Retail in Hackney has traditionally been centred around three main areas; Dalston, Hackney Central and Stoke Newington, each with its own unique character.
Dalston is home to Ridley Road market, the Kingsland Shopping centre and the new residential development around Dalston Square and the East London Line Station bringing even more customers into the area.
The administrative centre of the borough, Hackney Central, has developed into a major retail centre with an exciting new fashion hub rapidly expanding along Morning Lane and the traditional Narrow Way evolving into a more shopper-friendly community space.
With a much more village-like feel, Stoke Newington has an array of smaller independent retailers and is considered one of the most desirable retail locations in the UK. Along Church Street you will find boutique shops, organic groceries, family run butchers and a regular farmer’s market, reflecting the requirements of the local population of young professionals and families.
The Shoreditch Triangle is increasingly becoming a retail destination. Traditionally home to a thriving night-time economy, it has recently seen an influx of investment from high end retailers. These stores complement the art and design based retailers and niche clothing stores already well established in the area providing a diverse and alternative shopping experience. Not least of these is Box Park - containers turned into a cool retail experience where established names mix with local designers and artists.
In the east of the borough, near to Victoria Park, another shopping area is developing, with a village-like atmosphere and a range of independent and niche retailers and specialist food stores such as the Ginger Pig Butchers.
Broadway Market in the south of the borough has seen a resurgence in its popularity in the last few years and is now home to a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as the Saturday farmers’ market.
Street markets in Hackney are a vital part of the economy, contributing not just to the economy, but also to the social and cultural life of the borough.