If you like things on the edgy and urban side then this is the best place to go to in London.
Forget the polished terraces of Borough market, this is downright raw, rough, (slightly getto at times) London.
Hipsters are taking over and the new wave of restaurants makes it less scary to go there and gives a very interesting array of new things to try. But being a local I'd choose this over any other, much prettier market of London.
Love, love, love the store, stalls, and hawkers of Brixton Market. It's the only 6 blocks in London where I don't constently feel like I am getting ripped off.
Great place for fresh meat, fish, and veg.
You'll be hard pressed to spend more than 20$ for a week's worth of grocery.
Loveeee it! You have to check this place out and eat here! A wonderful experience. And I bet you have to visit several times because there is just too much to discover!
Disgusting place, Stay away !
After the great reviews i Took my girl friend here to enjoy a nice sunny day...boy was I up for a surprise- basically it was like walking in a huge garbage can. Even the "deals" where bad because the fruit quality is low, bad bad bad
I've fallen for Brixton Market. I'm all gooey eyed. I think it's the best market in London.
This has been a strange and slow process.
When I first met Brixton Market, I thought "hmm down at heel".
I felt uncomfortable. Where are my well painted signs? My comforting downlighters? What IS this thing that they're selling me?
But in the two years I lived here I've seen Brixton market's true charms. I want a market where I can get all the worlds vegetables for a pound. Where my lunch can be organic or Columbian, Maderian, bajan, and not aimed a easily seduced tourists. Where a nice man will sell my homemade pickles and I can become an expert on Jamacian Patties. Where I can buy a plastic sock dryer and sourdough bread. Where London's best pizza is next to a chinese supermarket. I want my easy cultural bounderies expanded.
Yup, I'm turning down the overblown charms of Borough, and crazy bed eyes of Camden. These were the easy choices of my youth, when all I wanted was style and a cheap good time. I'm sticking with Brixton, a real reflection of life in London.
Soon it'll be the last true market left. Best get there quick.
Brixton market is a maze of little stalls tucked anywhere space will permit throughout the main market street and the nearby surroundings. The market has one main area, but seller's tents spill out like champagne into the nearby sidewalks and streets. The market sells an odd conglomerate of goods from food and batteries to fashion items and music. There's a few stalls that hawk home made goods.. One stand sold Afro-Carribean foods. My sister and I bought a cassava cake from the gentleman running the stand who was as pleasant as a cup of warm tea. The cake was different - something I'd hoped for - and good despite its mush-like consistency. It was fresh and one could taste the sweet oozing with cassava, honey and nuts.
The best thing about this market is that it's a "real place". Perhaps this means that, unlike most places, this is not a figment of my imagination. Or, it might mean that this is an unpretentious, comfortable place. Although the produce is not as cheap as my local East Street market, it's still a great place to pick up food goods.
It's not fair-- I live here. But it's got everything, and it's brilliant.
Client work slow? I'm surrounded with 4/£1 plantains and £3 halal chickens. Feeling adventurous? Leg of goat. Need cheap kitchen (kitschen-- haha, get it?) stuff? This is your place.
Grumpy old school sarf london greengrocers, trad-style fishmongers, Premiere League towels, dashikis, you name it...
Plus, on Station Road on Sundays there's an organic market. Hint: for cheap organic lamb, come between 12 and 2. I've gotten an £16 leg for a tenner. Just don't tell them I sent you.
Watch this space for more detailed reviews of all the individual fishmongers and butchers and greengrocers... just as soon as I've had dinner.
Funnily enough as busy, and as extensive as this market is, there really isn't that much to say.
If you're a market snob, then you will more than likely struggle with it. It's very ethnic, grassroots and feels how I imagine a local community owned market should feel.
Personally I think it caters for all needs, you may just have to think a little more creatively about what you really need! However, if perchance you happen to be throwing an emergency Christmas dinner or find yourself hosting an impromptu supper club, you'll find everything you need from the food you will cook, to the utensils that you will use to serve.
Not only does the market offer food and larder provisions, you will also find specialist hair accessories (notable for Afro Caribbean), including wigs, extensions and professional sized daily hair care products. In addition to this, there is music, clothing and household staples to be found, all for more than reasonable prices.
A word to the wise, don't be afraid to barter. It is a market after all and if you don't ask you don't get. As a first generation Brit, I grew up watching my Africain Mum displaying the art of bartering. As a teenager of course I was mortified, but as an adult, I realise the invaluable skill that have been passed on, a legacy that I too hope to pass on. Plus it's fun! Even if you're no good at it, give it a go anyway, that's what markets are all about.
So roll up roll up, there is much to see, play and do! Not forgetting after all your hard work shopping, Brixton Village Market awaits you, for a sweet treat or a spot of lunch.
