If you love shopping, the London borough of Brixton offers a number of superb markets, boutiques and malls where you can hunt down that elusive purchase. Whether you are looking for discount clothing, designer garb or that quirky one of a kind vintage piece, there are many opportunities to find it in Brixton. It’s a welcoming, friendly and walkable neighbourhood with leafy rows of terraced houses and local shops on every corner.
There is a wonderful energy here that comes to life in the local markets, independent art galleries and small restaurants that line the streets. On a day out shopping in Brixton you can find everything from new music, tropical fruit, luxury fabrics, designer clothes, handmade jewellery, artesian soaps and much more.
If you are planning on a day of perusing the racks and looking for those perfect items, here are some of the highlights for shopaholics in Brixton.
The Brixton Maker’s Market
This market takes place every month on Brixton Station Road and features a wide range of arts and crafts, from handmade clothing to knitted crafts to jewellery makers and much more. This market is a great opportunity to find a one of a kind accessory that no one else is wearing, or to pick up a special present for someone you love.
Looking for something strange and silly that will put a smile on someone’s face? This gift shop is a great place for novelty presents such as cardboard pets, “I Heart Brixton” shirts, build your own camera kits, beautiful books and writing sets and even Ryan Gosling paper dolls. It also has a great selection of funny cards and other gift items.
Brixton Village Market
This historic shopping arcade is a great place for foodies, as it offers a great assortment of cafes and restaurants serving food from all over the world – including European, Asian, Indian, South American, African and Caribbean cuisines. Brixton has many immigrants from around the world and they all want to share their traditional dishes.
There are also many great shops where you can find food such as cheese, charcuterie, chocolate and much more. For example, make sure that you check out Brixton Cornercopia, a restaurant and deli that sources all of its ingredients locally.
Brixton Retro and Vintage Market
This market is held on the third Saturday of the month from 10am until 5pm. Over 30 stallholders come together to sell menswear, dresses, home furnishings, collectables and jewellery. Unlike many other markets in London it is not owned by a private corporation, it is run by the local Brixton traders and any profit made will go back into the community.
Constructed in the 1880s, Electric Avenue was one of the first streets in the UK to be lit by electricity. It was a well-known destination for shopaholics and during the beginning of the 1900s it was home to some of the best shops in London including Bon Marche. These days it is still a great street for shopping and it also offers plenty of great independent food shops where you can grab a bite and refuel.
Rose and Thorn
For beautiful clothing by independent designers, quirky bags, vintage accessories and handmade candles, check out this relatively new boutique in Brixton Village. The stock is chosen with an eye for the charming and romantic making it a great place to find gifts or to treat yourself.
Brixton is a great neighbourhood for shopping and its many boutiques and shops are overflowing with treasures. As you explore the markets you are never far from a food stall or a café where you can fill up on delicious and creative fare. It’s a vibrant and exciting place to shop and it is not far from the centre of London.