Palm Vaults

Pastels, plant pots and the prettiest coffees in Hackney 

Walking down E8's Mare Street you'll be able to spot Palm Vaults almost immediately. The avocado green exterior is distinctly 1970s and is topped with the cafe's name in glittery capital letters. 

Step inside and you're transported away from Hackney and instead to what could be the set for a Wes Anderson film. The interior is different to anything else in London at the moment, with marble table tops, suspended pastel plant pots overhead and everything awash with pastel pink and green down to the napkins and till roll. 

There are lots of vegan and vegetarian options at PV. Try their Palm Vaults classic: smashed avo on sourdough with a dressed salad. You can pick your own toppings with crumbled feta and sundried tomato being the obvious choices for us. Their pastel palette even translates to the coffee: which is prettier than any hot drink you will have seen before. Our favourite was the Matcha Tea Latte which is served a beautifully light shade of green. 

This spot is so pretty you'll find yourself wanting to spend the whole day there. No bookings, this is less than five minutes walk from Hackney Central Overground.

411 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 1HY


Broadway Market

Broadway Market, a place where food lovers and thrift shoppers unite.

Broadway Market is a great little venture if you are ever wandering around East London and have a few extra hours to spare. Nestled in-between London Fields and Regents Canal, it is the perfect spot to grab some food and enjoy a beverage whilst listening to talented buskers and watching the quirky London world go by. Its farmers market boasts a wide range of food stalls including artisan cheese and bread, olives, fresh bakes, gelato and organic meat, fruit and veg.

The Heavenly Halloumi burger from The Veggie Table is a must - whether you're vegetarian or not. The combination of halloumi cheese with organic carrots, courgettes, mint and coriander will make you think twice about having a meat burger ever again. 

If you get thirsty, there is a vast array of pubs to choose from. However, we decided to opt for the frozen cocktails (strawberry daiquiri or mojito) that were being passed through a hole in the wall by The Souls Bar. £5 per cup, these drinks definitely have a kick to them as we found out after only one, and are made with truly fresh ingredients, aside from being delicious and refreshing  – much needed after escaping the throngs and the summer sun.

Broadway market also has a large selection of thrifty clothes stalls where you can find printed shirts galore and a denim jacket or fifty. The market has it all – you can even find the most obscure purchases such as origami necklaces.

Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8 4PH