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De Chocolate Coffee
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
The new Perennial Mall at Wanjiawan (opened just over a month when we visited) brings a welcome oasis of retail civilization in the midst of all the new residential communities that are beginning to fill up between the west side of the city and Wenjiang. We dropped in to check out the spacious...

C&T house
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
This pottery and tea shop serves tea and snacks among beautifully lit displays of porcelain and glassware, which provide most of the decor and atmosphere. The shop has always stood out among the stores in busy Yangguang Centre mall, for its calmness. The menu is super simple with a selection of...

No Cat French Desserts  没有猫法式甜品
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
The Alleys near Tonghuimen is one of Chengdu's top central tourist destinations, with many traditional restored buildings housing upscale restaurants, art displays, and souvenir shops. Too many visitors miss out on the cool neighborhoods nearby, however. We were wandering around Kuixinglou...

UID Collective Café
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
Even with the help of a seasoned taxi driver it took us a while to find U37 idea loft, in a nondescript residential area full of walk-up apartments just off the east first ring. (Going east from the first ring, hang a right just past the walking bridge over Shuinian He Street, it’s before the...

The Beer Nest  啤酒窝酒吧
The Beer Nest (more chengdu)
From Monday, October 14th until Sunday, October 20th the dudes at the Beer Nest are offering Red Seal Ale for 40RMB/bottle. Normally it costs 60RMB. Get down there and taste some good American micro-brewed beer.

He Ming Teahouse  鹤鸣茶社
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
People’s Park is a hive of activity at most hours of the day, not the kind of place where one might go to relax with a book. People’s Park is the site of patriotic activities, opera performances, puppet shows, snack and art vendors, and people practicing musical instruments and exercising. On...

Nuhi's Original Deli
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
Kaffestugan, now in its fourth year of business, has made its name as a reliable place for great coffee and a snack. Its location on the first ring between the music conservatory and Sichuan University make it a popular destination for professors and students, and its location between Moziqiao...

Jason's Coffee  杰森咖啡烧烘工坊
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
We were walking past the Blue Caribbean Plaza and spied a coffee shop sign proclaiming fresh roasting since 2012. We went up to check it out and found a gem of an indie café that was opened a few months ago by three very shuai boys who all are pretty passionate about their trade. Very few coffee...

Volar  Volar西餐香槟酒吧
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
Volar, Champagne Club is located at prime area of Lan Kwai Fong, Chengdu with sitting area over 700 m2, amply bringing the Western/Hong Kong style clubbing to the heart of the city. With aims to provide high-end and modern entertainments, Volar also provide different style of Champagne together...

MOCOWAY Speciality Coffee
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
We are always on the lookout for a coffee alternative to the green siren, so we’re pleased to see a new Mocoway café among the businesses filling up the new Baoli Centre near the American Consulate. Mocoway offers a selection of fresh-ground, single-origin, specialty coffees that can be...

Keg King  西啤士餐吧
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
We've been waiting for the Chengdu Raffles City development to open up forever, and the building does not disappoint. The three levels of office tower-surrounded plaza make an enjoyable space for people to relax, and we notice lots of visitors snapping photos of the space and of each other. The...

Underground Bar  遂道
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
It had been far too long since MORE last went Underground to the Tube-themed pub hidden between two clubs on the university side of Jiuyanqiao. We found a pared down food program with an unusual promotion – between five and 8:30 pm on weekdays you can get dinner for free with 60 yuan worth of...

88 Youth Zone  青年空间
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
88 Youth Zone, with appealing areas both indoors and outdoors, is one of the more architecturally interesting spaces in the city. The place has only been open a couple of months but is attracting folks who come to sit and meet, play, drink coffee, or have a snack. We feel like we have walked into...

Three Kingdoms Tea House  三国茶园
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
The historic epic, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, is recommended reading for the visitor who wants to get the most out of a visit to Wuhou Temple in Chengdu, where the great Liu Bei is buried. However, you don't have to be a history buff to enjoy the Three Kingdoms Tea House, which is at Wuhou...

