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[Shanghai 上海] O.P.S.

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O.P.S.

Add: No. 1, Alley 117, Taiyuan Road
Tel: 15618060636
Hours: 10am-6pm
Price: 25-48 RMB/coffee
Visited: Sep 2017

I biked by a tiny cafe on Taiyuan Road the other day on my way out of yoga class, its coffee aroma so alluring that I slowed down to do a double take…Ah ha, another new coffee shop in town.

某個風和日麗的午後,我上完瑜伽課,(自我感覺)一身輕盈地騎著單車經過太原路時,被一陣濃郁的咖啡香給吸引了。忍不住慢下速度轉頭一看….喲?又是一家新的咖啡店。

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That in itself isn’t really exciting news, for coffee shops have been popping up non-stop in Shanghai during the past three years, with few leaving a memorable mark in my mind. So I didn’t think much of this new cafe at the time, and biked away without even finding out its name.

近幾年來上海大大小小的咖啡店越開越多,不過能讓人留下印象的倒也沒幾個。不是說新店中沒有好的,而是因爲已有那幾家熟悉、不用多想就能輕松享受的店。所以當我看到這家新店時,心裏飄過一句 “噢,又來了一家“,甚至連店名字都沒看清楚,就加速離開了(一部分原因是因爲當時肚子很餓,趕著去吃晚飯…)

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But for some reason, the coffee aroma I’d taken in on this particular afternoon kept wafting in my head, so I finally decided to go back to look for it. On this visit, I found out its name – “O.P.S., a spoonful of curiosity”.

不過也不知爲何,那誘人的咖啡香一直在我腦海裏飄呀飄。于是某個(同樣)風和日麗的午後,我約了朋友又回到了建國西路太原路口,順著馬路找到了這家咖啡店。這次看清楚了名字,是 O.P.S.,下面付著一句 “a spoonful of curiosity”。

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Upon entering, it’s easy to see the 10 sqm shop in its entirety. The palette is composed of white, grey, and a soft pinkish orange, pleasant, with no crazy designs or decorations screaming for attention. The barista workstation takes up about half the tiny space, with the rest occupied by a slender bar and two seats by the wall.

推門而入,10平米的小店一目了然。以白、灰、以及淡淡粉橘爲主色調的空間非常柔和,沒有刻意誇張的設計來引人注意。小巧玲珑空間裏,咖啡工作台占了一半的位置,剩下的是一個細長的吧台以及兩個靠牆的座位。嗯,感覺不錯,那就留下來喝一杯吧。再說店這麽小,咖啡師們又如此溫暖地對著我們微笑了,這個時候再走出去多尴尬啊(笑)。

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September 13th, 2017 at 4:07 pm

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[Chengdu 成都] The Mondoli’s Blood

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The Mondoli’s Blood

Add: 40 Huapaifang Street Wuli Factory / 成都市花牌坊街40號無里創意工廠
Tel: N/A
Hours: 1-8pm
Price: ~40 RMB/coffee
Visited: Aug 2017

The Mondoli’s Blood is heavy. As in, different from the light-hearted cafes I usually frequent, it’s donned in a heavy dose of dark woods and black, furnished with bugs and skulls and taxidermied foxes and such. Those aside, the coffee is excellent as well. I first tried a pour-over made from Ethiopian coffee beans (so good it gave me the goosebumps), followed by a rich and silky flat white. The Mondoli’s Blood also sells a range of interesting products – candles with unique fragrances, second-hand knickknacks collected from I-don’t-know-where, and even all the taxidermies can be purchased as well, if you so fancy.

