It is isn't immediately obvious that Peckham's vegetarian Persian deli, Persepolis, is somewhere to settle down. But if you look beyond the packed shelves and the paklava counter, you'll spot in-the-know Peckhamites getting their fill of cardamom tea and all manner of tasty treats from "Mr. Shopkeeper".

large meze platter at Persepolis

large meze platter at Persepolis

Where to start? Probably with the large £6.50 meze platter that includes falafel, mast-o-khiar (cucumber and yoghurt), couscous and pomegranate, parsnip and sweet potato purée, pickles, a basket of warm bread, and a GIANT IRANIAN CHEETO. Why not?

Persepolis in Peckham

Persepolis in Peckham

It's a good dish to share (note - it's only £4.50 to take away), along with another bargain plate or two. Perhaps the £4 menemen (Turkish scrambled eggs) or £6.50 kabak güveç (spicy courgette and carrot hotpot with rice yoghurt and salad).

Or you could just move straight onto dessert, and get coffee or tea with paklava or pastries, for two people, for £5. Or one of their bonkers Persepolitan sundaes for £3.50.

Seriously - London. Cheap. Eats. Big love for Persepolis.

Note: it gets pretty busy at the weekends, so expect a little wait and some table sharing.

Words and photography | Matt Hickman


28-30 Peckham High Street SE15 5DT

Opening hours
Mon - Sun | 10.35am - 9pm 

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Twitter | @PersiainPeckham

Tel | +44 (0) 20 7639 8007

Last updated 14th Feb 2016