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Empress Market

Kitchen and bar


Empress Market an independent kitchen and bar in the heart of Hackney.

It is a fusion of Karachi folk cuisine and London night life. You can catch the morning rays at our Karachi street food cafe.

In the evening we open up as a restaurant and bar. 

Empress Market is an independent kitchen and bar in the heart of Hackney. Our menu places an emphasis on the unique delicacies of Karachi street food cafes. In the evening we serve small plates of Pakistani folk cuisine alongside an eclectic mix of cocktails reminiscent of the places we’ve travelled to. We pride ourselves on the weekend with Saturday special events and our indulgent Sunday brunch!

Photo credit: Appear Here

Photo credit: Appear Here

Empress Market is run by two friends, Numra and Sara. They quit their jobs in TV a few years ago to start their own food and drink businesses.

Numra is in charge of the kitchen. 3 years ago she set up Bun Kabab, a Pakistani street food stall and supper club trading across London, including the Southbank, Broadgate Circle and Covent Garden. Using traditional stewing techniques and complex Asian spices, Numra showcases her rich culinary heritage at Empress Market. A combination of family recipes, street food and a nod to her London lifestyle, her menu explores an alternative side of Pakistani food & culture.


Sara pours the drinks. Influenced by the Frozen Daiquiri bars of New Orleans she visited on holiday, she created Sister Slush a pop-up alcoholic slushy bar which had a very successful run on Brick Lane and toured various London events. Her cocktails at Empress Market are influenced by her travels as well as her London upbringing. Sara brings fun Sister Slush vibes to Empress Market, creating a new brand of infused cocktails.



020 8617 9470



171 Mare Street,


E8 3RH



Monday- Closed

Tuesday - 12- 6pm 

Wednesday- 12-6pm

*THURSDAY 19th OCTOBER 2017- CLOSED for dinner due to maintenance works*

Friday- 11- late

Saturday- 12-late



Call 020 8617 9470 from 12 – 6p Tuesday and Wednesday or 12-10p Friday and Saturday,and 11a-6p Sunday daily, or email hello@empressmarket.co.uk