A Spotlight On Brockley, South London’s Lesser Known Gem

Brockley is South London’s lesser known gem. It’s not quite Angel – more like its modest, younger cousin – nor is it Deptford with its bustling bar scene, but it’s nonetheless worthy of a visit to explore the many boutique shops, green spaces and of course, tuck into some delicious food. So with that in mind, here’s our foodie’s guide to the best places to eat, drink, and explore the area.  

Where To Eat In Brockley

Chaska Maska 

Despite a slightly misleading website homepage filled with burgers and fries, Chaska Maska serves up Indian cuisine at its finest. The humble spot has a fantastic atmosphere: there’s a bell hanging by the door which guests are encouraged to ring if they’re satisfied with their meal, which adds to the general fun of the ambience. Their dishes are packed with flavour and, whilst the palak paneer stands out amidst the mains, it’s the sides and starters that really provide something to shout about. The chilli chicken will blow your socks off, the cheese naan is the ultimate comfort food, and their portion of Bombay potatoes is so generous you can take home the leftovers and feast for days. 

Arlo & Moe

A quirky cafe with interesting decor and outside seating that turns into a lovely suntrap as the day goes on, Arlo and Moe serve breakfast and brunch options until 3pm. Try their french toast with creme fraiche for a small piece of heaven, or their “sexy toast”; opt for classics like avocado, or for those with a sweet tooth, go for their cream cheese, honey, and cinnamon toast.


Coffee with a friendly face, Fred’s is situated directly opposite Crofton Park station and has a true community feel to it. It’s also very reasonably priced: get your hands on a weekday pastry for £1, plus a Brick Lane bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese, or salt beef and gherkins for just £6! 

The Broca 

A vegetarian spot with plenty of vegan options too, The Broca has a hippie feel and serves vibrant breakfasts and lunches. Everything that comes out of their kitchen is colourful, from the cakes to the sandwiches – your mouth will be watering as you walk past them to Brockley station. 

Top Places For a Drink in Brockley 


Joyce always has a buzz going, and you’ll be lucky to get a table on a Friday or Saturday night without booking. They stock an extensive selection of wines, as well as some great non-alcoholic options – it’s a must to try their Botivo and sparkling water. If you’re peckish, they have a selection of bougie snacks, such as truffle flavoured crisps, but for those with bigger appetites, you can order to your table from nearby Yard Sale Pizza!


The perfect pit-stop for a cocktail when you’re walking from Joyce to Chaska Maska (at least, that’s the route we’d recommend), you need to try Brickfields’ Brick Spritz and Brockley Sting. Or, if these don’t take your fancy, just ask one of the talented bartenders to make a tipple to your liking. Head down on the first Thursday of every month to experience their open decks Wax and Whiskey event, too! 


Parlez serves a slap-up English breakfast made with locally-sourced, fresh ingredients amidst a families-welcome atmosphere. Come in the evening, however, and whilst the relaxed vibe remains, the venue livens up with great music and a European feel in line with their namesake. Try their chilli passion fruit margarita for a spicy twist on the classic. 

The Best Bottles Shop in Brockley 

Salthouse Bottles

Looking for a bottle of wine that’s the star of the show at your dinner party, or a bonkers craft beer for the wannabe brewer in your group? Look no further than Salthouse Bottles. They have a wide selection of wines, beers and pre-mixed cocktails, including 0% options for teetotallers. They also have a fridge to grab cold cans if you’re on go, and they offer free local delivery! 

Brockley’s Must-Visit Markets and Parks

Hilly Fields – Pistachios in the Park Cafe 

As its name suggests, it’s hilly! Once you’ve made it to the top of the hill, it’ll be all worth it as there is an amazing view of the London skyline. If the walk has taken it out of you, there’s coffee and cake available to complete your Sunday morning at Pistachios in the Park cafe. Their lunch menu also has the duo of dreams in a cheddar cheese and kimchi toastie, which we recommend you wash down with their peached iced tea. 

Brockley Market 

Open on Saturday mornings between 10 – 2pm, Brockley Market has a fantastic range of food stalls selling ready-to-go options, from dumplings from the aptly named Chubby Dumpling, to locally roasted coffee and pastries at Browns of Brockley.  Pick up some fresh produce ranging from baked goods, meat, fish and game, cheese and spices as well. 

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