Chengdu's % Arabica cafe is designed to feel like “a small neighbourhood”

The buzzing ambience of Chengdu‘s Kuanzhai Alley has set the tone for this cafe by BLUE Architecture Studio, which is centred on a water-filled courtyard for people-watching.

Kuanzhai Alley is the collective name for three parallel roads running through downtown Chengdu, encompassing Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley and Jing Alley.

The % Arabica cafe is set in Chengdu’s Kuanzhai Alley district

The trio of streets dates back to the Qing dynasty. But since the early 2000s, it has become populated with a number of trendy shops, bars, restaurants and cafes including % Arabica, which now occupies a former home.

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