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There's lots of exciting happenings in this area right now.

Brixton’s main thoroughfare, Coldharbour Lane, was once a spot marked by smaller crimes and after-hours revelers. Now the bustling street at the heart of South London’s buzziest neighborhood has cleaned up its act, partly as a result of being the main link between some of the area’s key draws: the Ritzy Cinema and the vibrant undercover Brixton Village Market.

The east end entrance to Brixton Village is marked by the vegan cake shop Ms. Cupcake and charming Rosie’s Café. On the way you’ll pass Nanban, a swish new Japanese restaurant from Master Chef winner Tim Anderson, which serves accomplished versions of Kyushu classics (ramen, shochu) made from the local market produce.

On the other side of the road you can pick up hand-made prints, maps, jewelry, and patterned cushions at homeware shop and gallery Turpentine, or get a carefully mussed new ‘do at Myla & Davis. Three Eight Four serves cocktails and a small plates menu that includes ceviche, courgette fritters with sriracha, and ‘nduja with ricotta.

For a slice of old-school Brixton, keep going toward Atlantic Road and pop in the Dogstar, a corner bar made famous by The Streets (Original Pirate Material). Beyond the bridge (and a second entrance to the Brixton Village Market), the shops segue into casual, always-popular kebab joints. Here, the carefully rough-edged pizza joint Mamma Dough has recently opened a few doors from the excellent cocktail bar Shrub and Shutter, two more of the area's popular new arrivals.

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