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Akimbo Cafe Lab
    • ADDRESS:
      1018 Yuyuan Lu,
      near Jiangsu Lu
      愚园路1018号, 近江苏路
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    • METRO:
      5 mins walk from Jiangsu Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 9.30am-7.30pm
    • CARDS:
      Local cards, WeChat, Alipay accepted
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    • Editor's Description
      A three-bay wide "net red" coffeeshop on Yuyuan Lu. The sign, merch and coffee trays read "since 2016" (a very respectable lifespan for a coffeeshop in Shanghai) but this branch of the popular coffeeshop from Shenzhen has only been open since October 2018. It's actually a "cafe lab", which means they do single-origins, hand-drip, cold brew and coffee education. It's surprisingly decent. The space is large and bright, the layout makes it easy to watch the baristas work, and the coffee is cheap for its profile: 30rmb for a cappuccino when they could be charging 38rmb. Rounding out the rest of the space is art and design group called Aura A Space, who provide the chairs and couches in the back, and P O Box, selling street leisurewear.
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    • The burgeoning coffee scene in Shanghai has introduced many options to get that caffeine fix.  Sometimes it can be too much of a burden deciding where to get that addictive beverage.  Akimba, primely located on ever-changing Yuyuan Lu, is a cafe worth a visit. 

      Along with the standard coffee options, it offers three fruit coffees served on ice:  lychee, grapefruit and pineapple.  Weird at first glance, but I recommend giving them a shot.  The pineapple coffee is not shy in it’s sweetness, but the bitterness of the coffee helps to cut through.  Served with a slice of pineapple and sprig of aromatic rosemary it could definitely work as a cocktail.  BYO vodka or rum!

      The latte is just how I like it:  strong and creamy.   They have a variety of instagrammable desserts that are quite pricey, many hovering over 80 RMB!  The coconut tart is encased in a dark chocolate shell and topped with passion fruit cream that combines well with the sensibly sweet and light coconut mousse. 

      Overall, Akimba serves up some interesting coffee options, over-priced desserts, and good seats for people watching on Yuyuan Lu.  Try one of the fruit coffees for a different experience. 

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