My boyfriend convinced me to move to East Dulwich 18 months ago with a promise of cute cafés, cosy pubs and quirky shops – he wasn’t wrong. I love spending my time browsing Lordship Lane and checking out the market before sitting down and relaxing with a coffee (or something a tad stronger). Here are my 10 favourite places in East Dulwich.
Whenever my boyfriend’s Mum is in London we finish her visit with a quick brunch at Duck Egg Café. The bacon/sausage, egg and hash brown muffin will keep you going for a while or, fill up with a Mediterranean Breakfast (Halloumi – YUM!). If you’re daring, why not upgrade your eggs to duck eggs.
35 North Cross Road, SE22 9ET
The mosaic front and full noticeboard give the Blue Mountain Café a quirky vibe whist the menu offers something a bit different than your usual café fare. The Original Full Monty is great value and will fill even the biggest of appetites whilst my lunchtime favourites are the jerk chicken or Blue Mountain Burger.
After work drinks and lazy sunny days are perfect at The Great Exhibition. There is something on every day of the week including DJs, live music, pub quizzes and the hangover curing bottomless brunch. The pub is beautiful, inside and out, so it is the perfect place to while away the hours.
193 Crystal Palace Road, SE22 9EP
For all the sports that I dare go to the pub to watch (rugby and the occasional football match), the boy and I head to The Actress. There’s a huge projector screen, a great selection of drinks and their wood stone pizzas are delicious!
I love independent bookshops and Rye Books is one of my favourite. You can grab a coffee and browse the huge collection and the staff are always on hand to give you their personal recommendations. There are regularly special events like cooking demonstrations, film screenings and author readings. Pop in and browse the second hand section to find a hidden bargain!
45 Upland Road, SE22 9EF
Anytime I have a birthday coming up or I’m looking for something a bit different for the house then I love having a browse in ed. There’s some really cool and unique gifts, homeware and clothing items. My favourite purchase was a cool T-Rex lamp which I managed to pick up in one of their great sales.
41 North Cross Road, SE22 9EP
For useful household items with a bit of a difference head to AJ Farmer. There’s bits for the kitchen, toys for the kids, electrical goods, cleaning products and much more. The shops quite small but I like that you have to rummage around a bit for what you’re looking for – it’s a bit like a treasure hunt!
This curry house on Lordship Lane doesn’t always get a lot of attention as it doesn’t have a liquor license. Admittedly, we only started going there because it was on the Taste Card but, the food is really really good. The staff are always on hand to offer advice if you want to try something different and the menu contains items that aren’t seen on regular Indian menus.
120 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HD
Olivelli is an Italian and Sicilian Restaurant recently opened on Lordship Lane. The food is really authentic – I love the Risotti Frutti di Mare whilst my boyfriend raves about the pizza. I find the portion sizes more than generous so it’s not only delicious but great value for money.
127 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HU
North Cross Road Market
I couldn’t write a piece on my favourite places in East Dulwich without mentioning the North Cross Road market. I love wandering down here every Saturday and seeing what the stalls have on offer. There’s vintage clothing and goods, plants, bike repairs, popcorn and lots of great food. I am a bit bias here but my favourite shop is Pie in the Skyz for a proper Kiwi pie followed by a sweet treat from SE Cakery.