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Somewhere you should go… Brixton Village

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Formerly a well-kept secret known as Granville Arcade, Brixton Village became increasingly popular this year, especially since Brixton local and the Guardian food critic Jay Rayner profiled it as “home to the most vibrant restaurant scene in London”. But in fact it’s much more, a perfect gem of a market that houses all a Londoner needs for a  perfect Saturday afternoon: fresh coffee and juices, an Italian ice cream shop, fish stalls, Colombian butchers selling hand made sausages, greengrocers,  vintage stalls…. and being Brixton, it keeps it real, multicultural, bustling and alive. Brixton Village is no Spitalfields, no sterile Covent Garden. This is where real Londoners come to eat, shop and talk.

You can access the Village through the blue arched entrances from Atlantic Road or Coldharbour Lane. And if you’re  hungry, I  highly recommend:

  • Okan, the Japanese pancake house;
  • Honest Burgers, for the real home-made variety  made with 35 day aged beef;
  • Elephant for their masala chai and their spicy Pakistani street food;
  • Kaosarn for authentic Thai;
  • Take Two for its amazing jerk chicken;
  • Etta’s Seafood for their crab fritters and lemon calamari;
  • Brixton Cornercopia for modern English meals;
  • And Bellantoni’s or Casa Sibilla for simple yet pleasurable Italian food.

If you just want a hot drink and a chat, you can’t do better than Relay Tearoom for their spicy African chai and red velvet cake or Federation coffee for the best New Zealand flat whites in South London.

But Brixton Village is a fashionista’s haven too.  Start off at United 80 for funky music, handmade leather clutches and stylish dresses made from Nigeria’s ankara fabric. Then check out Brixi for quirky unique pieces for your home, Circus for up and coming London designers, Saloon 97 and Bella West for vintage dresses and accessories as well as the Parisian run Leftovers and the 1950s vintage glam shop Rejuveante. Prices are cheaper than London’s more familiar jaunts – a vintage John Galliano dress was recently spotted at Rejuvenate for as little as £50.

With all that Brixton Village has to offer, no wonder locals long to keep Brixton Village to themselves, just a little bit longer – but if you’re a newcomer, we’ll let you off. (Words: Isioma Daniel) (Picture: Andy Broomfield )

13 comments

  • Don’t forget Curry Ono. One of my fav joints there. They do amazing katsu curry with homemade curry sauce. Yum!

  • and not to mention The Brick Bx which as well as crepes provides much of the events, activities and art that you can see in your picture,

  • Viva Brixton! And yes, don’t forget Brick Box/Senzala! They rock! Best Crepes and Galettes! And They boosted the market evening events!

  • And don’t overlook a wonderful shop called SWEET TOOTH (unit 66 BV) it’s not only a sweet shop selling stuff that will take you back to your childhood – but they do lovely hot drinks and mouthwateringly delicious cakes. You can even buy whole cakes. I’ve even attended a choclate tasting evening……what an education that was. Do check them out!!!

  • Have to agree with Ziporah. Sweet Tooth – in Brixton Village is a really cool sweet shop. They also sell sweets from around the world – and sometimes have events for children. My daughter loves popping in there every week. The young woman who works there is sooooo……. friendly and helpful. My son’s birthday is coming up soon. The shop are going to make up some little sweet bags for my son’s friends to take home after his party. Love this shop.

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