For me, the perfect Saturdays involve a lie-in and no fixed plans. Today was such a day, so after the aforementioned lie-in, we hopped on the bus and went to Hackney. First stop was Netil Market.
Small but perfectly formed, this market has everything you need for a sunny Saturday; delicious street food, fantastic coffee and stalls selling vintage wares and handmade jewellery.
We nabbed a table and made our first purchase; two thick milkshakes from the guys at Street Shakes. I went for chocolate brownie (complete with massive chunks of chocolate brownie as a handy after-milkshake dessert) and Alex went for his favourite, peanut butter.
After that, we made a beeline for the Lucky Chip van, where we opted for the ‘Kevin Bacon’ burger. Messy, finger lickin’ and delicious, it’s not quite as good as Patty & Bun, but it’s up there with the greats.
I’d heard excellent things about Breddos Tacos, so we thought it was about time to give them a try. 3 tacos for £6, one of each flavour. Done. They were (if possible) even messier than the burger and came with a real chilli kick. This didn’t diminish the flavour of all the wonderfully fresh ingredients. Special shout out to the short rib beef.
We were suitably full, so we stopped off at Terrone for Alex to have one of their delicious espressos (verdict: citrussy and nutty, left a pleasant after taste).
We waved a fond farewell to Netil Market (we’ll be back) and headed down the road to Broadway Market. Luckily we were too full to be tempted by any of the delicious treats on offer, but we did take lots of photos!
The next photo was taken in Isle of Olive, a gorgeous shop selling Greek produce (reminded us of our holidays to Crete!).
We popped into Artwords Bookshop, where we enjoyed a good old browse and each picked up a magazine. Alex’s was whisky based, obviously (but I’ll let him talk more about that in a later post).
After that, we took a stroll through London Fields, passed the wonderful meadow of wild flowers…
…and hopped on the overground, back to Stratford! A perfect Saturday afternoon in London.