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: Patio Cafe
Where: 1000 Changping Lu, near Yanping Lu (昌平路1000号, 近延平路)
Atmosphere: This tucked away cafe on Changping Lu sits below an architectural firm that draws a steady stream of foreigners by its windows in the early afternoon. Quiet, comfortable, new, and clean, I’m not sure why we haven’t heard of this place before. Located just a few blocks north of the foreigner stronghold that is Xinzha/Jiaozhou lu, Patio Cafe is as an excellent alternative to Wagas if you’re sick of the crowds. The patio is big and shielded from the street, populated only by a few Chinese business types every time we’ve been there. Service was friendly and fast, but that’s probably because we were their only customer. Also worth noting: not only do they allow you tie up your dog on the patio, but the guy even went out frequently to give her a pet and check that she was doing okay in the heat.
Music: Zilch. We’re guessing it was just a fluke.
Food and Drink: Lunch on offer includes 45rmb pastas, burgers, or sandwiches (includes soda or coffee), and lattes start at 22RMB. They also have fresh squeezed juices or milkshakes, both for 25RMB. We chose their afternoon tea/coffee with cake combo deal for 28rmb, which is a steal considering iced coffee usually costs 32RMB. The iced coffee was average and plentiful. And words can’t describe how excited we were when they set down a slice of frozen ice box cake (a chocolatey, fluffy, mouse-layered deal) which couldn’t have been a more brilliant choice on deathly hot summer day. They also sell cold Tsingdao for 20rmb, and they are open until 9pm.
Wifi: Strong and fast. Power outlets regularly interspersed among the tables and pillow-strewn couches.
Overall: Excellent! While not easily accessible via public transportation, and clearly not boasting a central location, this small, cozy cafe is perfect for nearby residents looking for a quiet corner in which to read a book, or just a place to sit outside (when the weather is cooler) and enjoy the sunshine.