The best breakfasts and brunches in Brixton, from a good full English to American pancakes, jerk sausages and even Huevos Rancheros
1 The Blues Kitchen
The Blues Kitchen is at the top of the charts, offering up a mean feast, morning, noon and night. Their brunch offerings include an English Breakfast, an American breakfast (pancakes, bacon, BBQ beans), a healthy breakfast (poached eggs, grilled avocado), Creole Crab Benedict with crispy fried crab cakes or even Huevos Rancheros (fried eggs on fried corn tortillas topped with chorizo, beans, cheese and salsa – hello!).
40 Acre Lane, Brixton SW2 5SP; 020 7274 0591; theblueskitchen.com
2 Seven at Brixton
The tapas-inspired menu at Seven at Brixton in Brixton Market includes a Full Spanish breakfast (chorizo, morcilla de burgos, fried eggs, pimenton beans, tomato and toast, with tea or coffee, £9.75), an open bap with chorizo, morcilla de burgos, tomato and fried egg (£5.25), and even churros con chocolate (£3.50). Seven at Brixton serves brunch Tues-Fri 10am to 1pm and 10am to 3pm on weekends.
Unit 7 Market Row, Brixton SW9 8LB; 020 7998 3309; sevenatbrixton.com
3 The Lido Café
Strictly speaking, The Lido Café has a Herne Hill postcode, but since it’s on the borders, and the lido is fondly known as Brixton’s beach, we’re including it. Oh, and the food is fabulous, so that’s that! You can get lots of lovely eggs on muffins, lots of lovely avocados on sourdough toast, blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and bacon, and of course a full English. Except here it’s called a Strongman’s breakfast featuring excellent ingredients like Gloucester old spot bacon and sausage and Stornoway black pudding (£11.95).
Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road SE24 0PA; 020 7737 8183; thelidocafe.co.uk
4 Three Little Birds
Combining café, boutique and rum bar, Three Little Birds serves up delicious Jamaican inspired food all day long. Enjoy reinterpreted brunch classics like banana pancakes with caramelized pancakes, bacon and rum. In the mood for something besides a classic English? Go for the Jamaican Breakfast with ackee & saltfish, bammy, and plantain. Bunch is served weekends from 11am to 3pm.
412 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8LF; threelittlebirdsja.com
5 Wild Caper
Wild Caper brings the best of the eastern Mediterranean to Brixton, but for brekkie and brunch, there’s plenty of the familiar European jazz. Their Italian coffee is from Gianni Frisi, made with a Rolls Royce coffee machine, and their Clarence Court poached eggs with Severn & Wye smokery served with hollandaise on sourdough bread – baked in Brixton by Bread Bread – (£6.95), will set you up perfectly for the day. Or perhaps the selection of pastries from Comptoir Gourmand will grab you (or you them!)?
11a-13 Market Row, Brixton SW9 8LB; 020 7737 4410; wildcaper.co.uk
6 Three Eight Four
Seven at Brixton’s sister operation, Three Eight Four on Coldharbour Lane, takes a more stateside approach to brunch, serving up a stack of American pancakes with maple syrup and blueberries for a fiver. Add bacon for an extra couple of quid. Both options come with bottomless coffee or tea to help you recover from the night before. Served from 11am on Saturday and Sunday.
384 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LF; 020 3417 7309; threeeightfour.com
Salon strives to be seasonal, inventive and local, with plenty of ingredients produced or foraged in and around Brixton. For brunch, try the likes of warm banana bread with hazelnut ganache (homemade Nutella, essentially) for £4.50, or the Sriracha Royale with salon smoked salmon, rye soda bread, poached duck egg, greens, Sriracha chilli hollandaise for £12.50. OMG
18 Market Row, Brixton SW9 8LD; 020 7501 9152; salonbrixton.co.uk
8 Kata Kata
This 100% vegetarian/vegan restaurant is right next to Negrill on Brixton Hill, so now you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Caribbean food. Kata Kata goes beyond the Caribbean, however, to also offer up French and international cuisines, as well as some fabulous fresh juices (from £2.95). Gluten-free vegan galettes (traditional French buckwheat pancakes) and crepes with a range of veggie or vegan fillings are the order of the day. Try the ‘KataKata Special‘ galette – spinach, sweet potatoes, aubergine, asparagus, and cheese (£6.90).
