Violet Bakery, Broadway Market

Will we ever stop talking about Broadway Market? I just looked through our archives of this site and we’ve mentioned it in six different articles. Six! That’s more than we’ve talked about our dog, or our families or the borough where we live.

We have a soft spot for Broadway Market and everyone knows it.

Two years ago, we wrote an entire post about our favorite market, and we’re back for another dose. Because in two years a lot can change, especially when it comes to London food markets.

Today’s Broadway Market is thriving. Stalls and vendors line the road every Saturday, tables piled high with seasonal produce, organic eggs, fresh fish and meats. Between the oh-so-Instagrammable food, you’ll find beautiful jewelry designers, an entire stall dedicated to handmade wood cutting boards, another one featuring the most gorgeous lingerie I’ve ever seen, and next to that, racks of vintage clothing. This market is where I plan on doing all of my Christmas shopping come December.

But all of those amazing offerings? That’s not why we go to Broadway Market. Nope. We go to stuff our faces with  the best prepared market food around. We start with the freshly grilled meats, sandwiches, and sausages. Then we head to the ethnic offerings, maybe a little Indian curry, Vietnamese noodles, or cold Mediterranean salads. Finally, we scour the stalls for the indulgent baked goods that we always plan on saving for later, but let’s face it, we eat on the bus on the way home

After many, many visits to Broadway Market, we know just what to eat. So here is our short list of what you must save room for the next time you find yourself there.

Broadway Market

Banh Mi 11

As Vietnamese food obsessives, this was the first stall we fell in love with. Their banh mi sandwiches are piled high with roast meat, pickled veg and as much heat as you can handle. Stuffed in soft Vietnamese style baguettes, you really can’t go wrong.

Banh Mi 11, Broadway Market

Banh Mi 11, Broadway Market
Sweet Virtues, Broadway Market, London

Sweet Virtues

When beautiful handmade truffles are calling your name, go no further than this pile of goodness. Oh, but just get one or two – there are more treats to save room for!

Deeney’s

An entire stall dedicated to Scottish grilled cheese sandwiches? Don’t mind if I do! The best thing about this perennial favorite, other than the addition of haggis to many of the sandwich concoctions, is the grill. Each sandwich is pressed, which leaves the shredded cheese nice and crispy on the outside and oozy and gooey on the inside. With the addition of caramelized onions and super spicy English mustard, this sandwich puts all other grilled cheese to shame. I prefer the ‘Just Cheese’ but go nuts with any of the other fun combinations.

Deeney's, Broadway Market, London

Deeney's, Broadway Market, London

Deeney's, Broadway Market, London

Hansen & Lydersen

For a light snack between other courses, we love the smoked salmon nibble at the famous (well, for North London) Hansen & Lydersen. The shops of H&L are where posh people go to buy sides of traditional Norwegian salmon. For us normal folk, we like to sample the seriously delicious fish in a more bite size manner. Beautiful bread, a little dollop of sour cream and some fresh dill and you’re good to go.

Hansen & Lydersen, Broadway Market, London

Ca Phe VN

Another obsession of mine is the Vietnamese iced coffee housed in this unassuming stall in the market. On a recent visit, I directed four non-coffee loving friends to try out my favorite liquid treat and they all gave it rave reviews. I mean, what’s not to like? A small bit of strong espresso diluted with a lake of sweetened condensed milk! We first discovered this treat on the city streets of Saigon, and have been converts ever since. Ca Phe VN also serves food, including at least one delightful noodle soup each weekend. Plus, they have a bunch of lounge chairs out for people watching, prime real estate for sure.

Ca Phe VN, Broadway Market, London

Ca Phe VN, Broadway Market, London

Crepes & Gallettes

There is no official brand name for this long-standing crepe stall at Broadway Market. We call the master of crepes here by the best descriptor we can muster, The Crepe Guy. But look no further for a delicious (and gluten-free) treat, either sweet or savory. Drew’s favorite combination is ham, spinach, and cheese, while I’m partial to anything drowning in Nutella. To each his own!

Crepes, Broadway Market, London

Floris Foods

Another fantastic vendor for gluten-free diners and vegans is Floris Foods. Their sweet treats are decadent and sinful. On a recent visit we bought nearly one of everything and you wouldn’t pin any of the options down as either lacking flour or eggs or milk. I mean, just look at these delightful bitesize Oreos – they have that distinctly Oreo flavor but they’re homemade and amazing. Don’t even get me started on the vegan buttercream in these sandwich cookies – what makes them so good with no butter?!?! It’s a food science miracle.

Floris Foods, Broadway Market, London

Floris Foods, Broadway Market, London
Pavilion Bakery, Broadway Market, London

Pavilion Bakery

It’s worth it to at least mention some of the traditional bakeries that line Broadway Market. One of our favorites is Pavilion Bakery, which actually has a storefront on Broadway. The loaves pictured above are full of gluten, unlike some of the other items we’ve mentioned here, but man are they delicious!

Violet

I’ve saved the best for last. Violet is, hands down, my favorite place to snag a sweet treat in all of Broadway Market. Their tiny cupcakes can be inhaled by the handful, or if you have more willpower than me, you can pick up a small loaf cake and even have enough to take home for later. I can also personally vouch for their cinnamon buns, brownies, every cookie variety, whoopie pies and macaroons. You can’t miss their large market stall, but their actual shop is just a short walk away, near London Fields, if you happen to visit the area on a day other than Saturday.

