Article By Mike Leaner
No.3 Gaoxin 3 Road.
(029) 6852 2209
8:00am – 11:00pm
Average Price per Person /人均消费: 46RMB
PROS: Great store, great service, good food and bev
CONS: I couldn’t find the name of the crazy Mainland thriller movie they were showing on their TV
In my quest for caffeine, I’m often taken to far flung corners of the city, or at least a bit further from home than I’d necessarily like. It was much to my delight, then, when Xianease informed me that I’d been overlooking a nice café right in my backyard.
2o2 Café is tucked into a strip mall on Gaoxin 3rd Road, a rarely traveled corner of the district for a lot of foreigners, but one kept bustling by the towering office buildings that line it. The café itself is very spacious and clean, awash in blazing white minimalist décor. Seating is varied as well; you can choose a seat nearer to the bright, sunshiny entrance, or you can go further back for a bit of seclusion. Booth or table, it should be easy for you to get comfortable.
When you do, it’s time to get some nourishment. The coffee menu is a lot of the usual stuff, but well executed, from espresso to macchiato. If you’re not down for java, beer from Firestone Walker and other breweries are available for your day-drinking or after-work pint pleasure. If you need something to eat, they’ve got some lighter options, like salad and pizza. A nota bene about the pizza: don’t come expecting Fly Elephant-quality, but if you’re open to a more typically “Chinese” pie, it’s not without its charms, and I found myself actually quite enjoying it. There are also the typical café offerings to sate your sweet tooth, if you’re so inclined.
This oxygen-named café may not be the freshest breath of air, more a solid execution of a concept rather familiar to Xi’an. One thing you shouldn’t do, however, is underrate what 2o2 is serving up: comfort and a good coffee shop experience at affordable prices, with a couple of nice surprises thrown in.
Mike Leaner likes to get dirty but not for free. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org