La Finca: A Hidden Fu Shan Gem
On Friday we met with friends at this amazing Japanese-style cafe. I’m not sure if it is supposed to be modeled after a Japanese style, but since I can’t find any information about La Finca online, that is what I am going with! It is a pity that little spots like this are never advertised or spoke about that much. When we do stumble on a cool place, we like to make it known. After blogging about “The Way”, we have now seen a number of expat events taking place there. In fact, I am going to a Farewell Gathering there next week!
This awesome little find, called La Finca, is hidden down a dusty little road at the foot of Fu Shan. I am not even sure how our friends found it, but it is an absolute gem! The interior is warm and inviting. There is also an enclosed green house-type outdoor area with plants everywhere. It is nicely sealed from the winter temperatures. To the side of the cafe, there is a garden area, and although it is exposed to the elements, there are some screens up with block a lot of the wind! The garden would be PERFECT in the spring/ summer. The kids can play, but can’t get out without entering back into the main hall of the cafe.
I love love love this place!
The menu is quite varied, with some yummy food options and a nice variety of hot and cold drinks. There is coffee from various parts of the world, and in the back area there seems to be a tasting facility too.
It seems at though the menu is only in Chinese, but the table menu is in English too.
I tried a bit of the Ethiopian Arabica Coffee and it was very tasty.
While Eli sat with Justin, and our friends, I wandered out to the enclosed side patio area to take some photos. There was no one there, but I could imagine us sitting here. This would definitely be a great place to sit and plan a holiday, edit photos, or just kill some time before a hike (which is exactly what we were doing).
It was cold, but the sun was out so Eli enjoyed a few minutes exploring the outdoor section. There are numerous tables lining the garden area, and all of them are are under some sort of cover. This place really does have some great potential for the warmer months. The indoor section, however, is just perfect for this time of the year!
How to Find it:
Apologies for not having more info on this cafe, but that seems to be how it goes here. There really isn’t much information online about new spots in Qingdao. Whether or not this place is even new, I have no idea!
The good news, however, is that you only need to type “La Finca” into the English version of Didi, and you will see it right at the northern foot of FuShan. The path up the mountain from the cafe is really steep, but paved. It eventually opens up onto dirt and rock paths, and the view over the city are just breathtaking!
More on our hike coming tomorrow!