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?
Where: 148 Shaanxi Nan Lu, near Huaihai Lu, 陕西南路148号
Atmosphere: Because the cafe just opened last month, it lacks the buzz of conversations and the cadence of keyboards heard in a typical coffee shop. A small, second-story nook situated above a suit tailor shop, the atmosphere is cozy but classy, quiet but not awkward. A large, fiery mural adorns one side of the wall and the cafe is sprinkled with a clean combination of black and red wooden tables. The staff is very kind and attentive, as at any given time, you’re probably one of just a few customers.
Music: One jazzy instrumental tune after another. The sound of a lone trumpet adds to the high-class vibe of the cafe.
Food and Drink: Sher’s offers an elaborate selection of teas along with its coffee. From organic peppermint to mango tea to white ambrosia, you’re likely to try something that you’ve never heard of, and it’s well worth taking that leap of faith. The prices, however, are slightly expensive — half the teas are 28rmb, the other half, 32rmb. But once the staff brings out your drink, you can immediately see why: Each one of teas is presented in its own artsy way. For instance, the flora tea comes out with the tea bag meticulously folded to resemble a rose.
Coffee selections range from 18rmb for an espresso to 32rmb for a mocha.
The dessert menu is elaborate as well. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly banal selections – brownies to tiramisu to chocolate croissants. Everything in this cafe seems to be about presentation: The croissants, for instance, come out in three half-moon clusters on a long ivory plate. Each order is made freshly in the kitchen upon your order, and to put it simply, everything just melts in your mouth. The desserts range from 15rmb for an apple turnover and hike up to 32rmb for mango mousse and 35rmb for brownies.
According to the owner, an equally impressive lunch menu is in the works.
Wifi: No problems here, either. Just ask one of the staff for the network and password, and just like that, you’re in.
Overall: Fantastic drink and dessert selection, calm, classy vibe, and friendly staff. Well worth a visit.