Travel {Quiet Corners and Good Coffee in Gewai}

By joselle - February 19, 2019

“Quiet had a roof and it had walls around it, and you could sit inside it. She had never thought of silence as a place.One of the friends, Tom Williams told her,
'the place is in your heart, Louise. Everything else is just clutter.” 
― Lloyd Jones
 Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance

Discovering new places and things often require taking the bus, the train or a car service, partly because we thought we have left no stone unturned in our walkable neck of the woods in CQ. So it was a pleasant surprise when the husband stumbled on a location for Gewai  or 格外小馆·山顶顶店.     格外小馆·屋顶顶店 which roughly translates to "very small hall on a rooftop."

Gewai is a coffee shop that offers specialty coffee, good food, and comfortable, rustic and homey interiors, and it is just two bus stops away! I pestered him to go by this morning, not for a bite or a cuppa but just to check the place out before we shopped for staples at IKEA. Unfortunately (or fortunately) we got lost on the way to the shop (it was located on the roof of an arts building) so we were hungry and itching for a place to sit down by the time we pushed the cafe's wooden doors open and stepped inside. 

The lovely lady who served us sat us down in one of the nooks at the back where we had the corner all to ourselves. Big windows let plenty of light in. Potted plants, magazines on the console, and artwork on the walls give the place a modern yet rustic vibe. I wanted to go out to the outdoor patio just outside, where a riot of flowering plants and a cacti garden were allowed to overgrow during the holidays. They were in the process of fixing things there, so I stayed put and took photos while we waited for the food. 

Our server was kind enough to  give us complimentary  油炸汤圆 or Yóu zhá tāngyuán, which roughly translates to "round balls in soup."  It was basically porridge with dates, nuts, orange zest and a host of other ingredients that created a rainbow of flavors in the mouth once you get a spoonful in. It was also a warm dessert which made it the perfect thing to tide us over as we waited for our food. 

The husband ordered the stir-fried vegetables in fish sauce while I had a serving of beef tortillas. Both were served in eye-catching, colorful presentations, flavorful but light and filling at the same time, so no regrets in the food department. As for the coffee, we didn't try anything hot (the husband had a  cold mocha with ice cream) but we came from another Gewai branch last night and my sea salt caramel coffee, with its full, creamy body and chocolatey aftertaste didn't disappoint.

A couple of shots from our little corner in Gewai.



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4 comments

  1. You were always really good at these things oi!

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    1. salamat oi makalingaw rjud ning mga nindot nga spaces oi! thanks for dropping by jeff!

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  2. I adore how you make ordinary things so extra. :)

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  3. thanks sheen!you do the same pretty well with ur photos bya pod!🤓

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