A native of Lisbon, Nuno Mendes lived and worked all over the world before hanging his hat in East London, where he has dwelt for the past seven years, close to Broadway Market. When he isn’t hard at work in the kitchen of his restaurant, Viajante, up the road in Bethnal Green, he can often be seen queuing for a Yum Bun or stopping for a coffee with friends.
Yum Buns gets an honourable mention here: they were taking a break when we did this shoot, but they were the traders Nuno wanted to big up the most: ‘I’ve known them since they first set up here,’ he says. ‘The product is amazing, and they are super nice. Louisa’s buns even rival David Chang’s at Momofuku in NYC!’ You’ll find them on Saturdays, from February, in the schoolyard part of the market.
Hansen & Lydersen
‘I love what Ule does,’ says Nuno. ‘His smoked salmon, prepared in a smokehouse in Stoke Newington, is incredible, my favourite, for sure. It’s a destination product. I love that you can come here and buy it direct from him, so near to where it is smoked. Look out for the little crostinis with crème fraîche.’ The stall is on the main drag of the market, usually near the Dove pub.
Climpson & Sons
67 Broadway Market, London E8 (@climpsonandsons)
‘I come here three days a week, if not more, for a flat white or a latte. Climpson’s is still one of the best coffee roasters in London. They came to Broadway Market about the same time I did. For filter coffee, I frequent a gentleman who drip brews coffee at his stall in the centre of the market on Saturdays, using single origin beans ground to order.’
63–65 Broadway Market, London E8 (www.offbroadway.org.uk; @baroffbroadway)
‘I love the cocktails at Off Broadway, and Byron’s beers, from Beavertown Brewery, are the real deal. He grew up in East LA, and does great Mexican food in the market some Saturdays: fish and pork tacos, and good salsas.’
5 Broadway Market, London E8, (rebelrebel.co.uk)
‘This is probably one of my favourite florists in London. They’ve done special arrangements for us from time to time. They really get it: Athena and Mairead use English seasonal flowers, which fits in well with the natural style at Viajante.’
1–2 Broadway Market Mews, London E8
‘This little place is quite unknown,’ says Nuno. ‘You have to go down to the canal, then head up the narrow mews on the west side of the market, and you’ll soon find the doorway. The Trinidadian rotis are really good – I used to live in Harlem, where there’s a big West Indian community, and I got a taste for them.’