Trendy or traditional, these 10 coffee shops and cafes are not only the best in Jing’an
, but possibly in the whole of Shanghai
. Some are consistently popular with expats and others maintain a small but loyal following. All deserve your attention.
Sumerian is one of the few cafes in Shanghai that roasts its own beans and creates its own blends. The resulting brews have gained this bright, centrally-located cafe, fans from around the city, drawn to the flavor-packed coffees. It is run by the same team behind neighboring bar Dogtown and bagel shop Boom Boom.
Bakery, Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
The Market is much more than a cafe. Setting up shop in the site of an old, renovated indoor swimming pool, the Market features terrific coffee shop Cambio, as well as vegetarian
restaurant Happy Buddha, creperie Papito’s Pancakes, and fusion shop Asian Plus. This is a great place to get some work done during the day or to participate in one of their many private events.
Brut Cake Cafe
Cafe, Restaurant, American, $$$
Brut Cake Cafe started life as a furniture store until enough people asked the question “So where’s the cake?” The resulting East-meets-West cafe has quickly become the talk of the town. All the furniture is still for sale, but you can also eat delicious fusion treats like chicken and waffles, a steamed bun burger, or Chinese sausage Bolognese Linguine. Coffee is also available courtesy of MQ Coffee.
Cafe, Coffee Shop, Tea
Go to Seesaw for the coffee, stay for the Strictly Cookies and French desserts.
The cafe was founded by a group of young people who left positions at Fortune 500 companies to pursue their passion for coffee. That decision seems to have been the right one, as the coffee is simple yet consistently delicious, and the shop is as popular as ever.
Cafe, Tea , $$$
Located on trendy French Concession
street Fumin Rd is even trendier coffee shop FUMI. Its owners entered the Shanghai food and beverage business by way of Flask speakeasy. FUMI may be easier to find than its late-night counterpart, but its fun and upscale coffee blends feel just as exclusive.
Cafe, Tea , $$$
The vibes at Xin Cafe in Changle Rd shopping center, United Valley are open, airy, and industrial. The large space often hosts community events, and its walls are dotted with works by local artists. There’s plenty of space to get work done here. Coffee is simple, and prices are similar to those at Starbucks.
Bar, Cafe, Tea , $$$
The Bookroom is a library-themed cafe cum hidden speakeasy. With a simple push, the bookcase in the back opens to reveal a craft cocktail lounge open Thursday through Sunday. The cafe itself is a draw in itself, though. Here you’ll find simple sandwiches, pasta dishes, salads, fresh juices and coffee.
Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Uva Cafe is the lesser known (but equally great) little sister of Uva Wine Bar. The space is small and cozy and painfully Italian
. On offer are classically Italian dishes like piadinas and paninis, as well as Italian-blend coffees. The cafe also doubles as a shop selling imported Italian snacks, olive oils, and tomato sauces.
The owner of Coffee Groupies roasts his own beans, making the cafe quite unique in a chain-saturated city. The cafe also has a selection of the beans on sale for you take home and play barista in your own time. The environment is attractive, unpretentious, and no-frills.
Cafe, Restaurant, American
Munchies isn’t inherently a cafe. Still, it deserves a spot on the list for its cheap menu of addictive, greasy, diner-style American food. Breakfast, which is served all day, comes with coffee or tea and chilled out, stoner vibes.