Broadway Market is no longer a secret guarded carefully by the fashionably bearded foodie hipsters of Hackney, but it isn't yet over-run by tourists, which it probably will be once everybody realizes how completely special and fabulous it is.
The gentleman above will shuck fresh Maldon oysters for you on the street for two pounds a pop, serving them up with lemon, Tabasco and shallot vinegar.
If you're looking for amazing seafood, including oysters, to bring home, we wholly recommend Fin& Flounder, one of the most badass fishmongers we've seen. Ever.
Fin and Flounder
Broadway is a shop- and restaurant lined street running from London Fields to Regent's Canal in this vibrant, diverse area of East London. On Saturdays from 9 am until 5 pm it turns into a veritable food mecca, drawing the cool and hungry from all over the capital in droves.
Whatever it is that floats your boat, you're sure to find it here, whether it's the incredibly fresh and artfully presented seafood at Fin and Flounder, a roasting hog in the street, Vietnamese street food, Norwegian premium cured salmon from Hansen & Lydersen, original artisan jewelry, some of London's finest coffee or interestingly curated vintage art books.
Hansen & Lydersen
Taking in the popular buzzy restaurants filled with young, artsy Londoners, it's hard to imagine that this area was troubled, bleak and downright dangerous less than 10 years ago, bearing witness to the ongoing regeneration of Hackney. For very reasonable and consistently good Italian food, try Bella Vita. El Ganso is very popular for tapas, and the Cat& Mutton is a fun pub on the corner of the park. Franco Manca also has a restaurant here, and is generally busy with sourdough premium-pizza munchers. For a casual vegan alternative, Tiosk is easy to recommend with a fabulous selection of teas and healthy lunches.