Copacabana Maize Muffin from Carioca, Boxpark Croydon

Copacabana Maize Muffin from Carioca, Boxpark Croydon

Amongst the knot of compact, independent and international eateries in Brixton Market, you'll find Brazilian restaurant Carioca, a staple there for some time.

You can now also find them in south London, where they've opened a second branch in the pumping new food and drink complex Boxpark Croydon

The former is a little cafe-cum-Brazilian restaurant, with an injection of South American colours. The latter in Boxpark will serve your food in a take away box to enjoy at the vast communal seating (which quickly fills up on a busy night) in the centre of the food arena.

Prices and menus vary slightly at both branches - Brixton is a little dearer because you can eat in - yet almost the entire menu at both sites fall under our £8 mark. My pick of the bunch is the Copacabana Maize Muffin, an all-day breakfast item with a poached egg, pulled braised beef, fried plantain, and black bean stew, all arranged over a homemade maize muffin, with sour cream and rocket - £6.95 in Croydon, £7.50 in Brixton. Hearty and full of flavour.

If you want classic Brazilian, then you can't go wrong with their Feijoada. The country's national dish, it's a black bean and chorizo stew with pancetta, beef and lean pork, served with rice (£7 in Croydon, outside of our budget in Brixton), and Carioca do a fab version. But be sure to also add the traditional farofa (toasted cassava flour), collard greens and a spicy sauce for an extra £1.

It's also very worth noting, these guys do the best Caipirinhas I've had. Dangerous.

Words and photography | Leyla Kazim


Brixton Market | 25-27 Market Row SW9 8LB
Boxpark Croydon | Unit 8, Boxpark Croydon, 99 George Street CR0 1LD

Opening hours
Brixton | Mon 10am - 4pm, Tues - Thurs 10am - 4pm & 6pm - 10pm, Fri - Sat 10am - 4pm & 6pm - 11pm, Sun 10am - 5pm
Boxpark Croydon | Mon - Sat 11am - 10.30pm & Sun 11am - 8pm
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Brixton | +44 (0)20 7095 9052
Boxpark Croydon | +44 (0)20 3873 2769

Last updated | Mon 17th April