This parade of shops in hipster-centric Hackney (located north of Regent's Canal) is worth visiting for the specialist bookshops, independent boutiques, organic cafés, neighborhood restaurants, and even a traditional (but now rare) pie-and-mash shop. But wait for Saturdays, between 9–5, when it really comes into its own with a farmer's market and more than 100 food stalls rivaling those of south London's famed Borough Market. Artisanal breads, cheeses, chocolates, organic
meats, produce, oysters, smoked salmon, and ethnic offerings: this is foodie heaven. There are also stalls selling vintage clothes, hand-made instruments, and more.