|High Connections Café
|A-20, 6 South Shuangqing Rd.|
|028 8732 5855|
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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 understand not many of you will make the trip out to visit it, but, despite it’s somewhat out-there northwestern location, we encourage you to make an effort. It’s worth a trip.
The coffee shop, located in a strip mall out by Metro, the Southwest University of Finance and Economics and Jinsha museum, is arguably Chengdu’s most authentic. Spread over two floors, it’s bright and colorful, but tasteful, layout was designed by the Texan owner’s daughter (she’s an interior designer). Run by a mix of foreign and local employees, High Connections regularly hosts live music and English corners (Wed., and Sat. 7 – 9:00pm), but it excels at simply being a place to tuck into delicious food and solid coffee, while taking care of whatever you planned to do (or not to do). While we were there, an extremely lively English corner was taking place with a surprising number of foreign participants.
The menu is limited, but very good. The hearty chicken parmigiana panini (29RMB) was perfectly toasted and served with tortilla chips and Dijon mustard. The cheese quesadilla (22RMB) came with homemade tomato sauce, though it could have done with a little more filling. The muffins, cupcakes and cheesecake desserts (10-12RMB) are uniformly outstanding and dangerously addictive. Particularly good is the chocolate brownie. And while the regular coffee (12RMB) is fine in its own right, the iced Vietnamese drip version (22RMB) with sweet syrup had us yearning for Saigon as if we’d actually been there. The smoothies and milkshakes (26 RMB) also sounded very promising.
An inviting stack of English-language magazines are on hand, including, National Geographic. Not to mention, the Wi-Fi is free, which means everything else is just icing on top of an already sweet cake. If only it was a little closer to the center of town! Still, next time you’re heading in that direction, make sure to add High Connections to you list of things to do.