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Mare Street Market, Hackney

A modern take on an old fashioned community market

A modern take on an old fashioned community market

Thea Rowe

After four years in the making, Mare Street Market opened at the beginning of April. It is the brain child of Marc Francis-Baum who has partnered with TV Chef Gizzie Erskine as creative director, with the vision of creating a boutique shopping hall, and boy is it worth the wait.

They have taken over what was a dilapidated former Job Centre and filled it with a selection of East London’s celebrated artisans and producers, providing a place to eat, drink, shop and socialise. 

The 10,000 sq ft space features two restaurants, Stranger Than Paradise vinyl record store, Rebel Rebel florist, a bakery, Flying Horse coffee shop, deli and cocktail bar. 

The market is exceptionally well thought out, creating a community hub for the local residents and a place where anyone would happy spend their morning, afternoon, evening or even their whole day. 

With ecofriendly ambitions for the market, they strictly receieve no-plastic packaging from their suppliers, have no plastic bottles but instead provide free filtered water and hope to ever increase their green footprint. 

Mare Street Market has been a success and busy since opening day; a sure fire sign that this was something the Hackney locals (and indeed visitors) were crying out for, and that Marc and Gizzie have got it bang on.