“Where shall we go for coffee?” Ever since Nido strolled into Zhujiang, the answer to that question has grown significantly simpler: “Here.”
Translated, fittingly, as ‘here’ in Cantonese, Nido is yet another promising alternative to Starbucks (because you and I both know there can never be too many).
Turning from the wintry cold onto Huajiu Lu, a faint aroma of espresso and baked goods weaves towards us through the fog. After a few more paces, we spot the warmly lit shop nestled beside Social&Co. Christmas tinsel lines a wooden staircase, making the entrance festive and inviting. The loft is cozy, housing only one long table opposite the main counter. Shiny espresso machines add modern spark to the decor. And then we see it: the trademark cold brew maker, Nido’s claim to fame, displayed front and center.
According to owner Oscar Yip, Nido’s cold brew coffee (RMB45) is filtered at a low temperature and steeped for around two days. The result is a beverage lower in acidity and caffeine, with a fresh, fuller taste. Considering the lengthy process, it’s highly recommended that you request a glass of the cold brew a day in advance.
Making our way around the counter, Yip points out Nido’s second attraction: handmade coffee. Patrons are invited to select their preferred coffee beans from a range of flavors and regional varieties. Baristas will then make the coffee on the spot for a grand total of RMB35-98, depending on the origin of the beans.
In addition to standard choices of latte, mocha (both RMB25) and other common espresso drinks, Nido also offers several creative teas. Honey and aloe or lychee and rose oolong (both RMB25) both make excellent choices to soothe the body on a chilly afternoon. Paired with freshly squeezed orange juice (RMB30), Nido’s croissant sandwich (RMB55), packed with two sausages, vegetables and cheese, is perfect for a light, nourishing lunch.
With so many bars just around the corner, the necessity for a casual retreat from alcohol is self-evident. On the other hand, Nido could be an opportune pit stop to refuel before your big night out, because let’s face it – you’re probably not coming all the way to Huajiu Lu for the coffee… unless you work at the US consulate.
Who’s going: Coffee snobs, US consulate staff
Good for: Cold brew coffee, pre-party espresso shots
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