Intrigued by a Time Out feature on new London markets, we headed over to Chatsworth Road on Sunday. It’s an up-and-coming area wedged between Clapton and Homerton, fast on its way to gentrification judging by the gourmet coffee shops, French delis and vegan cafes that are popping up along the street.
I was particularly taken with Creperie du Monde at number 51. They rustle up fresh waffles and omelettes alongside the namesake crepes, with a wide variety of delicious-sounding sweet and savoury fillings. Wash it all down with a Climpson & Sons coffee from nearby Broadway market. The little caff is a model of industrial-chic decor, plus it smells amazing from the constant supply of fresh batter being cooked up right at the counter. It was bustling and busy, spilling out onto the pavement outside — a perfect Sunday hangout spot.
There’s plenty more food and goodies on offer from the market stalls running down the street: everything from Japanese okonomiyaki to the now-ubiquitous cupcakes, plus hand-ground coffee and Persian mezzes. (Josh got an Indian Karachi wrap which came with free channa, above.) Plus it looked like some opportunistic shop and cafe owners had got in on the act: one had set up small barbecue for to-go burgers, and a lady was selling handmade sushi plates outside a newsagent. A little ramshackle, in the nicest way.
The main drag’s stalls are mostly foody, but tucked off a side road opposite the creperie there was small vintage and homemade market set up by Hackney Home. Lovely laser-cut jewellery from Chalk‘s stall was tempting me.
The Chatsworth Road market is on every other Sunday, with the next one on May 1st. Make the trip out there if you can, I reckon it’s worth it.
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