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Cafés at Xidi Coffee Street and Bank of Yundang Lake, Xiamen

Updated: 05 Jul 2010
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The Chinese have laid claim to many great inventions over time, such as gun powder and paper as well as more contentious claims such as football and ice-cream. However, one thing you are unlikely to ever hear a Chinese person lay claim to is coffee.
 
In spite of this, coffee drinking is one of Xiamen's crucial symbols of modernity and, while undeniably foreign, it has an enormous impact on the modern life of the locals.
 
Here is a guide to some of the best of the coffee establishments on Xidi Coffee Street (西堤咖啡一条街) in Xiamen, a popular spot for the trendy Chinese, expatriates and foreigners.
 
Xidi Coffee Street, just along the bank of Yundang Lake near the Marco Polo Hotel, has dozens of Western style cafes. The street has an incredibly rich cafe scene with little sanctuaries for latte-thirsty individuals, local and foreign alike, to sip away, chat and forget, at least momentarily, some of the stresses of Xiamen urban living.
 
The House 老别墅西餐厅
 
 
The restaurant is owned by an Israeli from the US. It's an ideal haven for teatime and chatting. Beautiful, light and spacious terrace where summer breeze brings pleasant scent of Yundang Lake is a soothing relaxation from stress.
 
Recommendation:
Tiramisu, cheesecake, pizza
 
Add: NO.3-9 Yundang Road
Tel: 0592-5033377 (English)
 
Buon Appetito & Geo Geo café 意欢乐
 
 
This is a café and Italian restaurant. The atmosphere here is bright, relaxed and free of distractions. They have their own coffee brand. The Italian chef presents you both traditional and innovative Italian cuisines They usually hold special events on western festivals.
 
Recommendation:
Macaroni, Beef roll, Fried Goose Liver & Arugula Salad, White Wine Shrimp & Scallop Pasta
 
Add: #1, No.3, Yundang Road
Tel: 0592-5323111 5107333
 
The Coffee Club 卡伦比咖啡
 
 
Their idea is to create more than just a place where people could meet for coffee. It is to provide a relaxed meeting place that is casual yet sophisticated, stylish yet affordable.
 
Recommendation:
Cappuccino Coffee, Chocolate Brownie
 
Add: Shop 10, Jixiang Jiayuan (吉祥家园), No.1, Jianye Road (建业路)
Tel: 0592-5312246
 
Venice Café 芸莱咖啡
 
 
Apart from delicious Italian cuisine, Venice Café serves authentic Italian coffee, and also its famous hand-crafted Italian ice cream.
 
Called gelato in Italian, there are various ice-cream with a big selection of flavours and textures, and they are all handcrafted.
 
It is an ideal place to rest for its perfect location and excellent landscape. The design style makes the café elegant, luxury and stylish. Coupled with authentic coffee, pleasant scented tea and delicious western food, Venice Café is your second home.
 
Recommendation:
Cappuccino Coffee, yogurt, ice cream
 
Add: No.111, Xidi Villa, Yundang Road
Tel: 0592-5150358
 
Coyote Café 墨西哥咖啡厅
 
 
On the waterfront, the café is about 10 minutes walking distance from the Marco Polo and The Pan Pacific hotels. All windows design gives customers a comfortable and relaxing dining or "enjoy a Margarita" atmosphere.
 
Coyote serves up Xiamen's finest Tex-Mex foods with exciting dishes and unique ambiance. At Coyote, every dish is created using only the freshest, finest ingredients. They serve only the choicest meats and seafood, freshest rice and beans, and tortillas that are baked fresh daily.
 
Recommendation:
Fresh Tortilla Chips & Salsa, Nachos Grande, Fried Calamari or Guacamole
 
Add: No.58-2, Ganglong Garden (港龙花园), Yundang Road
Tel: 0592-5046623 
 
Tutto Bene 多乐意(突本意)意大利餐厅
 
 
The full complement of southern Italian is here. There are plenty of different types of pasta to enjoy; like pasta, ravioli, and many other wonderful choices. Pasta is easy - good pasta is not and the resident chef knows how to tease out the authentic taste of Italy, the taste that gives this restaurant the edge. 
 
