Another weekend, another couple of days to explore Hangzhou. Today I headed out to the West Lake again. It’s massive, so it takes multiple visits to discover all of its sights. This time, I explored the Su Causeway 苏堤春晓.

hangzhou west lake su causeway
Su Causeway is a straight 3km path that divides the West Inner Lake 西里湖 from the main body of water.

The path itself is flanked by incredibly lush foilage, shading it from the glaring late morning sun. This walkway was also a lot less crowded and chaotic. There were more locals milling about, finishing up their morning stroll, jogging, singing opera, reading, discussing among themselves the plant and fruit species they come across.

hangzhou west lake su causeway
Green, green, and more green everywhere I look!
hangzhou west lake su causeway
The side of the causeway facing the main West Lake offered a more urban scenery.
hangzhou west lake su causeway
Didn’t think I could stumble upon a quiet path in this major tourist spot.
hangzhou west lake su causeway
hangzhou west lake su causeway
This scene took my breath away… It kinda reminds me of Wanaka in New Zealand.
hangzhou west lake su causeway
Yet another magical scene.
hangzhou west lake su causeway
Even random gardens are gorgeous.

After that little walk, I settled into a quiet spot, and searched “hangzhou hipster cafe” on my phone as I was craving a nice big brunch and coffee. Found 35mm cafe, and took a bus there. It’s located in a nice little neighbourhood that has potential for Tiong Bahru-grade hipsterism.

I fell in love the moment I stepped in. It was so quiet. Most patrons were students bent over notes, and those who came with companions spoke in hushed tones. The Japanese-inspired interiors were on point as well.

hangzhou 35mm cafe hangzhou 35mm cafe

I was disappointed that their food options were limited to small bites, but damn, their coffee is great. I’ll be back for sure! It’s a lovely place to sit, stare, read, and enjoy some peace and quiet on my own.

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