Over at the Magnetic Capital (Ao Cheng) there are a number of great choices for food, drinks and coffee. Every week there seems to be a new place opening. One of the newest places on the scene is Caffe Bene. This coffee shop is a chain imported from Korea. The manager told me that Caffe Bene is the most popular coffee brand in Korea, even more popular than Starbucks. Recently opened at the end of July, this impressive coffee shop is quite possibly the biggest of its kind that I have ever been in and the largest location of this chain. The cafe is sprawled over three floors with handicap access via a glass elevator. Whether you come to chat, relax, do some reading, or get some work done over the free wifi; their large facility can accommodate your needs.
The inside of the cafe has a very modern and minimalist feel to it. The decor of the place gives off a sort of forest vibe. The tables are made of a dark wood and the chairs and walls are an earthy brown color. At the same time there is also some greenery in the form of trees and grass throughout the cafe.
The cafe offers a wide variety of coffees (CNY 25), teas, juices, and soft drinks. They also serve a variety of Italian style gelato (CNY 16 for a single scoop and CNY 65 for a massive tub) and what Korean coffee shop would be complete without a selection of waffles (CNY 24)? If you are hungry for something with more substance, this Caffe Bene offers something you can't find at other locations- breakfast and lunch. You can get the Bene Brunch for CNY 35 or a Caesar salad for CNY 38. Cafe Bene is a bit pricier than the average coffee shop, but it also classier than the usual venue of this kind.
Address: No. 1-2, Shop 4, Bldg. 1, Magnetic Plaza, Binshui Xi Dao, Nankai District