For fresh baked bread that crackles and sings to you, check out Pavilion Bakery on Broadway Market. Check out their beautiful storefront and pick up a delicious loaf of sourdough!
For a true east London experience, venture to Broadway Market to buy a loaf of bread from Pavilion Bakery. There are no seats inside, but instead this shop functions as a grab and go to pick up a loaf of bread, a cup of coffee and a sweet pastry. Inside the shop, bread loaves and pastries line the counter and the back wall. Make your selection and the barista wraps it up for you.
The beautiful storefront is reason enough for any bread lover to go to Pavilion Bakery. The striking wood front jumps out when you look down the gentrified street, and the large window that showcases a selection of fresh baked bread draws your eye in. It's a treat just to gawk at the carefully arranged breads through the window.
Pavilion Bakery is located at the south end of Broadway Market. If you want to get the full experience of the market, visit Pavilion Bakery on a Saturday. There, you'll find about 80 stalls selling cheese, meat and fish, cakes, preserves, and fruit and vegetables. The market starts trading 9 AM and runs until about 5 PM. These photos are taken at 10 AM, when it wasn't too crowded, and the fresh baked loaves at Pavilion Bakery were still stacked high in the windows and on the counter.
If you make it to the market, be prepared for hordes of those flat white-drinking, fixie bike-riding, facial hair-sporting, no-poo-practicing trendies. If you haven't heard of the no-poo method, welcome to east London.
I cycled home with a loaf of white sourdough (yes, we live in east London, but I haven't yet converted to the no-poo method), and immediately enjoyed several slices with just salted butter. The bread was divine - crusty and on the outside, but incredibly chewy and flavorful on the inside, with a bit of tang from the sourdough.
The loaf was rather large, so we used the rest to make Welsh rarebit (the new grilled cheese) to serve at brunch with some friends. The recipe for this will be posted soon!
Address: 18 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 7:30 AM - 3 PM (ish); Saturday: 7:30 AM - 5 PM; Sunday 9 AM - 4 PM