Brixton Market is one of my favourite places in London. First, the atmosphere is great and there are so many great places to get food and drinks and, second, it is one of those areas a bit off the beaten track so 99% of the people frequenting it are locals. I have been a Londoner for almost 8 years and even I only discovered it after 4. No tourist traps there!
It isn’t the easiest place to find as it hides under train tracks. Walk out of Brixton tube station and take a right along the tracks. You will pass many little local shops selling fabric, furniture and electronics, and, eventually, you will see a path between 2 stalls. Don’t be scared and enter, you won’t be disappointed.
Have a wander around the different galleries of the market. You will find nice little gift shops, house plants, home decor items, vintage stores and a fair amount of African and Caribbean art and home goods. Brixton is a very multicultural neighbourhood with a large Afro-Caribbean community.
Locals do their food shop there too and you will find fishmongers, butchers and multiple vegetables stalls.
Brixton Market is a great place to grab lunch or brunch with eateries offering food from all around the world. To help you make a decision, let me introduce you to my favourite places.
The Joint serves the most amazing brisket and pulled pork sandwiches. They are the size of my head so go there if you are one hungry meat lover.
Jalisco is a great Mexican restaurant with delicious tacos and burritos on the menu and some tasty margaritas. The perfect place to grab dinner before going ‘out-out’.
If you like jerk chicken and Carribean food go to Fish, Wings and Tings. One of my friends from Cayman introduced us to it and the food will transport you to the white sand beaches of Trinidad or Barbados.
Finally, if you are after the real flavours of Japan, Okan is the place. And I am not talking about sushi here, I am talking about authentic Osaka’s food. They serve the best okonomiyaki I have found in London so far! For those of you wondering what Okonomiyaki and authentic Japanese food look like read this post (hint: it’s not just sushi and ramen).
Brixton Market is more than a place to grab food and shop, it is an experience. You will see how this South London multicultural community, its cultural heritage and gentrification meet to form one pretty cool place to spend a Saturday afternoon.