7 of the best places to eat vegetarian food in Peckham!
With its eclectic mix of cultures and cuisines Peckham is thriving with amazing places to eat and drink! And, luckily for the veggie diners amongst us, some of the best restaurants in Peckham serve up an incredible variety of vegetarian food. Read our round up of 7 of the best places to eat vegetarian food in Peckham - from Persian food to parathas Peckham has it all.
Written by SouthEast15 contributor Frances Heaume
Persepolis: Peckham’s Persian oasis
A Mecca for vegetarians, Peckham’s Persepolis is an institution. Situated on Peckham High Street, this colourful cafe is crammed full of character. The 100% vegetarian/vegan menu features Persian-Levantine flavours, with classics like houmous, meze, halloumi, Turkish delight and a cheeky Cheeto here and there. Too much to choose from? Then BYO booze and friends to enjoy the “feasting platter”, a starter, main and dessert sample of the whole menu. On a busy night, you’ll find yourselves eating in between the aisles of the Persian delicatessen, stocking quality eastern spices, herbs, and sweet treats. You can even pick up a copy of one of the vegetarian cookbooks written by chef & co-owner Sally Butcher to recreate your own middle eastern feast at home.
Monday - Sunday: 10.45am to 10.45pm
28-30 Peckham High St, Peckham, London SE15 5DT
Made of Dough: Pizza Perfection
Complete with a disco-ball pizza oven, this trendy Bellenden Road pizzeria has quickly grown a cult following. Winner of London’s best pizza (twice!), Made of Dough’s veggie Neopolitan-style sourdough base pizzas are deliciously chewy - topped with fior di latte mozzarella, mushroom & truffle or spinach & tomato makes it a vegetarian treat. Monthly specials incorporate seasonal vegetables and you are after a vegan pizza, you can swap out the dairy for vegan cashew cheese. Why not go all-out and treat yourself to a boozy milkshake for dessert. Hit up this hipster hotspot on a Monday for 50% off all pizzas - don’t forget your basil aioli for the crusts!
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 10pm / Sunday: 12pm - 9pm
182 Bellenden Rd, Peckham, London SE15 4BW
Mr Bao: Bangin’ Buns
Have you ever wondered what eating a cloud feels like? Behold, the bao bun. And not any old bao, these are London’s lightest, fluffiest buns (so people say). Having recently created a vegan menu, Mr Bao is up there with Peckham’s best veggie eats. Snack on ginger & garlic edamame, crispy sweet potato fries and golden kimchi as you wait for your tofu or shiitake mushroom baos. This trendy Taiwanese restaurant serves a range of sake, beers and classic cocktails with a twist, including lychee daiquiri and plum wine negroni.
Monday: Closed/ Tuesday - Friday: 12–3pm, 6–11pm/ Saturday: 11am–11pm/ Sunday: 11am–10p
293 Rye Ln, Peckham, London SE15 4UA
The Odds: Beautiful Vegan Brunches
It’s time to relax in Peckham’s newest cafe - The Odds. The menu features everything from full English to pancakes, granola to toasties. And it’s all vegan! Served in a way that looks too beautiful to eat, these little works of art are good for you and the planet. You can stock up on seasonal veg from @localgreensveg and your favourite vegan cheeses in the deli, including Kinda Co, New Roots, I Am Nut Okay & loads more. Plus, grab your morning filter coffee before 9am and its just 50p - be sure to say hi to head barista Patch!
Monday - Friday: 7am - 5pm / Saturday - Sunday: 9am - 5pm
28 Choumert Rd, Peckham, London SE15 4RE
Ganapati Peckham: South-Indian Street Food
Tuck into traditional thalis and street snacks at Bellenden Road’s beloved Ganapati. Inspired by the home-style cooking of Southern India, the menu is regularly updated with delicious vegetarian dishes but you can always find their signature paratha, the flakiest outside of India! Plus, a selection of delectable Indian sweets to finish off with. Take a seat at one of the “special charity tables”, where the profit from your meal goes to support charities fighting human trafficking and supporting access to education in Southern India. At the opposite end of the street from the main purple and yellow Ganapati restaurant, you will find the Ganapati Takeaway restaurant - where you can pick up from and enjoy your delicious veggie food in the comfort of your own home.
Monday: Closed / Tuesday - Thursday: 12–2:45pm, 6–10:30pm / Friday: 12–2:45pm, 6–10:30pm / Saturday: 12–10:30pm / Sunday: 12–10pm
38 Holly Grove, Peckham, London SE15 5DF
Deserted Cactus: Hearty Homestyle
When “veggie” and “Peckham” come up in conversation, you can almost always guarantee Deserted Cactus will be said in the same sentence. Tucked away in Holdron’s Arcade, local influencer Esme Carr cooks up small-batch vegan plates with love. There’s no set menu, but every day Esme features Mexican, Carribean and Italian flavours with a couple of dishes you can count on, including southern fried jackfruit & mac-and-no-cheese. Eat-in for a welcoming, community vibe or grab one of her infamous jackfruit wraps on the go!
Sunday - Tuesday: Closed/ Wednesday & Thursday: 1pm –4:30pm/ Friday: 1pm –4pm/ Saturday: 1pm –6pm
Holdrons Arcade, 23/25 Deserted cactus, 135a Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST
Taco Queen: Tex-Mex to the Max
Life doesn’t get much better than a mountain of nachos and Taco Queen in Peckham does not disappoint. If you can squeeze into this bustling Rye Lane restaurant (there is almost always a queue), you’ll find top tunes and margaritas aplenty. Battered avocado, kimchi, and tofu all feature on the list of tantalizing tacos. Paired with the ginormous jackfruit nachos, smothered in guacamole and cheese sauce (which can be swapped out for cashew cheese!) - it’s a winning combination. Pop in at lunchtime to check out the jackfruit arepas too. Make sure to save some room for an ice cream sandwich for dessert!
Monday: Closed/ Tuesday - Saturday: 12–3pm, 6–10pm/ Sunday: 12–3pm
191 Rye Ln, Peckham, London SE15 4TP