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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