Miss South is the pseudonym of award-winning food blogger who posts at popular blog northsouthfood.com. She is also a confirmed Brixtonite, and knows the markets around this thriving area of South London like the back of her hand. Her new cookbook, Recipes From Brixton Village, (available from Brixton Village and all good bookshops priced £15.99), is a handpicked guide to her favourite recipes from her street-stalls, food vans, cafes and restaurants in the area. If you want to cook authentic dishes from all over the world, from Columbian to Thai, West African, Italian and more, this is the book for you.
Miss South has been living in Brixton resident for ten years. ‘I adore Brixton Market and visit almost daily. While the sights of Brixton Village are described in my book, it's not all there is to see here. Market Row is home to the amazing Nour Cash and Carry which sells any ingredient you need from round the world. Grab lunch at Brixton Station Road from Guyana Roti and browse the stalls there at the weekend before having churros at Las Americas on Pope's Road to keep you going.’ And if it’s too far for you to travel to Brixton this weekend, Miss South has rounded up her favourite markets for Grazia Daily below.
1. BURY MARKET, LANCASHIRE
'Bury Market in Lancashire is so big it stretches over two postcodes, the 350+ stalls have been voted the best market in Britain three time. Particularly good for fish and meat, you must buy black pudding from Albert Matthews Butchers. If you get served there by Micky, it's worth the trip alone. Don't miss the black peas or a hot oven bottom muffin with it either.'
2. ST GEORGE'S MARKET, BELFAST
'My other home market is St George's Market in Belfast. A beautiful covered building, it protects from the Northern Irish weather while introducing you to the abundant produce all that rain helps to grow. Look for Strangford Lough lobsters, Finnebrogue venison and Armagh apples and grab a sweet treat of a Fifteen from Ann's Pantry where Allan makes the best in the land. There's a free shuttle bus to allow you to park and ride to stock up on food, have lunch and browse vintage and crafts.'
3. MALTBY STREET MARKET, LONDON
'Back in London the only thing that gets me up early on a Saturday is a visit to Maltby Street Market. Close to the granddaddy of all markets, Borough, it's a less crowded and even more foodie oriented street market in nearby Bermondsey. At the Ropewalk you'll get amazing coffee to fortify you for the queue at Monty's Deli for home cured salt beef sandwiches. Spa Terminus allows you to stock up for week of cooking at Natoora and grab dessert at St John for doughnuts or La Grotta for ice cream.'
4. HERNE HILL, SOUTH LONDON
'I have a real soft spot for my neighbouring market in Herne Hill on Sundays. The area outside the station is pedestrianised and there's a mix of vintage stalls, wine producers, specialist food stalls and local shops such as The Fruit Garden or Herne Hill Books for one stop shopping. I never leave without a coconut macaroon from Love and Cake or a bag of London's finest popcorn from Drum and Kernel.'
Miss South blogs at northsouthfood.com and brixtonblog.com. She co-edits the food pages of the Brixton Bugle newspaper. Recipes from Brixton Village is available from KitchenPress.co.uk and all good book shops as well as the traders of Brixton Village.