Cafe in Chéngdū

This hopping bookshop-cafe, like its branches in Běijīng and Sūzhōu, is a gathering place for expats and pleasant for a beer or a coffee (from ¥30). It also serves decent western food (mains ¥35 to ¥95), though service can be painfully slow. You can buy or borrow from the English-language section, or stop by for author talks, live music and other events.