The Mondoli’s Blood 是家重口味的咖啡店。重口味指的不是咖啡本身,而是裝潢風格 – 與我平時較常光顧的清新小店不同,這裏以原木和黑色系爲主,陳列著各種動物昆蟲的標本及骨頭。先點了一杯好喝地令人起雞皮疙瘩的埃塞比亞手沖,接著再嚐了一杯順口的 flat white。The Mondoli’s Blood 還售賣不少有趣的商品 - 蠟燭香氛,古董雜貨、動物標本…看得上眼的,你都能買回家。

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September 2nd, 2017 at 5:44 pm

[Chengdu 成都] Small Company

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Small Company

Add: 1F Chengdu Times No. 1, Chengdu / 成都市時代一號一樓
Tel: 13688109298
Hours: ?
Price: ~35RMB/coffee
Visited: Aug 2017

Small Company is a mobile coffee trolley located inside Hug boutique at Chengdu Times No. 1. Hug itself is an interesting space worth exploring – situated on the 1st floor of an office building (very curious choice, indeed), it is a bright and airy fashion select shop with an interesting play on interior space. Take some time to wander and explore its many hidden nooks. As for Small Company, try a cup of their iced latte to cool down this summer heat, takeouts might also be a good idea if you happen to work close by.

說 Small Company 是一家咖啡店其實過于牽強,其實它是一個位于買手店 Hug 的小小 coffee trolley。Hug 本身就很有意思,棲身于辦公樓內,由于四面都是大片的玻璃的關系,空間感覺特別通透。內部設計高低錯落、動線迂回,二樓還有棟梁的店中店,展示著不少中國設計師品牌的作品。Small Company 的咖啡車位于一樓,小小一個很可愛,大片玻璃窗旁的位置充滿了空氣感。可以來喝一杯冰拿鐵降降溫,在附近工作的話也可以叫外送服務。

 

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August 23rd, 2017 at 4:48 pm

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[Chengdu 成都] Five Elephant Coffee

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Five Elephant

Add: 151-13 Shuangqiao Road, Chengdu / 成都市雙橋路151號附13號
Tel: (028) 6463 7466
Hours: 10am-7pm
Price: ~35 RMB/coffee
Visited: Aug 2017

Curiously, the famed Berlin coffee roaster Five Elephant has its one and only branch outside of Berlin in Chengdu, China, of all places. If you are wondering why, here’s a good read. While I wasn’t especially impressed by what I got that day (though it’s possibly because I used up my coffee quota at The Mondoli’s Blood earlier that day), it’s still a cute little shop worth visiting if you happen to be in the area.

柏林 Five Elephant 是非常有名的咖啡館,之前沒聽說在海外還有分店,沒想到居然在成都有一家。店裏的設計簡單舒服,用的自然是 Five Elephant 的豆子,雖然當天的出品沒有特別令人驚豔(也有可能是因爲在 The Mondoli’s Blood 已經用掉當天的咖啡配額了所以無法再 enjoy),不過小巧的店挺可愛,剛好在附近的話可以來窗邊坐坐。

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August 23rd, 2017 at 4:21 pm

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[Beijing 北京] Fnji Furniture 梵几客廳

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Fnji Furniture 梵几客廳

Add: No. 41 Guozijian Street, Beijing
Tel: 010-5367 2899
Hours: 11am-5:30pm (closed on Mon)
Website: www.fnji.com
Price: drinks 40 RMB+, desserts 35 RMB+
Visited: Sep 2016

Bejing-based Fnji (pronoused “Fanji”) is a furniture brand founded by Chinese industrial designer Gu Qigao in 2000. His pieces, all handmade from wood, make use of the Chinese mortise and tenon joint structure, with designs that bridge between modern and traditional aesthetics. His aspiration? To make furnitures that “age alongside its owners, gaining more character over time as it is passed from one generation to the next”. I visited his showroom in Guozijian and fell head over heels for this beautiful space – it also doesn’t hurt that they have an stylish cafe and a serene courtyard nestled in the back…

梵幾是中國設計師古奇高創立的獨立家具品牌。他們在北京國子監的 “客廳” 融合了中國傳統院落與現代風格,空間分成了雜貨、家具和咖啡三個區域,每一區都是大寫的美。

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The boutique showcases designs from both China and Japan, as well as works from Gu himself. The style is simple, stylish, decidedly Asian but with a modern western vibe. No photos are allowed in the showroom so you can either visit yourself and check out their designs online. For now, let’s move over to the cafe. It was very busy when I visited on a Sunday afternoon, and I was fortunate to find the last empty seats in the courtyard.

