25 April 2017 Location Guides
While in the past Croydon has often slipped past the radar of many Londoners and tourists alike, the past few years have seen a positive change with news of this unique and authentic borough’s vibrant arts, cultural, tech and foodie scene starting to take centre stage.
This shift is partly due to the rise in technology and the increased opportunity for Croydonites to use social platforms like Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to give an insider’s view into the area, showing off all it has to offer and helping break down stereotypes and shine a light on the area. Accounts like @Croydonist, @HelloCroydon, @InstaCroydon, @CDNZine, @CroydonPhotos, @ThisIsCroydon, and @eatscroydon all give an incredible snapshot of the borough and an insight into life in ‘the Cronx’ (Croydon + the Bronx) , the humorously tongue-in-cheek name given to the area by its inhabitants amused by misconceptions about the area.
While Croydon has great transport links - you can get to Victoria and London Bridge from East Croydon in 17 minutes, Blackfriars in 30 minutes, Gatwick in 15 minutes, Brighton in 50 minutes, and West Croydon’s Overground will get you to Shoreditch High Street and Dalston Junction – you could easily spend a week in Croydon itself exploring the vast borough.
To give you some ideas, we’ve put together a shortlist of some of the best places to eat, drink and chill out across Croydon. From the world-famous hipster paradise Boxpark, to smaller local gems, you won’t feel the need to travel further afield for a minute.
This cosy little café can be found right besides East Croydon train station. Serving eggs, granola and freshly bakes pastries for breakfast, and sandwiches on artisan bread, quiche, soups and salad for lunch, the food is fresh and delicious. This spot is perfect for the more health-conscious, with plenty of gluten free options and freshly-squeezed juices and smoothies. Head here on a Friday night for an evening of free jazz, incredible cheese and wine.
Shoreditch’s legendary vegan kebabs have moved from Shoreditch to Croydon. Check out these famed tortillas with GMO free soy chucks, shredded salad, homous, tzatziki and chili sauce at Boxpark and other tasty vegan grub.
This burger and craft beer joint can be found at the legendary Matthew’s Yard. Simple and guaranteed to leave you more than satisfied, the burgers are absolutely cracking, as is the selection of beer.
Located in the heart of South End Village, this kitschy local gem serves great food amongst bizarre and old-school décor – expect red velvet, gold decorations and odd decorations. Incredibly popular with locals, the atmosphere is buzzing, the service is spot on, and the food is tasty and great value for money.
Another tasty joint to try in Boxpark, Les Deux Amies is home to a selection of amazing crepes and galettes, all of which can be made gluten free. Serving both sweet and savoury, we’re a fan of the mojito crepe – mango, Greek yoghurt, mint and rum, the ideal summer snack.
Serving insanely good crispy sourdough pizza with delicious toppings, this relaxed and buzzy restaurant is close to Crystal Palace. The perfect mix of rustic and modern, the food and service is on point.
Found in West Croydon, this popular spot serves traditional South Indian food with a big focus on the Dosa. While it might not look like much, the food is incredible.
Surrey Street Market
This famous market first started back in 1237! Open from Monday to Saturday in the heart of Old Town Croydon, you’ll find an eclectic mix of stalls and traders, including some great food stalls serving street food, and selling fresh produce.
Located just by Surrey Street Market, this historic, traditional pub offers a great beer garden, a pizza oven, smoker and BBQ, alongside a banging selection of beers – the perfect spot to spend a summer afternoon.
This pub ticks all the boxes - live music, good food, a great atmosphere and a beer garden. The pub holds a number of events throughout the year, including ale and cider festivals and live jazz on Sundays, so be sure to look what’s on.
This laid-back spot serves beer brewed by the Cronx Brewery, a local business formed in 2011 after the London Riots, at Boxpark. Offering five permanent beers and a special range of seasonal and one-off brews, their beers are well worth a try; to quote their own motto - ‘Cronx Beer – it ain’t shit!’
All of these great restaurants and bars are just a small piece of the picture illustrating how far Croydon has come, and just how much the borough has to offer. Book a room at easyHotel London Croydon now for as little as £19 a night, and check it out for yourself!
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