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Restaurants and cafés in Brixton

Brixton is bursting with great food from almost every cuisine the world has to offer. Find it all in our guide to the area's best restaurants

Sure, it's still hard to resist the jerk chicken, but Brixton's got a lot more to offer in terms of culinary excellence. Join the queues in Brixton Village Market, grab a bite at Pop Brixton or check out one of the many independent cafés and restaurants bringing the area to life. Got a better idea? Share it with us in the comments below, or send us a tweet.

RECOMMENDED: Find more great things to do in our Brixton area guide.

The best restaurants in Brixton

Agile Rabbit

This independent pizzeria and café-bar is housed within Brixton Village Market (formerly known as the Granville Arcade). It plays host to bands on Thursday and Friday evenings.

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Bamboula

The green, hand-painted plaque inside declares Bamboula a ‘nuff niceness eatry’. Expect home-style Jamaican cooking - curry goat, jerk chikcen, ackee and saltfish - in a green and yellow interior resembling a Montego beach shack. Coupled with a gentle reggae soundtrack and friendly service, Bamboula sets the perfect scene for a Caribbean feast.

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Boqueria

Setting itself apart from your average tapas joint, Boqueria offers a fresh menu that merits repeat visits. The vibe is laid-back and modern, but references to the mother country are plentiful: flamenco on the sound system, photos of Spanish market scenes on the walls, knowledgeable Spanish waiting staff and real-deal Iberian ingredients. Boqueria combines the traditional and the contemporary to fine effect.

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Casa Morita

It’s a good thing Casa Morita’s menu is so brief – the potent cocktails don’t do much for your reading comprehension. Like the food, they’re tasty and remarkably cheap (just £5 for a smoky mezcal margarita). The bargain prices suit the Village Market setting. Taco appetisers used good, chewy corn tortillas; the version with chicken mole was a little dry, but it packed a decent chocolate hit.

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Dirty Burger

These guys really do make a bloody good burger, with each patty going through a three-stage steaming process while sizzling away on the hot plate: first on its own, then with a layer of cheese, and finally with a bun on top. This explains why the meat is so flavoursome and juicy, yet the burgers themselves hold together without getting too sloppy. Dirty Burger is quick and it’s simple - a flipping good addition to the Brixton area.

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Donostia Social Club

Most visitors to Pop Brixton hop between eateries until they’re too full to move on. Such crawls take place nightly in Spain’s gastronomic capital, San Sebastián (known locally as Donostia). Fitting, then, that this Basque-style tapas bar has taken up residence here. Don’t be fooled by its rough-and-ready look: Donostia’s background in street food makes it a slick outfit. Plates of food – the type that make you gesture to your companion with your mouth full – arrive without fanfare. Expect food that could hold its own in Donostia itself.

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Elephant

Chef-proprietor Imran Bashir set up this Pakistani café in Brixton Village Market during the summer of 2011. From a tiny kitchen a very concise menu is served: own-made samosas, curries, three types of thali (minced lamb, chicken or vegetable). The dishes are home-style, and the thalis served on a segmented stainless steel plate, in the subcontinental way. The dahl is rich and thick, the keema (mince) delicately spiced, the raita creamy. And the prices for all dishes very low.

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Federation Coffee

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.

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Fish, Wings & Tings

Situated on a corner spot in Granville Arcade, Fish, Wings & Tings is a great place to check out some lesser-known Caribbean treats, beyond the Jamaican norm. Despite its short, to-the-point menu, this laid-back café does a good job of persuading you to indulge in a little more adventurousness in the Caribbean culinary department. Trinidadian chef Brian Danclair might suggest changing your beer order from Red Stripe (Jamaican) to Carib (Trini), for instance.

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Franco Manca

With its top-notch, UK-sourced (when possible) ingredients, speedy service, and rapid turnover, the original Brixton branch of Franco Manca remains up there with the best pizza joints in London. Both indoor and outdoor seating overlooks the bustling market arcade. Here you can sate a craving for genuine, Neapolitan-style pizza on sourdough.

