• Brixton Village Market has become the destination for budget eating in south London. • Take Time Out’s video tour of the covered market’s restaurants and cafés. • Get the details and unbiased reviews of the best places, from KaoSarn to Honest Burgers.
SW9 may now have a Starbucks, but this little coffee shop, hidden away in Brixton Village Market, continues to serve those who want to support local businesses instead. And it’s easy to see which is the more intriguing – it’s a funky, if small, space that serves Nude Espresso coffee and a range of pastries, cakes and brownies.
This family-run Thai restaurant is the most conspicious as you enter from Coldharbour Lane, as it has alfresco tables on the market’s forecourt. Mr Pee Noi and his team cook up terrific spicy Thai dishes, despite the handicap of no gas in the kitchen (it’s all done on electric cookers). Maitre d’ Giselle handles front of house. Booking essential.
This family-run café specialises in Beijing street food, from pan-fried dumplings to deep-fried vegetable dough balls. The menu is short, featuring cold dishes such as salads of seaweed with sesame, or wood ear fungus with boiled peanuts and celery.
This small Japanese café specialises in Osaka-style okonomiyaki, an iconic savoury pancake dish. Here, it's done brilliantly and served alongside a tiny but concise list of small appetisers and organic Japanese teas.
Relay Tea Room
This tea specialist also does light lunches of open sandwiches, soups and stews, but the main draws are clearly the tea blends and freshly-baked scones and cakes. The loose-leaf chai lattes are particularly brilliant, and are blended in-house.
Rosie French and Ellie Grace, the duo behind the Salad Club supperclub, have just set up a permanent café serving simple Mediterranean-styled food: wraps, salads and stews.
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Coq d’Argent Bar & Grill
Located at 1 Poultry on a rooftop, this classic French restaurant offers up a seasonal menu with the chance to look out at London’s skyline whilst dining. Round the corner from St Paul’s, it could be seen as a city boy haunt, however, the approachable grill menu isn’t too daunting, with a large selection of fruits de mer and reasonably priced starters. Despite the a-la-carte mains being rather pricey, there’s an affordable set menu of £25 for three courses available in the grill. The bar menu is incredibly extensive, with wines from almost every region of France as well as worldwide. On Mondays selected bottles are also available at retail price to kick-start your week.
Venue says: “Make it a special day for your mum with a view of the skyline – and a fantastic three course menu for £39 per person.”