In the middle of bustling Xuijiahui, on the third floor of the globe-like Metro City is a new cafe imported from Taiwan. Themed after something out of Moulin Rouge, Perfume Dance Cafe offers sweets and treats to satisfy your cravings.
Some may find it too sickeningly sweet with the red velour couches, sparkling chandeliers, and the staffs’ feather-topped hats but one must remember what they are getting themselves into when venturing into a place called “Perfume Dream.” This is the sort of place that thrives in Japan and Taiwan, a type of role-play entertainment experience in the real world. They want you to be immersed in the space but I could see how it may come off as overly designed and cliché like a kooky theme park.
Waffle with peanut butter & condensed milk
The menu is loud and colourful to match the décor but their offerings actually make the adventure worthwhile. The iced Cappuccino (38RMB) is strong and brewed well. The Matcha au lait and Matcha Forest with chocolate are fun drinks with Japanese green tea (38RMB). They also carry hot and iced drinks like tea pots, sweet osmanthus and peach green tea (36RMB) and Royal Milk Tea (36RMB). They have several waffles with different toppings as well. Each is crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. We had the waffle with peanut butter and condensed milk (42RMB) which sounds cloying but was actually quite tasty. There are rice dishes and pastas (avg. 65RMB) for those who shy away from sweets, as well as “Tortillas” or quesadillas and Hamburgers (avg. 60RMB) to round out the menu.
Perfume Dance Cafe may look garish and gaudy from the outside… and inside (let’s be honest) but past the shocking decor lies relatively good takes on cafe items like coffee drinks and teas. If you feel like being whisked away from your hum-drum life and don’t want to go to the cinema, this place could come in handy.
Perfume Dance Cafe – 3/F, Metro City 1111 Zhaojiabang Lu, near Tianyaoqiao Lu, (美罗城, 肇嘉浜路1111号 近天钥桥路). Tel: 0(21)-6426-8888. Hours: 10am-10pm daily. Closest metro stop: Xuijiahui, line 1
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By Noelle Albert
Noelle Albert is a contributor for the Shanghaiist Food desk. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates to [email protected]!