Tag Archives: Cafes

Sunday Smile Bakery, Xujiahui

At 580 Tianyaoqiao Rd., 10/15 minutes walk from Xujiahui centre, is ‘Sunday Smile’, the slightly cringe-worthily named yet good value and reliable bakery. They have simple wifi access, friendly servers, and plenty of seats. It’s a good place for a casual and quiet-ish meeting or sit. They do the usual average breads, but their stand-out […]

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Best Hot Chocolate drink in Shanghai for 10 RMB a cup

The French: useless at War — excellent at chocolate. Finding a quality hot chocolate in Shanghai is not difficult: you go to HoF on either Sinan road (if you can get a seat) or in Lujiazui (if it is open). However, you do have to pay something in the arena of 40 RMB. Starbucks hot […]

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Cafe Kakao: Korean, supposedly

HoF is a cafe, restaurant kind of place, which does outstandingly good Hot Chocolate, and good quality salads and things. Their Lujiazui branch at the DBS courtyard is sometimes closed, and their Huaihai road location is so small that it becomes full — full of people who can spend hours and hours there, nursing their […]

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Touch Mall, South Xujiahui

The financial cleansing of the South riverside area was certainly a boon for property developers, as precious new square-footage was made available for very tall apartment buildings that you or I cannot afford.   Quite where all of this RMB comes from is not our interest. What we do all have in common is the […]

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‘Nice little’ Italian style restaurant in Hongqiao: The Bellagio

If you are looking for a ‘business lunch’, a casual bite or a quiet time with some good-value food, drink and internet (that’s wi-fi if you are still hooked on late 90s wordage), then go to the 3rd floor of the Maxdo Plaza, which is on Xianxia road in the heart of Hongqiao. I chanced […]

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Green Tea Latte for 1 RMB per cup

One RMB! Well, not including the price of the milk, so maybe 3 – 5 RMB per cup. Still better than a ridiculous 36 RMB drink of sweet vanilla syrup-y goo from Starbucks. Go to Taobao to search for this green tea latte / matcha powder 茶姆【买2送1共600g】抹茶星巴克烘焙 日式抹茶粉 食用绿茶粉包邮 Easy as that! All you need […]

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Nine Thirty: A meaningless addition to the average food plague of Shanghai

The Hong Kong New World Tower on Huaihai Road recently ‘re-branded’ itself as ‘K11 Art Mall’. Shopping and eating are not ‘arts’, yet they still may be the most artistic thing that a materialistic population does on any given weekend. This vacuous yet intelligent manipulation of the minds of stupid people has seemingly dominoed through […]

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St Marc Chococro cafe, Taikang Rd

(Shanghai, China, Asia, The World) Good cafe. Not much else to say aside that it is a good cafe. Well, one reason that it is a good option is that most of Tianzifang is a bit cack. Tianzifang in itself is decent, and there are still some decent restaurants there. But it is great for […]

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Anfu Road Eateries

If you live in or near the French Concession, you have many a choice of breakfast fix. Here are a few of them, all based on the much-loved and reasonably pretentious Anfu Rd. Sunflour Sunflour is very popular, especially with anyone who owns an iPad and likes using that iPad in public. Sunflour is visited […]

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