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UID Collective Café
Around 10am - 10:30pm-ish.
1/F, 6, U37 Creative Warehouse, 3 South Shuinianhe St.
028 8665 3818
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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 mammoth Shudu Huayuan apartment complex.) Down a rather prosaic street is a graffiti-walled group of buildings dedicated to art and leisure. We passed a dance studio, bakery, and some clothing boutiques as well as a Taiwanese café and a busy Taiwanese restaurant. There are a few theme bars and restaurants, a hair salon, and a few small shops and art studios. When we arrived at UID café near the rear of the complex, their house roasting machine was pouring out fresh roasting coffee aromas and there were bags of green coffee beans piled up near the window. We asked for an espresso, which was fragrant and rich, and got one of their homemade almond cookies. The menu lists espresso, cappuccino, latte, mocha, flat white, and caramel macchiato. There is also hot chocolate, fruit sodas, panini, hot dogs, panini, and a club sandwich. Their fresh roasted beans are for sale for around 70RMB per pound, and they also sell coffee wares by Tiamo and Hario. The shop has been open about a year.

We are fans of the vintage machine themed décor in the large loft style room, which is decked out with bikes, motorcycles, and sewing machines. The rear section of the café is a shop that offers men’s street and footwear. The Fast and the Furious III was playing on the big screen. There are a few corner tables for private conversations and tables can be pushed together for larger groups. Most drinks are 28-32RMB; sandwiches around 30RMB, house made cookies 6RMB each.

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