I moved to Croydon, with some ups and downs, on the 5th of August 2016. To celebrate the first year of living in my new home, here’s my “best of”. Let me know your picks in the comments, or other things you want the best of for that matter.
Best place for coffee: Café Blue, Purley.
Best brunch: Smoothbean!, East Croydon.
Best pub (overall): The Oval Tavern, East Croydon.
Best pub for beer lovers: The Dog & Bull, Old Town.
Best pub for wine lovers: The Spread Eagle, Old Town.
Best pub for gin lovers: The Green Dragon, Old Town.
Best pub garden: The Crown, Shirley.
Best bistro/wine bar (daytime only): Coach House Café, Coombe Wood.
Best wine bar: Davy’s, North End.
Best street food: Viet2Go, Old Town.
Best area for foodies: South End’s Restaurant Quarter.
Best area for antiques lovers: Coulsdon.
Best area for shopping: if you, like me, love a like new-2nd hand bargain that helps a good cause, Purley. Otherwise the Town Centre while it’s there, with Westfield happening or not happening (who knows).
Best place for theatre: The town hall when there’s a full council meeting. Jokes, The Spread Eagle, Old Town.
Best place for burgers: Matthew’s Yard, Old Town
Best Pizza: 500 Degrees, South End. Neapolitan style for all of you who can eat wheat without agony for the following two days (mind you, it’s worth the agony once in a while). Otherwise a cheap and cheerful option in the style of the rest of Italy is Pizza Ora in Old Town.
Best running spot to get rid of the foodie weight: Happy Valley, Coulsdon
Best historical landmark: Addington Palace, Addington
Best inner-borough park: South Norwood Country Park, South Norwood
Best spot for the best views: Addington Hills, Addington
To be fair, I really have a soft spot for Addington Village, it’s just like a traditional British village that you see in TV shows. And the old airport is a great spot too (with open days!). I have a booklet on historical Croydon I never had the time to read, so I’m sure I missed out a lot of things so far.