There's not enough words to describe how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE Brixton Market!
It's changed sooo much in the 3 years I've lived darn sarf and every time I go back I find a new little coffee shop or restaurant in the village.
In the main market the veggies are an absolute STEAL - £1 for 6 peppers, get in! (they're 3 for nearly £2 at the Sainsburys round the corner)
Indian, Caribbean, Thai, Chinese etc etc - every time I wander round I get new inspiration for my culinary skills.
Brixton Market is my favourite place on a Sunday, I wander round for about an hour picking up bits and bobs
1 - Packet herbs & spices - don't pay supermarket prices, buy 5 times the amount for half the price
2 - Thai / Chinese supermarket - amazing for authentic cooking
3 - £1 bowls - bargainous
You won't be in love with this place instantly. You just won't. If you come here especially for the market, you'll likely be disappointed. Brixton Market grows on you.
You'll find that it has everything you need, and everything you don't. The food is incredible too. From jerk chicken stalls to the much loved Franco Manca inside. That's half the charm too - it's got the outside stalls and the inside section. Be sure to explore both. You wont recognise half the vegetables on the West Indian stalls. Ask them what they are. Go home and try them. That's the Brixton Market experience.
A true local gem.
I'm a big fan of Brixton Market - particularly the covered area known as the Granville Arcade and its indoor maze of fruit and vegetable stalls, butchers, candy shops, vintage clothing stores, hat emporiums, coffee & cake cafes, and more.
In my two visits to Brixton Market so far, I drank incredible spicy ginger juice, ate a fried potato-covered chicken drumstick from the Islander Kitchen, purchased a bottle of Brixton Pound sauce with local Brixton currency, watched a bumblebee paint a little girl's face, helped a friend make a finger puppet, observed a bear pushing a blindfolded man on a wheeled wooden contraption, explored a cool store of cardboard, drooled over pizza fresh from the oven, contemplated the purchase of decadent looking cupcakes and homemade Italian dishes, inhaled the enticing smoky scents from a massive blackened oil drum grill lined with jerk chicken, and vowed to return with an empty stomach.
I'd highly recommend you do the same.
I've only raced through here while on route to Brixton Academy - heading for the pizza place only to discover lines a mile long (always a good sign, though not so much when you're already cutting it fine for a gig).
The market looks amazing, with everything you could want (or imagine). Plus, so far, it seems to have avoided a certain extent of the gentrification you see at Broadway or Borough. Don't get me wrong - I love both of those markets, but it's definitely nice to have the variety.
Watch this space for a more complete review when I next get down there.
Brixton Market is incredibly vibrant and gives you a nice feeling when you walk through it. The place is buzzing, probably due to the reggae music that is pumping out of the stereos from various stalls.
Basically, if you want meat or fish, then you should definitely go to Brixton Market. There is such a huge selection provided by an abundance of shops and stalls. The market also offers a good range of fresh fruit and vegetables.
The most attractive thing about has to be the selection of African and Caribbean food. For a very reasonably price, you can try some exotic food that you don't see everyday.
This is definitely a market that has a lot of urban grit and lacks pretension, something I find really refreshing.
A very large and lively general market with a focus on Afro-Caribbean goods- the biggest choice of African and Caribbean food in Europe. From goat meat and dried fish to mango, okra and yams.
Saturday morning is the best day to go- from 8.30am onwards- when music reverberates around the arches of the railway and the smell of incense fills the air.
A good place for shopping in weeken.
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Took my mother to Brixton market on Saturday as we both hadn't been there before. I'm with mixed feeling about the place, though. Yes, it has all the stuff you can imagine like fruits, veggies, flowers and even household items, but it was way overcrowded.
I bought tomatoes, they were fresh and delicious, and price was cheap, but I'm not too sure it is worth it if you're not from around.
One of my preferred markets in London. Brixton market offers great afro-caribbean food, crafts, art etc.
I also love going there for lunch where you can get great cuban, nigerian, mexican or carribean food. People are lovely and down to earth Far from Borough market's hype and that's for the best!
I love Brixton market. You can walk round and see old people, young people, and every colour, nationality and language under the sun.
You can grab a quiet coffee at Rosie's, eat some food at Franco Manca or one of the delis, shop at Secondo. I always admire the fish stalls, but not sure I'd buy anything there!
The farmer's market on a Sunday is fantastic too - nice cheese, delicious fresh meat and veggies.
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I first started shopping at Brixton Market in the mid 1990's when I lived here for a couple of years. I went through a period in the mid Noughties when I was a very infrequent visitor. However, I found that towards the middle of last year, as I realised a significant and what appears to be a sympathetic regeneration was underway, I was being drawn back here whenever I had a free weekend in town.
