Is Mare Street Market leading the way for London's hybrid spaces?
5 September 2018
Stylish yet relaxed, contemporary whilst being community-based, Hackney’s latest destination paves the way for a new era of au courant hybrid spaces equipped with all the added atmosphere you didn’t know you needed — until now. Created by serial entrepreneur and hospitality visionary Marc Francis-Baum, this venture feels appropriately pioneering in a scene which is really just getting started. 
From outside you can’t really tell what the Mare Street Market is all about; bushes of foliage  make appearances on the large warehouse windows, flashes of neon, some old school theatre signages, a glimpse of what looks like either a café or a whisky bar. But upon closer inspection, Mare Street Market is exactly advertised and so much more; with everything from pizzas, record store, and brewery, to a florist, podcast studio as well — all carefully curated under one roof.
As Marc told retail platform Appear Here, “I’d seen some interesting projects from people we admire, such as Caravan who have a coffee roasting club. Like them, I wanted to take it one step further beyond just selling food and drink” —and we think this has definitely been a success, mainly because Mare Street Market has achieved that winning formula of retail, food, and design — all of which are chock full of character. The concept is akin to a lifestyle that’s flourished across London’s suburbs in recent years, with a big focus on small, local, independent retailers, bars and cafes.
Capturing the heart of what defines a traditional British market and elevating that with a polished appeal in keeping with the city’s most creative and ambitious crowd, the space is as inviting as any, but with a hidden layer of substance revealed only as you enter through the tall glass doors. Countless little details are what build the Mare Street Market’s character; from the black and white floor tiles, to an eccentric collection of chandeliers, and of course dozens of plants in every shape and size, topped off with a light and open interior to match.
Mare Street Market is a perfect commune for the summer months and above all else, a recognition of less ordinary we’d like to see a little more of. With Mercato Metropolitano turning heads in the South and Mare Street’s quick rise to fame, we foresee this era of creative hybrid spaces lasting for some time. 
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Words by Matt Horrocks

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