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Marienbad Cafe
    • ADDRESS:
      55 Wukang Lu,
      near Anfu Lu
      武康路55号, 近安福路
    • PHONE:
      5404 2909
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Xuhui Xuhui
    • METRO:
      15 mins walk from Shanghai Library
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 9am-12am
    • CARDS:
      -
    • PRICE:
      $$ $$$
    • WEB:
      -
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      A coffee shop that is very popular with locals and the odd expat, Marienbad Cafe is a quaint, little retreat hidden on one of the area's quieter streets. The cozy interior's ambiance is more inclined toward that of a used book store then the cold sterility of many of Shanghai's other coffee stops. A typical drink menu is supplemented by a limited food carte du jour.
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    • Open patio seating, check. Vintage wood panels, check. Pets allowed, check. This café makes you do a double take and check that you’re still in Shanghai, and not in say, Paris.

      In all honesty, I only decided to pop in here because the line at the RAC Bar across the street is ridiculously long during the brunch rush hour. I came in not expecting much, and left Marienbad Café being right in that assumption.

      The 98rmb set brunch menu allows for a main dish along with a choice of a small side dish. The starter steam egg custard was very appealing to the aesthetics- the egg custard is served inside a half-cracked egg shell laid out on some hot stones in a pan- and tasted fine for what it was. On the other hand, the main dish I ordered, the spinach egg panini, is just unappealing both to the eyes and taste buds. It was simply put, some sloppy eggs and spinach served on a bun, with a side of slightly cold and fishy tasting foie gras. The waffle ice cream dessert was probably the best part of the meal, because ice cream and waffles are two very hard things to mess up.

      Overall, the place has a really nice vibe, with an open patio area for a great street view. The food however is way less than spectacular, so grab a coffee and a window seat to do some reading, but don’t come here for a meal, because it is too pricey for what it's worth.

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    • Buy-One-Get-One Glasses of Wine

      Enjoy some great wine in the heart of the city. Every weekday (Monday - Friday) from 6pm to 10pm, you can treat yourself to a buy-one-get-one-free glass of house red, white and rosé wine.
    • The Ten Commandments: The Musical

      The classic story of Moses hits the stage, and now big-screen as a musical screened at Marienbad Cafe. Starts at 1pm and is shown in French with Chinese subtitles. Free.
      • NOT TAGGED | Marienbad Cafe | on Sun Jul 27 2008
      • 2008-07-27 Finished
    • Jekyll

      A 90 minute film recording of Broadway version of the classic two-faced character, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in a cafe setting. Reviews of the theater production were mediocre. Free. 1pm.
      • NOT TAGGED | Marienbad Cafe | on Sun Jul 20 2008
      • 2008-07-20 Finished
    • Much Ado About Nothing

      Did you know that in Shakespeare's time the word "nothing" was a euphemism for "twat"? Seriously. That nugget of trivia makes the play so much richer, don't you think? This screening at Marienbad Cafe is a Broadway stage adaptation....
      • NOT TAGGED | Marienbad Cafe | on Sun Jun 22 2008
      • 2008-06-22 Finished
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