Brixton's cosmopolitan roots are reflected in its bustling market which has a huge range of food and clothes stores, many of West Indian origin.
The market was developed outside the BR railway station on Atlantic Road during the 1870s, and ran all along Electric Avenue. After the huge wave of immigration in the 1950s, the market became an important focal point for the black community, and still serves up West Indian specialties such as flying fish, breadfruit and all manner of weird looking fresh meats.
Nowadays, the market has expanded to cover several areas of Brixton.
Brixton Station Rd
Sadly struggling, this outdoor market mainly sells secondhand clothes and bric-a-brac with some electric goods of uncertain origin.
See Brixton Then and Now photos
The original market which was once protected by extended awnings running the length of the street. Mainly fruit and veg and clothes stores.
Large covered market with an eclectic mix of shops including a tattoo studio, cafes, Caribbean bakery, several fishmongers and all kinds of unsavoury trays of animal produce. Not for sensitive veggies!
Another big covered market with a large selection of stores including the superb Eco Pizza serving up Brixton's finest pizzas!.
A short and narrow covered market running between Brixton Rd and Electric Lane. Stalls include children's clothes, camera/watch shop and a vacuum cleaner spare parts store!
Small selection of stores leading up the druggies favourite haunt, Brixton railway station.
New art market opposite Brixton tube.
Opening hours: Vary wildly, particularly for the outdoor markets in poor weather. Monday to Saturday, 10am till dark. Art market is open Sundays 11am to 5.30pm. Wednesday is half day closing at 1pm.
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