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  • Moka Bros (Xiangyang Bei Lu)

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      1/F, 108 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Xinle Lu
      襄阳北路108号1楼, 近新乐路
    • Phone
      3669 6090

    Straight outta Sanlitun Beijing, Moka Bros is a well-honed, market-tested power (and poke and smoothie) bowls, wraps, sandwiches, smoothies, juices, coffee, wine, breakfast, brunch place, with a clear identity and personality, great design, consistent service, and... Read more

  • Cotton's (Anting Lu)

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      132 Anting Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu
      安亭路132号, 近建国西路
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      6433 7995

    Cotton's chilled-out villa atmosphere is also the place to go if you're not used to Chinese food and don't plan on becoming acclimated. They've done a good job of creating a pretty spot where foreigners can feel like they are in any city. The old outdoor dining area... Read more

  • Bar Centrale

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      135 Yanping Lu, near Wuding Lu
      延平路135号, 近武定路
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      6205 1068

    Bustling, buzzing neighborhood Italian restaurant and bar from the same people behind Gemma. It's designed to evoke the main eatery in every Italian train station (hence the name). It's affordable, directly... Read more

  • Gemma

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      20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu
      东湖路20号, 近淮海中路
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      3356 5118

    Gemma is a spiffy Italian pizzeria that serves a menu of Italian favorites, with a selection of Neapolitan-style pizzas, homemade pastas (they have their own pasta room), salads, antipasti, homemade gelato and a list of French and Italian wines. Read more

  • Cantina Agave (Fumin Lu)

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      A Mansion, 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu
      富民路291号, 近长乐路
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      6170 1310

    Great tacos, long list of tequila and frozen margaritas, as well as a salsa bar with eight salsas available. The space is small and gets quite busy late at night and on weekends when the weather is good. Read more

  • Abbey Road

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      3 Taojiang Lu, near Hengshan Lu
      桃江路3号, 近衡山路
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      5466 2069

    Taojiang Lu sequel to one of Shanghai's most popular summer venues, named after that little street those wacky Beatles trotted across. Ample patio seating, cheap beer on tap and lots of (at times unfortunate) classic rock, this bar/restaurant is the ultimate expat... Read more

  • The Rooster

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      455 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu
      陕西北路455号, 近北京西路
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      156 1880 8692

    Shaanxi Bei Lu outpost of a Yongkang Lu bar / pub, with some sidewalk seating and indoor space. It's a simple but well-executed spot, with good beers on tap like Jing-A, Kentucky IPA, Cider Republic, Dead Guy Ale, Boulevard Pale Ale for 50rmb, or 40rmb during happy... Read more

  • Tres Perros

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      No 1, 148 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu
      富民路148弄1甲, 近巨鹿路
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      137 7438 3829

    Small, charming Spanish café on Fumin Lu selling cheap coffee, beer, and food like salads and chicken. The food isn't amazing but the place has character, the staff are friendly, and the music is solid. The place is so dog friendly that they'll hook your pooch up... Read more

  • Alimentari & Degusteria

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      343 Jiaozhou Lu, near Wuding Lu
      胶州路343号, 近武定路
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      6256 5005

    Like the original on Anfu Lu, these little "Alimentari" shops, named after the mom-and-pop food stores peppered throughout Italy, are brought to you by the people behind Gemma, selling fresh foods and imported pantry goods. In 2018, Jing'an got its own version of the... Read more

  • O'Mills

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      110 Yongjia Lu, near Jiashan Lu
      永嘉路110号, 近嘉善路
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      6209 2952

    Bakery and Cafe using quality ingredients and friendly service, its sour dough olive bread comes highly recommended. Read more

  • Co. Cheese Melt Bar

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      32 Yuyuan Dong Lu, near Changde Lu
      愚园东路32号, 近常德路
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      130 3211 8036

