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Taste the world

Brixton village, London

London's diverse and multicultural nature translates also into its gastronomic offerings. Foodies from all over the world can come to this impressive city and find something to satisfy not only their minds and hearts, but also their stomachs. From street carts selling authentic German sausage hot-dogs to 3 star Michelin restaurants, London has something to show for every taste and budget. The city also boasts of places where you can experience the finest British cuisine such as Cornish pasties and a traditional English Sunday roast. However, it is the wealth of food available from all over the world that truly makes London stand out.

Moving away from the touristic hub of Central London, which can get too crowded at certain times of the year, and venturing south of the river will take you to the relatively hidden gem (at least to tourists) that is Brixton Village and Market Row. One could miss it completely if strolling down the high street unaware as it is behind the main road. Step into the charming venue that used to be a rundown arcade and you will be transported to a culinary heaven. You can sample foods from Asia, India, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and South America with over twenty different cafes and restaurants spread across the area. Whether you’re looking for a bite for lunch or a three-course dinner you will find it here.

Some highlights include the unique sourdough pizza offered by Franco Manca, the famous burgers from Honest Burgers and the small but delicious menu at Elephant, the Pakistani café. For dessert try one of the several quaint little bakeries or something sweet and cold at Chillbox – the frozen yoghurt shop where you can choose your own toppings.

There is the opportunity to sit on the walkway outside of the cafés and restaurants which is great for people-watching and soaking up the community atmosphere while enjoying your food. On some nights you can also relax and listen to some live music. After eating you can walk off the meal by browsing around the quirky shops and stalls that break up the cafes and restaurants, selling everything from clothes to homeware. To top it all off, Brixton is a haven for people on a budget, offering delicious, authentic meals that won’t break the bank. So what are you waiting for? Head to Brixton Village and Market Row today and be enticed by the smells and music drifting up from behind Brixton’s busy high street.

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