Brixton Market

IN A NUTSHELL

Located in fashionable Brixton in South London, Brixton Market is a friendly and thriving spot with a strong community ethos which welcomes both locals and visitors alike. Home to everyday, seasonal fruit and vegetables, alongside a diverse array of street food vendors, fashion and music, this is a wonderfully eclectic market - a "must-visit" spot for anyone who wants to experience a true flavour of South London at its best.

Founded in the 1870s, there has been a thriving market in Brixton for almost 150 years, welcoming new communities as they arrived in the area. Today, the Caribbean heart of Brixton is well represented by the produce and foodie treats on offer, while its multicultural population has a fantastic diversifying impact on the delicious offerings and assorted stalls and stores of the market.

ABOUT THE MARKET

Whether you want to watch an Ethiopian coffee ceremony or hunt for vintage fashion, you'll find what you're looking for – and much more – at Brixton Market. Run by a Community Interest Company, the market exists to "benefit the wider social fabric" of the area.This is part of what makes the market such a fascinating, diverse and exciting place, with new traders given a warm welcome and plenty of support to get up and running.

Honey Bee & Tea is one vendor which has thrived in Brixton's supportive market, selling an array of deliciously sweet raw honeys and speciality loose teas in dozens of tempting varieties. French & Grace is another trader flourishing at Brixton Market, serving up their unique blend of Middle Eastern flavours and rustic British style to market-goers in search of real soul food.

Blogger Giulia Mulè of Mondomulia is a local and a particular fan of the market: "Brixton Market is one of the most exotic, eclectic and unusual markets in London today.The mix of old and new, local and international have really turned Brixton into an exciting culinary destination".

Giuila's favourite Brixton Market hidden gem is Shawl Cafe: "you can watch a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony and taste freshly roasted coffee mixed with sugar and ginger. The lady who owns the shop sits under a canopy on Brixton Station Road, roasting green coffee beans over hot coals in a brazier."

For Nikki and Martha of the Split The City blog, Federation Coffee is the market's star attraction: "You cannot contend with their Flat Whites, that's why there's always such a queue outside".

THINGS TO DO IN BRIXTON

A trendy hub of South London, there are plenty of great things to do in Brixton for visitors with all sorts of interests. For a slice of nature and a relaxing stroll, nearby Brockwell Park is a wonderful place to spend a sunny afternoon, with tea shops, a lido and plenty of green space to soak up the atmosphere.

For something more cultural, why not visit Brixton Art Gallery, where the multiculturalism of the area is represented in an array of dynamic exhibitions? At nearby Photofusion, visitors can enjoy lovingly curated photographic exhibits, along with talks, special events and courses.

If your visit to Brixton Market has fired up your taste buds, the local Chocolate Museum is sure to inspire you and trigger your sweet tooth, while now London-wide pizza institution Franco Manca calls Market Row home, offering some of the city's best slices to fellow Brixtonians.

For a relaxed drink and an affordable movie in stylish surroundings, head over to Brixton's cinema-of-choice The Ritzy, or book tickets to a gig at the O2 Academy for a night of top quality live music from some of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming bands.

Fancy a less crowded venue for your evening's entertainment? Effra Hall Tavern plays free, live jazz throughout the week, while The Trinity Arms serves up an excellent selection of ales.

You'll find an array of hotels near Brixton, ideal for exploring this trendy area. A short hop on the Victoria line to major railway stations, this well-connected South London spot is easy to access from all over the city.