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: 201 Anfu Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu (安福路201号, 近乌鲁木齐路)
Atmosphere: Chic but simple. A bit like your hanging out at your stylish friend’s home. A dark-wooded ground floor and a open upstairs provide plenty of space, but this place can get crowded! High ceilings and a soft color palette of muted greens make it a perfect option for lunching or reading. The crowd is very urban, very well-dressed, and we spotted upwards of seven Apple devices in view of our table.
Music: Upstairs we could hardly hear music at all, especially over the chatter of the Sunday lunch crowd. You can probably count on the music to be like everything else in this place: tasteful and muted.
Food and Drink: Coffee was good, and ordered by practically everybody in the cafe. As far as the menu goes, pastas and sandwiches hover around 50RMB. We tried the spinach risotto which, while topped by a delicious chunk of goat cheese, unfortunately managed to overwhelm ever other enjoyable flavor with too much salt. They have good pizzas on offer from La Strada down the street (60RMB – 90RMB) and a brunch menu on the weekends (a la carte options and larger platters from 20RMB to 90RMB).
Wifi: Strong enough for some kid to be playing WoW on it. (=strong)
Overall: We liked this place a lot, if only because there is so much space and options for food and drink. They are open from 7am to midnight every day, which makes their 46RMB cocktails even more enticing (they also have Hoegaarden for 38RMB.) It’s obviously a neighborhood favorite, and likely draws in many a French concession dweller.