Food Friday: Kaffestugan

27 Apr

My favorite cafe in Chengdu by far is Kaffestugan. It’s a cheery little cafe just out of little north gate. The entire shop is well lit and bright, the crowd is usually pleasant, and they have free wifi Plus, the coffee is fantastic.

A nice vanilla latte.

Kaffestugan is run by a pair of Swedish/Korean expats, so the place is very foreigner-friendly. The menu is in English and Chinese, and the food is straight up Swedish. This is a good thing because oh my god this stuff is delicious. They have a lot of Swedish delicacies, but I mostly go for anything with salmon in it because I am starving for seafood.

I spent a fair amount of time here back in November writing for NaNo. The bagel with cream cheese and lox is a nice snack.

 An open-face salmon sandwich. Mmmm.

I usually save Kaffestugan for a bit of a treat. A coffee isn’t too expensive – a cup will run you about 25 kuai, plus cheap re-fills. They have other excellent drinks, like a hot cocoa that is probably the best I’ve tasted outside of the Ghiradelli factory coffee shop in San Francisco. Cakes and other sweets are about 20 kuai a plate.

Huge cup of hot chocolate.

Apple Cake. Spongy, with just the right amount of cinnamon. The vanilla ice cream doesn’t hurt, either!

The one and only downside is the location. Kaffestugan is on the third floor, above a number of Chinese shaokao and hot pot restaurants. This means that the smoke from all these little individual barbecues starts to rise around dinnertime. It gets downright smoky inside the cafe by eight or nine and has driven me out once or twice. But Kaffestugan is a fun place to spend an afternoon and I highly recommend you visit if you’re in the area.

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4 Responses to “Food Friday: Kaffestugan”

  1. Karen April 28, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    It’s all about the food. LOL, you’re a true member of this family.

    • Jane April 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

      It’s ALWAYS about the food.

  2. Jon Luksich April 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Hello Jane,

    What is a Kuai? I have heard of Yuan, but not Kuai.

    Jon

    • Jane April 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

      Kuai is slang for yuan. Like, twenty bucks instead of dollars. (Technically speaking, kuai is the measure word for money, but almost no one says yuan outside of textbooks or discussions of monetary policy.)

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