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Miào kāfēi tīng (The Temple Cafe)

庙咖啡厅

We came across a little area near the beach on the south side of the island that is a bustling hive of activity.
Narrow winding streets entice wanderers to explore further down the obstacle course of street food sellers and handmade crafts, past arty restaurants and shops- each more attractive than the last.

We felt very lucky to 'discover' this gem. Located at the end of a small alley, it presents a splendid stop-in-your-tracks sight at the entrance.

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We had to go in and take a look, and ended up staying for dinner.
It is a shrine converted to a very charming cafe. The juxtapositions created by simple, modern cafe furnishings against the ornately gilded shrine are truly impressive.

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Each table offers a unique vantage point, with a large table in the open courtyard as the centrepiece.

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The menu is appropriately appealing, offering delicate salads and mediterranean snacks.

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We really fell in love with the place, and the whole area in general, and decided it will be very well-frequented by us in the future.

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Posted by Melimei 08:32 Archived in China Tagged xiamen

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