My friend Karen and her 6 year old son came up to visit me from Bournemouth so we decided to spend the day in East London.
Our first stop was The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. If you haven’t been before I would definitely recommend it. They have toys from different eras and different countries and it will take you a trip down memory lane. There are also lots of interactive exhibits to keep youngsters entertained too. Like all the museums in London it is free to enter.
We then headed to Hackney Downs, we passed Love Shack just by Cambridge Heath station. I have been following their Instagram for a while and can’t wait to go there, it’s a chilled out space with hammocks, Miami vibes and of course vegan food!
We walked through the Downs to get to the vegan market which was lively but gladly none of the stalls had long queues. I opted for a herby seitan and mac wrap from Café So Vegan. The portion of seitan was very generous and the creamy mac and cheese was a great addition without it being too messy!
I had recently heard about Dope Soft Serve so on a day like Saturday with temperatures reaching 30°C ice cream was definitely needed! I chose the cinnamon crunch which came with cinnamon cereal flakes popcorn and miso caramel. The ice cream is actually quite thick for soft serve and very creamy.
I couldn’t go to Hackney Downs without picking up some cakes to take home from Vegan Delice. I got this gooey chocolate peanut delight for Husband which he really enjoyed.
And I had this brownie topped with a Baileys Almande cream. The Baileys flavour really came through, I was lucky to get one of the last ones!
I also stopped by Temple Goods to get an iced latte and I picked up a couple of croissants for breakfast as finding vegan croissants is so difficult!
I always enjoy my visits to Hackney Downs Vegan Market and my friends enjoyed it too!
Have you been? What did you try? Let me know in the comments below.
When my friend Maxine was in hospital I brought her some vegan doughnuts, now while that had a restorative effect on her condition she has since transformed into a vegan doughnut demon, craving them and even dreaming about them! So we took the opportunity this weekend to head down to Hackney to go to Dough Society doughnut and coffee shop. I was also excited to see that Temple of Seitan had taken over the cafe at Hackney Downs Studios so we first headed there for some brunch.
Temple Goods has a brunch menu as well as selling vegan snacks and ice cream. My Husband had already asked me to bring him back a bacon and egg muffin! Maxine and I went for the avocado toast with scrambled egg and bacon and Maxine also bought a croissant to take home for her son.
I loved my sourdough toast, the egg tasted similar to follow your heart’s vegan egg and it went so well with avocado. My Husband enjoyed his muffing although he said it was more like a bap and would have benefitted from eating it fresh rather than 4 hours later when I got home!
We had a little look around the market afterwards. I picked up some Hungarian scones from Lucky Lek which were gorgeous and tasty!
I also picked up a synckers bar for my Husband from The Well-Bean Company which he hasn’t tried yet.
After that we headed the short distance to Dough Society which is off Mare Street.
I chose the Jam and Custard while Maxine had the Coffee Nut. These doughnuts are huge! These taste like proper doughnuts, none of this baked nonsense! Mine had Custard in one half and Jam in the other, but I think I would prefer it to have both layered together.
Maxinr took a Notella doughnut home for her son but the chocolate hazelnut filling tasted a bit off. She contacted Dough Society and said they would test the batch they had and offered a free doughnut and drink next time they visited. I think it is always worth notifying a company when something isn’t quite right so they have the opportunity to fix it.
We were well and truly spoilt on our vegan adventures in Hackney and I also got to spend some time with Ozzy and Bling the gorgeous doggies!
What are your favourite vegan hangouts in Hackney? Let me know in the comments below.