When we woke up on day 2 in Beijing, we were ready to make our way to the South African embassy, but we knew that a good breakfast would set the mood for the day. That, and we love to start our day off with a nice cup of coffee. Not too far from our hotel in Sanlitun was a massive Maan Coffee. This is originally a chic Koream restaurant/ cafe chain, and the inside of each of these establishments is absolutely awesome! Every Maan Coffee that we have been to is spacious, with cement walls, antique-style armchairs and desk lamps that make the interior feel like a Victorian library. By day you lounge under glass skylights, and during the evening the room fills with warm light from Moroccan lamps, glass crystal chandeliers and lanterns dangling from tree branches. Each table is fitted with plug sockets, inviting you to blog until midnight. This particular Maan coffee had a large terrace area upstairs, and various levels with couches and wooden tables everywhere. It is 100% our kind of place (admittedly less so now that we are parents – but we can still dream!). The menu is amazing here – waffles, toasts, cakes, smoothies and so much more to feast on. We ordered three plates of food, and two coffees, and made our way to the top level of the cafe.
Yummy! From top to bottom, A bulgogi cheese panini with a small side salad. Waffles with blueberries, maple syrup and cream. Toasted cheese and ham, sausage, bacon, eggs, corn, and a side salad. Nom nom nom!!
This picture, below, was one of the reason was started to say that it was time for Elijah to get a haircut. I love this picture, but seriously, the hair… Business in the front, and party in the back!
To the left, I took this picture of the sweet pink bear at a Maan Coffee Qingdao. Once you place your order – this applies to all Maan Coffee’s – you are given a bear. Each of the bears that they had out is a different color. You then take the bear back to your table with you. This is a smart way for the waiters to find you, since this is a “free-seating” cafe. You are also sometimes given a disk, which vibrates when you are supposed to go to the counter to pick up your coffee, but most of the time someone brings you your order before the buzzer even goes off. Great service!!
Above and below – Source of Images – these are not my pictures. I’m not sure why I didn’t take any pictures of this beautiful place. I’d like to sat that it is because we have been to various Maan Coffee cafes before, but really it is probably because we have a toddler and priorities change! Still, I am always in awe of the beautiful decor and cozy atmosphere. With Eli running around, and all the railings he could fall off, it is a little harder to take photos. Justin ran around this place about 10 times with Elijah, and I got a few minutes to edit some photos. Justin is, by all accounts, an absolute saint of a husband! At one the Maan Coffee cafes situated in downtown Qingdao, they have tons and tons of teddy bears.
Haha, Elijah and his fork… Ready for the waffles!
Has anyone ever pointed out some habit that you have, and you never realized that you do it? Well, Justin recently pointed out the fact that I do this with my tongue whenever I’m looking at, or playing with Elijah…
Now that I know that I do it, I find myself doing it all the time. It is SO WEIRD. I seem to do it in moments of affection/ adoration when I am around Elijah. I find myself doing it when I pick him up, or when he runs to hug me. In the image above he was humming and looking at Justin, so apparently I had to do “the tongue-thing”. Clearly more evidence that I am weird!
How to get there…
West of Workers’ Stadium North Gate,
Gongti Bei Lu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang district