Do & Eat: Hackney, LondonBring an extra stomach for this foodie tour of Hackney, taking in some cultural highlights along the way
Begin at the top of the Columbia Road, just off the Hackney Road. If it’s a Sunday, the pretty flower market will be in full bloom. If not, many of the artisan shops that line the road are open for business, and there are plenty of places to pick up coffee or a bagel. If you’re in the market for lunch, cut down Ezra Street to the award-winning Marksman (Michelin Pub of the Year), otherwise turn right onto Hackney Road, and left onto Goldsmiths Row. First stop, especially if you have kids, is Hackney City Farm, with plenty of farmyard animals to pet, and an excellent café with a menu based on homegrown and local produce, then it’s straight on to Broadway Market. On a Saturday the market is lined with craft, record, and vintage stalls, as well as specialist cheeses and deli food. The shops are also worth a look for vintage clothes, wine, and fresh fish and seafood, including just-shucked oysters (at Fin & Flounder). The market ends at London Fields, which is lovely for a picnic lunch of all the goodies you’ve picked up. Those with the energy should head on to Mare Street and check out the Hackney Museum for the ‘Roots, Rhythms & Records’ exhibition (running until March 2019), relating the sounds and stories of African and Caribbean music in Hackney.
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