Returning to London after 7 years was very exhilarating. At first it felt a little unfamiliar, but walking along the big roads and little cobbled stoned streets made me feel like I was back in my second-home once again. My 3 years in London was probably not as well spent as I wish it was. The traveler in me hadn’t fully developed at that time. So this was my attempt of a sort-of redemption for all the regrets I had for so long.
I chose a bedroom in a nice little apartment in Brixton as my home for my 5-day trip. I am ashamed to say I had never been to Brixton. I’m not sure if it is as fun as it is today. The cafe and bistro scene was not as prominent when I was living there, so maybe I shouldn’t be as regretful as I was. But I’m so glad I chose Brixton as my home base! So full of life and filled with people from different walks of life, I enjoyed myself thoroughly being there.
Here are a few places I recommend visiting if you’re in the area!
Great coffee with a simple food menu, I’m not surprised I always see it almost full with customers every time I pass by in the bus. As silly as it sounds, honey and jam on toast was such a revelation! F.Mondays is a few stops from Brixton Station but if you fancy a walk, it’s probably about 15 – 20 minutes.
BRIXTON VILLAGE & MARKET ROW
Best to come here Wednesdays – Sundays, because some of the must-go shops are closed on the other days. A great place with a great atmosphere to hang out half a day. Remember to bring a good sum of money especially if you love beautiful homeware at affordable prices! Falcon Enamelware galore!
Some of the establishments I highly recommend:
Another space for well made coffee and the most delicious polenta loaf cake I’ve ever had. So good, I had 2 slices.
Rachel & Malika’s
A shop which sells an eclectic mix of knick knacks from all over the world, including bags from Colombia.
A cozy little shop that sells vintage/vintage-esque kitchenware and homeware.
Could have spent more money here if it were not the last day and I ran out of money.
Delicious burgers. Period.
I ordered the vegetarian burger and a side of delicious onion rings. The good food with interesting company in the form of my good friend Ray, made for a fantastic dinner.
Also Look out for their special weekend flea markets on their website.
There are many other things to check out in Brixton including Pop Brixton – Made out of containers that house different little F&B establishments, it is bustling in the evening when the space comes to life. Even if you’re not hungry, it’s a nice spot to hang out with a pint of beer and soak in the atmosphere. Do also look into the varies grocers to find a wide variety of locally grown produce or other locally made goods like bottled honeys to take home! You won’t be disappointed.
While I have always loved the East side of London the most, Brixton in the South has stolen my heart as well.
Hope you enjoy Brixton as much as I did!