The closest most expats get to Treichville is when they drive over it to get to Zone 4/Marcory. Over at Drogba's country, they call this place Kingston because of the drugs in the streets. When I told my colleagues I was going, they insisted I take people with me and were afraid that I'd stick out like a sore thumb.
Well, I stuck out like a sore thumb, but I didn't care, and the people around me didn't care either. I spent about 45 minutes walking around and was struck by how incredible the vibe was. The entire place was humming with activity, and people seemed very neighborly. All in all, it felt like a really nice breath of fresh air, and I am glad I went.
I am going to make some of the more safety-driven people scream when I say this, but I really want to live here. Its tree lined streets are gritty, but full of charm and it is incredibly conveniently located between Plateau and Marcory (which makes for a great commute). You can also keep your costs low by going to the local markets and shops here.
In fact, the people that do go to Treichville go for its markets. Everything you could ever imagine is there. In fact, before buying anything in a store anywhere else in Abidjan, I'd strongly suggest looking for it in Treichville first. That includes appliances, electronics, sporting equipment, musical instruments, speakers, pots and pans, everything.