As with all things in Brixton, the scope, location and name of the market is open to all manner of debate, argument and conjecture. In this simple fella's mind, and for the purpose of this short review, I'm talking about the indoor market which is also referred to as the Granville Arcade or more recently Brixton Village.
Many of the stalls that I used to frequent over 10 years ago, particularly those selling quality meat and fish, are still here and are as busy as ever. Fresh fruit and vegetables from around the world are still stacked high on many a stall at prices which put the likes of Borough Market to shame. Wild looking folk, and other more sad heart rending people, still wander through the many walkways; muttering dark thoughts and strange prophesies so in many ways it's just like old times and all the better for it. Good food from the yard can still be had from a number of small outlets and my favourite vendor of salt fish patties looks to be doing good business.
What has changed in the last couple of years is that a number of new independent ventures have started up. These guys are bringing a more modern; some might say a Shoreditch, artisan vibe to the market. Whatever, I'm loving this attempt to incorporate some new life into this wonderful market and to my old jaded eyes it seems to be bearing fruit. For the urban foodie this is fast becoming the place to go to, with a great selection of small sit down places selling top quality food from around the world.
I wandered up the 3 or so miles from Nunhead the other Sunday to catch a movie at the Ritzy to find that not only were a number of stalls on the market open but they were busy, in fact the Federation coffee shop was rammed. To the best of my knowledge the market only ever opened before Monday to Friday and in the day. Sunday opening and in the evening .change soon come?
So apart from all the good old school stuff what's new and getting my Brixton Pound: well the amazing Franco Manca pizza joint needs no more publicity, Rosie and her wonderful deli café is already a local legend, and the Federation coffee shop has already had a four star review from me. If truth be told I would just make a visit and see where your mood and senses lead you; plenty of good places for your lunch or dinner which are still to be splashed across the internet!! My ideal thing is to start with a browse around the collectable stalls, check out the tailoring, upgrade the tuneage, grab a coffee, buy some bread and then agonise over where to have lunch before buying some real meat and veg to see me through the week. By then the sun may be setting and who knows what might happen when you stumble out into Electric Avenue or Coldharbour Lane
Anyway, I generally walk thorough Borough Market on my way to and from work every day and I like it a lot, but it's not the real deal. If you want an evolving, authentic experience of what's happening in London in terms of music, culture and food I would recommend you jump on the Victoria Line and get yourself to Brixton Market. Some might say it's not for the faint hearted but perhaps that's why we love it ..
P.S. When I mention stalls I mean small self-contained spaces which are like a baby shop. In modern money they would be termed a unit!!
Good place to buy Christmas presents. There are some great bargains, go and search for them! I'm sure you will find something for you or for the people you love.
Hustle and bustle of brixton market.. You can find anything!!! I mean.... anything in brixton market.. from food, clothes, music, hair product e.t.c... from very cheap to very expensive..Love..
One of the best things about living in London is that you discover something new all the time. Brixton Market is a typical example it must be a good few years since I last wandered down Electric Avenue on market day. It has always been a great place for exotic fruit and veg, but now it has undergone a transformation into something even more special. The covered parts of Market Row and Brixton Village remind me similarly strongly of both Nairobi and Seattle, with their currently very well balanced mix between long-standing food stall holders selling fruit and veg from around the globe (mainly Caribbean), and trendy cafes and eateries. Everyone seems happy, pigs heads and chicken feet sit comfortably next to newly opened artisan delicatessen and gift shops.
I love being a tourist without having to board a plane, and there is so much to explore here. And noone seems to mind yet another person pointing a camera during the afternoon I spent here, I spotted two film camera crews, one following us around and listening to us gushing about how beautiful it all is.
The market halls have always been here, and I like the fact that they have not been renovated to death. The charme of the new places is that they make do with the space available; exposed pipes and brickwork, flaking paint and faded flags galore.
Everything just looks and smells beautifully (well, apart from the fish ), and the prices are very reasonable considering the high quality and trendiness of what's on offer. Most of the bar spaces are tiny and very intimiate and spill out into the avenues al fresco dining even when it's pouring down with rain! Some true streetfood, too, and I loved my mini taco for just £1!
I was almost hesitant to write this review as there has been a bit of a hype already fingers crossed, time will now stand still for a while and the magic not be spoilt by overdevelopment.
I'm an East London girl (now living In West London) so I don't really have any real reason to venture south of the river. I used to go a hairdressers in Brixton but that was because I would probably go to Mars in search of a decent hairdresser. The hairdressers was located in the middle of Brixton market- a lively place full of 'interesting' characters and stalls selling an eclectic mix of fruit and veg, mobile phones, cheap looking designer knock off clothes, 'bling' jewellery and West Indian food stalls. There are also some interesting shops including quite a few hair shops selling cosmetics, wigs and extensions which hair extensions to create the WAG look- if that's your thing. It reminds me a lot of Dalston's Ridley market.
