Hackney and its surrounding boroughs, so for hackney, read East London, is a brilliant place for shopping. Markets are big business here, you can go from the traditional east end markets like Ridley Road, or Petticoat Lane (strictly in the City and Tower Hamlets) where you can get all manner of different foods from around the world along with cut price fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish, and meat, and a 24 hour bagel bakery, and clothes, second hand goods, and lots of things that probably shouldn't be sold at all, to the "farmer's markets", organic markets, and craft fairs which pepper places like Stoke Newington, Broadway market, and Victoria Park Village. There you can buy gourmet foods, artisan breads, cheeses, and organic meats, for much higher prices, and spend hours browsing heritage tomatoes, and taste tasting Sardinian cheeses or the latest in cup cake heaven. Often the two, old and new, rich and poor coexist alongside. So in Broadway market for instance, the Chichi shops and bars will stand next to Gregg's the bakers which sells donuts, white poppy seed bloomers, and those famous sausage rolls and pasties, oozing lovely carbs, fat and sugar, and beloved of builders and school kids who pass by. Little boutiques, hand sewn clothes, and designer takes on vintage classics are all available in Hackney. Down at the end of Kingsland Road, as you head in to tower hamlets, the cut price shoe business still thrives allowing you to buy glittery creations without the price tag.