Tucked away at the end of an alley and facing a small park on the East side of town, Cafe Alayna offers a secluded, but welcoming atmosphere for those looking to escape the hustle of city life. Featuring gourmet coffee and other imported drinks, as well as a menu that includes a fusion of Asian and Western dishes along with homemade sweets, Cafe Alayna focuses on authenticity with its drinks and food, with menu items that appeal to both Chinese and Western tastes.
Opened recently by owner Peter Bowling as part of his management company, Cafe Alayna has already attracted plenty of attention by word of mouth alone, with customers drawn to its cozy, friendly ambiance, and specialty drinks. Personalization is another key aspect here. "I try to keep the word ‘extravagant’ in mind with every drink that I make”, explains Peter, highlighting his commitment to value and providing every customer with something unique. "The idea is to go above and beyond people’s expectations, to give them something extra that they won’t find at other coffee shops, and to give local people a new take on what a coffee shop can be.”
For foreign customers, this ‘new take’ on local coffee is sure to provide a welcome taste of what they are used to back home, while for Chinese visitors, it is an interesting change from other Chinese owned coffee chains. "Some customers come in and see the books and board games on the shelves and say, ‘Oh, you’re a library that serves coffee!’. It takes some explaining to convince them that we’re a coffee shop that happens to have books.”
Although Cafe Alayna has only been open for a short time so far, there are already plans for expansion and more community involvement. Peter says that they will likely hold art competitions from time to time, inviting local artists to enter works that can then be displayed in the cafe. There are also plans to open several more locations within a year or so, both in Zhengzhou and beyond. Peter is quick to note however, that every location will still offer the same attention to detail for which Cafe Alayna has been gaining a reputation. "No matter how far we expand, the style will stay the same”.
Address: 71 Weilai Lu Weilai Huayuan
地址： 郑州市未来路71号未来花园10号楼B座1层 （未来路与纬五路交叉口）
Bus: B1/B15/B18 to Weiwu Lu Station
47/48/209/23/77/312 to Jiarui Hotel
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