Mare Street Market is East London’s newest foodie hangout.
Finding great food is Hackney is a ‘mare no more, with the arrival of Mare Street Market. This rather upmarket hangout has been four years coming, and it finally threw open its doors this week. Inside the neatly-converted warehouse, you’ll find three restaurants, more foodie offerings, and and a whole host of other treasures to delight curious Hackneyites.
First, and most importantly, we’ll start with Mare Street Market’s food. The space is a mix of sit-down eating and deli-style takeaways, with the flagship being The Open Kitchen, the first solo restaurant of famous foodie Gizzi Erskine. Gizzi, who is also the creative director of the market, will focus on wood-fired cooking inspired by the laid-back food culture of California, so expect chilled vibes here. Meanwhile, the deli will serve fresh and seasonal produce, and lighter bites such as handmade sandwiches.
Other eateries include The Dining Room, and a raw food bar, both of which are set to open in coming weeks. Caffeine addicts can get their fix from Flying Horse Coffee, and there’s an onsite bar and liquor store for boozier offerings. Away from the food, Rebel Rebel have opened up another branch of their beautiful flower shops in Mare Street Market.
All of the furniture at Mare Street Market has been provided by Pure White Lines, and if you like the look of something, you’ll be able to order it for yourself. Stranger Than Paradise Records will bring the tunes, whilst there’s also an in-house podcast studio. Because, y’know, East London, millennials, etc. Rounding off the offerings is a pop-up shop, currently playing host to high-end fashion outlet M.C.Overalls.
Of greatest interest in the coming months is Mare Street Market’s outdoor terrace. Rumours abound that a rum shack and barbecue will be arriving there in summer, so keep your eyes peeled for the first signs of summer vibes. All in all, Mare Street Market looks like a lovely new place to spend your hard-earned.
Location: 117 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 4RU. Nearest station is London Fields. See them on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 8am until late, seven days a week.
Entry: free. Prices differ between shops, but Mare Street Market is an entirely cashless venture, so bring your plastic.
More information: head to their website.
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