Brief of Fotoyard Café
Fotoyard has been put together by a group of well-traveled photographers, and they have drawn ideas from all over China and abroad. The room is well-lit with a 200-meter south-facing glass wall looking onto King Qian's Memorial (钱王祠). Small tables with a choice of chairs or sofas allow you to sit with your wireless laptop and do a little surfing or slouch and slurp over real Illy coffee.
The same group of owners also set up a small primary school in the Zhongdian Town in NW Yunnan. During the many trips there, they picked up rugs and cushions that now pad the floor of a raised platform in a kind of Thai fashion to create a supremely lazy place to relax and chat.
Coffee, beer and fruit juices are on the menu. Should you want a bite to eat, there are pizzas cooked in a traditional brick oven and a little pasta too.
Of course the place is not called Fotoyard for nothing. There are two photo exhibitions a month from China’s non-mainstream photographers. Be prepared to buy.
All in all, this place holds lots of promise for good coffee in the day, a few beers at night. Placed in the middle of Nanshan Road, getting there cannot be easier.