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Old Haven Books and Coffeeshop

Review overview


The Pros

  • Quiet on weekday
  • Great location
  • Good prices
  • Big menu
  • Good for working

The Cons

  • Busy on weekends
  • no hot food
  • small outdoor seating

Quiet coffee and books at OCT LOFT

Look for the sign


Shenzhen has no shortage of coffee shops; in fact, they are on every corner. But the sad fact is most of them are soulless mash chains such as Starbucks or Luckin coffee, which while satisfying customer demand have very little character. However, hidden in the depths of Oct loft lies Book Haven cafe. A coffeeshop for coffeeshop lovers. Oct loft is known for its quirky coffeehouses, and it can be very difficult to stand out here.  Most of them have become ‘concept’ cafes where they choose style over substance.  Anything to get the masses in. However, in ‘Old Haven’ there is hope for old fashioned coffee connoisseurs.

Outside seating

What’s unique?

So, what differentiates this coffeeshop from the plethora of others in the city? Nothing new about a bookstore cafe, right?  Well in my opinion the answer to that is silence.  This is a quiet place, a throwback to when cafes were places people went to relax and not have photoshoots.

  • Quirky decoration and lots of books

You’re greeted by an old-style bookstore. With hundreds of tomes dotted around you can peruse literature while you sip a latte.  Numerous records and other music are also available to buy if you so choose. The cafe itself is very large with ample seating of all kinds from sofas to stools to large wooden chairs.  The seating is very comfortable with cushions and soft seats everywhere.  There is a beautiful little courtyard that you can sit in on a sunny day too.  Keep your eyes peeled for the resident cat who likes to say hello.

the ‘Old Haven’ cat

The serene nature of this coffeeshop makes it the perfect place to work, its quiet, comfortable and has ample work space.  With Wi-Fi speed of 11Mbps it is perfectly adequate to conduct business or work online. It’s also a great place to meet friends, relax with a book or you can sit out front and people watch. The options are yours.

Records to buy
Ample seating and books to browse


There’s an extensive drinks menu with numerous types of teas and coffees. The coffee itself is pretty good and at 33 RMB for a large is a competitive price for the OCT LOFT area.  One negative is it needs to be ordered through scanning a QR code, which eliminates the human touch. There are great cakes available if you needed a biteto stave of the hunger.  The teas range from standard Chinese teas to numerous fruit teas such as strawberry or peach.  Smoothies and fresh fruit juices also complete the quite varied and extensive menu.  With prices ranging from 28-40 RMB this is one place that won’t break the bank

Varied Menu


For  peace and quiet seekers, workspace hunters, bibliophiles.

Cost 28-40 RMB

Shop 120, Bldg A5, OCT-Loft, Xiangshan Dongjie; 香山东街华侨城创意园北区A5栋120铺

0755 8614 8090





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.

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