A walk on the East side of things

Let me take you on a lazy Easter Monday stroll through Hoxton, Shoreditch and all the leafy worlds in between. If you start off at Broadway Market, chances are you won’t be able to resist the fresh sourdough bread with salmon, mushroom risotto or organic fairy cake so come with an empty stomach and make the most of the market’s eclectic mix of food and fashion. If you walk right until the end you will get to London Fields, a park that is particularly crowded and fun on a warm day in spring. We saw a dog that was jumping about two metres (!) towards the sky for 30 minutes. Up and down, up and down. Effortlessly. All the passers-by were cracking up and that whole situation made for some pretty special afternoon entertainment, I can tell you.

A stroll among Regent’s Canal (there’s a more detailed post on this coming up soon!) is always a good idea, especially when you’re walking towards the beautiful Geffrye Museum. It was five minutes before closing time when we got there but that was just enough to check out their beautiful gardens. I promise to follow up on the actual exhibitions very soon! Hoxton Gallery is on the legendary Kingsland Road between Old Street Underground station and Hoxton Overground and makes for a bit of culture in the midst of all the trendy cafes and bars (not that I’m complaining…). The current showcase is a mix of cartoons, graphic design, drawings and photographs. It feels a bit like reading a giant book, with each piece of art enriching the story.

There are a couple of great coffee places between Old Street and Angel, like Shoreditch Grind, Timberyard, Look mum no hands! (my personal favourite because of these bikes and cycling accessories) and Goswell Road Coffee which is basically Brick Lane Coffee, but… on Goswell Road. Wowzer! And if you’re on the look for some dinner (y’know, it’s been a while since that cake at Broadway Market…), you’ll find virtually anything in the Angel/Islington area. Ottolenghi is one of the best places to hunt down your #foodporn Instagram snaps (although a bit too packed and pricey for my taste) and Café La Divina do salad in a bowls that are made of bread. How awesome is that. Happy egg hunting and enjoy the rest of your bank holiday!

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