Brixton Market

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Franco Manca

Compared to the culinary homogeneity of Borough market et al, Brixton is a sensory fiesta. The air is thick with the sizzle of jerk chicken stalls, tinny reggae riddims and yam-based price disputes while the multi-coloured hues of exotic fish displays glimmer like a whiffy rainbow. And for every hipster rammed into one of the (justifiably) rave reviewed eateries in the newly trendified Brixton Village (that's the covered arcades), a stack of bargain basement exotic produce still teeters like a nutritious Jenga set. The days may be gone where traders plunged fists into a tank of squirming catfish and decapitated them on the spot, and a lot of stalls marine offerings aren't the freshest, but Dagon's in Brixton Village offers seafood that's as bright-eyed and cheap as you like. For quality Borough-rivalling, European produce, there's the fromagerie and baked offerings of Atlantic Road's Continental Delicatessen.

At lunch time, you can grab a taste of old Brixton Market at busy little Colombian spot Restaurante Santafereno, whose faded decor and gut-bustingly large portions of meat, rice and plantain predate the Brixton Village revamp. And no visit is complete without the manic energy of the rammed little corridor of a shop that is Nour's on Electric Avenue. Check out the impossibly cheap, bouquet-sized bunches of herbs and interesting middle Eastern produce. A word of advice, though: steer clear of the chaps selling herbs outside the tube. They might help pep up your lasagne, but it's your pasta you want baked, not your guests.

On the weekends, the weeday food market is joined by an alternating market on Sation Road. Head here on Saturdays to catch the rotating monthly vintage clothes flea, craft market, and bakers market (10am-5pm). On Sundays, the road turns into a farmers' market (10am-2pm).

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Brixton Market is a sort of maze to get through. You search for a specific shop on google maps and it just point you to the entrance. But what a glorious maze it is. I came here for the first time a few days back, when the sun was shining and spring was in the air, and sunlight flitted down through the translucent roof. It's a fascinating place to walk through, and all kinds of nooks and crannies leading you to weird and wonderful shops, from the original Franco Manca, to cozy cafes, to grocery shops with the hottest chili peppers. Even if you're nowhere close to Brixton, come here on a warm spring day and take in the sights of the neighborhood market with so much to offer. You might walk away with more than you expect to.  


Yay,Brixton Market! I went there last week for the first time and what a lovely surprise. A covered market of lovely food from burgers to dumplings to pizza to pulled pork to thai (which I had). Filled with people,splaying onto the walk ways. With boutique shops nestled in between eateries,this is a brill place day or eve. Brixton has changed so much and so much for the better. This wonderful addition to south London is a place to go out of your way to visit or to pop into on your way to The Academy. Thumbs up all round! 


What more do you want? Something for everyone here with excellent vibes and bang in the heart of Brixton. Go to Agile Rabbit for the best pizza in South London!

Yum yum yum take me back... So many options for incredible eating here at Brixton market. A variety of restaurants set up under one roof, each with their own unique look and feel. Such a great atmosphere, always plenty of variety and never a disappointment. 

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I love this part of town. You can find almost any kind of food with a good price, and the atmosphere is always young and friendly