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Add: D6, #7 Fenghuang Shanjiao Road, Hangzhou
Tel: 0571-8711 8620
Hours: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm (closed on Mon)
Price: ~100 RMB/person
Visited: Mar 2017
My last stop on this trip to Hangzhou was Random, a cafe / select shop located in an old neighborhood not too far from the city center. Its stylish shop front is quite a contrast from the ruggedness surrounding it, making it almost pop out from the background. Though it took a while to find, it was certainly worth the effort…
從東信和創園離開後直奔這次杭州行的最後一個目的地 － Random。穿過鳳凰城山腳下的老社區，拉著行李有點迷路有點狼狽，心裏碎碎念著幹嘛要這麽折騰，不過抵達這三層樓的漂亮小房子時立刻覺得 “呼，來了真好”。大片玻璃的摩登感在老社區裏顯得有點穿越，通透設計讓室內輕盈明亮。這裏藏地有些深，不是個會在無意中經過的地方，客人應該都是慕名而來的吧？
I first heard about Random at last year’s Design Shanghai, when Random’s founders Norah and Oliver invited me to their pop-up cafe at the exhibition. Though it was just a temporary thing, the cafe made quite an impression, and I’ve been meaning to go visit their actual shop in Hangzhou ever since then.
認識 Random 的 Norah 和 Oliver 是在 2016 年的設計上海，他們當時在展場裏開了個咖啡館，雖然只是爲期四天的快閃店，不過做得相當用心，去過之後一直想著哪天要到他們杭州本店瞧瞧。
Add: 349 Masuyacho Higashiyamaku, Kyoto
Hours: 11am – 6pm
Price: 500-800 yen
Visited: Aug 2016
かさぎ屋 Kasagiya is a famous traditional Japanese dessert shop in Kyoto, but most people who don’t come looking for it would probably miss its low-key facade, tucked away in a corner on the Ninzenzaka. I overslept from my afternoon nap (oops) and by the time I reached there, it was only 10 minutes before their closing time (oh no!). I popped my head in as most of the guests were just leaving, giving the shop owner an apologetic look and inquired whether they were still serving. He seemed slightly hesitant initially, but seeing that I was alone (and obviously very eager), he gave an approving nod and ushered me in. Yesss.
Kasagiya was established in 1914, and for over a hundred years it’s been known for its artisanal, delicate Kyoto specialty desserts. The space is small, just enough to accommodate about 20 guests, and the nostalgic charm oozing out from every corner is quite mesmerizing.
Kasagiya is especially famed for its adzuki beans, cooked fresh everyday for over 3 hours in the traditional method until the beans are perfectly soft without losing its shape. The two desserts incorporating adzuki beans – the botamochi (made with sweet rice and sweet adzuki paste) and the Kyoto zenzai (adzuki bean soup with roasted mochi) seem to be the two most popular choices.
Add: Shop 106 No. 5 Alley 123 Xingye Lu, Xintiandi / 新天地兴业路123弄5号106号店
Tel: 5382 0715
Price: 55-65 RMB/cake, 45-55 RMB/drink
Visited: Jan 2011
Whisk and Hof dominated the chocolate dessert scene in Shanghai for a long while before Godiva came in with its first ever chocolate cafe concept store in the world. It seems like the cafe is already quite popular, as the spacious 2nd floor cafe area was completed filled up when I visited. Is this because of the prestige, the convenient location, or the actual offerings of the cafe?
The interior is nothing too impressive, but comfortable enough to sit through an afternoon.