Tutto Bene is good, unpretentious restaurant which serves great authentic Italian food. Fresh-cut flowers and candles on every table make this a romantic place to bring your partner in the evening.

Recommendation:
Creamy Mushroom Soup, Hawaii Pizza, Tiramisu 

Add: No.1-16, Jianye Road
Tel: 0592-5046026 5318549 
 
Mamma Mia 妈妈咪雅
 
 
Across from the Marco Polo Xiamen hotel, Mamma Mia serves authentic Italian specialties like risotto, gnocchi, and several different types of pasta. There's also a beautiful bar on the third floor where you can sink into plush chairs.
 
Recommendation:
Pizza, lasagna
 
Add: 0592-5362662
Tel: No.1-17, Jixiang Jiayuan (吉祥家园), No.1, Jianye Road
 
HALOHALO 哈罗哈罗咖啡
 

 
Halo Halo means mix-mix in tagalog. It is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served cold in a tall glass or bowl. The HALOHALO café serves this famous dessert with eight kinds of ingredients. It is just located at the corner of Xidi Villa. Customers can enjoy the spacious lake view as well as tasty Philippine dishes on the terrace.
 
Recommendation:
Halo-halo, Herb tea, Cocktail, Philippine snacks
 
Add: No.106, Yundang Road
Tel: 0592-5962528 5066709
 
Café Perfect 咖凡咖啡
 

 
This is a romantic French style café where you can enjoy soft music, a beautiful lake view and of course delicious French food. All of their cuisines are cooked with natural materials as the café owner refuses to use any artificial additives. In addition, there is a special wine bar for wine lovers.
 
Recommendation:
French style Asparagus Soup, Sweet Potato Soup, Mango Fruit Mix
 
Add: No.107, Xidi Villa (西堤别墅), Yundang Road
Tel: 0592-5088016
 
Samadhi café 三摩地人文空间
 

 
As an interesting vegetarian restaurant and café, Samadhi provides a sophisticated, relaxed environment and tranquil setting in which to enjoy a wide range of creative vegetarian meals and snacks. There are various types of tea to choose from, and there is something for the most eclectic tastes. The seating area extends over three floors with some private spaces available for small groups. On the top floor there are fabulous uninterrupted views over the lake. The inside décor is tasteful and unfussy. There is a large Buddha that adorns the main entrance and greets guests.
 
Recommendation:
Baked pumpkin rice noodles, Lavazza low-sugar coffee, Tiramisu
 
Add. No. 115, Xidi Villa, Yundang Road
Tel. 0592-5361689
 
Cooper Café 古柏咖啡
 

 
They serve various South America coffee made by an experienced Taiwan barista. Their latte coffee is very popular with customers.
 
Recommendation:
Coffee latte, Cheese cake
 
Tel: 0592-5092279 5500488
Add: No.3-2, Yundang Rd
 
Home from Home 厚海书院
 

 
There are bookstores and cafes in Xiamen, but perfectly meshing these into one cohesive caffeinated smorgasbord is easier said than done. It is time to catalog Xiamens coffee sips at the book-themed café - Home from Home.
 
Recommendation:
Mocha Coffee, Mendeling
 
Add: No.3-4, Yundang Road
Tel: 0592-5311212
 
Mcafe 雅子咖啡馆
 

 
Being the smallest café in Xiamen, the café is owned by the father of Tang Shui Man, a famous Hong Kong television actress. Meticulous service and exquisite desserts make the café a bright star at the coffee street.
 
Recommendation:
Panini, Cappuccino Coffee, Mango Pudding, Puff
 
Add: No.1, Jixiang Jiayuan (吉祥家园), Jianye Road, opposite to Marco Polo Hotel
Tel: 0592-5063388
 
The Lake's Café 浪琴湖咖啡
 

 

 
The café, famous for coffee, fruit juice and dessert, serves both Western dishes and Chinese dishes. There is no minimum charge or box fee imposed on consumers in the café.
 
Recommendation:
Mocha Coffee, sandwich
 
Add: No.3-8, Yundang Road
Tel: 0592-5129945

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