Which London vegan market should I go to?

Broadway Vegan Market vs Hackney Vegan Market

Last week the internet went wild at the news that London’s first weekly vegan market, Broadway Vegan Market, would be opening on 30th September, filling our weekends with tasty plant-based treats for the foreseeable future. Well Fat Gay Vegan has just dropped the news that his monthly Hackney Downs Vegan Market will also be rocking up every Saturday – woo! But with the excitement of even more vegan treats to feast on also comes a little bit of confusion – with both markets being held on the same day, how will we decide which one to go to without feeling like we’re missing out big time? Well we’re here to help you pick, with a detailed low-down on what will be at both markets.

What will be at Broadway Vegan Market?

From their website we can expect to see a whole host of vegan goodies such as Mexican-inspired street food from Club Mexicana, wafer-thin treats from Crêpes à la carte and insane desserts from London’s most well-loved vegan patisserie, Ruby’s of London. It looks like it’s going to be vegan junk food galore and we couldn’t be happier.

What can I expect at Hackney Downs Vegan Market?

The Hackney Downs Vegan Market line-up seems to change month on month, so who knows what delights we’ll have in store on a weekly basis! But when we attended a few months back we got to try the famous ‘fried chicken’ from Temple of Seitan, tasty pies from Young Vegans and some incredible ice-cream cookie sandwiches from Hell Yum! – the market did not disappoint.

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When and where is Broadway Vegan Market?

Broadway Vegan Market will be held every Saturday from 10am – 4pm at London Fields Primary School in Hackney, with the official opening taking place on 30th September. The postcode of the event, if you need it, is E8 3RU. If you’re arriving by tube you’ll need to get the Overground to London Fields or Cambridge Heath.

When and where is Hackney Downs Vegan Market?

Hackney Downs Vegan Market starts and finishes an hour later at 11am – 5pm and is held at Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT. You’ll need to get the Overground here too, and Rectory Road, Dalston Kingsland, Dalston Junction, Hackney Downs and Hackney Central are all within walking distance.

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How far away are both the markets – can I get to both in one day?

As you’ll have already figured out, both markets are being held in the Hackney area. However, they’re not necessarily round the corner from each other. Citymapper suggests that the walk from one market to the other is just shy of 30 minutes, with the Underground journey being about the same – which includes walking and your 5 minutes tube journey from London Fields to Rectory Road, or vice versa. However, with both markets lasting all day and being relatively close to each other, there’s no reason why you couldn’t head to both and have the best day of your life every single Saturday.

So which one should I go to?

We can’t tell you that, as to be honest even we’re a little torn! And we’re hoping, with only half an hour between both, we’ll be able to visit both so we don’t have to choose. But it’s safe to say that whichever one you go for you’ll be met with a cracking line-up of tasty comfort food which will both feed vegan tums and challenge some perceptions about the vegan diet.

Are these images making you hungry? We don’t blame you! Find out where these were taken, plus loads more snaps of our food adventures, over on our Instagram!


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