Where To Eat At Brixton Village | sheerluxe.com
One of London’s most diverse markets, Brixton Village has long been a cultural hub for both locals and visitors. Either side of Atlantic Road, Brixton Village and Market Row are occupied by more than 140 retailers and restaurants, including mini-chains such as Franco Manca and Honest Burger, which both opened their first sites here. Within the two covered markets, you’ll find dishes that span Europe, India, East Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean, plus shops that sell everything from cheddar to cheese plants. Here are 12 of our favourite places to book a table…
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Brixton Cornercopia

Brixton Cornercopia is a small neighbourhood restaurant and corner shop centred on local food and sustainability. On the shelves you’ll find jars of damson jam made with fruit collected from the gardens around Brockwell Park, honey made by south London bees and bottles of Brixton Pound sauce made using ingredients sourced in Brixton Market. Its menu also uses primarily market-sourced, locally grown or foraged ingredients. We like the sound of Dorset mullet with green leaves, with a cordial made from elderflowers gathered on Rush Common, a five-minute walk from the market.

Brixton Village, Brixton, SW9 8PS

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Agile Rabbit

Agile Rabbit is loosely based on Parisian cabaret bar Lapin Agile. Since 2010, this laid-back restaurant has served pizzas and small plates against a backdrop of live jazz. The pizzas are made with hand-pulled sourdough bases, homemade tomato sauce, plus a variety of delicious toppings. Weekend evenings are a good time to go: expect cocktails, DJ sets and live music.

Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8PR

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Champagne + Fromage

Slightly more rustic than its upscale Covent Garden original, the second branch of Champagne + Fromage occupies what was once a Caribbean grocery. You’ll find organic produce and freshly baked bread scattered around the place and a wine bar serving an inspiring range of small-grower fizz alongside Gallic cheeses, charcuterie, tartines and seasonal specials. All champagne and cheese is available to take out – we suggest grabbing some produce for a posh picnic in one of the nearby parks.

Brixton Village, Brixton, SW9 8PR

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Mama Lan

Mama Lan began in 2010 as a small, home-run supper club, where owner Ning Ma showcased the dishes her mum had taught her when she lived in Beijing. When a space came up in Brixton Village market in 2012, she jumped at the opportunity and opened her first restaurant. The site serves some of the best Chinese food in the neighbourhood from a menu full of authentic dishes such as noodle soups, bao, salads and dumplings. There’s also a large selection of vegan and wheat-free dishes.

Brixton Village, Brixton, SW9 8PR

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Salon

Salon started life as a pop-up above a cheese shop. Today, clever and creative cooking abounds at Nicholas Balfe’s shabby-chic eatery. In the evenings, the kitchen serves an ever-evolving set menu of four or seven courses – like a tasting menu, but without the fuss and pomp. Expect seasonal, predominantly plant-based dishes arranged in offbeat ways, with contrasting flavours and textures at the heart of every plate. In 2017 the team opened the Wine Store next door, selling 130 lines of low-intervention, organic and biodynamic wine from across the world. 

Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8LD

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Kamome Japanese Kitchen

Established in 2011 as Curry Ono, Kamome Japanese Kitchen has diversified to offer much more than just curry – including a large selection of gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. A traditional, homemade menu showcases pork katsu curry, prawn tempura donburi, pork chashu ramen and sake-steamed clam udon. Those wanting to make a night of it should sample some of the bar’s well-stocked selection of sake and shochu.

Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8LD

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Etta’s Seafood Kitchen

Owner Etta is possibly the only restauranteur in Brixton who can say she has been a local resident for more than 40 years. With the help of friends and family, Etta’s Seafood Kitchen has grown organically since it launched via Brixton’s ‘empty shops project’ in 2011. This is the place to head to for celebrations and gatherings with a family feel. Menu highlights include saltfish fritters with spicy dipping sauce, scallop salad with lime dressing, sweet potato and pumpkin curry, and fish soup with vermicelli noodles.

Brixton Village, Brixton, SW9 8PS

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Lost In Brixton

This ‘hidden’ bar opened in Brixton Village this summer. At Lost in Brixton, you’ll find live music, local draft beer, a Latin American-inspired cocktail menu and a delivery service that drops off food from the market into the venue. Against a backdrop of brick railway arches, natural materials and jungle greenery fill the space, plus there’s a retractable roof for sunnier days.

Brixton Village, Brixton, SW9 8PS

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Federation

This speciality coffee shop serves its house espresso blend and rotating guest filter coffees alongside pastries and an ever-changing selection of cakes. The menu is enhanced by wares from some of the area’s best-loved bakeries, such as Brick House Bakery and the Little Bread Pedlar. Best of all, grilled cheese sandwiches come from the team behind just-round-the-corner Salon.

Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8PS

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Nanban

Nanban means ‘southern barbarian’, a term once used to describe the first European visitors to Japan centuries ago. Former MasterChef winner Tim Anderson celebrates this ‘barbaric’ side of Japanese cuisine with new takes on traditional dishes that incorporate the international flavours of Brixton Market. Guests can tuck into ramen, gyoza and curries, burgers laced with gochujang and matcha affogatos for dessert. The deep-fried ‘Electric eel’ is a must-order.

426 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF

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Seven at Brixton

Cocktails are served in dainty teacups at this quirky gallery-style haunt. It’s open during the day for brunch, lunch and coffee, serving up sugar-coated churros and hot sandwiches. An evening tapas menu consists of large sharing platters and meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. ‘Traditional with an experimental twist’ best describes the cocktail menu, which changes four times a year. A great variety of Spanish wines match the tapas menu and there’s also a growing list of sherries by Bodegas Sanchez Romate.

Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8LB

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Okan

In the middle of Brixton Village, this tiny Japanese eatery specialises in Osaka street food such as yaki soba, yaki udon and okonomiyaki pancakes. It’s a busy place, but you can usually beat the queues if you swing by around lunchtime or mid-afternoon. Be sure to try the okonomiyaki, served with prawns, squid kimchi and sweetcorn – it’s authentic and delicious.

Brixton Village, Brixton, SW9 8PR

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