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
This specialty coffee boutique on Yongkang Lu deals in single-origin whole bean coffees from growing regions like Ethiopia, Yunnan, Indonesia and Guatemala. All coffees on offer are roasted on the premises and ground to order. The space is about the size of a sugar... Read more
Way out yonder in Minhang, just a few stops from the end of Line 8, you’ll find a bed and breakfast that goes by the name of Train Inn. Its covered courtyard features four 1970’s long distance train carriages that include a public dining car, a private dining car,... Read more
Nice, trendy café just across the road from Jing'an Temple. Huge patio here. Great for people watching. Coffee is a little more than Starbucks and not as good, but the environment is way better. Desserts are also not stellar, but this place still gets a recommendation. Read more
Chill bar and cafe inside the MingTown International Youth Hostel near People's Square. The small garden up here is peaceful, with birds providing the soundtrack to coffee sessions. There's usually some travelers hanging out here, telling stories and occasionally... Read more
A cafe with a 10-room private cinema underground. Simple and well-designed, Extra Time is opened by the owner of CAC at M50, and operated by a few movie enthusiasts and coffee baristas. They offer various options of soft drinks and simple western food such as pasta,... Read more
A tiny coffee shop on Julu Lu with space for about 6 people at a stretch, the Farmhouse Cafe makes good coffee at a decent price, a selection of beers and some pretty decent food. It's great when it's warm enough to throw the doors open. No bathroom, though, so... Read more
Exceptionally white coffeeshop just across from the gates of popular-with-foreigners tower blocks Hongtai Apartments. Coffees are mostly single origin filter jobs, but they'll make a cappuccino if you ask for it. Plenty of sockets, seating is mostly high stools with... Read more
Yogalicious, part yoga studio and part healthy snack joint, originally started as a pop-up, but they're sticking around. It's open to members only; follow them on WeChat to find out how that could be you. They've got acai bowls for 35rmb for the small and 50rmb for... Read more
The third venue opened by the Shanghai speciality coffee institution Cafe del Volcan, this one's an "express concept" that focuses on their specialty espresso blends (and also sells Strictly Cookies). It was set up in partnership with the Kelley Lee's craft brew bar... Read more
Regarded as one of the best specialty coffee brewers in Japan, this is Horiguchi Coffee's fourth cafe, and the first overseas (the other three are in Japan). They do drip coffee with the sort of concentration and attention you'd more commonly associate with... Read more
From the team behind Lost Heaven and More Than Eat right next door, Lost Bakery offers an assortment of pastries, deserts, and bread at affordable prices. Raspberry tarts, croissants, and rolls are all under 20rmb. Desert items such as eclairs and slices of cake are... Read more
Located in a garden shed in an alley down the back of Ferguson Lane, % Arabica would be charitably described as a "coffee shop," and more accurately as a "queue for take-away." Physically, it's an elongated take-away counter manned by a number of coffee-bros in... Read more
Café on Air is a classic hidden coffee shop and perhaps Shanghai’s best coffee shop overall. The natural and electric lights create a warm interior, the design is great and the coffee is beautifully made. It’s also really central, close to the subway, and not that... Read more
Single Origin Roasters started in south Shanghai and moved downtown in late 2017. True to the name, they do single-origin Ethiopian beans, which they roast themselves, for espresso-based drinks. There are a variety of other beans for pour-over coffee. Very welcome in... Read more
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