Where To Eat At Brixton Village

One of London’s most diverse markets, Brixton Village has long been a cultural hub for both locals and visitors. Situated either side of Atlantic Road, Brixton Village and Market Row house more than 140 retailers and restaurants, including mini-chains like 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 14 of our favourite places to book a table…
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Hacha

Deano Moncrieffe and Emma Murphy, of the award-winning Dalston agaveria Hacha, have opened their second site in Brixton Village. The new venue has familiar touches from the original, but with more space across two floors. The bar features a rotating menu of 25 varied tequilas, mezcals and lesser-known agave spirits, which can be enjoyed solo or in tasting flights. If you’re after a bite to eat, the kitchen serves a menu of Mexican-inspired dishes. The venue will be closed once a week to run a free-to-all community day offering training, mentorship, talks and practical workshops in partnership with Deano’s not-for-profit organisation Equal Measures, which provides tools for growth to under-represented BAME communities within the hospitality industry.

Market Row, Brixton Village, SW9 8LD

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Danclair’s

Danclair’s is the newest opening from Brian Danclair, founder of much-loved Brixton Village stalwart Fish, Wings & Tings. Inspired by the hospitality of his grandmother Valentina, Danclair’s serves family dishes at a long sharing table in the centre of the restaurant, allowing for a convivial dining experience. The menu draws inspiration from across the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe, with dishes including BBQ pork ribs, empanadas with raisins and olives, and marinated grilled king prawns with tamarind sauce – alongside a weekend brunch. 

Granville Arcade, Brixton Village, SW9 8PS

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La Nonna

La Nonna is set to make the move from street-food truck to fully-blown restaurant, as the team opens its first independent neighbourhood Italian restaurant in Brixton Village at the end of the month. Headed up by Roman-born chef Daniele Pino, the menu features fresh versions of comforting Roman pasta dishes, using an assortment of fresh pasta shapes made in-house daily, plus innovative daily-changing dishes and Italian desserts. The drinks list will have a selection of natural and organic wines championing Italian producers, alongside a selection of popular Italian aperitifs (negroni, campari soda) and digestifs (grappa, amaro). There will also be an on-site deli selling La Nonna's DIY fresh pasta kits alongside Italian cheeses and cured meats.

Market Row, Brixton Village, SW9 8LB

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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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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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Mama Lan

Mama Lan began in 2010 as a small, home-run supper club, where owner Ning Ma showcased the dishes her mother 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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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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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 champagnes and cheeses are 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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Lost In Brixton

This ‘hidden’ bar opened in Brixton Village two summers ago. 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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Etta’s Seafood Kitchen

Owner Etta is possibly the only restaurateur 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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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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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, gyozas 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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Temaki

In July, Temaki launched in Market Row with a menu that focuses on its Japanese namesake – handrolls. The lively handroll bar features pared-back oak interiors and industrial concrete flooring focused on a central communal chef's counter, set low and flat with nothing to divide the chefs and the guests. The chefs wrap fresh cuts of the finest sushi-grade fish – from tuna to ‘unagi’ eel and marinated salmon – in vinegared red rice and a crisp piece of seaweed, handing it directly to guests across the counter. The menu also offers a concise selection of small plates to accompany the handrolls, such as toro sashimi with smoked salt and buckwheat, and salmon skin crisps with chilli and salt. 

Market Row, Brixton Village, SW9 8LB

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