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Local Experts: Shanghai, Hart Hagerty

By Local Expert Hart Hagerty

Best Cafés in Shanghai

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See + Saw

See + Saw

Opened in 2013 in Jing’An district, SeeSaw is a popular Wi-Fi cafe for freelance creatives who need a strong Internet connection and even stronger coffee. Run by friendly local staff—self-professed “die-hard coffee nerds”—the cheerful spot is hidden away from the busy street, nestled into the light-flooded atrium of the modern Jing’an Design Center. Any time of day SeeSaw is packed with stylish young people lingering over their indie magazines and MacBooks for hours on end.

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Baker & Spice

Baker & Spice

This wildly popular chain of cafes belongs to the omnipresent Wagas Group. While it isn’t the most charming or original café on this list, Baker & Spice has many locations around town and is a solid, reliable option for breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea. Its reasonably priced, freshly made artisanal breads, gourmet pastries, decent coffee, and healthy lunch options never fail to please.

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Grumpy Pig

Grumpy Pig

KIN is the city’s certifiably coolest menswear store and hip-hop hub run by Shanghai’s veteran DJ Gary Wang. The KIN compound is also home to the Grumpy Pig, an open, airy eatery with a sunny central atrium, Asian fusion menu, and old-school soundtrack featuring the likes of James Brown. Come here after the lunch rush to relish a cappuccino in a relaxed, stylish setting with metal bistro chairs and wooden tables under a skylight.  

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Sumerian

Sumerian

Californian David Seminsky opened Sumerian a few years ago for fellow hardcore coffee lovers who share his passion for brewing the perfect cup. Don’t be fooled by Sumerian’s serious, sommelier-like obsession for coffee—the earthy cafe is very relaxed, warm, and welcoming with just a few tables and large windows overlooking the street. In addition to coffee, Sumerian also has a healthy menu including quinoa salads and giant green smoothies.  

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Farine

Farine

Farine is a chic artisanal boulangerie headed by one of Shanghai’s most respected French chefs, Franck Pecol. Located in the stylish Ferguson Lane block, the petite-yet-airy café is perfumed with the gourmet aroma of pastries, coffee, and breads (along with a distinct whiff of Parisian snobbery). It’s expensive here, due to Pecol’s insistence on importing most of the ingredients from France to ensure high-quality, authentic flavor. In case you’re wondering, it’s worth the price.


Visit the Best Cafés in Shanghai

Farine
武康路378号1楼 | 1/F, 378 Wukang Rd. (近泰安路 | at Tai'An Rd.), Shanghai, Shanghai, China
8.9/10

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Bakery
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Sumerian
415 Shaanxi Bei Lu (Beijing Lu), Jīng chǎng sì, Shanghai, Shanghai, China
8.7/10

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Coffee Shop
2
Grumpy Pig
65 N. Maoming Rd. (Yan'an Rd.), Jīng chǎng sì, Shanghai, Shanghai, China
8.4/10

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Café
1
Baker & Spice
Suite 118, Shanghai Centre, 1376 W Nanjing Rd (at Xikang Rd.), Jīng chǎng sì, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200040, China
8.3/10

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Bakery
2
See + Saw
433 Yuyuan Rd. (Wulumuqi Rd. North), Xīn kāng lù, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200040, China
8.5/10

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Café
1
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