Cru Wine Bar  醇度酒吧
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
Wine, increasingly available in Chengdu, comes in so many styles, flavours, and price points that choosing one can be daunting. However, just as the novice learns to enjoy tea, learning how to drink and appreciate wine is a worthwhile pleasure in itself. MORE recently had a chance to sit down...

koko Casa
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
There seems to be a new gelato shop appearing everywhere we look in Chengdu. Koko casa, which has already been around for a couple of years, is one of the veterans in town but is still among our favourites. MORE recently was given a chance to sample some of their wares at the original Yanlord...

Shamrock  三叶草餐厅酒吧
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
We sometimes get distracted with all of the new places opening up around town and forget about the stalwarts. The Shamrock is one of the handful of foreign owned independent bars in town and will be celebrating their tenth anniversary later this year. The Shamrock is a favourite haunt of students...

Mooney's Bar  爱尔兰吧
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
The cosy atmosphere at Mooney's belies its 5-star location in the Shangri-La hotel, but the food quality really gives it away. MORE was invited to sample a few of their featured menu items recently. One standout offering was the rib eye steak. This kitchen understands that good steak is about...

Green Day  绿天
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
Back when we used to hang our hats near Xiao Tong Xiang, it was a sleepy residential alley with the occasional tea house and small restaurant. The only places where we could get by with English were the Loft Hostel and Dodo's Cafe. In the couple of years since Kuanzhaixiangzi has become a...

Ye Xian Ju Teahouse  野闲居
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
This teahouse on a quiet street in the south of Tongzilin has all the characteristics of a good neighborhood teahouse: comfort, good ventilation, hospitable service, and just enough space between tables that you can either keep to yourself or listen to others' chatter. What makes the place stand...

Honeymoon Dessert  满记甜品
Susan Johnson (More chengdu)
Being enormous fans of Hong Kong-style desserts, were thrilled to spot this new dessert restaurant in the basement level of the New World department store on Shun Cheng Da Jie. Honeymoon offers various concoctions based on fresh fruit, herbal jellies, tapioca, nut milks, sweet tofu, coconut...

Bingo Bagel  冰果贝果
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
Local bakeries turn out interesting versions of many of our favourite carbs, but bagels are usually absent. So we were pretty excited to visit Bingo Bagel, which is just opposite the Blue Peninsula commuinty a short walk from the north side of Jiuyan Qiao. Bingo Bagel is a combination of a bagel...

Cotton Club  棉花俱乐部
COTTON CLUB CLOSED - 08.01.2010 (spicy280)
Tried to go to the Cotton Club last night and found it boarded up. I don't know when/if it will reopen, but it's definitely shut down for now.

Q's Coffee  邱公馆咖啡
Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
Q's is a small cafe featuring Yunnan coffee, fresh baking, and desserts. The main branch in Tongzilin is elegantly decorated in white and red with wood floors and plants that keep it from feeling stuffy. It's a comfortable and refreshing place to drop in and pick up some sweets or croissants in...

Muzhuo Café  木桌咖啡
Mark Hiew (more chengdu)
Xiao Mu was, once, one of the many young men afflicted with one of contemporary China’s most dangerous vices: online gaming addiction. He is now a man on a mission. His calling: To spread the health and social benefits of foreign board games. To help him realize this goal, he has opened a café...

No. 1 Outside Beach Club  外滩1号
Mark Hiew (more chengdu)
There’s something calming about sitting out on a river at any time of day, but that tranquility acquires a touch of the transcendent come evening, when the bright neon lights and hulking canvases of the city skyline heighten the dramatic tension of water and concrete. It’s what makes sitting...

High Connections Café  嘉联咖啡
Mark Hiew (more chengdu)
Location, as everyone knows, matters. Some people even claim it is, “everything.” And so it is with bittersweet sentiment that we share with you, our dear readers, High Connections. A gorgeously-designed coffee shop tailor made for all your surfing, reading, chatting and live music needs. We...

Copper Crane Restaurant & Bar  铜雀台
Mark Hiew (more chengdu)
Jinli Street is indeed overflowing with tourists. So much so that it would be hard to fault some locals who avoid the area in search of more authentic haunts. But there’s no denying the stunning beauty of the district. A beauty that grows in the evenings, when the gleam of bulbous red lanterns...

