Add:27 Qingnian Rd
While the YMCA hostel is on the third and fourth floor of the main YMCA building, L'amour Cafe occupies the first and second.
This is the fourth branch in the city, and they share similar vintage European decor. However, this one is larger than others, functioning as a cafe and bar.
Previously the site was a seniors' center with 1980s decor. The owner of L'amour, Xia Jiqing, who used to be an art teacher setting about transforming the old place. Xia has used a dark green and red color scheme and dim lighting from flower-shaped lamps.
Enhancing this ambiance are dozens of oil paintings and watercolors - abstract and works with a Christian theme - by Xia and artist friends.
Customers who prefer plenty of light can take a seat in the area to the front, enclosed by removable French windows among Italian Tuscan pillars.
This bright, long space contains more than 20 seats, plus three pianos for music lovers.
L'amour's menu provides standard and Italian coffee varieties, plus tea, milk tea and milk shakes. Order more than one coffee and get it for half price. The menu includes pasta, baked rice, sandwich and snacks.
A band plays every night from 8:30pm to midnight.