Best restaurants Brixton Village

A stroll around Brixton is not complete without a meander through Brixton village, a historic covered marketplace stretching the length of Atlantic Road and housing some of Brixton’s hidden gems – from retailers to restaurants. Brixton is renowned for its vibrant multicultural community and nowhere is this more apparent than here, with patriots from Europe to South America, Africa to the Caribbean all vying to whet your appetite and tempt you with the jewels of their homeland’s cuisine.

Updated on 16 January 2020

The restaurant scene in Brixton Village is refreshingly independent and unapologetically quirky. Blending in with the food stalls that surround them, these colourful hipster venues are usually bookable but walk-ins are the norm. They draw in a clientele of edgy students and cool young professionals on the hunt for a cheap eat before a night out in one of Brixton’s many clubs or music venues. The vibe is fun and loud – leave any pretentions at the door, these laid-back places are just about delicious food, served with a smile, as and when it comes.

Brixton has always had a fascinating foodie scene and amongst its market traders you can find just about any unconventional ingredient – from giant African snails to pig heads! It’s largely down to this that there has been a mass backlash to the propagation of supermarket chains in the area with the community fiercely battling to save its much-loved independents. It’s instantly apparent that local residents and vendors alike are immensely proud of their marketplace and they strive to keep the unique Brixton ingredients –community, creativity and independence – alive by constantly welcoming new concepts to join their thriving and diverse food and retail scene. Here is our pick of the best eateries to visit when you’re in the area, so have a browse and see what takes your fancy from our list of the best restaurants in Brixton Village.

Mama Lan

Mama Lan

Brixton Village Market, Unit 18, Coldharbour Lane, London, London, SW9 8PR

This restaurant set out with the punchy ambition of being Brixton’s best Chinese. Expect a menu of fresh, authentic Chinese street food including hearty noodle soups, refreshing salads and amazing dumplings.
Under £30
Chinese
Dim Sum
Honest Burgers Brixton

Honest Burgers Brixton

Unit 12, Brixton Village, London, SW9 8PR

Honest Burgers is known for some of the best burger joints in town, with a growing reputation for its custom-built patties – ‘meaty hunks of wonder’ made with beef from their own butchery, timed to perfection and served in a bun with homemade chips.
Under £30
Burgers
Federation Coffee

Federation Coffee

Unit 46, Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8PS

One of the gems of the Village, Federation is run by two chirpy New Zealanders who welcome caffeine addicts with flat whites and homespun sugar hits – from buttery friands to full-on brownies or Anzac biscuits.
Under £30
Kricket Brixton

Kricket Brixton

41-43 Atlantic Road, London, SW9 3JS

Kricket's short menu has a core list of classics joined by dishes that change every couple of months. The now legendary Keralan fried chicken, dusted with pepper and served with a tangy curry leaf mayonnaise for dipping is unmissable.
£30 - £49
Indian
Okan

Okan

Unit 39 Brixton Village Market, London, SW9 8PS

What was a tiny industrial unit has been transformed into a charming little Japanese canteen with concrete floors and basic wooden furnishings. The menu is street food with emphasis on yaki soba noodles and ‘as you like it’ okonomiyaki – savoury pancakes.
Under £30
Japanese
The Joint Brixton

The Joint Brixton

87 Brixton Village Market, Brixton Village, London, SW9 8PS

Cooking pork for 16 hours or slow-cooked chicken shredded by hands that aren’t specialized in it can be hit and miss –but this place is dedicated to the art of real barbecue and they know what they’re doing.
Under £30
International
Kaosarn

Kaosarn

Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 7EL

This popular refuelling stop covers all the essentials of Thai street food, but also ventures beyond the satays, green curries and pad thai noodles to offer everything from gai tod to larb.
Under £30
Thai
Champagne + Fromage Brixton

Champagne + Fromage Brixton

Unit 10-11, Brixton Village, London, London, SW9 8PR

In contrast to the upscale Covent Garden original, this branch keeps humbler company. The site operates as a shop and wine bar serving an inspiring range of small-grower fizz alongside Gallic cheeses, charcuterie, tartines and upbeat seasonal specials.
Under £30
Cheese
French
Wine Bars
The Laundry Brixton

The Laundry Brixton

The Laundry at Walton Lodge, Brixton, SW9 8PL

The Laundry is an all-day restaurant, wine bar and bottle shop. The space is pleasingly shabby chic, with a bright colour palette. Food is sharing-style small plates, seasonally led, which feature as much local produce as possible .
£30 - £49
International
Brixton Cornercopia

Brixton Cornercopia

65 Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8PS

Dishing up local produce in bijou, quirky surroundings, this labour of love is symbolic of the regeneration of Brixton Village. Starting life as a deli, it has grown into a fully-fledged restaurant, sourcing ingredients from the market.
French & Grace

French & Grace

Unit 19 First Avenue, London, SW9 8PR

This three-table eatery with a few seats in the covered arcade is known for its colourful, creative salads, although their monthly, Med-inspired menu now takes in mezze plates and highly popular wraps.
Under £30
Middle Eastern

Looking to explore outside of the Brixton Village? Peruse our list of the best restaurants in Brixton