Ground floor (left) and second floor (right).
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: Paulaner Deli & Bakery
Where: 150 Fenyang Lu, near Taojiang Lu (汾阳路150号, 近桃江路) – just down the street from the Camel and on the same strip as Mogoo.
Atmosphere: At first we weren’t convinced that Deli & Bakery actually was run by the Paulaner – there’s nothing very German about it and the prices are on a totally different (read:cheaper) planet. The ground floor is warm and bright, very French Concession, with walls lined with a mixture of Western and Chinafied pastries. You can choose to sit either outside in a covered biergarten-esque area, or upstairs where massive panes of glass make it feel like almost like a open terrace.
Music: Soft jazz could be heard downstairs, but upstairs was dead quiet – something we didn’t mind while gazing at the greenery through the enormous windows.
Food and Drink: Orders are taken and paid for at the cashier and they bring everything to your table. The coffee was nothing to write home about, but Deli & Bakery has its perks. We were tipped off to this place because of their affordable sandwiches and noodles – and indeed, the most expensive item on the menu is a whopping 35RMB. We tried the chicken curry (32RMB), chef salad (20RMB) and a curry potato Danish (8RMB) – all decent cheap fair with no surprises. We grabbed a pretzel on the way out (7RMB) and thought it could have been better considering the Paulaner connection (speaking of which, they only offer Qingdao, if you were wondering.)
Wifi: No password, and a little testy at times. But the tables upstairs are perfect for laptop use, and we spotted more than a few power outlets.
Overall: While nothing blew our hair back, we would return for the 20RMB sandwiches and salads when we’re feeling like a French Concession fix on a budget. And the bright, enclosed second floor would be the perfect place to catch some sunlight during the colder winter months.