Oh what a glorious taste of spring we got this weekend! Perfect for a plan-free weekend, the first of the year and back to being a South Londoner again for me. Also perfect for hitting a market that you’ve had your eye on for a while, mine – Brixton Village. It’s one of those places I’ve heard great things about but actually read very little about. All I knew was that it was a great place for foodie finds, in South-West London, that was all I needed to add it to my list.
Two of my lovely friends who’ve been a few times kindly offered to show me around. A short walk and a tube swap later, we were wandering around the market arcade.
The first thing you’ll find before you get to the heart of the food action is that it seems like a pretty normal market. Fish mongers, fruit and veg stalls, clothes, nothing that stands out as being all that original. As far as I could tell, it was all about the arcade.
There’s still the fish mongers, fruit and veg stalls and shops full of nik naks. But you quickly realise the main attraction is not buying food to take home, it’s about sitting down and enjoying it! On every turn and corner you’ll find something between a mini restaurant and street food stall.
There seemed to be something for everyone and basically you either wait for a seat at your restaurant of choice, or find a table that’s not taken. Our choice happened to be a bit of both, we were eager to try Thai and there were a few tables available.
KaoSarn offers seats both inside and outside (where you get a blanket to keep you toasty). The menu is quite short but you’ll be sure to find your Thai favourites.
I decided on the spring rolls.
Followed by a red curry.
It was all tasty and seemed like pretty authentic Thai cuisine. The only problem with going for something you’ve eaten a few times is that it’s rare that you’ll get anything all that different from what you’ve had before, and this is what I found with my order.
Washed down with a Diet Coke, the end bill was about £15 each. Not too bad for a pretty filling lunch in London. So if you like this cuisine and have a spare afternoon or evening I recommend giving it a go.
Top tip – take cash. It’s a market after all and I don’t remember seeing card readers!
There are so many other places to check out at Brixton Village I definitely think I’ll be back, I’d be interested to see what it’s like in the evening.
Have you been to Brixton Village? Would you recommend anywhere in particular?