Arabica Xiamen Cafe

Arabica Xiamen Cafe

In the coastal city of Xiamen, where historical charm converges with modern urban development, Arabica stands as a symbol of the city’s dynamic fusion. Renowned for its picturesque landscapes, including the scenic Gulangyu Island and the iconic Nanputuo Temple, Xiamen has evolved significantly over the years.

Ingrid Shi, a seasoned architect and photographer holds a personal connection to the city, having been born there and spending her early childhood with her grandparents.

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Reflecting on the city’s transformation, Ingrid recalls a time when coffee shops were nonexistent, and her first encounter with coffee, brought by a relative from Hong Kong, left an indelible mark on her taste buds. The presence of an international brand like % Arabica in Xiamen serves as a testament to the city’s development and sophistication.

Within Arabica’s contemporary interiors, the polished concrete floor sets a sleek and urban tone, harmoniously blending with the coffee shop’s cultural roots. The integration of LED lighting enhances the space with a modern glow, creating an atmosphere that is both inviting and stylish.

This design carefully balances traditional elements inspired by Arabian aesthetics with the clean lines of modern architecture, embodying the evolution of Xiamen’s landscape.

At the heart of Arabica Xiamen is the central brew bar, a functional centerpiece that embodies the coffee shop’s commitment to the art of coffee making. This feature serves not only as a visual focal point but also as a contemporary nod to the evolving coffee culture.

Ingrid Shi’s photographs expertly capture the play of light on polished surfaces, the inviting glow of integrated LED lights, and the dynamic atmosphere surrounding the central brew bar. Through her lens, she tells a story of the harmonious blend of tradition and innovation that defines the Arabica experience in Xiamen.

Arabica Xiamen’s contemporary interiors, polished concrete floors, integrated LED lighting, and central brew bar collectively contribute to an experience that transcends the boundaries of time and culture. Ingrid Shi’s photographs provide a visual journey through this coffee sanctuary, capturing the essence of a space where history, modern design, and coffee culture converge to create an extraordinary sensory experience in the heart of Xiamen.

Photography by Ingrid Shi

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