132 Brixton Hill SW2 1RS; 020 3490 1160; katakatabrixton.com
HomeGrown is the only trader at Pop Brixton currently serving up brekkie, but word on the street is that more are on the way! HomeGrown is a health and wellbeing concept offering a selection of freshly made juices, great coffees and regularly changing breakfast menu. Dishes like sourdough crostinis with smashed avocado, coriander, chilli, popped pumpkin seeds and feta – or with warm almond butter, toasted almonds and toasted coconut; the cashew cappuccino cup with espresso cashew ‘cream’, coconut yoghurt, homemade granola, and cinnamon cacao dusting will leave you feeling virtuous.
49 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PQ; homegrown.london
10 F Mondays
A pioneer on the somewhat muddled middle part of Brixton Hill, just beyond the White Horse, F Mondays opened up in December 2014 to bring us great coffee. It’s invented some pretty nifty breakfasts too, offering up the likes of bacon and egg breakfast cups and smashed banana with honey on buttered ‘pannouzo’ sourdough toast. It’s cash only though, so don’t get caught short! Open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm and Sat-Sun 8am-5pm.
112a Brixton Hill SW2 1AH; @FMondaysCoffee; F. Mondays on Facebook
11 Kaboola Kitchen
Whether you’ve had a long day shopping or in need of a break from the office and a nourishing sandwich, come and enjoy the friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Kaboola Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, fresh juices, coffee and many more edible temptations, made fresh daily. Enjoy porridge oats with honey and rose petals or pick you eggs of choice on sourdough and add bacon, avocado, or smoked salmon.
244-248 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, London SW9; kaboola.co.uk
12 Fantasia 2 Café
Technically, Fantasia 2 is in Clapham, not Brixton, but given it’s only a stone’s throw from the top of Acre Lane, I’m throwing it into the pot. This is the best spot for a cheap and tasty hangover recovery breakfast. A Full English with a tea or coffee and glass of fresh orange juice comes in at just under a fiver. It also does double breakfasts, eggs Benedict (plus its friends Florentine etc), veggie breakfasts and build-your-own breakfasts. Hits the spot every time.
2 Ascot Parade, Clapham SW4 7EY; fantasia2-cafe.business.site
Satisfy your crepe cravings at Senzala in Brixton Market. Open from 9am on Saturday and Sunday, its extensive list of both sweet and savoury crepes includes the Morning Glory (cheese, fresh tomatoes, crispy bacon and fried egg, £8) Team it with a chai latte (£3.30) or even a glass of milk (£1.20)!
Brixton Village Market SW9 8PS; 020 7274 2211; senzalacreperie.co.uk
14 Canova Hall
Canova Hall is as an all-day local hangout to eat, drink and a hot desk with a menu inspired by Italian street food, as well as a gin distillery. On weekends they have amazing Italian inspired brunch menu. Two standouts are Toast with Figs (mascarpone, maple syrup, pistachios and thyme) for £9 and Beetroot Frittata (roast beetroot, feta, sage, sunflower seeds, salsa verde and fennel salad) for £10.
250 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, SW9 8BQ; canovahall.com
15 The White Horse
The White Horse has become as good with its food lately as it is with live music, weekend DJ sets and all round good times. A full English will set you back £8.75 (there’s a veggie option too, for £7.50), Eggs Benedict and its buddy Eggs Royale are £6.50.
94 Brixton Hill SW2 1QN; 020 8678 6666; whitehorsebrixton.com