Federation Coffee

Restaurants , Cafés Brixton
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Tricia de Courcy Ling

People come to this attractive corner spot inside Brixton Market’s covered arcade to work on their computers, eavesdrop, watch the world go by, or chat with friends. Grab a perch with a view on to the market if you can. But be warned: this isn’t a spacious venue, and it’s very popular.

All Federation food is made right here, with sweet and savoury baked goods to the fore. Not complicated, but not expensive. The espresso beans are roasted at a nearby market unit, and the house blend is a high roast that will take kindly to milk in a cappuccino or flat white. Add friendly service, the real neighbourhood atmosphere, and you have a great local coffee haven.


Venue name: Federation Coffee
Address: Units 77-78
Brixton Village Market
Coldharbour Lane
Opening hours: Open 8am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-6pm Sat; 9am-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:5
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:2
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Richard N

Tucked away in a corner of Brixton Market row, this is probably the go to option if you want a hip indie cafe to type away at and while the day away. The coffee's not bad, and sitting outside is certainly an option, seeing as the entire market row is covered. There's a lack of wifi though, but you'll soon forget about that when you eavesdrop on the various conversations from the patrons of this coffeeshop, who range from pretentious hipsters bent on gentrifying every last neighborhood, to the local aunties gathering for a cuppa to see what the fuss is about. 

Laura C

If over priced pastries and minuscule cakes served with fresh coffee is your thing, then look no further than Federation Coffee. If not, try anywhere else.

Tiago Almeida

One of the best coffee in London and not just South of the river.

Also good, tasty and home made patisseries.

Omer M

Great little place for catching a quick coffee in the morning even on the weekend. Its exceptionally made & service is on the whole friendly. They also know their coffee. Other cakes ok.

Naomi M

I'm here at least once a week. The coffee is the best I've had in London, the staff friendly and helpful, a great loyalty scheme, lovely pastries and food and a new delicious brunch menu. Keep it up federation!


I went on a Tuesday afternoon, and was luck that a couple was about to leave their table – there was quite a wait after that. That said the coffee (espresso) and the tea were perfect, the brownie and the scone delicious. Not sure about the service: they weren’t exactly friendly at the counter, but after we sat (we didn’t need to wait standing for the coffee) they seemed to warm up. I don’t live in the area, but it seems to be a great local cafe.


good coffee, sit by the window and watch brixton go by. a lovely people watching spot.


Staff have a bad attitude. I have tried this establishment three times, each time served by surly staff. Will not be making a fourth appearance.

Mike S.

Just experienced the worst customer service... I ordered a mocha, the waiter brought over a latte but called it a mocha. So after a couple of sips decided it wasn't a mocha so took it the waiter to ask for a mocha. Then the coffee shop owner came out and told me he wouldn't make me another coffee as I'd drank from it. How else would I know it wasn't a mocha! So he refused to serve me and was extremely rude stating he was the coffee shop owner repeatedly. He created a very bad scene in front of all the customers that were shocked. Besides this bad experience, the coffee wasn't great anyway!


The best coffee in SW by far. Flat whites you keep coming back for. Great cakes and food to nibble on.