One of the things I love most about London is that there is literally always something new and exciting to do. As someone who adores eating, exploring, and catching up with friends, when an old work friend of mine invited me to go meet her at a brand new vegan market in Hackney, I jumped at the idea.
Although personally I am not vegan, I am trying to eat less animal produce, and love trying new foods. My friend (who is vegan) had found about the event via Fat Gay Vegan, and so we headed over to Hackney with pretty high expectations about getting the opportunity to try out a whole bunch of exciting vegan food stalls.
As we wandered through the market, trying to figure out what we wanted to taste first, I was really struck by two things – firstly, the smells were incredible, and secondly, the whole market had the most amazing, friendly, fun vibe.
Food, food, food
After exploring some of the non-food stalls (amazing clothing, cute plants, and ‘mystery books’ that I had to tear myself away from), we settled on getting BBQ bacon burgers from Temple of Seitan. As well as smelling incredible, they had a fairly enormous queue of people waiting to get their hands on a burger, so we decided to jump on the bandwagon. I was incredibly curious as to what vegan bacon (and vegan cheese!) would taste like, and I was definitely not disappointed.
Apparently, Temple of Seitan are pretty famous in the world of vegan London, and I can entirely see why. My burger and chips were delicious, and came with the added bonus that I didn’t feel the slight sense of guilt that I usually getting after stuffing myself with an enormous amount of beef-burger-meat.
For dessert, I had been eyeing up some of the incredible-looking cupcakes from Vegan Delice. I was temporarily heartbroken when I thought the person before me in the queue had bought the last strawberry cupcake, but my faith in the world was restored when the amazing owners pulled out a whole new batch for me (<3).
Once we were happily stuffed, we wandered back through the market, drinking in the atmosphere and making plans to definitely come back for the next vegan market. Apparently, they’re going to become a regular event (yaay), happening on the third Saturday of the month. I’m already excited for April, and cannot wait to go and once again stuff my face with some gorgeous vegan food. Hope you see you there! In the meantime, if anyone knows of any London-based vegan market stalls, cafes, or restaurants they would recommend, I would love to hear about them.
Happy (vegan) eating!