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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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[Shanghai 上海] Lady M

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Lady M

Add: LG2-22 International Financial Center, 8 Century Avenue
Tel: N/A
Hours: 10am – 9:30pm
Price: 68-75 RMB/slice of cake
Visited: Sep 2017

The first Lady M in Mainland China opened 2 days ago in Shanghai, and it’s been a crazy ride. The wait is apparently at least 2 hours regardless of when you go – there are people lining up at 8am even though the shop doesn’t open till 10am, and there are ticket scalpers “reselling” cakes at doubled prices…what’s going on?

中國內地首家 Lady M 兩天前在上海開幕,聽說現在排隊等位是兩個小時起跳。明明早上十點才開門,卻八點就已排起了長隊,最久等位三個多小時,現場甚至還出現了黃牛…這到底是什麽情況?

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Photo of Lady M New York, via Pinterest

For those who don’t already know, Lady M is a cake boutique founded in New York in 2004, and has been popular for quite some time now. I didn’t find out about it until I moved back to Shanghai from Paris 2 years ago, and didn’t actually taste it until last year in Hong Kong*, where I had three of its famed mille crepes (original, matcha, and chocolate) in one sitting.

*Lady M now has 10 boutiques in the U.S., and locations in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

先說說 Lady M 是誰。這 2004 年起家于紐約上東區的精品蛋糕店已經紅了好幾年,朋友圈裏不少她的忠實粉絲,不過不瞞你說,沒有很跟上潮流的我是兩年前從巴黎搬回上海才第一次聽說 Lady M ,真正吃到則是去年在香港*玩耍的時候。當時一口氣嚐了三款她最付盛名的 mille crepes 千層蛋糕,果然是極致細膩的美味。

*除了美國的 10 家店以外,Lady M 在新加坡、香港、台灣都開了分店,開一家紅一家。

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Judging from how popular Lady M is abroad, it’s not hard to predict that it’s going to be a crazy wait at its Shanghai location. Luckily, I got a sneak peek of it during the pre-opening event…

有鑒於 Lady M 在海外的爆紅程度,不難預知到她在上海開幕後也會是一家排隊排到天荒地老的店。很幸運地,我在 pre-opening 活動上得以在人潮湧入之前瞄一眼這裏是什麽樣子…

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Lady M Shanghai is located on LG2 of IFC, which lacks the charm of its street-side boutique in New York, but the style remains similar – the decor is kept simple and white, allowing the cakes to be at the center of attention. Lady M creations are a mix of French traditions and Japanese sensibilities, and its two chefs – one French, one Japanese – are in Shanghai at the moment to ensure that the quality is the same as its other branches.

上海 Lady M 開在國金中心的 LG2 層,沒有紐約街邊精品店的那種感覺,不過延續了簡潔純白的風格,把焦點都給了甜點。Lady M 的蛋糕結合了法式的傳統和日式的輕盈,掌管廚房的兩位甜點師也分別來自法國和日本,上海店開幕期間都在這裏助陣,確保品質和其他門店如出一轍。

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[Shanghai 上海] Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire

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Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire

Add: 2F Capella Hotel, 480 West Jian Guo Road
Tel: 5466 9928
Hours: Weekdays 6-10pm, Weekends 6-10:30pm
Price: dinner 400 RMB+/person
Visited: Jul 2017

Amongst the myriad of new restaurants and hotels popping up in Shanghai lately, the most sought after is most definitely Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire, situated inside the Capella Hotel. The famed French chef has opened over a dozen restaurants around the world, the most iconic being his eponymous three-Michelin-star restaurant in Paris, which has been in operation since 1996. (On a related note, Pierre Gagnaire has garnered 17 stars in total). His 16th restaurant – Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire – just softly opened its door in Shanghai.

最近上海新餐廳和酒店如雨後春筍般不斷冒出,而其中最受人矚目,無疑是法國名廚 Pierre Gagnaire 在 Capella 嘉佩樂酒店開的 Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire。這位大廚的餐廳遍布全球,其中最爲出名的是 1996 年開幕于巴黎的 Pierre Gagnaire 同名餐廳,已多年穩坐米其林三星的地位(順帶一提,大廚所有餐廳加起來有 17 顆星星)。就在這個月,他在上海開了旗下第 16 家餐廳 - Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire。二話不說,吃。

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The location of the restaurant – Capella Hotel, Shanghai – is a luxury hotel renovated from historical Shikumen structures. It hasn’t been completed yet, and we will have to wait till September to see it in its full form, but expectations are already high. When finished, Pierre Gagnaire will have not just the restaurant and bar, but also a boulangerie / patisserie, as well as a space called “The Lab” designated for culinary private events.