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Comments

15 comments
Medhin Gebry
Medhin Gebry

Meskerem Ethiopian in South London has the best Ethiopian food in the city...it's between Vauxhall and Stockwell and blows the tourist trap places in Brixton out of the water with genuine hospitality from the management and fresh cooked food

Eva
Eva

Can't believe nobody has written about Courtesan yet. Defo one of the top dim sum in London. Devoted regular :)

Ale
Ale

What about the Brixton Bar and Grill....must have for Sunday fry up, or the delicious grilled Sea Bass with deliciously homemade chips?

J.V.King
J.V.King

Yes, what about Courtesan, fairly new and just round the corner from the market. The Dim Sum is brilliant every time, definitely deserves to be on the list. Fantastic for a good wine also.

Mike
Mike

Curry Ono are overdoing it a bit on the review side, I don't doubt it is a great place but some of these comments don't really ring true.

ayla
ayla

what about Courtesan, the DIM SUM restaurant on Atlantic road? Best chinese for miles!

Tish
Tish

How can curry ono be missed on this list? It is criminal not to have them. Just tried Courtesans dimsum, yet another fantastic Brixton restaurant. Brixton is probably the planets most exciting food destination and so glad it is.

Mike
Mike

I have eaten at Curry Ono several times in the past year. They serve consistently delicious food especially the very good, mild and fruity curries. My favourite starters include tofu with ginger and spring onions and the seaweed salad. The beef curry and prawn curry meals are excellent main dishes. The pickle served with each curry is great. The ice cream is a very nice way to complete a meal. As you eat 'people watching' the Brixton Market shoppers can be fascinating. Go along and enjoy.

James
James

I certainly agree about Curry Ono being an excellent Japanese restaurant. We shared an array of tasty starters and I had a superb beef curry for my main, all washed down with a very nice sauvignon blanc, in an extremely friendly setting. Green tea ice cream was delicious. Fantastic food and service with a genuine smile - I can't recommend this place enough!

Trevor
Trevor

Curry Ono is an excellent Japanese restaurant in the heart of Brixton. I was introduced to this restaurant by a friend and was pleasantly surprised by the tasty dishes on offer. It is somewhere I wouldn't have picked myself but I am now a definite convert and look forward to returning (even though I live in north London).

Paulette North
Paulette North

Having written for many years for the Time Out Good Food Guides in the 1990's it was great to be able to visit London and sample amazing food at Curry Ono in Brixton Market. The decor is stunningly simple, the service is immaculate and the generous portions faultless. My friend and I shared as starters fresh Edamame with a dusting of sea salt, delicious melt in the mouth Kara - age (fried chicken marinated in a light soya sauce) and a light, tasty Miso soup. To follow my pork Katsu curry was gently spiced. My vegetarian friend had the robust roasted vegetable curry which he declared was flavoursome with a good variety of vegetables. To finish the Green tea ice cream was perfect. The House Red Chilean wine was as it said a medium bodied wine - bursting with fruit and a hint of spice. An excellent accompaniment to the curry dishes and a very reasonable £14.80.

John
John

Yes, Curry Ono is one not to be missed. Definitely five stars for its curry and a memorable place to discover, and to return to sample the interesting choice of dishes on offer. It is tucked away down Market Row but easy to find. Fine dinning at affordable prices!

Roland
Roland

Like the two others below, I have also enjoyed a good few meals at Curry Ono. I particularly like the "tapas" range, so you can have a good selection of small plates and sample different flavours and textures without breaking the bank! In fact, even when I have had a starter, main course and a couple of beers, I have spent well under £20. Try the spinach salad, pork gyoza or delicious chicken katsu curry!

Hamish
Hamish

Curry Ono on Market row serves the best Japanese curry in London and interesting Japanese home foods. The prices are reasonable.

Brett
Brett

Curry Ono on Market Row do the best Japanese katsu curries in town.