Qingdao’s cafes and coffee houses are scattered throughout the sailing city, stretching from the sands of ShiLaoRen beach in LaoShan to the shores of colonial Old Town. Although Starbucks and SPR are as common as panhandlers at ZhanQiao
Pier, Qingdao Old Town has several unique cafes (coffee shops) that have much more character than those social java stalls, not to mention the fake SPR (wanna-be micro brewery) located in May 4th Square. Qingdao’s original European style cafe, and without a doubt the most popular on Qingdao’s Coffee & Tea Street
, set the bench mark for others to follow. Anyone who has spent even a week in Qingdao has heard of Kona Cafe, but there are actually some really cool cafes across town on DaXue Road (the main artery of OUC’s campus) and DaGu Road (off ZhongShan Road) in Qingdao
Here is the Short List of Cafes (Coffee Shops) in Qingdao Old Town:
U&I Cafe (优爱)
22 DaXue Road, 中国山东省青岛市市南区 大学路22号
Telephone: +86 (532) 8286-9209
Mobile: (+86) 139-0538-1863
A Cozy place across from Ocean University of China and the Qingdao Art Museum.
Coffee Space (咖啡空间)
14 Daxue Road, 中国山东省青岛市市南区 大学路14 号
Telephone: +86 (532) 8286-8215
Same owners of Kona Cafe that is a combination of roasting and tasting house.
Snail Coffee Bar (蜗牛咖啡吧)
22 Dagu Road, 中国山东省青岛市市南区 大沽路22号
Mobile: (+86) 137-9191-6196
A perfect place to relax after shopping on ZhongShan Road.
117 ZhongShan Road, 中国山东省青岛市市南区 中山路117号
Telephone: +86 (532) 8979-5680
A great place to sit outside with an iced mocha and people watch.
Also in Qingdao Old Town: Strong Ale Works (SAW) and Le Pas Haus.
Photo © RuoBing – U & I Cafe.