On Saturday, my old parking buddy/ co-worker, John took me to explore his neighborhood – Brixton.

Brixton has a super cool vibe, very Berkeley-esque. There are tons of street markets and vendors of ethnic wares.

We walked around Brixton village and had coffee at his favorite place – Federation Coffee. Ordered an americano… It tasted a bit too strong for me.

Lunch was in Pop Brixton – a collection of old shipping containers turned into restaurants, clothing stores, and various trinket vendors. I ordered from a stall called Koi Ramen. It was actually good! Best ramen so far here.

The highlight was actually the local Tesco. It carried food from all over the world. Aisles of food from Asia, Africa, etc. I was so jealous.

We also did a quick stop by Clapham Common, a nice centralized area that has a large park, chain stores, restaurants, and one of the most accessible transport hubs in London.

After, we went to Soho because he had to some errands to run and stopped by TY Cafe, one of his favorite work-on-the-weekend spaces. I ordered a peach lemonade and it was refreshing after all that walking. It was a cute place to meet up and have a conversation, but I probably too far and pricey to be a regular haunt for me.

We ended up near-ish to Chinatown, so stopped by and loaded up on a bunch of groceries.


Most of my weekend adventures so far have been outside of London, so it was nice to explore one of the local neighborhoods.