Coffee and friends make the perfect blend
Shanghai wears a special “perfume,” and it’s an intriguing fragrance of coffee. The aroma is on every corner of the city. The metropolis is not short of coffee shops, and there are dozens of new ones popping up every day to meet the diverse demands of its citizens, looking for something new to try. Here are a few new ones to get your daily caffeine fix. All the four shops focus on coffee, with two giving you a twist of spirits and liquors.
The white-green-themed decor is eye-catching enough to lure you inside and explore what this lovely shop offers. As this lofty coffee shop has gained instant popularity among its local residents, there is a chance you might run into a group of ayi, who stop by to try a cuppa.
Located on the busy Julu Road, it is very convenient to get a coffee on your way to work. Offering a wide range of coffees, No.30 Coffee has a charm of its own to make you stay and lure you back again.
From an espresso-based drink to single origin hand-drip coffees, you will easily find a coffee to your liking here. If not, ask the barista for advice.
Dirty, at 28 yuan (US$4), is highly recommended as it uses a special kind of milk, which mimics the way bock beer is made. The specially-processed milk turns the coffee into a super-sweet creamy beverage. The first big sip, of the not-yet mixed warm espresso shot and chilled milk, will give you an explosive feel in your mouth. Trust me, the unexpected sweetness will surprise you and the coffee flavors will be more outstanding, though different people will taste different notes of coffee.
If you love a chilled treat, add a serving of soft serve made from oat milk into your iced coffee. A combo taste is even better.
Address: 298 Julu Rd
Punchline Coffee Roaster
Punchline Coffee Roaster is hidden in a co-working community in a local residential area. Just launched in early July this year, the establishment uses a Rancilio RS1 2 Group espresso machine, a new model which is rarely seen in Shanghai. Apart from espresso-based coffees, the single origin hand-drip is a highlight. It offers five different beans from Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Ethiopia and India. The one from Honduras (42 yuan) is a must-try as its tasting notes include cream, vanilla, cookie and Baileys, thanks to its special processing methods known as Sherry barrel fermentation. Believe it or not, the black coffee tastes so creamy it’s like a Baileys or having a mouthful of freshly whipped cream.
Punchline is divided into three sections, an L-shaped bar with a shelf of liquors and spirits at the back and two separate seating areas. The back seating section is painted in lovely pink shade. The shelf is occupied by a selection of miniature dolls and figures and an all-black Pikachu teddy. If you don’t feel like having a cuppa, why not try Punchline’s smoothies, though only 20 cups are available every day. Remember, be quick!
Address: 102-104, Building 1, 1024 Siping Rd
Flipped COFFEE & BAR
Like its name, Flipped is not just a coffee shop because when night falls it flips into another form, serving cocktails and alcoholic beverages just like a bar.
Situated just by Yunjin Road Station of Metro Line 11, it is a short walk to enjoy a view of the West Bund in Xuhui District.
The spacious bright decor of Flipped is perfect for SOHO workers as it offers quite a lot of individual seats with electricity plugs. The big windows offer a great view of the outside and fresh air. However, the diversity of seats makes it a get-together cafe destination with friends. The hand-written menu on the wall reveals the offers, and an afternoon tea bundle costs only 58 yuan, with a selection of espresso-based drinks, where you can choose from two different blend beans. The desserts sell out quickly and as soon as I tried one, I knew why. The egg yolk crepe cake tastes so smooth it melts in your mouth. It features a semi-sweet and lightly salty flavor, which lights up your taste buds.
Address: 218 Longqi Rd, Building C, GRC Club
Time: 8:30am-8pm (Monday to Friday), 10am-11pm (Saturday and Sunday)
P.C.R PROS COFFEE ROASTER
A new take-away coffee shop on Hankou Road has received an abundance of online positive reviews. P.C.R PROS COFFEE ROASTER may only boast a street-facing counter but it provides a wide range of coffees, drinks and bags of freshly roasted single origin beans.
The most popular drink at P.C.R is butterfly pea flower latte, which is priced at 20 yuan, or 15 yuan for Dianping, which is a promotional offer. The blue-white layered beverage is great for a picture. Once well stirred, its sweet creamy taste will satisfy your highly-alert taste buds.
If you want a traditional Chinese flavor, try Osmanthus Latte (25 yuan). And if you bring a reusable cup you will be eligible for a 5-yuan discount on all drinks to reward you for being eco-friendly. Another bonus is that the location is just a stone’s away from the Bund.
Address: 126 Hankou Rd
Time: 7:30am-7pm (Monday to Friday), 9am-5pm (Saturday and Sunday)