Packed with shops and restaurants inspired by the styles and flavours of every corner of the planet, Brixton is often flooded with people flocking to the innovative new complexes like Pop Brixton and Brixton Village.
This magnetic appeal can leave a lot of quality places in the lesser known back streets and outskirts overlooked. Unless you’re desperate for the vintage fashion at Miss D Boutique or the handcrafted chocolate delights of Kokoo, it’s well worth venturing off the beaten path to find those hidden gems – and not only to escape the crowds.
Brixton’s wholehearted embrace of contemporary culture has put it at the forefront of artisan coffee shops. F Mondays offers London-blended coffees, ethically-sourced loose leaf teas and specially crafted hot chocolate from Amelia Rope. Along with a concise menu of light lunches, Opus serves rich coffees and thick hot chocolates in Italian style. At the Loughborough Junction end of Brixton, Blue Turtle Oasis makes sandwiches to order and sells small batch coffee brewed in London. For something a little more homely, the Recovery Coffee House hosts community supper clubs and classic Sunday lunches along with a warming brew.
The diversity of Brixton’s culinary platter is not limited to the pop up population. The Caribbean community has made its mark, with Bamboula one among many serving spicy favourites. Vegans and vegetarians are well catered for, as Kata Kata serves only the freshest and healthiest natural foods, while Vegbar offers a more indulgent vegetarian menu. Independent restaurant Naughty Piglets prides itself on its charcoal grill and natural wine selection. Fujiyama specialises in authentic Japanese cuisine, while Gremio de Brixton in the crypt beneath St Matthews bases its seasonal tapas on traditional Spanish recipes.
Get your body moving at Studio B and its variety of dance courses, from pole dancing and burlesque to swing and street dance. If you’re looking for something more relaxed, check out the weekly open mic night at the Hand in Hand, where local bands often get their first boost.