Eating in Crystal Palace is definitely an adventure, but knowing where to eat in Crystal Palace, can be a bit of a challenge. Not through lack of choice, but because of the sheer amount of options. There are pubs, independent cafes, restaurants and not one, but two food markets. If you’re a local looking for a new favourite eatery, or you’re planning a visit, here are some of the best places to eat in Crystal Palace.
Restaurants in Crystal Palace
If you’re looking for tasty Vietnamese food whilst in Crystal Palace, look no further than Urban Orient. This small, but cozy restaurant located in Westow Street, offers well priced dishes for all dietary requirements. For noodle soup lovers there’s Pho. Bun is perfect for those who enjoy vermicelli noodles. If you prefer a rice dish, you’ll find a number of traditional Vietnamese dishes. As well as Vegan Corner, complete with salt & pepper tofu, steamed dumplings & mock duck. Pre-COVID times you would have been hard pressed to find a table here during the lunchtime rush. Until Urban Orient re-opens you can order from Deliveroo. 74 Westow Street, London, SE19 3AF. Image Credit: Urban Orient.
Four Hundred Rabbits
Four Hundred Rabbits was the brain child of two London based brothers, who swapped their DJ careers for pizza and beer. This Crystal Palace pizza joint is a great place to get together with loved ones, eat great food and drink delicious craft beers. Their sourdough pizzas are packed with flavour and their creations are a twist on classic cheese and meat pizzas. There are a number of began options to try too. My favourite? It has to be The ‘Margherita’ One or The Clean One. If you find yourself needing something sweet at the end of your meal, try their hutch-made gelatos. 30 Westow Street, London, SE19 3AH. Image Credit: Four Hundred Rabbits.
If you’re looking to eat at piece of restaurant history whilst in Crystal Palace, you have to try out Joanna’s. Established in 1978, by husband and wife John and Christina Ellner, the menu was the first of its kind in South London. You’ll now find a menu reflecting the history of the venue, whilst also celebrating the best of British and international flavours. And the cocktail menu isn’t to be missed either! This is neighbourhood dining at it’s very best. Joanna’s isn’t currently open, but they are taking reservations from 17th May onwards. 56 Westow Hill, London, SE19 1RX. Image Credit: Joanna’s.
Located close to Crystal Palace Park is Lorenzo‘s. The unassuming restaurant has been around since 1985 and it’s not hard to see why. There’s something on the menu for everyone; meat eaters, vegans and vegetarians too. There’s pizza, pasta, calzone, risotto, gnocchi, as well as a range of gorgeous starters and sides. Portions are large and the options are hard to choose from. So bring your appetite. You’ll also find them in Shirley, Dulwich and Cafe St Germain.
Food Trucks & Markets in Crystal Palace
The Roti Brothers food truck off Westow Street is a popular haunt among locals in Crystal Palace. Last summer it was announced by Deliveroo that the Roti Bros Signature Cheeseburger was the top lockdown order, for people in the area. And with good reason. Their burgers are so full of flavour, whether you opt for beef, chicken or a veggie burger. And be sure to arrive hungry. You’ll want to taste their Rosemary Chips. You can either order Roti Bros online for home delivery, or you can pop down to the food truck and take your burger to go. 1 Victory Place, London, SE19 3RW. Image Credit: Roti Brothers.
Located off Westow Street in the car park by the church is Little Greece. This small, but mighty food truck serves traditional Greek Souvlaki. It always draws a crowd when it’s open and the smells released whilst cooking always makes you join the queue. Choose from chicken, pork, kebab, vegan falafel or vegetarian halloumi. Served in a a pita or as a salad. Prizes are cheap and portions sizes are excellent too. 71 Westow Street, London, SE19 3RW.
Crystal Palace Park Market
The Crystal Palace Park Market has only been around since September 2020, but it has become the place to be on a Sunday.. Open each week from 10am to 4pm in Crystal Palace Park, market traders gather to sell fresh produce. From seasonal fruit and vegetables and locally baked bread to farm baked pies and cheeses. And that’s just the half of it. Each week the market also welcomes hot food stalls. From the likes of Da Fish Ting, VietVan London, Kolkati and Yiro. Check their Instagram for information on stall holders present each week. Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road Entrance, London, SE20 8DT. Image Credit: Da Fish Ting.
Cafes & Delis in Crystal Palace
Brown and Green
Brunch is one of my favourite meals of a weekend. And a trip to one of Brown & Green‘s brunch kitchens in Crystal Palace is a past time enjoyed by many. For a sit down brunch head to Brown & Green in Crystal Palace Triangle or Brown & Green Life (nestled in Crystal Palace Park). Or if you need to grab a quick bite before catching a train they’re in Crystal Palace Station too. You’ll find hearty breakfasts, classic (and not so classic) butties, scrambles and of course, smashed avocado on toast. 99 Church Road, London, SE19 2PR. Image Credit: Brown & Green.
Elia The Authentic Greek
This artisan Greek deli is one of the new comers that the Crystal Palace Triangle has welcomed in 2021. And since Elia The Authentic Greek’s launch it has been heaving ever since. But don’t be put off by the line out the door. The staff are helpful and friendly. They serve fantastic coffee. Plus the selection of Greek sweets, pastries and store cupboard ingredients is very extensive. Not to mention delicious too. 25 Westow Street, London, SE19 3RY.
Pubs in Crystal Palace
The White Hart
If you’re looking for a hearty pub meal in Crystal Palace, The White Hart is your must go destination. There’s outdoor seating for those sunny days and cozy window chairs for those days you need to be nestled in the warm. Their rosemary & garlic Camembert cooked in sourdough is divine and the beer battered fish and chips are great too. Live music, quizzes and Sunday Roasts make it a popular spot on The Triangle. Find out how to book a table at The White Hart on squaremeal now.
Built in 1854, The Alma has long established itself at the heart of the Crystal Palace drinking and dining scene. This April they will be opening their enormous covered garden area, where you can sample one of the many craft beers on the menu. You’ll find traditional pub grub with a twist on the menu. Find yourself there on a Sunday? Then tuck into one of their many roast dinner options. 95 Church Road, London, SE19 2TA. Image Credit: The Alma.
Until next time.
*NB. This is a sponsored post with Squaremeal. But please note that all restaurants selected for this post were chosen by myself. And all opinions are my own.