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  • Hu Zha Zha

    1/F, 225 Zhejiang Zhong Lu, near Fuzhou Lu

    浙江中路225号1楼, 近福州路

    T: 6049 1889

  • MingTown Bar

    55 Jiangyin Lu, near Huangpi Bei Lu

    江阴路55号, 近黄陂北路

    T: 6327 7766

    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...

  • Flower Online

    149 Dagu Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu

    大故路149号, 近黄陂北路

    T: 183 2170 4051

    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...

  • Ocean Grounds (Hong Kong Plaza)

    Hong Kong Plaza, Rm 1-09A, North Tower, 283 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu

    淮海中路283号香港广场北座1-09A, 近黄陂南路

    T: 6313 9050

    A cafe and coffee shop chain specializing in infusions and unusual preparation methodologies. Try the OG New Orleans Style Iced Coffee (58rmb), which they've received international attention for.

  • % Arabica (Xintiandi Plaza)

    B1/F, Xintiandi 333 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu

    淮海中路333号新天地广场B1楼, 近黄陂南路

    T: 180 4974 1117

    Xintiandi Plaza outpost of the famous Japanese coffee/design brand from Kenneth Shoji. Brightly lit and expertly designed to look good, % Arabica coffees range from 35-50, with a reasonable 40rmb...

  • Matrix (Xintiandi Plaza)

    Xintiandi Plaza, B2/F, 333 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu

    淮海中路333号新天地广场B2楼, 近黄陂南路

    T: 166 0177 9810

  • 1/10 Coffee Roaster

    73-75 Changle Lu, near Chengdu Nan Lu

    长乐路73-75号, 近成都南路

    T: 180 1711 8580

    Overlooking a park, 1/10 Coffee is a relaxed and friendly place opened by coffee enthusiasts who roast their beans on the spot and have a wider than usual selection of beans for espresso-based...

  • V Coffee (Taikoo Hui)

    B2/F, Taikoo Hui, 789 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu

    兴业太古汇B2楼, 南京西路789号, 近石门一路

    T: 138 1733 3421

    V Coffee is the cafe outlet for the local coffee roaster of the same name that has distributed to hotels and restaurants in Shanghai since 2008. On offer is a selection of specialty coffees made...

  • Miar's Cafe Brand

    19 Shimen Yi Lu, near Yan'an Zhong Lu

    石门一路19号, 近延安中路

    T: 150 0189 5840

    A little corner shop near Yan'an Lu, Miar's Cafe Brand is run by an ex-Seesaw barista and her designer husband, who is a freak for vintage stuff, like the old Coca-Cola glasses they use for cold...

  • Horiguchi Coffee

    1/F, 133 Yuanmingyuan Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu

    圆明园路133号1层, 近北京东路

    T: 6333 3100

    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...

  • Zoo Coffee (Xintiandi)

    SOHO Fuxing Plaza, 388 Madang Lu, near Hefei Lu

    马当路388号, 近合肥路

    T: 6333 0336

  • Cafe On Air (Huaihai Zhong Lu)

    Lane 650, 634 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Sinan Lu

    淮海中路650弄634号, 近思南路

    T: 6333 2195

    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...

  • SNUG Coffee Stand & Bar

    254 Danshui Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu

    淡水路254号, 近复兴中路

    T: 156 1801 9597

    This is actually a very cool spot. It's tiny. It's for laid-back people. The owner is also a photographer and uses old film cameras in the store’s design. They have a nice outdoor bench on Danshui...

  • Cafe On Air (Sinan Lu)

    30-1 Sinan Lu, near Nanchang Lu

    思南路30-1号, 近南昌路

    T: 6173 3778

    Style-wise, it’s very similar to the iconic Huaihai Lu and Lixi Lu locations: a long room lit with soft lighting and modest designer furniture. Of all the coffee shops that added food in 2019 (it...

  • Umah

    240 Nanchang Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu

    南昌路240号, 近瑞金二路

    T: 166 0178 8443

    Grab the windowsill seat at this small street-level place on Nanchang Lu, in an old residential building typical of the street. Run by a handful of barista bros, their signature drink is dirty...

  • Metal Hands

    234 Nanchang Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu

    南昌路234号, 近瑞金一路

    T: -

  • Coffee Er Jiang

    248 Nanchang Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu

    南昌路248号, 近瑞金二路

    T: 176 2102 8405

  • Alt Coffee

    30 Wusong Lu, near Bei Suzhou Lu

    吴淞路30号, 近北苏州路

    T: 6393 0053

  • Soeng Lok

    508 Changle Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu

    长乐路508号, 近陕西南路

    T: 187 2191 0645

    This classy coffee joint by the long-running Shanghai coffee company T12 Group is in a century-old lane house with preserved details. They offer two or three types of beans for espresso-based...

  • Sumerian

    415 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu

    陕西北路415号, 近北京西路

    T: 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,...

  • T Cafe

    9 Xinle Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu

    新乐路9号, 近陕西南路

    T: 150 0034 8584

  • Simply Better

    1321 Xinzha Lu, near Shaanxi Bei Lu

    新闸路1321号, 近陕西北路

    T: 182 1722 4363

  • Little Spoonful

    1/F, 169 Jianguo Zhong Lu, near Ruijin Lu

    建国中路169号一楼107室, 近瑞金路

    T: 3356 5820

  • Grateful Afternoon Tea

    62 Shaoxing Lu, Near Ruijiner Lu

    绍兴路62号, 近瑞金二路

    T: 5410 7273

  • J9 Coffee

    51 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu

    永康路51号, 近襄阳南路

    T: 177 2112 5385

  • Guang Jing Yi Hui

    68 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu

    永康路68号, 近襄阳南路

    T: 137 8898 6424

  • Cafe del Volcan (Yongkang Lu)

    80 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu

    永康路80号, 近襄阳南路

    T: 156 1866 9291

    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...

