Café Viva

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3 Love It
Peckham Rye

When Café Viva popped up amid the jerk chicken outlets and market stalls just off Rye Lane, it brought a tiny corner of calm to this end of Choumert Road. It’s an unpretentious little unit – white walls, poured concrete floor and exposed brick – but it has already gained a reputation for the best coffee in the area (roasted by Volcano in nearby West Norwood).

The rest of the food’s rather good too – courgette and pea frittata served with a crisp baby-leaf salad, say, freshly made smoothies and sandwiches, or a moist banana cake (excitingly allowable as a breakfast item, with an option of greek yoghurt on the side) – all served on retro mismatched crockery.

It’s a handy caffeine stop for the loyal following of commuters en route to Peckham Rye station, but when the rush is past, the bare interior is a welcoming home to Bellenden Road types reading Merleau-Ponty or discussing forthcoming art pop-ups.


Venue name: Café Viva
Address: 44 Choumert Road
SE15 4SE
Opening hours: Open 7.30am-5pm Tue-Fri; 9am-5pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Peckham Rye rail or bus 12, 37
Price: Main courses £4-£7. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £15

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

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Emma H

Fantastic independant coffee/ tea shop. Low key, delicious, friendly. Peckham in microcosm. Try the coffee and banana bread for a sublime reviver.

James R

It's difficult to rate this one. The cafe is nice- cute and with friendly staff. The coffee is usually good, especially when the owner is there. But they've started doing evenings and it seems to have lost something during the day. It feels less friendly and cute. We've been in the evenings too but would not recommend it. The food was fine, not great. Wine was terrible though. So in summary for for coffee but not for dinner.

PJ Mitchell

By far my favourite cafe in the Camberwell/Peckham area! Wonderful coffee, delicious pastries, amazing sandwiches and superb smoothies. Oh, the granola and yoghurt is actually my favourite! Friendly welcome! Only problem is...its always full on the weekends now - its THAT GOOD!


Lovely little place tucked away on Choumert Grove with some interesting art on the walls. I went to one of their regular evening meals (look out for details on twitter) and the key lime pie was seriously not to be missed. I look forward to a warm greeting from the cream cheese and salmon beagles on my next visit.


So disappointed. Best coffee in Peckham? I think not! £5.50 and 15 minute wait for two lukewarm and tiny coffees that were nothing special. Such a shame. No matter though as Andersons, Petitiou and CrossRoads Cafe are all within 5 minutes and much nicer.


Great little place, ace coffee and very nice cream cheese & salmon beagles!