Monday, 1 July 2013

The Saturday Market Trail

Just a couple of markets but plenty of action and most importantly, one satisfied customer! Here is The Saturday Market Trail. One Saturday, lots of great market experiences.

Late morning market action this Saturday began in Hoxton, so where better to start the journey than Hoxton Street Market, in Hackney N1. Currently ongoing positive change, I've been frequenting the top of Hoxton Street more lately due to the arrival of the Hoxton Bakery. The Hoxton loaf and scrumptious sausage rolls keep me coming back. This morning i continued my journey through Hoxton Street market and was delighted to see the new array of food stalls selling fresh produce and serving up tasty bites. One stall that was proving popular brought the simplicity of fresh eggs. 

£1.45 for half a dozen Norfolk whites, no wonder folk were queuing!
It should be noted that you can't even get a pack of battery farm eggs from the local Tesco Metro for less than £1.80. That's what markets are all about!

Another Hoxton Street favourite of mine is Anderson's Bakery, so i was delighted to see them spilling out of the shop, running their own market stall. I was happy to pick up to scotch pies and what a great Sunday supper they made.
Anderson's Bakery and the Hoxton Bakery at Hoxton Street Market

Once Hoxton Street Market was complete i continued to cycle down Hoxton Street to Old Street. Destination- Old Spitalfields Market. Today is is a shrine to Africa where the African Market is running every 4th Saturday of the month. I was met by a fantastic collage of African prints, colours and gleaming faces. It was a delight to see Old Spitalfields Market celebrate African. 

The African Market at Old Spitalfields, E1

If you like African prints, colours and culture, then this is definitely the place for you. Although prints prevail, the different traders all had their unique identities and offerings. The gentlemen below from Lekan was kind enough to send me away with a free sample of his raw shea butter. A lush and ethical product. The adorable rag dolls (right) were the making of Anaisarts.

Traders at The African Market, Old Spitalfields, E1

I also couldn't resist the handmade crafts of Cameroon and had to walk away with this purse from Botilam. A steal at £20. Apparently Paul Smith were selling the exact same ones for a few hundred!
No trip to Old Spitalfields Market on a Saturday would be complete without a visit to the very special Flavourtown Bakery. There gourmet cupcakes really are to die for. The best i've ever tasted! 
Flavourtown Bakery, Gourmet Cupcakes. Old Spitalfields Market, E1
Walked away with a peanut butter delight as well as their Facebook freebie of the week - Hazlenut Dipper! Yes, you heard it here first. Join their Facebook fanpage and get a free cup cake when you visit them! They do a different flavour every week.

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Katie Ingham, I Love Markets