East London’s Broadway Market is teeming with tasty food options but when it comes to bread, it’s all about Pavilion Bakery.
Opened in 2015 by the team behind the lakeside Pavilion Café in Victoria Park, Pavilion Bakery is where folk from Hackney and beyond come to buy their baked goods. There are no chairs – though there is a rather fetching bike rack – so it’s an in-and-out kind of place (as stated in white paint beneath the two doors).
The pared-back space sets the stage for the doughy delights. In the centre of the wood-and-glass façade is a floor-to-ceiling window display of freshly baked loaves. Inside, wooden shelves prop up everything from springy sourdough to fluffy English muffins, buttery pains au chocolat and sweet cardamom buns – many of which are served still warm.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, Pavilion Bakery has you covered. Baguettes come stuffed with the likes of pickled beetroot, almond pesto and goat’s cheese, while deli items include homemade crunchy peanut butter and hand-roasted granola. Plus, where you find croissants, you find coffee – from nearby roaster Square Mile, no less.
Pavilion Bakery, 18 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ.
Photo: Chloë Ashby.