Boxpark Croydon: Reviving the restaurant scene of Croydon

For me, Croydon leaves memories of sweaty walls in Tiger Tiger and cringe school recitals at Fairfield Halls. But there’s no doubt it’s the rough diamond of South East London and finally it’s getting its chance to sparkle.
Say hello to Boxpark Croydon.
The bigger version of its Shoreditch sister, Boxpark welcomes some of the best food and drink outlets inside its shipping containers.
For example, old-favourites The Breakfast Club, Meat Liquor, Potato Project, Fish, Wings & Tings, Bukowski Grill and Bang Bang have all taken up residence in CR0.
While newcomers like Bao Bao and Kothu Kothu are bringing new and exciting flavours to Croydon from around the world.

 

 

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It’s also great to see Boxpark celebrating local businesses, and people, opening their doors to The Cronx Brewery, Croydon’s local beer brewers, putting on local craft markets and allowing local singers to take to the stage.
And I literally cannot get enough of this place.
It’s vibrant, fun, happy and everyone always seems to be in a good mood. It’s finally showing off what Croydon is about, community.And it understandably won’t stay a secret for only us locals to enjoy for much longer, with plenty of things to do, eat and drink.

So… what should you be trying?

Arancina 

 

What: Loved for their particular style of hand-stretched, hand-topped rectangular pizza, you can pick a slice, a small pizza or a big sharing one for all.
Try: Bracco Pointer with mushrooms, courgettes and truffle oil

Bao Bao Taiwanese Street Food 

 

 

What: Bringing Taiwan to Croydon, Bao Bao is home to tasty bao buns and bubble tea.
Try: Mushroom Bao
 

Bang bang Hawker Kitchen + Bar

 

What: The sibling of Bang Bang Canteen in Fitzrovia, Hawker’s speciality is Vietnamese street food.
Try: Pho Bo Tai – rare sirloin beef in 18-hour cooked broth served with flat rice, noodles and Asian herbs.

Bread Tree

 

What: What’s better than healthy Italian street food? From gluten-free Piadina to stunning salads, you can have all these served up with fine Italian wine.
Try: Their traditional Bruschetta with lavish Italian toppings.

The Breakfast Club

 

What: For those who love breakfast anytime of the day, you’ll love this place. They also run events like Boozy Bingo!
Try: Huevos Rancheros or Chorizo Hash from their All Day Club Classics menu.

Bukowski Grill 

 

What: Burgers with a twist is what makes this grill joint great. And they’re all made in The Josper, an enclosed charcoal-fired oven.
Try: Wild Burger – 6oz Aged Beef Patty with Swiss cheese, Truffle and Tarragon Aioli, sautéed wild mushrooms on a brioche bun.

Carioca 

 

What: Showcasing the best of Brazilian food, Carioca makes dishes using authentic ingredients from açai to plantains.
Try: Feijoada – a stew of black beans and chorizo.

Chilango

 

What: A tasty Mexican take-out with rave reviews.
Try: Super Nachos with lots of cheese

Chillbox

 
 

 

What: Green frozen yoghurt with all the toppings that you can serve your self. All made with fresh, Greek milk.
Try: Vanilla with nutella sauce, of course!

Coqfighter Chicken + Beer 




What: Reimagining fried chicken, Coqfighter trio Troy, Deacon and Tristan create everything from vodka-battered wings to Panko fried whole chickens.
Try: K-Wings battered in vodka and glazed with Korean hot sauce.

Donde Tapas




What: Quality Spanish ingredients, simple recipes and tasty tapas.
Try: Their daily artisan bap – their tapas sandwich + bravas.

Dum Dums Donutterie





What: Tasty baked doughnuts with outlets across the world.
Try: Crême Brûlée doughnuts, or the Boston Creme.

Feed Me Primal




What: The UK’s only paleo street food brand – FMP is healthy food that tastes great. Grain-free and gluten-free too.
Try: Grass fed steak served in paleo flatbreads with caulirice, griddled peppers and a homemade tomato sauce.

Fish, Wings & Tings




What: A staple of South London, Fish, Wings & Tings is now bringing its Caribbean flavour to Croydon.

Try: Jerk Chicken with pineapple and mango chutney, coleslaw, rice and peas.

Fixed 




What: Steak, chicken and crab all char-grilled and freshly prepared. This restaurant prides itself on its ‘prix fixe menu.’
Try: Pork nuggets with red cabbage ketchup

Greek on the Street




What: Mediterranean food rich in olive oil, vegetables and pulses. For authentic Greek food, look no further.
Try: Keep it simple with their grilled meze from chicken skewers to lamb cutlets.

Indigo




What: Indian street food at its finest, Indigo brings authentic flavours to Croydon from fragrant curries to delicious tandoori kebabs.
Try: Paneer Tikka grilled box

Knot




What: Handmade pretzels and coffee, win win?
Try: Their bacon and cheeze pretzel, because I never knew such a thing existed.

Kothu Kothu




What: Bringing us all a little taste of Sri Lanka, cooking up Kothu Roti, on a heated iron sheet cutting and mixing the ingredients as they cook.
Try: The mutton kothu – it’s seriously good.

Lazeez Tapas




What: Lebanese tapas straight from Beirut. Their menu is built on sharing healthy and tasty cuisine from hummus to falafels.
Try: Lazeez Grilled Platter for 2

Les Deux Amies

 

What: French crêpes and galettes!
Try: I’m a bit bias – but nutella and banana all the way.

Mamalan

 

What: Beijing street food from warming broths to tasty dumplings.
Try: Spicy beef noodle soup

MEATliquor

What: Vegetarians, this one isn’t for you. The famous MEATliquor brand has branched out, bringing its lip smacking, diet-breaking food to Croydon.
Try: Chili Cheese Fries

MUD Cafe

 

What: Croydon’s new brunch spot with everything from daily bakes to avo on toast.
Try: Eggs Your Way

Nanny Outars

 

What: Guyanese food from wraps to rice boxes and tasty Guyanese rotis.
Try: Pork and squash pepperpot served with pineapple salsa.

Poptata




What: Chips, fries, whatever you want to call them, Poptata has all your chips and cheesy fries needs sorted.

Try: Cheesy fries loaded with parmesan and garlic mayo.

The Potato Project

 

What: One of my fave lunch places in Soho, the Potato Project is exactly what it says on the tin. Baked potatoes loaded with tasty fillings
Try: Sweet potato with wild mushrooms, blue cheese and truffle oil

Thai Express 

 

What: Thai food tailored to unique tastes and made fresh to order.
Try: Padthai of course!

Wine&Deli

 

What: From the guys behind Brgr&Beer, Wine & Deli is a chilled wine bar serving up small plates, cured meats and cheese too.
Try: Their home made Baba Ganoush

Yumn




What: Yumn Brasserie is already a Croydon favourite, and now the restaurant is branching out and bringing their flavours and afternoon teas to Boxpark.
Try: Duh, their afternoon tea! 

(Main image credit: Nick Caville / Food images credit: XDB Photography)

 

 

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