From stone baked pizzas to seasonal small plates, Tooting’s long-standing market has had a bit of a revival of late. We’ve rounded up the best food spots in the area to grab a tasty bite…
Formerly known as the roaming pop-up A Grape Night In, Unwined has now set up a permanent residence in Tooting Market. This hipster wine bar offers regular wine tastings, guest chef appearances and a unique selection of bottles available to buy and take home with you.
Brickwood Coffee & Bread
Guaranteed to get your morning off to a good start, Brickwood Coffee & Bread serves up mouth-watering brunches and coffee. Adventurous foodies will love The Butcher – Brickwood’s maple bacon with sausage, hash nuggets and black pudding served with Mrs Trott’s apple and tomato relish on sourdough with poached or scrambled eggs. Definitely not for the fainthearted.
Whilst traditional fishmongers and butchers stand tall in their original spots, newcomers like Franco Manca give the market a bit of a modern edge. Fast, cheap and delicious, Franco Manca’s pizzas are made from slow-rising sourdough (minimum 20 hours) and baked in a wood burning 'tufae' brick oven. In our book, it ticks every box.
Whether you’ve overdone it at the weekend or need some post-workout fuel, Get Juiced offers a blissful sanctuary to refuel and reboot. Enjoy a selection of tasty guilt-free treats – including vegan-friendly sweets, cakes and pastries (the raw cocoa and cashew nut cheesecake comes highly recommended) – alongside slow-pressed juices and smoothies, each brimming with fresh fruit and veg. The ultimate in guilt-free snacking and guaranteed to kick your hangover swiftly to the curb.
This small shop produces their own delectable gin range distilled by hand in a copper still and made using only organic ingredients. Pull up a pew to enjoy a G&T in the shop, or buy a bottle to take home with you instead.
Harry’s Chocolate Emporium
Foodies partial to a gourmet chocolate or two should stop off at Harry’s Chocolate Emporium to sample some handmade artisan goods. As well as chocolatey treats, they also run occasional chocolate-making classes. Check the website for more details.
Koi Ramen Bar
With outposts in both Pop Brixton and Tooting Market, Koi Ramen knows a thing or two about serving up steaming bowls of Japanese noodles. They only have a small selection – Tonkotsu, Miso Tofu, Miso Pork and Shoyu – plus gyoza filled with either pork, chicken or vegetables, but don’t let the modest menu put you off, these bowls are brimming with flavour and make the perfect pick-me-up if you’re feeling a little under the weather.
Indulge your sweet tooth at Nuvola – this small bakery serves everything from classic cinnamon buns to indulgently rich Guinness and chocolate cake with a creamy mascarpone frosting.
Tooting’s charming newcomer Plot is a small counter top dining space specialising in small plates of locally sourced, seasonal British produce. Everything on the menu comes from the independent butchers, bakers and fishmongers on Tooting High Street, plus they serve gin distilled in the market itself, to add to the authentic local experience. Head chef Giles Elstob, has spent a distinguished career working in various Michelin-starred kitchens in the UK and Spain, so you know to expect big things. Small plates change with the seasons but can include everything from seared hanger steak with radish, broad bean and Stilton salad to south coast squid with heritage tomatoes and British chorizo.
The Tapas Room
Starting out from humble beginnings, The Tapas Room first burst onto the scene with stalls at Kerb and South Bank food markets. Since then, it’s launched a permanent spot in Pop Brixton, and another buzzing location in Tooting Market. Their most recent outpost is hidden away in a tiny nook of Tooting’s Broadway Market, serving up Spanish and Basque-inspired small plates, alongside a menu of moreish regional wines and sherries, in a quaint candlelit setting. There’s a deli section where you can stock up on takeaway gourmet treats, but the restaurant – decked out with rustic crates of wines and sherries – is where the action is. Hole up for lazy Saturday afternoon and work your way through their delectable cheese and charcuterie boards with a glass or two of Spanish wine.
The Secret Bar
Nestled in a corner at the back of the market, this cosy watering hole offers wine, beers and cocktails at great prices. The family who run the bar also own neighbouring stall Mina’s, which serves up some of the best Portuguese plates this side of the Mediterranean.
We Brought Beer
Look forward to bold flavoured, real ale brews from local hang-out We Brought Beer.