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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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523 coffee. Anything but a spectacle

Review overview


The Pros

  • Cool space
  • good location
  • variety of coffee
  • tea
  • good price

The Cons

  • small coffee
  • seats not comortable
  • wifi speed

523 coffee – Leave your glasses at home

533 Coffee Cafe
523 Coffee Motto

OCT Loft is Shenzhen’s most popular creative art space and is a hodgepodge of little independent coffee shops, restaurants, shops, and galleries. So standing out from the crowd here can be challenging and difficult.  Just when I think every type of coffee shop had been done, I discover 523 coffee, a coffee shop with a new concept.  You can buy glasses while you sip your lattes, truly a unique concept, at least to me anyway.

The good place to sit and relax


Now don’t be fooled by the somewhat unique concept, this is a serious coffee place, with barristers who really know what they are doing.  You’re greeted by the minimalist white interior, and small compact seating, not the most comfortable I have to say but its uber cool nonetheless. In fact, the minimal look is a welcome change from the crazy creativeness of OCT LOFT.  As you browse your surroundings, you’ll notice there are many glasses and sunglasses on sale.  You can try them on, look in the mirror and take pictures or even buy them if you wish.  It’s an interesting side feature of what is a pretty cool place. The white interior and natural light are what Instagrammers crave.

523 Coffee Front Order Area
523 Coffee Interior Look

Taste Test

So the important question for a coffee shop to answer.  How’s the coffee?  Well the answer, pretty darn good.

The latte, is quite small which is a pity but it has a strong body and smooth taste and really leaves you wanting more.  And at 30 RMB doesn’t break the bank,  The barristers take great care preparation and presentation of the coffee and it really shows in the final product. Whether as a filter coffee or espresso, I find each coffee to be brewed with precision.

Caffe Latte. Small but at 30 RMB just about good value

There is also a large selection of drip coffee available, however, I just stuck with a boring old latte.   I also sampled the ice coffee, it’s refreshing as an iced drink should be, and it’s got a big caffeine kick and strong taste.

523 Drip Coffee
Unique Drop Coffee by 523

It’s a great place to chill out and just sit back with a coffee, with friends or alone, and get your daily dose of cool.  If you’re at OCT loft and are at a loose end, check this place out

Serious baristas do a good job


Wifi available, the speed of 4.3 Mbps.

No on-site bathroom, have to use OCT Loft communal toilet.

Location OCT LOFT NORTH, Block A.

Qiaoxiang East exit A metro

Bus Konka group



joe macpherson
the authorjoe macpherson
These are my honest and unbiased opinions. Love all things food and drink. Been in SZ 3 years and want to help others who love food but cant decide where to eat.