This is the food and drink you can expect to find at Boxpark Croydon
Croydon has always been the sort of place where you can enjoy food from all corners of the world on any day of the week.
But its cosmopolitan offering is going to be extended even further when Boxpark opens at the end of the month – with outlets serving specialities from the likes of Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Vietnam and Guyana.
The 2,000-capacity venue, to be located next to East Croydon station, will be spread out over two floors in shipping containers and hold markets, workshops and masterclasses.
Outlets will be open every day from October 31 following a weekend launch event in collaboration with the NME and grime music promoter Eskimo Dance. Here’s some of the food which will be on offer:
A pizza at Arancinaimage:
Nearly everyone likes pizza, so it’s not surprising to see outlets set up to sell it at Croydon Boxpark. Arancina, run by Italian-born Edoardo and Michele Mortari, is one of them.At its other two stores, in Notting HIll and Bayswater, the restaurants serve pizzas and other traditional Italian dishes.
2. Taiwanese street food
Top left: Sweet potato chips; Top right: Bubble tea; Bottom left: Pork bao; Bottom right: Golden Kimchiimage:
First time restaurant Bao Bao is hoping to create the feeling of a Taiwanese street market, next to East Croydon station.Dishes will include pork bao, beef noodle soup, sweet potato chips and bubble tea. It will also be serving cocktails.
3. Brazilian food
An example of the food you’ll find at Cariocaimage:
Brazilian restaurant Carioca will be selling authentic dishes including feijoada and spicy chicken.At its Brixton Market branch, it is well known for its brunch menu and Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha.
4. Mexican food
Dishes on offer at Chilangoimage:
Chilango, a restaurant opened by friends Eric and Dan, will offer up burritos, tacos, salads and nachos as part of its Mexican offering.
5. Coffee … and cake
The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs prides itself on offering a variety of coffee beansimage:
The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs has been running for six years in central London and offers a variety of coffee beans.For anyone wanting to become a barista, the independent firm also runs coffee schools.
Food and coffee at MUDimage:
Unsurprisingly, there’s more than one coffee option lined up for Boxpark. MUD describes itself as a “laid-back, Antipodean-style café specialising in brunch and coffee”.The firm also does food, including cakes, sandwiches and other brunch options.
6. Gluten free options
Food options at Feed Me Primalimage:
The Kickstarter-funded Feed Me Primal is selling paleo food. Menu choices at this unit will all be grain and gluten free, as well as cooked fresh every day.Food on offer includes grass-fed steak, free range chicken and a meat combo for those who can’t decide.
7. Caribbean food
Some of the dishes at Fish, Wings and Tingsimage:
Fish, Wings and Tings is one of the eateries taking a unit at Boxpark, which means you’ll be able to enjoy Caribbean dishes.Among the food on offer will be prawns, jerk chicken and goat.
8. Lebanese food
Food on the menu at Lazeezimage:
The successful Lebanese tapas restaurant Lazeez, in Mayfair, will be setting up shop in Boxpark too.On its menu is fatayer spinach, marinated chicken wings and charcoal grilled Lebanese bread filled with halloumi cheese and mint.
9. French crepes
Les Deux Amies, run by two friends from France, is set to open at Boxpark.It specialises in sweet crepes and savoury galettes, as well as organic jams and preserves.
Food at Meat Liquorimage:
Trendy international eatery Meat Liquor is to be the unit’s anchor tenant.It is famous for burgers and beer, fried chicken and cocktails.Meat Liquor is not alone in selling burgers, with chain Bukowski also featuring them as its main attraction.
11. Guyanese food
A dish from Nanny Outarsimage:
From Georgetown to Croydon, Nanny Outars offers fresh Guyanese rotis which are packed with unique Guyanese-inspired fillings and topped with an array of pickles, salsas and, if you’re brave enough, Nanny’s own Ball o’ Fire chilli sauce.Nanny Outars also offers healthy rice boxes with different fillings.
Chips from Poptataimage:
Poptata isn’t your ordinary chip shop, the company prides itself on its freshly hand-cut fries made from premium quality British potatoes which are double cooked in 100 per cent cholesterol free sunflower oil.
Crispy on the outside and fluffy inside, diners can enjoy the classic chips with a range of signature dips and can eat them from its bespoke cones.image:
Another eatery using spuds as its base ingredient is The Potato Project, a baked potato company. It is “passionate about providing a quality fresh menu as well as an atmospheric, homely and exciting experience for all our customers”.