Brixton, sitting proudly at the end of the Victoria Line embraces its unapologetically unpolished reputation.
Evolving from a site of controversy, (see iconic Clash song, ‘Guns of Brixton), it has steadily grown into the place to be. Homespun culture, pop up bars and bustling markets make Brixton a mecca.
The neighbourhood’s energy emanates from Electric Avenue to the art galleries, music venues, and bars.
Having been a Brixton resident for nearly a year, I am starting to think of it as a quirky second home and exploring this South London spot has led to lots of discoveries.
Here are some of my Brixton best bits…
This bustling corner of Brixton is a community within itself, an old arcade it has become home to more than one hundred local and independent businesses. A stroll through the covered walkways will reveal a treasure trove of cuisines, fresh food, clothing, homeware, art and music.
The Village reflects the spirit of Brixton and has the best atmosphere. It is the perfect place to grab some dinner, or a Saturday morning coffee.
I would recommend Casa Morita for amazing Mexican food and margaritas or Champagne and Fromage for a Saturday afternoon treat. Sunday evenings are best spent in Franco Manca, eating pizza and watching passers-by.
Stir Coffee is a recent find, but a good one at that. A quirky little coffee shop on Brixton Hill, this is the perfect place to grab a cappuccino and get into a good book.
Big windows with counter seats let in lots of light, and allow for ample people watching, whilst the darker room at the back has all the hipster trimmings with bare bricks and bare bulbs.
Lovely, friendly staff, good food and dreamy interiors this is coffee shop heaven.
This backstreet find is one of London’s newest breweries founded by two local couples. Their personal touch means that this place fits right in. The relaxed, wander in off the street vibe really feels inspired by the energy of Brixton.
Anyone is welcome in this family run community business, so take the dog, your nana or the veg you have just bartered for on Brixton market and settle in with a home brew.
The Craft Beer Company
Another find inspired by brilliant beer is The Craft Beer Company. This place specialises in offerings from small, unusual, mostly British breweries.
This tiny bar can be found on a busy street market, with its neighbours including a pawnbroker, and a Caribbean fast food van.
The beers make this little place, but on a sunny Saturday afternoon you can kick back with a pint and listen to the local DJ’s as they serenade the market traders.
POP Brixton is a community initiative in the heart of Brixton which showcases a selection of young business. Compromised of an eclectic jumble of shipping containers this place is busy all year round and makes for the best weekend hangout.
Pop Brixton is open all year round, with an open-air look in the summer, and weather proofing to keep you warm in winter. Entrance is free, and they have weekly entertainment to enjoy.