From street food joints to seasonal tasting plates, Brixton’s dining scene is firmly established as one of the most dynamic in London. Whatever you’re in the mood for – be it wine and charcuterie or sake and ramen – there are few better places to satisfy your food fix. Here’s our pick of best dining and drinking spots Brixton has to offer…
Dreaming of golden sands? Brixton’s Havana-inspired beach resort is set to be the pop-up of the summer, promising sun, sand, Cuban cocktails and delicious street eats. The party line-up is strong, too, with beach parties, barbecues, Ministry of Sound-inspired fitness classes and top-notch DJs spinning the decks from dawn till dusk. There’ll be weekly barbecues every Thursday, welcoming some of the best restaurants to the beach – including Mama’s Jerk and Negril – and July will bring the colourful carnival vibes, to celebrate Cuba’s biggest holiday, Carnival de Cuba.
Brixton Rooftop, Pope's Road, Brixton SW9 8JH, open Monday to Thursday 6pm - 11pm; Friday 6pm – midnight; Saturday 1pm – midnight; Sunday 1pm - 11pm, tickets from £10
Anywhere that serves up sides of deep-fried macaroni and cheese is a winner in our book, but add crispy, battered chicken wings to the mix and you’re really talking. Tucked away in Brixton’s bustling food market, this diner-style eatery is part of the MEATliquor group, so you know you’re in for a good spread. No frills fried chicken with seriously good cocktails.
Unit 12 Market Row, Brixton Market SW9 8JX
Duck Duck Goose
A super cool, canteen-style setting with retro wooden chairs, industrial lighting and pastel pink walls – this is the coolest Cantonese joint we’ve ever come across. The food is traditional, barbecued and brimming with flavour – the same fare you’d find on the busy streets of Hong Kong. Think classic dishes, comprising duck, pork and goose, which come fried, steamed or cooked in a wok. Be sure to try their Prawn Toast Revisited – deep-fried white bread topped with a layer of prawn mousse; the whole red snapper steamed with soy, ginger and spring onion; or the mighty meat platter that comes with char siu, duck and goose.
Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton SW9 8PQ
Opened by former MasterChef winner Tim Anderson, this Brixton ramen bar boasts hearty Asian soups in a cool setting. Described as ‘Japanese soul food’, tuck into ramen, gyoza and curries; burgers laced with gochujang; and matcha affogatos for dessert. The deep-fried ‘electric eel’ is a showstopper. Book a wheeled booth for a group or pull up a metal stool at the bar for date night.
426 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton SW9 8LF
Seven at Brixton
Cocktails are served in dainty teacups at this quirky gallery-style haunt. It’s open during the day, too, for brunch, lunch and coffee, serving up sugar-coated churros and hot sandwiches.
Market Row, Brixton SW9 8LB
Champagne + Fromage
A slightly more rustic offering than its upscale Covent Garden original, the second branch of Champagne + Fromage occupies what was once a Caribbean grocery in Brixton Village, and keeps to its humble origins. You’ll find organic produce and freshly baked bread scattered around the place and a wine bar that serves an inspiring range of small-grower fizz alongside Gallic cheeses, charcuterie, tartines and upbeat seasonal specials. All the Champagne and cheese is available to take out, too; grab some produce for a luxe picnic in a nearby park.
10 and 11, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln, Brixton SW9 8PR
This charming neighbourhood hangout serves up seasonal small plates, perfectly matched to a selection of raw, natural wines. Nestled on the edge of Brockwell Park, this much-loved Brixton favourite celebrates the best of British, with an ever-changing, seasonal menu that takes influences from around the world. Spain is a particular highlight, and you can sample creamy burrata over fresh peas and broad beans; plump steamed mussels in bonito butter; fatty duck rillettes; or a simple salad of black tomatoes topped with shavings of salted ricotta. The Korean-style pork belly – served steamed then grilled and served with a gochujang (chilli-miso) dip – comes highly recommended.
28 Brixton Water Ln, Brixton SW2 1PE
Set in the heart of Brixton Village, this pint-sized Japanese eatery specialises in Osaka street food, and in particular yaki soba, yaki udon and traditional okonomiyaki pancakes. It’s a bustling hotspot, but if you swing by around lunchtime or mid-afternoon you can usually beat the queues. Be sure to try the Okan Special okonomiyaki, served with prawns, squid kimchi and sweetcorn.
Unit 39, Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR
The Shrub & Shutter
There are gimmicky cocktails aplenty at this rustic-chic cocktail joint. If you’re open to trying the weird and wonderful – vodka with a side of crayfish springs to mind – The Shrub & Shutter will not disappoint. There’s also a snack menu serving small plates of tuna carpaccio, garden salads, heritage tomatoes with soft burrata, and cheese platters with rye bread. The wines and beers are also well worth sampling.
336 Cold Harbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8QH
A one-stop shop for food and booze, whether you want to eat, drink, dance or dine, Pop Brixton always guarantees the best party vibes. Expect an eclectic mix of sizzling street food stalls, sit-down restaurants and buzzing bars playing live DJ sets until the early hours. Set up camp in the sun for a day-to-night session of al fresco fun.
49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton SW9 8PQ
Three Eight Four
This late-night tapas bar, and second outpost from the Seven At Brixton team, comes complete with an outlandish cocktail list – think Ziggy Stardust and Rosemary and Cardamom Spritz – alongside small tapas-style sharing plates, including slow-cooked beef brisket, chilli and garlic squid and crispy courgette fritters.
384 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LF
Clever and creative cooking abounds at Nicholas Balfe’s shabby-chic Brixton Market eatery. Dishes are simple yet flavourful and are served tasting-menu style. Look forward to fresh, seasonal ingredients arranged in offbeat ways, with contrasting flavours and textures at the heart of each inventive plate.
8 Market Row, Brixton, London SW9 8LD