餐廳所在地 - 上海建業裏嘉佩樂酒店 - 是由石庫門建築群修複而成的奢華酒店,目前還未完工,正式開業要等到九月(已迫不及待想要去瞧瞧了)。由 Pierre Gagnaire 所經營的除了有餐廳和酒吧,將來還會有街邊的面包甜點房 - La Boulangerie et Patisserie,以及一個提供 “私人預定的美食空間” - The Lab(其實我也沒搞懂這是什麽。)

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July 28th, 2017 at 3:09 am

[Shanghai 上海] Weiliu 味留

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Weiliu 味留

Add: B1/F,158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu
Tel: 6333 5117
Hours: 5~11pm (closed on Sun)
Price: from 1280 RMB
Visited: Apr 2017

Found 158 might be widely known as the “new Yongkang Lu” with its collection of expat-centric bars and restaurants, but the subterranean hub also houses an upscale Japanese restaurant called Weiliu. Tucked away in a quiet corner, Weiliu – opened just a few weeks before my visit – is composed of a very zen pebble garden, one main sushi bar, and a couple of spacious private rooms, all donned with silent sliding doors and minimalist decors.

永康路被整頓後,全上海的外國人似乎都跑到大同坊來了,每逢週末都擠得水洩不通。不過你知道,這裡除了有去不完的酒吧之外,其實還隱藏了一家相當高級日本料理店嗎? 我到訪時才開幕幾週的味留座落在大同坊一個安靜的角落,有個很禪的庭院,一個開放式吧台,還有幾個寬敞的包房。風格簡約,低調的外表讓人很想進去一探究進…

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The restaurant group, with three locations in Taipei already, also imported their chefs from Taiwan.  Omakase sets are priced at 1,280, 1,680, and 1,980 RMB – steep, but not uncommon among the high-end Japanese restaurant scene in Shanghai.

味留來自台灣,在台北已有三家店(咦,可是之前從來沒聽過),上海新店大部分的師父似乎也都是台灣人。Omakase 的價位是 1,280, 1,680, 和 1,980 人民幣 - 貴,但這就是上海高級日本料理的行情。

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June 21st, 2017 at 5:14 am

[Shanghai 上海] Bo Shanghai (2)

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Bo Shanghai

Add: 6F, Bund 5, 20 Guangdong Lu
Tel: 5383 3656
Hours: 6-11pm
Price: dinner set 1680 RMB + 10%,wine pairing + 650~850 RMB
Visited: Apr 2017

Please note that this was an invited tasting arranged by the restaurant.

6 months after its grand opening last year, Bo Shanghai finally released its menu 2.0. What’s new?

請注意本次為餐廳安排試吃。

繼去年10月在上海外灘五號風風火火地開幕後,Bo Shanghai 终于推出了他们的第二套菜单。这个醞釀了 6 個月之久的新菜單,到底有什麼內容呢?

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But first, a quick intro for those who didn’t already know about this restaurant. Bo Shanghai is the brainchild of Alvin Leung of the Bo Innovation (Hong Kong) fame, the cuisine is French inspired by China’s 8 regional cuisines. The kitchen here, helmed by head chefs DeAille and Simon, creates dishes that are completely different from what’s on offer in Hong Kong. Click here to read more about Bo Shanghai’s grand opening last year.

先給還不知道這家餐廳的人一個簡短的介紹:Bo Shanghai 是香港米其林三星的 Bo Innovation 的 “廚魔” Alvin Leung 在上海開的分店,用法國料理極致繁複的手法诠釋了來自中國八大菜系的靈感,由主廚 DeAille 和 Simon 呈現出和香港店完全不同的創意。想要了解更多,可以點擊這裡閱讀去年開幕時我寫的文章。

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The new menu is 12 courses long (1680 RMB + 10%), which is two dishes more than its predecessor (and unsurprisingly more expensive), with wine pairing at another 650 RMB (3 glasses) or 850 RMB (5 glasses). At this price point, Bo Shanghai certainly isn’t a restaurant to walk into casually…but the new menu does showcase the tremendous amount of thoughts the chefs have poured into its creation.

新菜單是一份 12 道式套餐(1680 元 + 10%),比之前的多了兩道(自然價格也上去了),配酒另加 650 元(3杯)或 850 元(5杯)。價格如此昂貴的 Bo Shanghai 顯然不是一家可以隨便走進去的餐廳…不過新菜單的確比之前更細致更華麗,用餐過程中主廚們詳細的解釋也讓人感受到他們在設計每一道料理時的用心。

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The amuse bouche, a duo of “molecular xiaolongbao” and Shanghainese kaofu, hasn’t changed. The “molecular xiaolongbao” is a classic creation from Alvin, its skin made from seaweed extractions, wrapping a soup that tastes exactly like xiaolongbao, adorned with a piece of vinegared ginger. As it bursts in the mouth, the soup is released…a sensation.

