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Federation Coffee

Restaurants, Cafés Brixton
4 out of 5 stars
(38user reviews)
Federation Coffee

Time Out says

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.




Address: Units 77-78
Brixton Village Market
Coldharbour Lane
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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Users say (38)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:24
  • 4 star:8
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:3
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The best coffee at the Brixton Market, on the weekend Federation Coffee is incredibly busy, bagging a seat is a luxury but it's worth the wait or pop in for a takeaway. 


Really nice place! I had lunch there on a weekday and it wasn't super busy as it usually is. The coffee was excellent and the staff was so friendly. The place itself is so cute and the location is fantastic - just in the heart of Brixton Village! I can highly recommend the sourdough with smoked salmon, dill and their homemade ricotta! It was really yummy! Will definitely go back soon. 

there's such a great energy about the place- it's got great presence for quite a small place- and it still fits in 19 tables. Excellent coffee, amazing food- try the smashed avocado with salmon and ask for the cheeky extra of cows curd too. Banana loaf warmed with butter, a perfect sweet treat! Great staff and it's relaxed too.

Friendly staff, excellent coffee and a must-have every time I'm in the area (great weekend brunch too)

Best coffee in London, coming from a connoiseur. they really care about the quality of the coffee and food they serve. friendly and cool staff, lovely atmosphere inside and out, the best place in Brixton to chill and people watch with a latte or a flat white 🙂 Favourite place in Brixton by far

Love love love this place, great coffee, friendly staff and brilliant atmosphere!

Coffee and cakes are very good but the service let's this place down, a little slow. Nice atmosphere in the village.


The place was nice, but we never got our breakfast served, we ordered granola with yogurt and it took so long, that my partner was late and we had to cancel the order. Service wasn't great, but the location and place was nice! The coffee was ok, but if dont have more than 1 hour, you are not likely to have food. 

One member of staff was so cocky and  arrogant, it has made us feel very unwelcome. For the first time in my life have  I left half of my coffee, because it was undrinkable. Normally I would approach the staff when something is wrong (having worked as a manager in deli in the past) but taking the character of the barista I didn't wanted to create embarrassment for my company.  The food was nice, but the coffee was the worst I have tastes in my life. Burned bitterness combined with sour milk ???Thank you but no thank you.


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. 


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.


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

Also good, tasty and home made patisseries.

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.

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.

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.

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