Best cafes in Peckham, London

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Guide to the best cafes in Peckham, South London

Peckham has all the ingredients for a hipster heaven – men with beards, its own craft brewery, artisanal delis and, of course, a lot of coffee. I mostly work from home and I don’t have an office so I’ve become somewhat of a connoisseur of the local cafes. Luckily for me, there are plenty to choose from and it seems as though more are opening each month. Here’s a little guide to the best cafes in Peckham, including places where you can work and use your laptop.

Anderson & Co

139 Bellenden Road, London SE15 4DH

Anderson & Co is home to some of my favourite cakes, and for me that’s really saying something. Steve and I have been regulars there ever since it opened and are particular fans of the salted caramel brownies, the millionaire’s shortbread and the cheese and pickle sandwich. Anderson’s also opens in the evenings when it becomes a high-quality burger joint. The veggie burger is one of the best we’ve ever tasted. One downside is that you’re not allowed to use the plug sockets to charge your laptop so your time there is limited if you want to work. However, the wi-fi is good in the front room (it doesn’t work well in the back room or the garden).

No.67

67 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH

No.67 holds my title for best vegetarian breakfast in London. The veggie full English comes with special touches such as halloumi, handmade baked beans and delicious mushrooms. The simple mushrooms on toast are also a favourite. Try to get a seat in the back conservatory, which is a beautiful bright space with a fabulous high ceiling. No.67 also does great evening meals when the vibe becomes more formal. It’s housed inside the South London Gallery and is probably my favourite cafe in Peckham. The wi-fi is good and they do let you plug in.

The best vegetarian breakfast in London at No.67

Melange

184 Bellenden Road, London SE15 4BW

The little French chocolaterie, Melange always makes me think of the film Chocolat. It has a charming living-room decor, complete with house cat. The owner makes a range of unusual chocolate on-site, including, my favourite, matcha strawberry. The decadent hot chocolate is incredible. Choose from dairy, soya, rice or coconut milk. Melange is also open in the evenings at the weekends when it serves wine and cheese. It’s opening hours chnage quite often but it’s currently open from Thurdays – Sundays.

Small White Elephant

28 Choumert Road, London SE15 4SE

Small White Elephant is one of the newer Peckham cafes. It has a hippy vibe, but is one of the cafes in Peckham that takes its coffee most seriously. They serve an ever-changing variety of beans as well as speciality coffees such as Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk, and a fantastic cold brew. It’s cosy inside and has a lovely community feel. Small White Elephant also hosts various events such a poetry nights and live jazz. I’m also a huge fan of their coconut toast. The wifi is good and you can plug in, although they ask for laptop-free time at the weekends.

Trio

182 Bellenden Road, SE15 4BW

Trio is a cafe that focuses on being family-friendly. It holds children’s workshops every morning, has a play area at the back and sells lots of kids’ art supplies. As such, it’s often filled with noisy children, which doesn’t make for the most relaxing time. Of course, if you have children then it’s the perfect choice. On the occasions that it’s not too busy with little ones, it’s a lovely space to work, a little like a play-themed co-working space. The wifi is good and you can use the plugs.

Trio Cafe, a family-friendly cafe in Peckham, London

Cafe G

184 Peckham Rye, London SE22 9QA

This spacious cafe is one of the newest additions to the Peckham scene. It’s looks out onto Peckham Rye park so will be especially nice in summer. There are plenty of tasty baked goods (the brownies are lush) and the coffee is great quality. It’s another place that has plugs and good wifi.

Cafe G, Peckham Rye, London

Petitou

63 Choumert Road Peckham, London SE15 4AR

Petitou has been around for a long time and as such has a loyal following of people from the pre-gentrification days. It feels more like a country cafe than something you’d find in London. Unfortunately the food and coffee aren’t to my taste, but others love it. There is no wifi in Petitou.

Any others to add to the list? Let me know.

15 thoughts on “Best cafes in Peckham, London”

  1. Cool cafes. 🙂 I am sure it must be lots of fun to sit, work and sip coffee at such cafes. I am curious to taste the coffee now. 😉

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  2. I love No.67! I wrote about it in my round-up of breakfasts in London a couple of weeks ago – their poached eggs, and trout on English muffins is amazing 🙂 Totally going to check out some of these though 🙂

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  3. Oh man, these look fantastic and could totally be somewhere in Neukölln! Clearly we need to spend more time in Peckham when we’re in London next!

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  4. Great list. Also worth checking out –
    – Barry’s cafe, in the station arches
    – Old Spike Roastery – opened recently, and only on weekends at the moment, but a great, meaningful project roasting and serving excellent coffee
    – Aneto cafe, on the burgeoning stretch of East Dulwich Road independents
    – Rye Wax records – a good place to chill and have been made to go in for alcoholic stunning hot chocolates on winter days
    – Mousetail van – chairs outside are perfect for watching Peckham go by on a summer’s day
    – any number of ‘old school’ cafes – coffee may not be great but characterful longstanding places that we can’t let disappear

    Further afield (ie a short walk) there is the new Brickhouse Bakery, the Rye cafe etc of course, and in the other direction the superlative Persepolis (check out the ginger tea – low on caffeine, perhaps but strong in every other respect), Daily Goods and Fowlds, while eastwards don’t forget Bambuni in Nunhead.

    And even then I know I’ve missed plenty.

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  5. Thanks for the tips! We have friends living near Peckham and we will hopefully be moving back down to London soon.

    We will definitely check out some of your recommendations! I particularly like the sound of the veggie breakfast at No.67. I’m a total sucker for Halloumi!

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  6. How funny, I found your blog through your travel writing as I’m planning a trip – and I get a list of cafés within 5 minutes of my flat! A welcome surprise!

    And yes I second the vote for Aneto! Not a great place for a hangover since it’s quite loud and echo-ey and next to the kids playground, but it definitely gets my ‘best full English’ vote.

    Pedlar do a fab brunch too, especially if it’s a Bloody Mary type day…

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  7. Stupid list of overpriced trendy wank. You include the word “hipster” in almost all of the descriptions. It’s a real shame Peckham has attracted people and businesses such as these.

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