開胃小點倒是沒有變,和上份菜單一樣是 “分子小籠包” 以及 “烤麸”。其中分子小籠包是 Alvin 的經典創作之一,海藻制成的薄皮裹著高湯,上面點綴著一片用醋泡過的薑,放入嘴裏後輕壓便破裂,釋放出鮮味十足的小籠包風味。

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June 13th, 2017 at 4:37 pm

[Shanghai 上海] Highline

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Highline

Add: 6F, Ascott, Hong Kong Plaza, 282 Middle Huaihai Road
Tel: 6333 0176
Hours: 11am~1am
Price: brunch 200+ RMB/person, dinner 350+ RMB/person
Visited: Apr 2017

Highline, located on the 6th floor of the Ascott in Hong Kong Plaza, is the hot place to be at this moment. To be honest, I wasn’t so impressed when I visited last year during its soft-opening stage – yes, the terrace is sexy and sleek, but the food and service were lacklustre at best. Highline has since then undergone a makeover of chefs and menus, and seems to be receiving especially good reviews for its brunch…time to go back for a second look.

開在香港廣場北座雅詩閣酒店 6 樓的 Highline,最近似乎非常熱門。由于是朋友投資的餐廳,去年還未正式開幕時我先去蹓跶過了幾次,但是(雖然這樣說可能對廚房的工作人員有些失禮)當時最讓我驚豔的是它漂亮的露台,而非食物本身。前一陣子聽說換了主廚改了菜單,趁上海天氣正好,我和朋友們挑了個陽光明媚的日子去試了試周末早午餐。

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Though I’m quite in love with the terrace, we opted for the indoor sunroom as it was too windy on the day of our visit. First things first upon being seated – a glass of mimosa (68 RMB) to start the day.

雖然是衝著露台來的,不過當天風大而且朋友帶了小baby一起來,所以最後選了室內的陽光屋。落地窗完全打開,整個空間非常通透,舒服地坐下來後先來杯 Mimosa(68元)。

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June 13th, 2017 at 6:01 am

[Shanghai 上海] Ginger by the Park

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Ginger by the Park

Add: 91 Xingguo Lu
Tel: 3406 0599
Hours: 10:30am-11pm
Price: 200~250 RMB/person
Visited: Apr 2017

Years ago when I first visited Ginger, it was still tucked away in a small alleyway on Fuxing West Road. With the loveliest courtyard, this was where I would spend afternoons sipping on tea and having lazy conversations with friends. Upon returning from Paris, I discovered that the cafe/bistro has moved to a new location on Xingguo Road…less discrete, but no less charming.

好幾年前第一次去 Ginger,它還開在複興西路的小弄堂裏,很喜歡那穿過細長通道後豁然開朗的感覺,下午坐在院子裏非常舒服。從巴黎回到上海後發現 Ginger 搬家了,新的地點在興國路上一個很安靜的地段,旁邊是公園,窗外一片綠。翻開菜單,看到的第一句話就吸引到我了:

“我們巡遊了世界,迫不及待地想和你分享那些最觸動我們味蕾和心靈的各地美食。Ginger 邀請你跟我們一起踏上舌尖上的奇妙旅行,感受口腹滿足的小幸福。”

…完全戳中我心啊。

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Ginger’s owner Betty is Singaporean by origin, but has been traveling around pretty much all her life. After going through Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, she settled in Shanghai in 2003, and Ginger was born. A foodie at heart, Betty tastes insatiably as she travels, and brings back all that is delicious to her restaurant, sharing her passion with fellow food lovers.

Ginger 的老板 Betty 是新加坡人,1987年搬到了北京(好早),後來去了香港、東京、2003年來到上海,不知不覺中已經十幾年了。她是個完全的吃貨,在東京居住的十年期間于藍帶學習了法式料理和甜點,更在旅途中更嚐遍了各地的美味並將它們帶回了自己的餐廳,分享給同樣熱愛美食的客人們…正如她菜單第一頁所描述的。

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May 16th, 2017 at 12:19 pm

[Shanghai 上海] Garden Terrace at PuLi Hotel 璞麗酒店花園露台

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Garden Terrace at PuLi Hotel

Add: 1 Changde Road
Tel: 2216 6996
Hours: 7am-1am (afernoon tea 2:30pm-5:30pm)
Price: tea set 300 RMB/person + 10% service charge & 6% tax
Visited: Apr 2017

Please note that this was an arranged tasting.

Spring in Shanghai is ever so pleasant yet short-lived, so when it is upon us, it’s pretty much obligatory to spend as much time outdoor as possible. A most ideal patio choice would be Garden Terrace at the PuLi Hotel, which, incidentally, has always been one of my favorite hotels in town. The property is conveniently located at the heart of Jing’an District, yet somehow manages to shield out all the hustle and bustle, imbuing a sense of zen to all that enters its grounds. I think you might like it too.

