocolates, cakes, vegan creole fritters, Turkish gozleme, full English or vegan breakfasts – all using ingredients from the farmers who come to the market.