With winter approaching its winteriest, we’re increasingly on the lookout for comfy cafes serving drinkable coffee, edible eats, and free Wi-Fi. Manbre Cafe provides just that.
Brick walls, plain wood floors, and iron horse-head lights lend Manbre a train-station-y feel, keeping it from being the snuggest winter den, but the hospitality of the staff picks up the slack. We won’t lie, we had braced ourselves for the usual flock of fuwuyuans who giggle every time you bobble a Chinese phrase, and so were pleasantly surprised to find smiley, welcoming servers. Maybe it has to do with Manbre’s zen theme which manifests itself everywhere from the zen poetry on the walls to the cafe’s name itself which means “from anger to peace.”
Speaking of which, along with an impressive lineup of javas all made with Illy coffee (half-off refills!), they also serve zen tea (36RMB). The only not-so-zen thing about Manbre is the heaping English brunch (55RMB); a plate of baked beans, a fried egg, salad, a sausage (aka hot dog without a bun), toast, and two hulking planks of bacon. Not what we expected from such a petit coffee shop, but tasty nonetheless.
Lunch offerings include pasta (30RMB), and tuna, turkey, and beef sandwiches. And if you’re not feeling up for coffee or tea, sip on their selection of juices and smoothies.
Manbre Cafe is a cozy winter escape with great drinks, free Wi-Fi and a generous brunch for those who want something more substantial.
Manbre Cafe – 32 Maoming Nan Lu, near Jinxian Lu, Huangpu district (黄浦区茂名南路32号, 近进贤路). Tel: 139-1794-6935. Hours: 8am-11pm daily.
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Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].