最近春暖花開,一心念著要找個露台享受一下上海(肯定非常短暫)的完美天氣。首先想到的,就是璞麗酒店的露天花園。璞麗是我在上海最喜歡的酒店之一,地點位于非常便利的靜安區中心地帶,但一切吵雜似乎都被隔離在竹簾之外,一步入大堂就能感受到令人平靜的禅意。我想,你應該也會喜歡。

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The lush and quiet Garden Terrace, just a wall apart from Jing’an Park, is blessed with cool breeze, sunshine, and comfortably furnished with sofa and daybeds…lay down, sip on a cup of tea or a glass of champagne, and let all worries melt away.

這裏的露天花園與靜安公園僅僅一牆之隔,享受得到茂盛的綠蔭,而且非常隱秘安靜。有水池、有微風、有陽光、有沙發、有躺椅…無比惬意。

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April 28th, 2017 at 3:37 am

[Shanghai 上海] Sober Company

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Sober Company

Add: 99 Yandang Lu
Tel: N/A for the moment
Hours: [Sober Cafe] 8am-1am [Sober Kitchen] 5pm-12am [Sober Society] 7pm-2am
Price: [dishes] 55~190 rmb [cocktails] 85-130 rmb
Visited: Feb 2017

Since opening in 2014, Speak Low has been one of Shanghai’s hottest (+ one of my personal favorite) bars, and its popularity grew even wilder after they won #2 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars last year. In the meanwhile, its owners have been preparing for a grander project – whimsically named “Sober Company” – which soft-opened earlier this month. If you know anything about the team, you’d chuckle at this name…because you know that there is no way you are walking out of here sober.

Speak Low 自 2014 年開幕以來一直是上海最紅(以及我個人很喜歡的)酒吧之一,而在去年得到亞洲 50 Best Bars 第三名後更是一座難求 - 我最近有一次在周四晚上前往,結果直接被擠了出來(明明不是周末…)。在 Speak Low 人氣爆表的同時,老板們在這個月低調地開了家名爲 Sober Company 的新店。Sober 意爲 “清醒的、未醉的”,想想實在是個很幽默的名字…你覺得你來 Speak Low 老板開的店,能夠清醒地走出去?呵呵。

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I’m doing a bit of pastry consulting for Sober Company and so was lucky to get a preview of the place before it opened. The location is at the crossroad of Yandang Lu and Nanchang Lu. Its storefront, donned in a charming grayish-blue, reads Sober Café, Sober Kitchen, and Sober Society. That’s right, this place serves more than just alcohol.

新店才剛開始營業,我因爲幫他們做一些甜點顧問項目,所以已經先來了幾次。地點在雁蕩路南昌路路口,優雅沈穩的藍色店面上寫著 Café、Kitchen、Society,分別是咖啡館、餐廳、和酒吧。哦?原來這裏不只有酒喝。

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This two-storey, New York-inspired establishment is orchestrated by Shingo Gokan, champion of the Bacardi Global Legacy cocktail competition in 2012, as well as the man behind New York’s Angel’s Share for the past 10 years.

打造 Sober 的是自 2012 年得到 Bacardi Global Legacy 調酒大賽冠軍後一炮而紅的日本調酒師 Shingo Gokan 以及他的團隊,店的靈感來自他住了十幾年的紐約。

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February 14th, 2017 at 8:01 am

[Shanghai 上海] Cafe Dan 丹咖啡

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Cafe Dan

Add: No. 41, Alley 248 Taikang Lu (inside Tianzifang)
Tel: 6466 1042
Hours: 10am~11pm
Price: 100~150rmb/person
Visited: Dec 2016

In a city like Shanghai, where the F&B scene changes constantly with daily openings and closings, the restaurants and cafes that stick around become all the more rare and precious. Like Cafe Dan. This small cafe in Tianzifang has been there since 2007, and is perpetually filled with the alluring aroma of freshly brewed coffee and delicious Japanese comfort food that I don’t mind going out of my way for.

上海的新餐廳如春筍般不停的冒出,可是我卻越來越喜歡那些長年來靜靜存在著的地方,比如丹咖啡。這家日式咖啡屋2007年開幕至今已快10年,小店藏身于田子坊內,不是一個我平會常去的區域,不過偶而想念他們健康美味的餐點時,就會爲之專門跑一趟。

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There are three stories to Cafe Dan. The 1st floor is used mostly as storage, and to get to the seats one must climb up dangerously steep steps to the 2nd and 3rd floors. It’s not an especially spacious cafe, and fills up quickly on weekends.

丹咖啡共有三層樓。一樓沒有可坐的空間,只是用來擺放制作咖啡的器具和雜貨。爬上陡峭地有些危險的樓梯,二、三樓和中間的夾層都有一些小木桌。空間不大,周末時一座難求。

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