展廳裡擺放了品牌兩種風格的家具 - 極簡主義,以及線條更爲豐富的新中式風格 - 還有自創的 “生野安室” 雜貨品牌。不過展廳內不能拍照,那就來看看咖啡區吧。我在周日下午人最多的時候造訪,室內座位已全部客滿,還好很幸運的坐到了庭院裡唯一還空著的位子。

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October 12th, 2016 at 11:42 am

[Beijing 北京] Metal Hands

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Metal Hands

Add: No. 61 Wudaoying Hutong, Beijing
Tel: 15510533895
Hours: 9am-9pm
Price: coffee 26 RMB+
Visited: Sep 2016

Another cafe worth recommending in Beijing is Metal Hands. Just opened this July, this little coffee shop is settled in the busy Wudaoying Hutong, not far from Barista Coffee Roasters. Mr. Ding, the owner of the cafe, has apparently been in the China coffee scene for over 10 years, and is one of the first to dedicate his time to latte art (though he wasn’t in the shop on the day of my visit).

Metal Hands位于五道營,今年7月才開幕。聽說這裏的丁老板在咖啡圈已十幾年,是國內比較早開始玩拿鐵拉花的前輩,而且還是個格外低調的帥哥(不過我沒遇上本人)。

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Metal Hands is not big. The elongated space includes a bar on the right, some seats on the left, and an inner corner with skylight. Concrete walls, wooden furniture, and fresh flowers for decoration. It’s not spacious by any means, but quite comfortable nonetheless.

Metal Hands 的店面不大,狹長的空間右邊是咖啡吧台,左邊是一排靠牆的位子,最裡面有頂著天窗、陽光充足的雙人卡座。乾淨的水泥牆、木色調桌椅、還有點綴的鮮花 - 絕對說不上寬敞,卻倒也舒適。

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October 11th, 2016 at 7:14 am

[Shanghai 上海] Grains

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Grains (venue closed)

Add: 202 Wukang Road, near Fuxing Road
Tel: N/A
Hours: [Mon-Thu] 8am-6pm [Fri-Sun] 8am-7pm
Price: [coffee] 25-50 RMB [pastries] 8-20 RMB
Visited: Sep 2015

It’s Franck Pecol at it again.  After Franck, Le Petit Franck, Rachel’s, and Farine, his most recent project is Grains, a stylish coffee shop located on – you’ve guessed it – Wukang Road. It’s a sleek space with beautiful interior design and some charming outdoor seats to match. They roast their own beans daily before the shop opens (more details below),  source mini croissants and pain au chocolat from their very own Farine, and rumor has it that the space will turn into a bar in the evening…sometime in the future.

Franck Pecol又開新店了。繼法式餐館Franck,小酒館Le Petit Franck,漢堡店Rachel’s和面包店Farine之後,Pecol先生最新的項目是間名叫Grains的咖啡店。你猜他開在哪裏?沒錯,又是武康路。這裏的咖啡豆每天早晨在開店前新鮮烘培,可頌和餅乾等則由自家的Farine提供,加上漂亮的設計和舒服的戶外座位,也難怪每到周末就門庭若市。

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October 7th, 2015 at 3:42 pm

[Shanghai] Chang Zuo 長作

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Chang Zuo 長作

Add: No. 2, Alley 764, Changle Rd./ 長樂路764弄2號
Tel: N/A
Hours: N/A (no specific info during soft-opening)
Price: [drinks] 40-68 RMB [pastries] 40 RMB
Visited: Sep 2015

Just opened 2 months ago, Chang Zuo 長作 is the newest outlet by Chinese fashion brand/select shop Dong Liang 棟樑. Located on Changle Road, this beautifully renovated structure includes a first floor cafe, topped by 3 levels of boutique space displaying a carefully curated selection from independent designers, as well as Dong Liang’s own creations. The design style is a mix of modern and wabisabi, with careful attention to details. It’s exactly my cup of tea.

荃二文老板的福,我在回上海的第四天就發現了棟梁于長樂路上新開的 “長作“。 一樓是咖啡館,二至四樓則是與棟梁合作的獨立設計師作品陳列室。整個空間非常漂亮,許多小細節都做的相當用心,而且雖是新店,卻已有種沈澱過,令人安心的穩重感。

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October 4th, 2015 at 6:05 am