China may be better known for its tea than its coffee, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great cafés to check out. Qingdao has recently experienced a boom of coffee-style hang outs, which means an increase in variety and options – always a good thing in this town! So where do you go when you get tired of the ever-present Starbucks? Below is a list of 10 Qingdao cafés that are bound to satisfy the masses – caffeine junkies and foodies alike.
1) Cafe Kona View In Map
This popular hang out provides plenty of ways to chill. Its intimate setting is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a cup of their divine coffee. Take some time to peruse their generous selection of magazines and books to complete the lazy afternoon experience.
Add: 21-Jia Minjiang Erlu, Qingdao
Tel: 86 532 8573 5300
2) SPR White House View In Map
The ultimate in luxury, this place has more than one thing going for it. Situated right next to Shilaoren Beach, SPR White House has a swimming pool and restaurant on site. Need some privacy? Rent out the private roof area for parties or weddings.
Add: Surf Plaza, 316 Xianggang Donglu, Laoshan District, Qingdao
Tel: 86 532 8889 4377
3) Café Solo索伦咖啡View In Map
Situated in a small garden, Café Solo has one of the more beautiful and peaceful settings. Along with some delicious snacks, this place offers a variety of alcoholic beverages. And no, you’re eyes do not deceive you – the Tsingtao beers are really only 15 RMB!
Add: 6 Yanerdao Lu, opposite Haimengyuan Hotel, Shinan District, Qingdao
Tel: 86 532 8577 8000
4) Snail Coffee Bar 蜗牛咖啡吧View In Map
A charming little Qingdao coffee shop to go with a charming little name. What they lack in size, Snail Coffee Bar makes up for in variety and friendly service. The twinkling lights that adorn the interior make for a warm, homey feel that’s an ideal place to sip your cup of joe.
Add: 22-Jia Dagu Lu, Shinan District, Qingdao
Tel: 86 137 9191 6196; 0532-82807215
5) Café BrosView In Map
This one scores high on convenience, situated right smack in the middle of Commercial Square (Zhongshang Guangchang). A classic café, it displays just the right amount of attitude while staying true to its classy roots.
Add: 65 Zhangzhou Lu, Shinan District, Qingdao
Tel: 86 532 8578 1698
6) Coffee Forest 咖啡森林View In Map
Don’t let the name mislead you; Coffee Forest offers a whole lot more in the way of drinks than just coffee! Hang out there for an afternoon, making use of their free Wi-Fi, then come back in the evening for their full range of delicious cocktails. Comfortable chairs and convenient hours (open 24 hours, seven days a week) make it worth repeat visits.
Add: 55 Zhangzhou Erlu, Shinan District, Qingdao
Tel: 86 532 8588 7650
7) Café Davinne’s View In Map
For those who like to indulge, stop by Café Davinne’s to enjoy its ridiculously decadent offerings. Whether you want homemade Belgian chocolates, rich ice cream, piping hot waffles, or just a cup of strong coffee, this place has got you covered. You’ll walk out feeling like a whole new person!
Add: 308, C2 Xianggang Donglu, Shinan District, Qingdao
Tel: 86 532 8896 7653
8) Café Maru咖啡玛鲁View In Map
What a café should be! Yummy lattes are served alongside old-fashioned milkshakes (a rarity in China), and their sandwiches go down well. Enjoy their wireless internet while relaxing in a friendly environment.
Add: 28 Zhangzhou Yilu, Shinan District, Qingdao
Tel: 86 532 8578 3875
9) Joan’s Café View In Map
People who frequent Joan’s Café go there for the sandwiches. Crammed full of generous portions of meat and veggies, these suckers are the perfect midday fuel. The coffee and homemade juices are nothing to scoff at either. But trust me - it’s all about the sandwiches…
Rm. 209, Bldg. B, International Arts & Crafts City, Chengyang District, Qingdao
10) Selene’s Chocolate Bar 丝琳巧克力吧View In Map
The perfect place for chocoholics (you know who you are…), this place caters to all your sugar needs. Classic chocolate bars, fancy truffles, and molten hot chocolate are just a few of the indulgences Selene’s Chocolate Bar has to offer. Be sure to get a cup of their gourmet coffee to complement your chocolate choices, because everyone needs caffeine to go with their sugar.
Add: 5F, 135 Yan'an Sanlu, Qingdao
Tel: 86 532 8388 8988
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