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Best Shanghai Coffee Shops

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Whether it’s cold outside, or you just want a good place to spend the afternoon, these are our favorite Shanghai Coffee Shops. Pull up a cozy seat and watch the local life go by at these cafes.

Egg

Painted white and standing out against the backdrop of red brick buildings, Egg Shanghai is a bright café with a homey atmosphere. The wooden tables and chairs in the clean and cozy interior give off warm vibes. A second-floor loft with additional seating creates space and a hangout spot where you can people-watch from above. Egg offers a wide variety of tea, coffee, and snacks available with seasonal changes to its menu. In the winter, it’s a great spot to get a Chai Latté and a generous slice of their homemade cake.

Opening Hours: Daily  from 8 AM to 6:30 PM

Address: #12 Xiangyang North Road, Xuhui District (near Julu Road)
Show Your Taxi Driver: 徐汇区襄阳北路12号 (近巨鹿路)
Google map (VPN required in China): Click here.
Chinese map: Click here.

Metal Hands

A chain from Beijing, this small coffee shop managed to build a bright and charming interior by using mirrors in a crafty way! It is located on Huaihai Road, close to Middle Huaihai Road Station on line 13. It is a great cafe to sip your hot drink and chat with friends at all while enjoying a view of the bustling street. Their most popular coffee drink is the Coconut Milk Latte, and it has an “over-easy egg” floating on the top. You can also be more conventional and try their “Dirty,” which combined a tinge of floral fragrance.  The price here ranges from 25 RMB for sspresso to 50 RMB for their special drink “Genting Cold Brew.”

Open Hour: Daily from 9 AM to 8 PM

Address: #234 Nanchang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Show Your Taxi Driver: 黄埔区南昌路234号
Google Map (Requires VPN in China): Click here.
Chinese Map: Click here.

Cafe On Air

Also located on the Middle Huaihai Road, Cafe On Air offers a cozy interior with great views by the window. It’s a place where you can chill and enjoy some nice and quiet afternoon time with a book- think a super cozy living room. The drinks, snacks, and desserts are each made with care. Their flat white has gained a good reputation over the years- any place that does a simple dish well is always a winner in our books. We also recommend the matcha latte! For snacks, their signature here is the low-fat oatmeal cake and the cheesecake. The average expense is around 55 RMB per person.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10 AM to 6 PM

Address: #1st Floor, 634 Nong, 650 Middle Huaihai Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Show Your Taxi Driver: 黄浦区淮海中路650弄634号1楼
Google map (VPN required in China): Click here.
Chinese map: Click here.

Zhedie Cafe

Located right under the Nanpu Bridge, Zhedie cafe has a vintage vibe.  To get there, you’ll need to enter an office building and pass through a furniture shop to find it. You can sink down into the corner couch and relax the day away. Teas come in a stylish little teapot, generously refilled when you’re out of hot water. They also have a big dessert menu if you have a sweet tooth. Unlike most cafes, they also have a full food menu, from pizzas to spaghetti to cheesy paninis, so come hungry! Drinks cost from 22 RMB for espresso to 88 RMB for Lapsang Souchong.

Open Hour:  Daily from 9 AM to 7 PM. 

Address: #18 Lujiabang Road (Inside Dukou Space), Huangpu District, Shanghai
Show Your Taxi Driver: 黄浦区陆家浜路18号渡口空间(近外马路)
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Chinese map: Click here.

T12 Lab

This one is for real coffee enthusiasts, with a focus on specialty coffee and imported beans from all over the world. This small shop is easy to miss with its unassuming storefront. Inside, the natural light combined with the slick black interior makes it feel stylish and modern without coming off as pretentiously bougie or “holier than thou.” During the summer, there is a small terrace in the back that patrons can enjoy. Over the winter, the quiet and stylish atmosphere makes it a perfect spot to wind down with a quality cup of coffee and a book without breaking the bank- a cup of coffee ranges from 30-35 RMB.

Opening Hours: Daily from 8 AM to 5 PM

Address: #5 Wuxing Road (near Huaihai Middle Road), Xuhui District, Shanghai
Show Your Taxi Driver: 徐汇区吴兴路5号 (近淮海中路)
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