The famous Japanese author Haruki Murakami once said that if a city is absent of people wishing to open cafes, then no matter how much money that city has, it’ll be nothing but a hollow space. Fortunately, Changsha isn’t just a “hollow space”, thanks to the existence of a few very pleasant cafes.
1) Soul Café素咖啡 View In Map
‘Soul’ is a rather appropriate name for this serene café located in a secluded area at the east gate of Lieshi Park. Soul’s interior is simply furnished with a dark, natural wood bar and cane furniture. Besides its selection of hot drinks, Soul Café also sells imported wine and cigars.
Add: Outside Mengzeyuan, 7 Wanbao Dadao, Kaifu District, Changsha
Tel: 0731 8218 9803
Opening hours: 0:00-24:00
2) Shiniu Cafe拾年咖啡馆 View In Map
Shiniu Café is situated on the bustling Renmin Xilu.. This three story red-brick building contains a roof terrace and is fitted with lots of large, comfortable sofas. Overall, the interior style resembles something found in small-town America. Shiniu’s signature drink is their “ice drip coffee” – each cup takes almost two hours to make so order this one when you have a lot of time on your hands!
Add: 401 Renmin Lu, Changsha
Tel: 0731 8444 4007
Opening Hours: 13:30-00:00
3) Moun-Gar423 View In Map
This café is situated in a little, white European style building on the third floor. The inside is simple, yet sophisticated and comfortable. The owner comes from Taiwan and the café offers homemade tiramisu, cheese etc.
Add: 150 west of Central Sqaure, Pedestrian Street, Changsha (on the right side of street)
Opening hours: 14:30-24:00
4) Timeloft Café 时间仓 View In Map
Timeloft Café is a little café on Renmin Xilu. The cafe is housed in the only 1970’s factory building on the entire street and its biggest draw is its fresh ingredients. Imported beans are used for every cup of coffee. The café has quite an artistic atmosphere and the most eye-catching thing about the venue are the golden lamps on every table and the tall sofas.
Add: 108 Renmin Xilu, Tianxin District, Changsha
Tel: 0731 857 90662
Opening hours: 10:30 - 01:00
5) Starbucks 星巴克
Though the novelty of Starbucks is questionable if you’ve spent more than a weekend in any major city in China, it’s still hands down one of the most popular café chains in the world, and the ones in Changsha are no exception. The second Starbucks café branch in Changsha opened in mid-September last year, with branches now located at Wangfujing in Wuyi Square and Dongtang Pinghetang.
Wangfujing branchView In Map
Add: 1F, Changsha Wangfujing Department Store, Huangxing Zhonglu, Tianxin District, Changsha
Opening hours: 8:00 - 24:00
Pinghetang branchView In Map
Add: 1F, Hepintang, Hunan Dongyi Guoji Shanye Guangchang, 488 Shaoshan Beilu, Yuhua District, Changsha
Words can never truly describe the feeling of a café, so it’s best if you get up and just go see for yourself – only that way will you find the one café that suits you best.
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Don't forget the Some Tea chops. Although more of a restaurant than a cafe, they do sell brewed coffee and 'traditional' hunanese style food. There's a good one under the Carey Hotel (Kai Rui Da Jiu Dian) in Jiefang Lu, about two blocks before Station Road (Che Zhan Zhong Lu).
I love it when the fuwuyuan open the door for you!
May 19, 2011 13:52 Report Abuse
there’s a pleasant enough cafe just 100 steps west of the south end of Taiping jie, just before stepping through the gate walk west.. But I cant recall the name. is it "That Place" or "Over There?" Hope you can find it even if I cant name it. I think it was someone named Noah that aimed me there. And the Forum on BXJ is decent enough.
Mar 08, 2011 03:49 Report Abuse
Guys, if any of you want an American type of coffee and dessert shop, the Fifth Tone is the place. I know Noah and Sarah there. The coffee is great and not as pricey as other cafe's but the desserts actually taste like what we knew back home. If you want real apple pie go there Saturday, it is baked fresh. I do not know or have heard of any other places like this in Changsha.
Apr 28, 2011 18:53 Report Abuse