London’s Hackney is replete with homely cafés serving up locals three square meals, with snacks and sandwiches, craft beer and fine wine in between. Market Café takes the cake, so to speak, with a location overlooking the canal at the southern end of Broadway Market, a big space with wooden floorboards and kitchen tables. Breakfast and brunch starts at a good mid-morning hour on those crucial, hungover Saturdays and Sundays, with Bloody Marys and light and fizzy mixers prominent at the tops of the menus. Perfect to start, or peacefully interrupt, the weekend.
Market Café elevates the standard Hackney brunch menu with panache, serving a clash of British and Italian comfort foods, with a smattering of French references, to the ravenous London masses filing down Broadway Market come the weekend. It’s a 10am until 4pm event on Saturdays and Sundays, the busiest times of the week, for sure, but they do the same Monday through Friday at the more restricted hours of 11am to 4pm. In any case, you’ll want to take advantage of either the Bloody Mary, the draught prossecco, a grapefruit Mimosa, a bubbly pink Bellini, espresso Martini, or a (thankfully) non-alcoholic cranberry and ginger.
Market Café does supper, too. And in keeping with its home kitchen aesthetic, it’s a simply ordered affair, with dishes ranging from bar snacks (giant green olives, peppers, truffled rarebit and mini saucissons), through small to large, with sides and desserts nicely cordoned off just in case. Smalls are a curiously international bunch, with French cindarella pumpkin soup, baby squid with Amalfi lemon, and charred cucumbers with milk curds and mint oil. Large dishes take in whole filleted sea bream with braised fennel, squid ink and shrimp butter, a spelt risotto, Market Cafe’s signature cheeseburger, and a duck leg confit with leeks and creamy white beans. Many of Hackney’s hipper entertain the thought of a dazed trip through Hackney’s Broadway Market of a weekend midday. But if your real intention is not to pretend interest in the various trinkets on sale but hunt down a satisfying refuel at a classic British bistro, make London’s Market Cafe your next destination.
The food was excellent and all the staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend the Market cafe, really delicious dishes and very fresh food
Friendly staff, tasty meal, relaxing atmosphere. Booking online was easy! I would definitely recommend Market Cafe - both for a family lunch and evening drinks with friends.
Market café is a very nice place for sunday brunch, the location is great, the food is good. You feel a relax athmosphere, the deocration is lovely.
The café has nice breakfast options, particularly when it comes to fresh fruit juices. The staff is very welcoming and the café's atmosphere is lovely!
We visited The Market Café on a Sunday lunch, we had trouble getting there due to all the Half Marathon traffic and they were very accommodating putting back our reservation by 30 minutes. The place is really cool light and airy and the staff super friendly. Loved the Prosecco on draft but as we were celebrating we decided to get a carafe (well several) which unusually didn't really work out any better value from what I could tell (poss even slightly worse). The food was fairly typical Brunch fare, there were small issues with at least 2 out of 4 of our dishes my partners 'fry up' had several cold items on it and my sisters Croque Monsieur only bore a passing resemblance to one and not in a good way, but the Burger looked really good. Overall really liked the place and would def go again.
We had some brunch here but we did find the Eggs Benedict heavily tasted of vinegar. We wanted to have a few drinks with our food but our waitress really don't know what any of the cocktails on the menu consisted of so she has to go to the bar and come back to us once he asked the bar man. She was lovely though- just didn't have a notion of the drinks menu! We were given a nice table which was tucked away from the rest of the guests which was really nice.
Great for brunch! Waited at the bar for a few minutes, then got seated. I had my small dog (miniature dachshund) with me and the manager and staff were very gracious towards him, which I really appreciated. The pancakes were to die for, and the juices were great for a hangover. I'll definitely be back.
Very nice food, service and location. The prosecco on tap is lovely. Very chilled Sunday evening atmosphere and good music. They had run out of a few menu options after the lunch rush but were able to swap things for ip
Friendly service in a bright space. Brunch (fry up) came out super quick. Can be seen as a positive and negative. I would have expected a more for the price (£9.75) But will be back to try the rest of the interesting menu. Something for everyone on there.
Market Café is always lovely - we got a great table and the service was friendly and really quick. Fully recommend brunch here, particularly the ratatouille with a poached egg washed down with a couple of Hugos!