There was a time when Friends was the biggest TV show in the world. Everyone was asking if Ross and Rachel would end up together and guys tried (and failed) to hit on girls with Joey’s “How you doin’?” line. With the show enjoying a renaissance on Netflix and reaching new fans, it’s perhaps not surprising to see a Friends themed café opening up in Shekou.
Smelly Cat, located in the tech park area of Shuiwan, is a faithfully recreated version of the show’s Central Perk coffee shop with clear love and attention to detail for the sitcom; from the name of the café referencing Phoebe’s song, to the napkins printed with the lyrics to I’ll Be There For You, to the front window with that iconic Central Perk logo.
What’s perhaps surprising is that the drinks, snacks, and desserts are actually not bad and reasonably priced. They do a solid cheesecake and the vanilla hot chocolate came with Friends written in it.
Smelly Cat is a must for fans of Friends, but you might just find yourself coming back again and making it your hangout just like in the show.
Sometimes the simplest food is the most satisfying. Few snacks sum this up better than the jacket potato. Despite its universally accepted awesomeness though, there has been no real place to get a proper jacket potato in Shenzhen. That is until Plus Potatoes opened recently.
Located nearby Seaworld in the neighborhood of Shuiwan, this small snack shop is run by Andrew; a very welcoming Malaysian with a passion for potatoes.
To my mind, two things make Plus Potatoes stand out. One, they source only the fluffiest potatoes and they bake them from start to finish. There’s no cheating or shortcuts with steaming or boiling the potato beforehand. Two, the variety and creativity of the fillings. From the classic Tuna Mayo and the delicious Chili Shrimp to the eye-catching Sweet Potato, Ice Cream, & Popcorn.
Potatoes isn’t all they do. There is a mouthwatering selection of burritos, pitas, baked rice, and savory tarts too.
Hopefully one day there will be a Plus Potatoes on every street corner, but for now, you’ll have to make the trip down Shuiwan way. You won’t regret it.
As Shenzhen continues to boom with young entrepreneurs and start-ups, Bee+ is opening their second co-working space in Futian. What separates Bee+ from other shared working spaces is its real emphasis on the social side and to creating a genuine sense of the community.
As well as offering working spaces, Bee+ have an impressively stocked café and a draft craft beer range to rival most bars in town. The organizers are very proactive too in hosting events with a wide and eclectic mix of things going on including beer tasting nights, dancing classes, and wine and cheese nights,
The Bee+ approach is certain to attract the young and entrepreneurial types in the city. It’s a very organic way to connect people together who otherwise may never have met.
Bee+ appears to be on the rise with partnerships already secured with global corporation such as Calvin Klein, BNP Paribas, Colgate, and Orange. As it establishes itself in Shenzhen further, that list is sure to grow.
Address: Bee+ Shenzhen, Fortune Building Space, No. 88 Fu Hua San Road, Futian, Shenzhen