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In Cafetique, Shanghaiist reviews coffee shops and cafes around Shanghai that provide the two things our writers need most in life: caffeine and wireless internet. How does your neighborhood hangout spot stack up?
What: Mogoo Cafe (磨咕咖啡馆)
Where: 77 Fenyang Lu near Fuxing Lu, 汾阳路77号 (French Concession area)
Atmosphere: Aiming for industrial chic, this cafe errs a little on the side of “too Ikea warehouse.” At the same time though, it’s not uncomfortable and the almost “designer office” like vibe is actually a plus when you’re trying to find a place to work away from home/your actual office.
Music: The times we went, they were playing a CD of inoffensive jazz hits. Autumn Leaves, Ella Fitzgerald, some slower Billy Holiday. Sensible cafe music, if a little unimaginative, but we greatly preferred it to the terrible, terrible lounge versions of pop songs certain coffee chains (that rhyme with Haggis) seem to love.
Food and Drink: Regular sandwiches range from 30RMB to 38RMB and are filling enough to be a decent light lunch. A black coffee costs 15RMB for a small and 20RMB for a large. More special options (cappuccino, latte, mocha) cost around 30RMB. There is also a selection of tea drinks and juices which range from 25RMB to 30RMB.
Wifi: Password protected and strong from almost all corners of the cafe. We had no problems logging on and doing the work we needed to do. Bravo! Bonus: There were quite a couple of outlets and tables were positioned smartly next to them.
Overall: Definitely keep Mogoo in mind should one be in the area and in need of a place to get connected. The drinks are reasonably priced, especially if your poison du jour is black coffee, and we liked how they designed the cafe specifically to be comfortable to work in: spacious tables, outlets aplenty and strong wifi.