Shortlist announced for Croydon’s Best Independent Café – vote now

By - Friday 13th January, 2017

Voting has opened for the Croydon’s Best Independent Café Awards 2016

The nominations for Croydon’s Best Independent Café award are in! We asked you to tell us about your favourite local independent café – good coffee, tasty cake, good ambiance – and we’ve compiled a shortlist from your nominations. Now we want you to vote for the winner.

Some old favourites from last year’s shortlist – including the People’s Choice Award winner – have made it back on the list this time, and we welcome some new faces as well.

And so we reveal – drum roll – the shortlist for Croydon’s Best Independent Café award, listed alphabetically:

Byte Café at TMRW, 75-77 High Street, Croydon

Café Adagio, 227 Lower Addiscombe Road, Addiscombe

Coffee Craft, Stanley Halls, South Norwood

I Calabresi Caffé, 227 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon

La Spezia, 12 Ye Market, Selsdon Road, Croydon

Matthews Yard, 1 Matthews Yard, Croydon

Priscilla’s Tea Room, 52 Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead

Smoothbean!, 2-3 Dingwall Road, Croydon

The Bus, Gladstone Road, Croydon

The Tram Stop, 231 Lower Addiscombe Road, Addiscombe

Yeha Noha, 19-21 Station Road, South Norwood

As usual, we’ll be presenting two awards this year – the People’s Choice Award, which you can vote for below, and the Judges’ Award, decided by our panel of judges.

Our panel of judges are a group of Croydon locals who have a penchant for coffee, a love of cake and really like sitting around in cafes for a good chat. We love to welcome new members to our judging panel, so if you’d like to join us please email  and let us know.

Voting for both awards will close at midnight on 24th January 2017 and we’ll announce the winners in the February issue of the Croydon Citizen and on the website. So, it’s time to get voting.

We’re delighted to see some old favourites back on the shortlist this year, including last year’s People’s Choice Award winner, Café Adagio. But The Tram Stop was a close runner-up last year – can they pip Adagio to the post this time? Particularly in the face of hot competition from other strong candidates on the list. New faces on the list include The Bus, a quirky café in a – yes, you’ve guessed it – big red bus. Byte Café didn’t even exist this time last year and Il Calabresi is another brand new addition, right on the edge of the borough. Get voting below, people. Because the search to find Croydon’s Best Independent Café is on!

Voting has now closed for the People’s Choice Award. The result will be announced very soon!

Bernadette Fallon

Bernadette Fallon

Bernadette has been a journalist since the age of 7 when she devised, designed and launched ‘Fallon’s News’ – much to her family’s delight. Brought up in Ireland, she was born in Addiscombe where she now lives, though it took her several decades to find it again. She works as a journalist and broadcaster. Follow her at

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  • Anne Giles

    Yeha Noha is one of the few cafes where they fill your cup when you ask for an espresso. A couple of others on this list think that a single means not much more than a teaspoonful, at a colossal price and not hot by the time they bring it to your table.