Café Adagio


How we Spread The Word about poetry in Addiscombe

Posted on February 13th, by Steven Kuleshnyk in Culture. 14 comments

The inside story of Croydon’s exponentially-growing poetry night

It was just over a year ago during a routine cuppa at my local café, that I had an idea about how to bring the community together and celebrate the poetic word. I noticed, since I moved here nine years ago, that the arts community in Croydon was quite fragmented. This was very upsetting to me as I have … Read More »



The search for Croydon’s Best Independent Café is back!

Posted on October 9th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 3 comments

Nominations are now open for Croydon’s Best Independent Café 2018

It’s back for its third year and this time – forgive the cliché – it’s better than ever. This year we’ve added more categories, so that more great independent cafés in Croydon can bask in the glory of being nominated and voted for by our judging panel and Croydon Citizen readers.

Once again, we’re looking for Croydon’s … Read More »



Announcing Croydon’s Best Independent Café Awards 2016

Posted on September 26th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s favourite competition is back, and it’s better than ever. Bernadette Fallon encourages everyone to get involved

They’re back! And this year the Croydon Best Independent Café Awards are even bigger. Why? Because this year, YOU decide the shortlist for the best independent cafés in the borough and you vote to decide the winner – the ultimate accolade, Croydon’s Best Independent Café for 2016, the People’s Choice.

Here’s … Read More »



Croydon’s Best Independent Café 2015: the results

Posted on January 20th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 11 comments

We tasted much coffee, we ate much cake. My waistline is a permanent – and slightly juddering – testament to this fact, says Bernadette Fallon

‘We’ were a group who had chatted on Twitter, ended up meeting sporadically for coffee and cake and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if Croydon had awards to recognise all the great independent cafés in the area?’. We set up a group, … Read More »



It’s your chance to vote for Croydon’s Best Independent Café 2015

Posted on November 11th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 4 comments

What’s the best indie coffee shop in Croydon? Your vote counts, says Bernadette Fallon

It’s a place to drink, eat, hang out, look beautiful, hobnob with staff, write your novel, socialise, debate the issues of the day, meet friends, flick your hair at passing interested parties or just sit and stare.

It’s a… coffee shop – and Croydon’s never had them so good or … Read More »



We will defeat their prejudices about Croydon – one artisanal coffee at a time

Posted on June 12th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 14 comments

Jonny Rose smells change in the air around Croydon’s independent coffee shops

There is no better telltale sign of an area on the up than the arrival of a cool, independent coffee shop; the sort of place where students can be found sketching furiously in moleskin journals and freelancers set up their laptop work stations for the day.

Coffee as a lifestyle

Coffee helps us. … Read More »



Vintage cycles, cactus and cake at carnival Addiscombe-style

Posted on May 26th, by Bernadette Fallon in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Bernadette Fallon experiences community spirit coming alive in Addiscombe

Sitting outside Café Adagio on Lower Addiscombe Road, it’s easy to spot the returners from Addiscombe Festival at the end of the street, as a procession of cactus plants, large pandas and brightly coloured toys streams past.

Inside the café, vintage clothes sellers JuneGeorge are giving customers a chance to browse their racks. But I’m … Read More »



20 reasons why Croydon isn’t boring

Posted on April 15th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 9 comments

Bernadette Fallon isn’t bored with Croydon – not a bit of it. Here’s why

There’s been a bit of dissent recently. Disgruntled rumblings around the esteemed – albeit virtual – corridors of the Croydon Citizen. Croydon is boring, they say. Dull. With boring people.

Well. I beg to differ. And I’d like to shout it loud and shout it proud – 20 reasons why Croydon isn’t boring!

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