We’ve got an idea: cafe hopping. If your next trip to Shenzhen revolves around discovering new bites, snapping pictures to show your followers or sitting down and clearing your task list for the week, don’t miss out on the below cafes with perfect environment (and taste, of course!) scores in our book.
One of the hottest new additions to Luohu District’s blooming cafe landscape, Kuddo Coffee captivates passersby with the streamlined, rigid beauty of the industrial style and the soothing sounds of nature all in one place. Converted from a former brewery, this local gem retains the cubic concrete structure from the building’s last life, while livening up the interior with wooden furnishings and curved motifs. Of course, it’s not a 10/10 Instagram post without a signature soy milk pudding latte in the foreground.
101, Block B, Ginpi Square, Tianhe Shopping Center, 9 Dongchang Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen (深圳市罗湖区东昌路9号天河城购物中心金啤坊B栋101)
Vibes matter, and Vow Coffee is happy to show you why it’s the case. Bedecked with ferns and potted plants, this oasis in Futian District features an airy interior and retro armchairs on tiled floors to bring you back to a lazy afternoon in the 1980s. To make the space cozier with a lived in ambience, you are more than welcome to bring your furry friends along — just make sure their paws are away from the home baked pastries inspired by seasonal flowers.
Shop 05, G1/F, Shenzhen APark, 9 Meili Road, Futian District, Shenzhen (深圳市福田区梅丽路9号APark深圳数字艺术公园G1层05号)
Café Monson is the perfect middle ground between a Showa period coffee house and a locals’ hangout spot in a vacation beach town: its striking white exterior makes sure you won’t miss your stop, and when you step inside, a nostalgic living room with pristine painted walls and wooden furniture makes you feel right at home. Don’t forget to clear your schedule for an afternoon of lounging around at Café Monson, its signature cheese pudding and hand drip coffee before you.
Shop 136, Block A, Building 2 Zhengdongmingyuan, Haide Second Boulevard, Nanshan District, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区海德二道正东名苑2栋A座136商铺)
Flower Yin Coffee is associated with gentle sun beams, elegant greenery and exceptional cafe staples. Nestled beside a quiet pier, this lesser known Instagrammable spot invites you to be one with nature, even for a brief moment every weekend. Under the canopy of surrounding trees, you can savor a sip of the go-to coconut latte while basking in the serene costal view just steps away. If you’ve ever wanted a break from the hustle of everyday life, drop by for a little bit.
1/F, Block B, Lian Commercial Building, Wanhai Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区望海路利安商务大厦B座一层)
A pleasantly surreal crossover of a forest, a contemporary home and a well-appointed hotel lobby, Mr. Walden Coffee draws you in with calming earth tones and tree trunks you can’t miss. Want a break from the grounded colors? You are more than welcome to pick a seat by the full-length windows: makes for a great setup for peoplewatching and resting your mind. And before you ask, yes, you can absolutely flip through the books on the shelves. We’re not in a rush.
Shop S132, 1/F, Block D, Jixianglung Garden, 5 Anwan Third Street, Zhaoshang Boulevard, Nanshan District, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区招商街道岸湾三街5号吉祥龙花园D栋1层S132号商铺)
In an ordinary residential area in Nanshan, Shenzhen stands an extraordinary cafe, and its name is AllYouWant Cacao & Coffee. Greeting you with an monochromatic European exterior — curved corner window included — this internet hot spot has an impressive roster of chocolate beverages, desserts and savory bites to grant you a temporary overseas afternoon tea experience. Can’t pick your favorite cacao mix? Consult the library of percentages and places of origin by the bar.
Shop 106, 1/F, 12-3 Zhongxin Street Residential Area, 2 Zhongxin Street, Nanshan District, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区中新街2号中新街住宅区12栋3单元1层106号)
The perfect backdrop for your social media feed aside, cafes make for a great source of productivity — think about the faint aroma of coffee, sunlight peeking through the windows and sounds of the person opposite you tapping on their keyboard, earbuds in. That’s preciously why you should grab your laptop and head to working coffee, a luxury haven with high ceilings, contemporary furnishings and an ample supply of what fuels you most on a day of getting stuff done: caffeine.
4/F, Building 11, Zone A, Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Fund Town, 128 Guiwan Road 5, Nanshan District, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区南山街道桂湾五路128号前海深港基金小镇A区11栋4楼)
Zen is arguably the best accompanying dish to a cup of latte (with latte art!) on a loungy weekend afternoon. Modeled after a traditional courtyard house, 匠心庭院 Bakery & Cafe offers a humble, peaceful space for patrons within a vibrant residential community. Order your drink (caffeinated or not), then pick a spot at either the foyer, the spacious living area or the sectioned off garden. Pay this charming spot a visit, whether you’re a lone traveler or part of a large group.
Building 5, North 8th Alley, Area 9, Yabian Community, Baoan District, Shenzhen (深圳市宝安区衙边社区九墟北八巷5号楼)