Brixton has pioneered many firsts throughout its colourful history, from the UK’s first electric street lamps, to the earliest use of a Molotov cocktail against the police on mainland Britain and 2001’s piloting of the first cannabis amnesty. And for many years, Brixton’s market has been many shoppers’ first stop-off point for the most extensive range of well-priced, fresh Afro-Caribbean fare.
Post-war Brixton was shaped by migrant African and West Indians workers—the indelible mark left behind can be seen in a wholly multicultural modern Brixton, and is never more evident than in the endearing chaos of the market. Delicatessen shoppers will be spoiled in choice: most stalls sell at least four different varieties of yams, mountains of fresh callaloo, hard-to-find cerressie, plump Ugandan avocados and raw aloe vera. It’s also the location of the finest Thai mini-market in South London, the best place to source collectable Reggae records and a huge number of fine fabric stalls.
You’ll be blown away by the choice of produce and their modest prices, and may never want to set foot in the monochromatic aisles of a supermarket again. Avoid visiting on Wednesday afternoons as the market operates an old-school half-day closing policy.