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Tianjin’s longstanding history of European influence might lead to you expect its coffee culture to be mature. But like the rest of China, coffee is still a relatively new Western novelty and a characteristic of middle-class consumerism. Sure, Starbucks has well established itself throughout China with almost 200 locations and an average of one new flagship opening per day, but they’re not the only coffee shop in town. Here are the best places in Tianjin to grab a cup of joe and chill.
This popular Korean coffee chain asserted itself as the forerunner of airy, almost warehouse-sized cafés decked out with antique chandeliers and armchairs. Maan Coffee inspired numerous copycats to set up shop in China, but in Tianjin, you can experience the original enchanting café for yourself. Open late until 2am.
Lingbin Rd (at 3/F of Colorful City), Tianjin, China +86 22 6097 6696
Located within Riverside 66 Shopping Mall, Gloria Jeans has earned the reputation among expats as the preferred place for coffee in Tianjin. Come in and enjoy the good global vibes of this of Tianjin’s flagship shop.
No.166 Xing’an Road, Heping District, Tianjin, China,+86 22 2329 6168
Another South Korean franchise that’s risen to popularity in Tianjin, Caffe Bene is a vivacious café with colorful flowers and wooden chairs that give it a countryside feeling. Alongside coffee and Western food, an array of pastries and desserts can be found on the menu.
Another cozy café in the megamall, Riverside 66 Plaza, Cindy’s is on the 6th floor and has a pleasant atmosphere with lots of lilies inside. They serve mostly Cantonese and Western food, along with Hong Kong dessert specialties.
Depending on which city you’re in while in China (the Guangzhou outlet is located in a mansion), Kafelaku Coffee can be a high-end coffee experience. In Tianjin, the coffee shop is in a more quaint setting, but the quality remains high.
Next to the movie theater in the Ao Cheng Building is Cafe Cielo. A quiet spot, there’s enough space for you to get comfortable. What’s striking about this café is its toast – baked to perfection. All sorts of coffees are served as well.
Another international franchise that has found its way into establishing itself as a recognizable coffee brand in China, Pacific Coffee offers fresh food to go along with your cup of coffee. An up-and-coming brand now with five locations in Tianjin.