Café review: Café Tresor, South Croydon

By - Wednesday 5th April, 2017

Wide variety, immense portions and community cheer

Time from East Croydon:  20 minutes, or  10 minutes (119, 466, 60)

12 Selsdon Rd, South Croydon CR2 6PA

Photo by Liz Sheppard-Jones, used with permission.

Café Tresor is a lively café on Selsdon Road, South Croydon, a few minutes’ walk away from the restaurant quarter. It’s a small, cosy place with a variety of lunch options, friendly staff and food options for vegans and vegetarians and the like.

All the tables except for one were full on our visit ­– then again, it was a Saturday afternoon. Artwork was scattered across the walls and newspapers and leaflets giving information about local events were neatly arranged into a corner. Café Tresor is obviously part of the community.

Whether you’re having a croissant, a wrap, a baguette, or a panini, a large array of fillings can cater for your needs. The selection is colourful and very bright and fresh, which gives the café an appealing look.

We discovered Café Tresor when we popped in for a cappuccino on the way to school, so we knew that it also does cooked breakfasts, and there are jacket potato and soup options too. You may be standing at the counter for quite a while, trying to comprehend all the combinations that you can choose.

Photo by Liz Sheppard-Jones, used with permission.

When my mother placed our order, she was asked about salad and said yes, expecting a few lettuce leaves or a tomato or two. The plates arrived and our jaws dropped at the sheer amount of salad on our plate. We had a large dollop of coleslaw atop a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, pickled gherkins and beetroot – and the list goes on. For salad fanatics, this would be great and one attribute of a café that they’d love but for a picky thirteen year old with taste buds that haven’t evolved yet, I found it bit overwhelming. (Mum looked pleased, though, as she tries to make us eat salad all the time.)

Anyway, just make sure that if you’re asked about salad you specify if you want what I described, or just a few pieces of lettuce and a tomato.

I had a bacon and chicken panini with mayonnaise, my mother chose a hummus, falafel and olive (with a few bonus unexpected sundried tomatoes) wrap, and my brother had a chicken and avocado panini with mayonnaise. For my taste, the ratio of mayonnaise to filling wasn’t quite right, but my mother and brother didn’t have that problem and enjoyed the wrap and panini. Mum thought that her warm falafel filling was lovely and was very impressed by the bonus tomatoes.

If you’re in the area and looking for a place to eat with many, many options, definitely check out Café Tresor!

Rufus Jones

Rufus Jones

Rufus is in year 10 at Archbishop Tenison's School, Croydon. He has a passion for art and design and a keen interest in history and writing, taking after his father. In his spare time he enjoys gaming.

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  • Andrew Dickinson

    Hey hey. Big up Tresor. How was Abdul? This was my old haunt and this is where I first started collecting coffee grounds. My daughter and I were amongst the first customers when he first opened. A Saturday morning bike ride and a stop off at Tresors. Excellent coffee, best in Croydon IMHO. Generous servings definitely. Used to be a wool shop before it was the cafe as i used to remind them. Plus they play Smooth radio!

  • Anne Giles

    Sounds great. I must try it sometime, as long as I don’t have to eat salad, which we rarely had to eat as children. I just don’t like English salads – rabbit food! In Buenos Aires, however, salads are made with cold, cooked vegetables and are delicious!