May 23, 2013 (Chengdu) Over the last seven years, one thing we have noticed - it is getting a bit easier to get a cup of coffee in Chengdu. While there are sporadic Starbucks popping up, we haven't had a caffeinated outlet anywhere near. In previous years we've found a store that had prepackaged Nescafe or some poor soul would have remembered to bring a stash of VIA coffee packets and be forced to share with the rest of the laggards that spaced it off.
Fortunately, this year we have a new Taiwanese (so Paul says!) coffee and bakery shop one block away called 85°...we think that's in Celsius and the temperature the coffee is served...but who knows (or cares)...its coffee!? At about 7 am, there's a steady trickle of white folks traipsing down the sidewalk from the Tian Chen Lou to 85° for their favorite shot of java and pastry from the bakery. I think its now the new Chengdu hotspot. If only they'd get wi-fi too!
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