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Brixton Market is the Larder of London. It's a great place to look for foodstuffs or other goods from around the world.
There's about 80 permanent street traders in Electric Avenue, Pope's Road, and Brixton Station Road. You can always find them in the same place, and most have been established for five years or more. Brixton Market is home to one of Europe's biggest collections of tropical foods and produce, serving up many varieties of specialties such as mango, yam, breadfruit, green coconut, plantain, avocado, callaloo, even flying fish and fresh meats of every sort. It's great for a wide range of goods, particularly tropical fruit and vegetables, that are difficult to obtain elsewhere. There are also the usual stalls you would expect to find in any London market selling clothing, music, make up, flowers and the like.
Then there's the extensive arcades, the covered markets, great for when it rains or gets too hot! They house hundreds more retail outlets, with loads of places to buy African fabrics, and lots of small specialist eateries. The surrounding streets have even more eateries and coffee bars -- and many get going in the evening -- and pubs, nail-bars, hairdressers, shoeshops, mini markets, a second hand bookshop, and shops selling all types of music.
Brixton Market has everything from a Rastafarian cafe, Portuguese and Afghanistan butchers, traditional fishmongers and Columbian restaurants all within a compact area along with facilities like the Ritzy cinema, Lambeth Town Hall, high street stores like M&S, Boots and Superdrug, and a major recreation centre for swimming and sports. With its great choice of produce at modest prices, and with a minimun of packaging, Brixton Market a great alternative to the monoculture supermarkets!
Just catch the Tube or Bus to Brixton (or there's a carpark in Canterbury Crescent with access via Wiltshire Road or Gresham Road) and it's all within easy walking distance.