If you're spending the day or night in Brixton and you start to get hungry, you'll find a huge range of cheap eats to choose from. The food scene has really grown around here, and you won't have to miss out if you're on a budget. You can find a whole host of affordable cuisines in this area, giving you options like authentic Caribbean cooking and on-trend burgers. Decide where to go with our guide to budget-friendly restaurants in Brixton.
Guide to budget-friendly restaurants in Brixton
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Cheap eats in Brixton
- Okan – Authentic Osaka canteen
- Asmara – Local East African favourite
- Adam's Ethiopian Restaurant – Popular Ethiopian cooking
- Other Side Fried – Fast food with personality
- Bebs Kitchen – Modest Indian restaurant
- Oowee Vegan – Veganised fast food favourites
- Black Bear Burger – On-trend burger spot
- The Rum Kitchen – Classic Caribbean recipes
- Pizza Brixton – Artisan and authentic
- La Nonna – Seasonal fresh pasta
- Healthy Eaters – Caribbean food in Electric Avenue
- Kaosarn – Varied Thai menu
- DF Tacos – Satisfying street food
- Fish, Wings & Tings – Seafood and more
- Three Uncles – Simple Cantonese meals
- Donburi & Co – Casual Asian meals
- Santafereño – Hearty Colombian portions
- Sarava Creperie – Distinctive crêpes
- Koi Ramen Bar – Ramen from a railway arch
Cheap eats in Brixton
Authentic Osaka canteen
Local restaurant Okan has evolved into a mini-chain. Visit the compact market eatery or the second location to experience an Osaka-style canteen. The menu features a varied choice of affordable Japanese options, with small plates like miso soup, okonomiyaki, soup noodles, or fried noodles with your pick of ingredients.
Local East African favourite
Discover classic Eritrean cooking at long-standing restaurant Asmara. Named after the country’s capital city, this humble restaurant has many fans. Try a traditional dish served over injera or get a platter to sample all that this cuisine has to offer. Finish your meal off with a traditional coffee and popcorn.
Popular Ethiopian cooking
Adam's Ethiopian Restaurant began as a bakery but is now a popular destination for Ethiopian cuisine. This family-run restaurant has a humble interior and a menu of classic recipes. Try a meat or vegetable stew, known as wat, served on injera bread. Alternatively, get a mixed platter to fully explore the flavours.
Fast food with personality
Bold, contemporary, and colourful, Other Side Fried is fried chicken that's full of character. This railway arch restaurant has a fun and friendly atmosphere and is ideal for when you want a fast meal. Choose chicken strips, wings, or a burger, or go for a vegan alternative. The menu is simple but satisfying.
Modest Indian restaurant
For Indian food, including Goan specialities, Bebs Kitchen is the place to be. The interior is homey and modest but the dishes are packed with authentic flavour, plus they’re affordable. Go for biryanis, traditional curries, seafood recipes, or a plant-based option like sag paneer. You’re welcome to BYOB too.
Veganised fast food favourites
Don’t miss Oowee Vegan if you’re craving plant-based fast food in Brixton. This place is bold and colourful with a typical fast food set-up inside. The vegan-friendly burgers, fried chicken, and fries on offer here make for a casual and affordable meal. Food is available for eating in or takeaway.
On-trend burger spot
A top-class burger doesn’t need to break the bank if you choose Black Bear Burger. This Brixton Village restaurant has a fun atmosphere and a cool industrial style. Only higher-welfare British meat is used for the burgers here. Choose beef, chicken, or vegan from the simple menu, with sides available, plus organic wines.
Classic Caribbean recipes
Taste vibrant Caribbean food at The Rum Kitchen. The interior is smart and sleek, with pops of colour and a modern look. The menu offers affordable options, including plates for sharing. Try jerk chicken, curried mutton, fried fish, or a loaded bun. Original fruity cocktails, as well as the classics, are served too.
Artisan and authentic
Get gourmet authentic pizza at an affordable price from Pizza Brixton. The restaurant is rustic and comfortable and it has outdoor tables. The concise menu features antipasti and pizzas with a wide range of toppings, from the classic and simple to the more elaborate. Desserts and alcoholic drinks are available too.
Seasonal fresh pasta
Explore Roman family recipes at La Nonna in Market Row, which specialises in fresh pasta made with seasonal ingredients. The venue is contemporary and smart but still feels homey. Inventive recipes on the menu change daily but diners can expect antipasti, filling portions of pasta with tempting sauces, and desserts.
Caribbean food in Electric Avenue
In Electric Avenue you'll find Healthy Eaters, a casual Caribbean restaurant that's a significant part of the local community. This place aims to provide quality cooking at an affordable price. It's a low-key counter service eatery dishing up classic Jamaican recipes like slow-cooked oxtail, jerk chicken, stew chicken, and curry goat.
Varied Thai menu
Try Thai food in Brixton at Kaosarn. This bustling eatery is bright and contemporary, and has a BYOB policy that makes it even more budget-friendly. The menu takes inspiration from the varied eats at Bangkok’s markets. You can sample a wide range of classic recipes from massaman curry to Bangkok-style noodle soup.
Satisfying street food
DF Tacos serves tacos in an on-trend setting, pairing weathered walls with framed art prints. Tuck into affordable comfort food here, where tacos are available with a huge choice of fillings, plus loaded burritos and rice or salad bowls. Finish off with a beer or frozen margarita.
Seafood and more
Open since 2012, Fish, Wings & Tings is a vibrant destination in Market Row for Caribbean food. There’s a colourful space, loads of atmosphere, and an authentic menu. Fish and prawns feature heavily, with dishes like Creole fish stew and coconut curry prawns. Meat, veggie options, and roti wraps are also available.
Simple Cantonese meals
Try authentic Cantonese cooking at Three Uncles. This place specialises in roasted meats in particular and has a simple menu. Choose from meat with jasmine rice, lo mein noodles, dim sum, and special dishes like plant-based ma po tofu. The restaurant has a blue exterior and a buzzy interior with neon signs.
Casual Asian meals
Donburi & Co celebrates rice bowls, offering both Korean and Japanese incarnations. This is casual dining in a low-key setting, with food that's brimming with authentic flavours. Korean steamed buns are also served here and you can complete the meal with Asian alcohol - sake, soju, and Japanese beers are available here.
Hearty Colombian portions
Food is served all day at Santafereño and it's likely to keep you feeling full. This place is low-key but the food isn't - it's all about hearty portions of authentic Colombian recipes. There are lots of meat dishes to choose from, plus smaller plates such as empanadas or fried cheese sticks.
Try sweet or savoury crêpes with a distinctive Brazilian influence at Sarava Creperie. The food here is ideal for any time of day and the inclusive menu includes vegan and gluten-free dishes. The colourful interior has a cosy feel and the menu centres on crêpes and galettes with tempting fillings.
Ramen from a railway arch
Get affordable and authentic ramen from Koi Ramen Bar, a casual eatery set into a railway arch. This place specialises in creamy tonkotsu, a famed Japanese pork broth. There are outdoor tables as well as a compact interior, and you can enjoy low-cost ramen bowls and sides either eating-in or for takeaway.