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Empress Market

cafe & bar


Empress Market is a fusion of Karachi folk cuisine and London night life. We're a female run independent kitchen and bar that launched in Spring 2017.

Having just completed a nine month debut residency in Hackney on Mare Street, our Mare Street site is now closed. We will be relaunching at a new site in summer 2018. Join our mailing list to be kept up to date with our new opening. 

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.