February 12, 2019 – Written by Li-Anne Krol, Lost Plate Food Tour Shanghai Guide
Whether it’s cold outside, or you just want a good place to chill, these are our favorite Shanghai Coffee Shops. Pull up a cozy seat and watch the local life go by at these cafes.
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 serves to create 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 or another hot drink and a generous slice of their homemade cake.
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This is a small cafe located right between the Shanghai Library and Shaanxi South Road Metro Stations. Seating is limited, but the bright and charming wooden interior is a wonderful place to sit if you can find a spot. It is a great cafe to sip your hot drink and chat with friends at all while enjoying a view of the busy street below.
On the corner of Wulumuqi Road, this small café offers a relaxed environment away from the crowds. Unique interior decorating and design give it a very distinct and cool vibe. The drinks and snacks are each made with care. If you’re unsure of what you’d like to try, ask for a recommendation from the owner – she can tell you something about every coffee, tea and other drink on the menu. One of their specialties is their Bailey’s coffee, but we also recommend the matcha latte! For coffee lovers, there are several different specialty beans, with a roast to suit even the pickiest of tastes.
Address: #121 Wulumuqi South Road #121 (near Yongjia Road), Xuhui District, Shanghai
Show Your Taxi Driver: 徐汇区乌鲁木齐南路121号, 近永嘉路
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Located right along Nanchang Road, Zhedie cafe has a vintage vibe. With its protruding window that juts into the street, you certainly won’t miss the storefront. 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. We love the chicken and mushroom baguette, which provides the right mix of chicken, cream cheese and bread. Grilled and warm, it is more than enough for 1 or 2 people – depending on how hungry you are!
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 while retaining a cozy vibe. 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.
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