Cuisine: American/European (focus on breakfast, brunch, sandwiches).

Area: Nanluoguxiang

Price: 30-60 RMB per person

Just in case you haven’t heard of Alba on Gulou: they make a nice breakfast fry-up and delicious pancakes, at reasonable prices. They are much better than Sculpting in Time, my previous breakfast spot. The sausage, especially, was very good and spicy. The pancakes were fluffy and great paired with the house-made jam.

That said: we have returned and found that their coffee is seriously overpriced (28 RMB for an iced latte that was mostly milk), and that the kitchen doesn’t seem to be holding up to Alba’s increased popularity. Return visits have found badly scrambled eggs and tasteless potatoes. It is better than Sculpting in Time, but Alba still has some ways to go; it’s not yet serving consistently great food at good value. But sometimes when you really want pancakes, good is often good enough.

Drop by if you haven’t yet! And check out what City Weekend has to say about it here.


70 Gulou Dongdajie

Open 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.