Violet, Broadway Market, London

Violet, Broadway Market, London

And there you have it. The best eats from the best market in London. But don’t take our word for it. It’s there for you every Saturday, rain or shine.

We’ll see you there!

Broadway Market, London

Broadway Market, London

What is your favorite food market? We are always on the hunt for the best dishes in the best markets everywhere we go. We’d love to hear from you – just drop us a comment below!

Broadway Market

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  • April 5, 2016

    Those images…whoaa..I particularly like the Vietnamese food stalls and the Scottish cheese sandwiches yum… If you want to venture out into a funky suburb one day, head over to Brockley market – I think it’s on Saturdays. The burger stall is out if this world! Brockley is only a 8 minute drive by train from London Bridge. I used to live there 🙂
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    • April 5, 2016
      Julie

      Tess – we LOVE Brockley Market!! It’s so great! And we can get there pretty easily via Overground. I had the best breakfast sandwich of all time at Mother Flipper there. And it’s definitely a little under the radar. Love it.

  • April 7, 2016

    Ahh, Broadway market is so great! We went there for the first time a few weeks ago, but it was late in the day so we missed a lot of the good stuff 🙁

    We got a Vietnamese coffee at Ca Phe VN and people-watched from the deck chairs, and we also popped into F. Cooke, which is one of the oldest pie and mash shops in London.

    Your brilliant photos make me want to go back and do it ‘properly’!
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    • April 8, 2016

      One of our favorite places in London! We do the lawn chair/people watching thing a lot too. Some many great food options, both restaurants lining the street as well as the stalls. You definitely need to go back around noon to catch it in action.

    • April 10, 2016
      Julie

      That is fantastic – and we typically go in the 12-2pm range, if that helps get a gauge. I also love the small bookshops that line the street. I didn’t mention them in the article but they are great to duck into for a break.

  • April 9, 2016

    I would love to try the Scottish grilled cheese sandwiches, the melted cheese is awesome. I am starting to feel hungry!
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    • April 10, 2016
      Julie

      Right? Those grilled cheese are seriously amazing. I haven’t been brave enough to top mine with haggis (the traditional Scottish topping) but maybe next weekend!

  • April 9, 2016

    Wow! Those pictures make my mouth water, they are so well done. I had some favorite London Saturday markets, but Broadway puts them to shame. Next trip, maybe I’ll see you there!
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    • April 10, 2016
      Julie

      Haha – Scott, you most certainly will. We’ll be hanging on the lounge chairs drinking that delicious Vietnamese coffee and watching the crowds! Cheers!

  • April 9, 2016

    YummY! I could really go for one of those Scottish (pressed) grilled cheese sandwiches! Broadway Market definitely looks worth exploring or eating your way through. 😉 Fabulous food photography.

    • April 10, 2016
      Julie

      Thanks Melody – it is delicious. And the food photos can only be edited at certain times of the day when I’m not hungry or have snacks nearby. It is torture otherwise 🙂

  • April 9, 2016

    Whoever said London does not have great food is lying! I have visited London a couple of times, and love it, but I have yet to sample Broadway Market. As, always your photos are stunning, to the point that I am now salivating. Thanks for the heads-up to put BM on the itinerary next time we visit the UK.
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    • April 10, 2016
      Julie

      Thanks for that – I though that BM was totally off the radar of many travelers, but i recently saw an article in a local magazine that mentioned how touristy Broadway Market is. I don’t agree, but if you want an even MORE off-the-radar market, we also like Brockley Market in South London!

  • April 10, 2016

    Everything looks so delicious and tasty. You have more will power than me. I tend to start with dessert first. 🙂
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    • April 10, 2016
      Julie

      Haha – to be fair, we tend to walk by that Violet stall like ten times while we’re at the market to make sure our favorite treats are still there, and that there is no chance of them running out of anything 🙂

  • April 10, 2016

    Your photos alone would make me want to go here, but your descriptions are even more compelling. I could easily see spending the day here and my teenage son wouldn’t argue!
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    • April 11, 2016

      Definitely strongly recommended! Walking along Regent’s Canal on a nice London day to Broadway Market is our favorite way of spending a Saturday morning in London.

  • April 10, 2016

    Ahhh loving the grilled cheese, I would definitely pay this market a visit.

    • April 11, 2016

      They taste even better than they look!

  • April 11, 2016

    Hi Julie my first time here in your blog and what a treat I get… so what if it is virtual. 🙂
    Amazing focus on food that triggered off my salivary gland 😛
    A great list compiled!

    • April 11, 2016

      Thanks for the kind words!

  • April 11, 2016

    Now this is exactly the kind of market I want in my neighborhood. Everything looks so delish!
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  • April 11, 2016

    Haha! I have no will power either! There’s no way anything would make it home. It all looks so delicious!
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    • April 12, 2016
      Julie

      I’d say it’s downright impossible. Too many tempting treats!

  • April 13, 2016

    I love markets like this! I’m also a sucker for sweets so your suggestions really fit my preference. Thanks for sharing!
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