Shanghai Restaurant Guide

Cafes in Shanghai

The Bund 12 Cafe
Bund 12 Cafe, Shanghai The lovely Bund 12 Cafe, with its heavy dose of the colonial, is a must visit while in Shanghai.
Located in the old HSBC building, you take an antique elevator up to the second floor and wander the corridors to find the inconspicuous entrance. The highlight here is the grand, wide, quiet and secluded balcony where you can sit and listen to the bells from the clock tower clanging every 15 minutes. Plus the Bund 12 Cafe serves probably the best cappuccino you will find in Shanghai. The strong coffee is priced around ¥25-30, while there are a range of snacks and sandwiches for around ¥40. The food is generally nothing special, though the breakfasts are okay. Come for the coffee and the atmosphere.
Ph. (021) 6329 5896 Open: 8:00-19:00
Address: 12 The Bund, 2nd Floor, Room 226 Subway: Nanjing Rd East
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去外滩12号咖啡厅,谢谢。地址:外滩12号2楼, 近南京东路。
Jamaica Blue
Jamaica Blue Cafe, Shanghai A solid cafe with a convenient location for tourists, Jamaica Blue serves good Western breakfasts and above average coffee.
Breakfast options include omelets and full bacon and egg breakfasts for ¥40-50 while a large coffee is ¥26. Jamaica Blue also offers the usual cafe range of sandwiches, pastas and cakes, all of which are reliable if not special. Likewise, the interior is simple, bright and cheery while not offering anything out of the ordinary. The cafe’s location just off the Nanjing Dong Lu pedestrian street makes it a very handy breakfast option for anyone staying in the area, or a good recharge point for tourists on a hard day of sightseeing. Meanwhile, the outdoor seating at this branch also affords a good people watching post. Six other Jamaica Blue branches in Shanghai – see the website for details.
Ph. (021) 6351 3303 Web: Open: 7:00-21:30
Address: 715 Nanjing Dong Lu (entrance on Xizang Zhong Lu) Subway: People’s Square
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去蓝色牙买加,谢谢。地址:南京东路719号, 近西藏中路。
Old China Hand Reading Room
Old China Hand Reading Room Cafe, Shanghai Old China Hand Reading Room is an interesting cafe that, as its name suggests, is filled with shelves overflowing with books.
Unfortunately most of the reading material is in Chinese language, but there is an interesting selection of books for sale covering various aspects of Shanghai – history, architecture, etc. The peaceful interior has been tastefully decorated, but a bit of background music to bolster the ambience certainly wouldn’t go astray. Pricey, but fairly strong coffee is offered for ¥30-35 while there is a small selection of Western-style snacks and desserts for an average of ¥25. Good, unobtrusive service and wireless internet make Old China Hand Reading Room a great cafe for working, studying or, of course, relaxing with a book.
Ph. (021) 6473 2526 Web: Open: 10:00-0:00
Address: 27 Shaoxing Lu (by Shaanxi Nan Lu) Subway: Shanxi Nan Lu
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去汉源书屋,谢谢。地址:绍兴路27号, 近陕西南路。
C Cafe
C Cafe, Shanghai The focus at C Cafe is on quality cakes and sandwiches, intended for ‘people on the go’.
This small cafe doesn’t have much in the way of interior design. The staff, however, help to make this a friendly and welcoming cafe. The cakes, priced around ¥30, are indeed delicious. And their sandwiches (starting at ¥30) use quality, fresh ingredients so that they actually taste healthy. Meanwhile, the coffee at C Cafe is surprisingly good considering the relatively low prices, which start at just ¥16. The fact that C Cafe is a non-smoking venue (a rarity in Shanghai) is further proof that this cafe isn’t intended as a place to linger, but more as a place to refuel on reliable, good-quality food. C Cafe also sells a good range of coffee beans.
Ph. (021) 6289 3087 Open: 11:00-20:00
Address: 1228 Beijing Xi Lu (just east of Xikang Lu) Subway: Nanjing Rd West
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去北京西路1228号, 近西康路,谢谢。
Barbarossa, Shanghai By day Barbarossa is a wonderfully chic and relaxing cafe, and by night its one of Shanghai’s hippest lounge bars.
What gives spark to both incarnations is the trendy Moroccan-themed interior and the tranquil setting on a pond in People’s Park, with a view of Shanghai’s inner-city skyscrapers looming over the greenery. Balconies downstairs and upstairs provide the perfect places to soak in the serenity. By day Barbarossa boasts gourmet sandwiches and tasty pastas (average ¥60) on the menu along with strong coffee (¥25), while by evening DJs spin chill-out and electro beats while patrons imbibe on draught Paulaner (¥76) and quality cocktails (average ¥80) and puff on hookahs (from ¥100). While prices verge on the exorbitant, Barbarossa is stylish enough to justify it. The daily happy hour from 5pm-8pm makes drinks half price.
Ph. (021) 6318 0220 Web: Open: 11:00-2:00
Address: 231 Nanjing Xi Lu (Inside People’s Park) Subway: People’s Square
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去芭芭露莎,谢谢。地址:南京西路231号,人民公园内。