Whilst normally hopping off the Overground at Shoreditch High Street for an extensive breakfast at The Barber & Parlour or The Albion, to then continue on towards Columbia Road for its beautiful Sunday Flower Market, today’s tour, on which I happily take you all, starts further North: at Broadway Market!
Meeting my dear friend Elena, who was willing to capture our trip with her wonderful camera skills, at the South end of the popular Saturday destination, we quickly escaped the crowds, making our way to Netil House near London Fields, on whose second floor beautiful Morty & Bob’s, both a café and cocktail bar, recently opened.
Although we only came for coffee, the menu seemed promising – and so did the food on our neighbour’s tables: think eggs florentine in a creamy herb sauce and crunchy granola served with berries and yogurt.
Catching up over our coffees, we decided to subsequently make our way back to Broadway Market, to then head towards Hackney City Farm (whose café, by the way, serves the largest servings of scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on sourdough bread I have ever had), finally arriving at Columbia Road.
Funnily, I have never visited Columbia Road on a different day than Sunday – thus, was pretty impressed finding the street empty on this Saturday, nearly creepily quiet to be honest: Even some shops were closed, imagine, in the middle of the day!
We did enjoy strolling around though, catching a glimpse at the beautiful pottery, ceramics, scents, soaps and candles (to just name a few) being available in the shops, passing Lily Vanilli, which is always worth a visit for a little sweet treat, to finish off our journey at Arnold Circus, where we took a last glance at Leila’s Shop, a cute little grocery store, and enjoyed a warming cup of tea across the street at beautiful Paper & Cup.
Now, you can tell I do love coffee(shops), so if you are anything like me – hence like coffee, but also beautiful interior, creative spaces and interesting people – you might want to check out these places in Shoreditch, too: The Old Shoreditch station near Hoxton Station, Kahaila Café on Brick Lane (actually, it is very likely you will spot me here on a Sunday: I’m the person who sits on the table underneath the attic window, where the light for pictures is best haha! Come and say hi) and Attendant a bit off the beaten track, which serves amazing Avocado on Toast.
Enjoy your Sunday – hopefully with a cup of coffee or two!
Photos: Elena Shamis
I am wearing Madewell trousers, H&M jumper, top and hat, and ASOS slippers respectively Adidas Sneakers.