A trip to Broadway Market is one of London's must-see, must-do adventures. Open every Saturday, it's brash, loud, full of wonderful smells of cooking food, and sashaying hipsters listening to alternative music on green headphones. But what I love about Broadway Market is that when the stalls have packed up and gone home, there's still a great community there, week-long.
There are still foodstores with colourful produce toppling out of the doorways, and several excellent pubs which all serve local ales and brews. Best of all are the plethora of coffee shops. In most windows the flash of the silver mac is visible: coffee shops along Broadway Market are synonymous with busy homeworkers and tasty coffee.
Gossip Café describes itself as a 'vegetarian coffee and tea place' but inside there's no one absorbed in Facebook, and nobody plugged into their headphones. Instead, couples and friends nestle around tiny tables and hobnob about the past week. In front of them sit pots of tea, slabs of cheesecake and freshly brewed mugs of filter coffee.
For vegetarians, the sandwich selection is beyond excellent. The salads are fantastic, served in the same takeaway boxes as a chain might offer. Instead, the choice includes thick cut slices of avocado, sesame dressing, hummous and roasted peppers. Another serves smoked tofu chunks, aubergine and hummous, an excellent and healthy way to fill up and catch up with friends.
The sandwiches are always a winner in Gossip Café. One option is vegetarian pastrami, but other than the one stab at fake meat, the others are interesting fillings on interesting bread. Pumpernickel bread with sundried tomatoes and tofu perhaps? All in all, Gossip is an excellent addition to Broadway Market, and is a great excuse to go especially when the market's not running.