Dodo’s Café  朵朵家咖啡馆
Mark Hiew (more chengdu)
Tucked away on a quiet boutique street that is also home to Loft Hostel and Morning Bar, Dodo’s has provided quiet sanctuary for backpackers and hip locals alike for some time now and is, mercifully, far from the crush of the city’s busier thoroughfares. It’s a shame that it receives...

Morning Bar  早上好
Mark Hiew (more chengdu)
For those looking for a new live music spot with a fresh range of drinks to keep you entertained, newly opened Morning bar, across the street from Loft hostel just west of People’s Park, offers a breath of fresh air. Morning, set up and operated by the owner, Zhang, wanted to create a space...

Middle Bar  弥渡
Mark Hiew (more chengdu)
There’s something very self-conscious about some of the bar names in Chengdu. A number of them use their nomenclature to describe their size: there is “Little House,” “Little Bar,” (two of them, in fact) and “Middle Bar.” There’s no “Big Bar” that I’m aware of yet, but I...

Woodfish Café  木鱼咖啡餐厅
Mark Hiew (more chengdu)
Hostel fare generally follows a fairly strict mandate: bright, rainbow-hued walls and cheap, homey grub (think banana oatmeal), often with Bob Marley’s “Legend” bopping on the speakers. Woodfish Café, though connected to Dragontown Hostel, is not that kind of restaurant. Located on the...

Paramount Wine Shop and Bar  派拉蒙葡萄酒专卖店
Monica Liau (more chengdu)
Paramount Wine Bar is a cozy venue tucked into a storefront along Tongzilin. Its walls are stocked top to bottom with red and white wines from all over the world. Like many other Chinese wine shops, fake grapes adorn dark cherry wood cabinets. The lighting and music is appropriately soft and...

SOS Club  风暴SOS俱乐部
Monica Liau (more chengdu)
The Chinese nightclub scene is often different from their Western counterparts, but if you’re looking for a glitzy night on the town surrounded by young, high rolling Chinese clubbers try the recently opened SOS on Central Kehua Road. When walking through the CenturyMart department store late...

Zhi Ai Bookstore Café  智爱书店咖啡馆
Pete Sweeney (more chengdu)
In my opinion, and those of others, the cultural divide between the East and West is rarely so clearly illustrated as in the difference between ex-pat coffee houses and Chinese cafés. The prices are similar but the ambiance changes drastically. Where western cafés tend to resemble offices,...

Hemp House  麻糖酒吧
very chill (ledingo)
great place to chill into the wee hours of the night. a very relaxing and comfortable indoors with lots of great little corners to sit and chat, as well as a nice outdoor garden located a few meters down from the bar. the garden is my favourite place to just sit back and relax and take in the...

Panda Bar  熊猫吧
Pete Sweeney (more chengdu)
It’s not fair to say that Chengdu is short on bars, but there are two problems. One is that the current scene isn’t diverse enough. There are plenty of pubs and patios. There’s no shortage of discos. But let’s admit it, Chengdu needs more lounges to break up the monotony, and thank God,...

The Bookworm  老书虫
*** (more chengdu)
With locations in Beijing, Chengdu, and Suzhou, the Bookworm has a reputation for welcoming people from everywhere. Respectable food, and drinks run at reasonable prices. And then there are the books of course.

Leg and Whistle, English Bar  英格兰酒吧
*** (more chengdu)
This British Pub, located just south of the Chuan Da’s south gate, offers up a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Go there to enjoy a large selection of beers and local and international sports.

Jah Bar  家酒吧
*** (more chengdu)
The Jah Bar is in right up there among the most chilled out places in Chengdu. Cozy couches, reggae and a steady flow of beers will keep you here all night. Don’t be surprised to see a gaggle of local musicians kicked back and doing their thing.

Le Café Paname  巴黎咖啡
*** (more chengdu)
A French bar just south of Chuan Da which has a good mix of nightlife with a dance floor, pool table, darts and lounge area upstairs. The staff is friendly and mixes a mean Cuba Libre. There’s a great selection of homemade French pastries.