    This is small eatery devoted to one sandwich and one sandwich only, the grilled cheese. Co. Cheese has developed several variations on a surprisingly versatile sandwich, adding ingredients like Hunan pork and chili peppers or roast duck, brie, and onion jam. There... Read more

  • Cotton's (Xinhua Lu)

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      294 Xinhua Lu, near Dingxi Lu
      新华路294号, 近定西路
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      6282 6897

    Cotton's on Xinhua Lu is the expansion location of the original Cotton's on Anting Lu, which is one of the most popular patio bars in Shanghai. They've replicated the formula exactly in the new neighbourhood, and Cotton's Xinhua has a large outdoor patio abutting an... Read more

  • Pierogi Ladies 2.0

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      No. 8, Lane 283 Jiaozhou Lu, near Xinzha Lu
      胶州路283弄8号, 近新闸路
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      138 1878 2405

    Possibly the only place in Shanghai specializing in the Polish staple, pierogi. This is their first dedicated storefront, after a series of pop-ups and operating a delivery service. They've got homemade and exceedingly garlicky pickles, and pierogis come in varieties... Read more

  • Boom Boom Bagels

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      39 Anfu Lu, near Changshu Lu
      安福路39号, 近常熟路
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      150 2140 8818

    Bagel store and bar from the coffee dons at Sumerian. They do seven loaded bagel sandwiches with fillings like pulled pork and chicken, plus more traditional bagel pals like smoked salmon and cream cheese. Solid evening happy hour (5-8pm, Monday-Friday) where all... Read more

  • Brut Eatery (Yuyuan Lu)

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      698 Yuyuan Lu, near Zhenning Lu
      愚园路698号, 近镇宁路
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      199 2149 1514

    The cafe offshoot of the furniture store by the same name. Brut Cake Cafe's a popular spot for coffees, desserts, and sitting in groups of trendy-looking people. They've got a condensed menu of breakfast-lunch items with interesting (and mostly successful) twists.... Read more

  • Sumerian

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      415 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu
      陕西北路415号, 近北京西路
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      135 6475 5689

    This place is one of the few cafes that roasts its own beans and creates its own house blends. It's a pretty place, clean and bright inside, with wood-beams in the ceiling and a pebble-dash floor, but it's the coffee that really excels. The espresso is fiercely... Read more

  • Kommune

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      Tianzifang, room 5, lane 7, 210 Taikang Lu, near Sinan Lu
      田子坊泰康路210弄7号5室, 近思南路
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      6473 8092

    Although difficult for the uninitiated to find among the back alley lanes of Taikang Lu, Kommune is worth searching out for not only its simple, yet tasty food and drinks, but also for its unique setting at the epicenter of Shanghai's creative quarter. Outdoor... Read more

  • Uptown Records n' Beer

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      131 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Lu
      永福路131号, 近复兴路
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      135 2462 8450

    Uptown Records n’ Beer is the bodega version of the Pingwu Lu basement music space Uptown Record Store. This tiny vinyl record store doubles as an imported beer bottle shop, with prices ranging from 15–30rmb. Selections include Brooklyn, Rogue, Boddingtons, and other... Read more

  • Charlie's (Changshu Lu)

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      89 Changshu Lu, near Changle Lu
      常熟路89号, 近长乐路
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      5403 8513

    In 2015, popular, pet-friendly neighborhood bar Piro rebranded itself as "Charle's", an upmarket fast-food spot slinging cheap-ish burgers, fries, shakes, and dog treats. It's still a comfy, casual neighborhood spot, with two floors, exposed ceilings, a large open... Read more

  • Brut Eatery (Zhaojiabang Lu)

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      238 Zhaojiaobang Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu
      肇嘉浜路238号, 近陕西南路
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      6408 6783

    Known in some circles as “Brut Cake Café”, this café from husband-wife duo Jun Wu and Priscilla Young is a crowd-favorite. After the popularity of their Jing’an restaurant, they decided... Read more