Yesterday I spent the day in sunny(ish) South London, and was particularly impressed with some of the vegan food outlets in Brixton.
First of all, I visited Veg Bar in Tulse Hill, about a 10-15 minute walk from Brixton Station, but well worth the trek. I’d heard that this had previously been a vegetarian bar, but recently made the leap to vegan so thought I’d give it a try. Turns out it was a really modern, quirky hangout with lots of space and an impressive vegan menu.
There are a selection of ‘traditional pub food’ favourites, but the vegan versions. We opted for the Grilled Cheese Stack, Fiery Seitan Wings and The Mac n Cheese. The food was great and reasonably priced, I’ll definitely be returning to see how Veg Bar comes to life in the evenings.
My next stop was somewhere I’d wanted to visit for a while, after sampling the cakes at VegFest last year, and even owning the cook book, I was excited to finally see Ms Cupcake. Located in the heart of Brixton with easy access from the market or the high street, Ms Cupcake is a small yet completely buzzing 100% vegan bakery, with probably the best cupcakes I’ve ever tasted.
Comprising the ‘naughtiest vegan cakes in town’, you can choose from a colourful and imaginative selection. We opted for The Ambassador – a Ferrero Rocher style favourite, for those with a sweet tooth this was the perfect combination of chocolate, nuts and cupcake all rolled into one. For something a little more fruity, there was the banana split cupcake which was my personal favourite – it actually tasted just like a banana split. And to stop everything getting a little too crazy, we also went for a more understated rose cupcake, a traditional cupcake topped delicately with pink icing.
My favourite thing about Ms Cupcake was how colourful everything about it is; the shop front, the cupcakes, the recipe book and even the seats outside; Ms Cupcake is definitely not one for serious and practical. This unique cake shop really is a breath of fresh air to Brixton, and all 100% vegan. Ms Cupcake proves that cupcakes can be just as delicious (and just as fun!) without using any animal-derived ingredients. As with both Ms Cupcake and Veg Bar, there’s nothing more satisfying than ordering from somewhere without having to ask if something is suitable for vegans.
Overall, Brixton is certainly falling in line with what is quickly becoming the very vegan-friendly city of London. We’re no Los Angeles yet, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.