Brixton Market is good for fish. Actually, it's good for everything. I really enjoy getting fresh food from here, but you can also buy items for your home, hair care products, mobile phones, clothes - anything you can imagine I'm sure someone sells it in here. Brixton Market is really magical. It has a lot of energy. It is constantly buzzing and the shops on the back roads connected to random shopping centres then back out to Coldharbour Lane are like little realms to magical places. There's nowhere like Brixton.
I live and Love Brixton. Your can find anything you want here and at a good price. every culture all mixed up and living together. The vibe is wonderful.
Oh yes! I'm on holiday every time I come. If you read these reviews and fancy coming, make sure that you take in the entire marketinside and out. There are two indoor sections to it, all with sections worthy of exploring. you can buy everything Carribean, fish, eat wonderful cuban food, drink fresh coconut milk, there are delicatessens in the European sense, wig-stalls, African stalls, Indian stalls, places to get Latin music fromand cheap veg! It's like going on holiday.
Worth going for the fish alone; somewhere you'll actually want to buy stuff rather than shuffle round and ogle.
Brixton market is just awesome. A great way to spend a few hours on a lazy Saturday, just wandering around and looking at all the weird and wonderful stuff on offer. And everything is dirt cheap (damn it, I really need to get organised and buy my fruit and veg here and not in Tesco!). Not sure I'd have the meat, but everything else looks great. You can get anything from plain haddock to tuna to flying fish in the various fish markets, and of course the fruit and vegetable selection is just fantastic. There's also loads of little shops where you can get everything you need in terms of spices and other exotic goods. I'm bringing my suitcase with wheels next time.
A wonderful, eclectic mix of fresh produce, household good, stuff, meat and variable Caribbean goodies. Absolutely fantastic.
Brixton Market is great for fresh food supplies, fish fruit meat all available and fantastic. The only problem I have is getting it all home, once the wife has packed out the car there is only room left for the driver so I have to hot foot it home on the bus LOL :)
Brixton Market is a revelation, a fantastic place to go for a stroll and pick out a bargain or two. Hundreds of stalls, selling all sorts, from clothes and shoes at knockdown prices, budget cleaning products, arts and crafts, carpets, flowers, the lot. The best part of it for me is the food stalls. I haven't had the guts to opt for some of the more extreme cuisine, such as the saltfish, but the vegetable shops of which there are many, keep our house stocked with cheap vegetables, masses of peppers or aubergines or whatever for a pound. Never will I buy veg from sainsburys again.
Brixton market is located next to Brixton tube station. It's a very colourful and animated place. The outdoor stalls sell mainly exotic and other common fruits and vegs. You can also find all kind of household items for £1. I like this market for its exotism and lively atmosphere. It's simply brilliant!
This market epitomises Brixton. Every kind of culture, race and religion mixing, working and shopping together. Yes it can be dirty and intimidating at times but it really is worth the exploration. A great place to pick up very cheap meat too!! I got 4kg of chicken breast/leg potions for £5.99!! Bargain central!
I am lucky enough to live only a few minutes walk from Brixton Market. There is nothing I like more than strolling through the indoor and outdoor market lanes on a Saturday afternoon. The cultural mix of people and foods is incredible and will have your senses running wild. I always come home with a bag full of culinary delights that usually includes Plantain, which I love to fry and serve with sweet chilli dip, Scotch Bonnet chillis, Flat Breads and of course Ginger Beer. The whole atmosphere of the market on a Saturday afternoon is like a carnival with tunes to boot. Long may the market and its sellers offer us such fantastic produce and such reasonable prices. Whenever I have visitors I always take them to the market to get the best Brixton experience. I love it!
Well for those who live( sw9)well a must visit is in order . What a multiple cultured place it is especially it's outdoor and indoor markets. Specialising from affro carribian , Indian. West Indian ,british foods at very good reasonable prices a wide choice for everyones cooking requirements . Enjoy your visit
What can i saythe main thing i like about Brixton market is the convergence of the different cultures. You'd be forgiven for thinking you were in a different country, very fast paced and lively.
Truly amazing on a Friday night!!
Brixton market is a great place within a great place, Your always gonna find or see something you didnt expect. Its just off the highstreet by the recreation centre. Plenty of stools and more yard food shops than any other market I know of, So jerk chicken all day long! It also has regular shop's on the side. Friut,veg and any other HERBS you need to build up that staminaWINK WINK..
Amazing place, must go!!!!
a fine market for cheap groceries. there are also a ton of cool stores and restaurants, including franco manca, vegan cupcakes, great coffee, and a great coop store w/ brazilian cds, cool clothing, and beautiful leather bags.
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