  • By Coffee

    609 Changle Lu, near Donghu Lu

    长乐路609号, 近东湖路

    T: 138 2054 7483

    By Coffee opened in September, by a five-year veteran of Uncle No Name Espresso. The key difference here is that they have a large variety of beans for espresso-based drinks, not just one or two,...

  • Pocket Pocket

    309 Yongjia Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu

    永嘉路309号, 近襄阳南路

    T: 137 6488 1323

  • Allongé Café

    106 Yanqing Lu, near Huating Lu

    延庆路106号, 近华亭路

    T: 136 3668 8238

  • Stable Coffee

    Rm C106, Bldg 4, M50, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Xi Suzhou Lu

    莫干山路50号M50创意园4号楼C106室, 近西苏州路

    T: 186 1602 9894

    Stable Coffee belongs to a tattoo parlor that’s been here since the beginning of the m50 days, more than a decade ago. It’s a family business: the husband does tattoos while the wife makes coffee....

  • 100FFEE Café

    394 Yongjia Lu, near Taiyuan Lu

    永嘉路394号, 近太原路

    T: 189 1817 7045

    100FFEE Cafe is a recent wanghong favorite spot, which I don't understand because the interior is nothing special, painted a weird beige and green, and not very cozy. The outdoor patio is quite...

  • Single Origin Roasters (Jiaozhou Lu)

    Jiaozhou Lu 151, near Beijing Xi Lu

    胶州路151号, 近北京西路

    T: 186 2106 8068

    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....

  • Aunn Cafe & Co

    1728 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huashan Lu

    南京西路1728号, 近华山路

    T: 5290 9012

    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....

  • % Arabica (Jianguo Xi Lu)

    481 Jianguo Xi Lu, near Yueyang Lu

    建国西路481号, 近岳阳路

    T: 133 9101 1105

    The company % Arabica is a Japanese brand with overseas locations in Hong Kong, Dubai and Kuwait. Their beans can be found at coffeeshops around town. Single-origin and blended coffees are for...

  • RAC Coffee

    Bldg 1, 332 Anfu Lu, near Wukang Lu

    安福路322号1幢, 近武康路


    Advertised as a take-away coffee spot, but press on and you’ll find some outdoor seating outside RAC in an inner courtyard-like space, with creative industry buildings and old Shanghai houses...

  • RAC (Anfu Lu)

    Bldg 14, 332 Anfu Lu, near Wukang Lu

    安福路322号14幢, 近武康路

    T: 136 3659 5172

    Wanghong crepe and galette place by day, wine purveyor by night, RAC has seen constant lines since it opened. Their courtyard is secluded from the main road, and it's great in the evenings for...

  • Lights

    No.49, Lane 405 Zhening Lu, near Yuyuan Lu

    镇宁路405弄49号, 近愚园路

    T: 189 1853 0629

    Lights isn’t new but it moved around the corner into a way more secluded and well-designed location. They famously make Turkish-style coffee in a cezve, cooked in hot sand.

  • Ca Sent Bon Cafe

    1702 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Wuxing Lu

    淮海中路1702号, 近吳兴路

    T: 133 6181 9379

  • % Arabica (Ferguson Lane)

    374 Wukang Lu, near Tai'an Lu

    武康路374号, 近泰安路

    T: 173 0169 3358

    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...

  • Chez Black

    43 Tai'an Lu, near Xingguo Lu

    泰安路43号, 近兴国路


  • Cafe On Air (Lixi Lu)

    102-B Lixi Lu, near Jiangsu Lu

    利西路102-B号 近江苏路

    T: 6288 8398

  • Cafe & Bar Geographer

    LG1, Century Link, 1192 Shiji Da Dao, near Weifang Lu


    T: 137 6190 8708

    A boutique cafe adjacent Jihe Bookstore . The fancy interior resembles a mountain cave, but with futuristic blinging ceilings. The place is quiet during workdays, and they do nice pour overs...

  • Cafe De Mars (Wanhangdu Lu)

    2/F, No. 12, Lane 1384 Wanhangdu Lu, near Huayang Lu

    万航渡路1384弄12号2楼, 近华阳路

    T: 6090 0331

    Cafe De Mars started out as SIMBA COFFEE on Zaoyang Lu and moved to this location in 2009. Multi-story and intricate vintage cafe in an old warehouse. Cozy, quiet and secluded environment and...

  • Cafe Lumiere

    1/F, 739 Caoxi Bei Lu, near Yingye Jie

    漕溪北路739号1楼, 近影业街

    T: 137 8898 6424

  • Three Thirds Coffee

    Rm 102, 20 Xuhong Bei Lu, near Nandan Lu

    徐虹北路20号102室, 近南丹路

    T: 5401 5323

    From their original humble little place on Tianshan Lu, Three Thirds coffee has expanded quite a bit (four shops now). Also written "3/3," it's for Japanese-style pour-over without all the fussing...

  • Xiao Li Yunnan Coffee Experience Store

    1/F, Building C, 2268 Hongqiao Lu, near Jianhe Lu

    虹桥路2268号C幢1楼, 近剑河路

    T: 132 6261 9603

  • Single Origin Roasters (Caobao Lu)

    1/F, Bldg T2, 3299 Caobao Lu, near Bei Hengli Lu

    漕宝路3299号T2号楼1层, 近北横沥路

    T: 173 1750 7009

  • Train Inn

    1500 Jiangyue Lu, Near Puxing Gong Lu

    江月路1500号, 近浦星公路

    T: 6051 2751

    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...