The Best Coffee Spots in Shanghai

China is not the first place that pops to mind when you think about coffee, however, this vast country has plenty of things to offer, including some great spots to grab aromatic and caffeine enriched coffee. Shanghai has a number of coffee houses and cafes that serve a large variety of coffees, along with superb atmospheres that really let you make the most out of every cup of coffee that you drink.

Let’s take a look at some awesome coffee spots in Shanghai that you should definitely visit if you are ever in the area.

Amokka Café

This café offers a well ventilated sitting area where you can sit down to enjoy a variety of coffees, along with other drinks and some scrumptious food. In fact, this café is particularly popular amongst tourists as a breakfast and brunch spot thanks to its combination of environment, flavour, and coffee.

Baker & Spice

Bake & Spice has become a renowned bakery chain in Shanghai that was founded back when this city had a very underdeveloped bakery market. Their combination of freshly baked goods and quality coffee immediately made Baker & Spice a sensation in Shanghai, one that can now be found all across the city, dishing out baked goodness and some amazing cappuccinos.

Café Del Volcán

If you are someone who is into making their own coffee and appreciates quality coffee blends then Café del Volcán is definitely worth visiting, this boutique café offers coffee for drinking and also sells its uniquely roasted coffee blends.

Café Paddy

A great coffee spot in the day and a lovely cocktail spot in the evening, Café Paddy is a small time operation located in what was once Shanghai’s French Concession. Its tiny size is what makes this café so appealing, other than its coffee of course.

Rumors Coffee

This coffee spot stands out from the crowd because of two reasons; it brings a taste of Japanese coffee to China and it makes its brews using a rather expensive drip method. Coffee connoisseurs can go here to enjoy high end coffee made using a selection of Japanese coffee beans, a truly exquisite coffee experience in Shanghai that is offered by a very hospitable staff.

Seesaw Coffee

Especially popular amongst TripAdvisor users, this coffee spot is off the beaten path and finding it can be tricky, however, its range of western influenced coffee drinks are worth trying out.

The Press By Inno Coffee

As its name suggests, this coffee spot is situated in a building that was once used by the press, it offers a pretty good brunch menu that consists of a mixture of western and local dishes. You can also come here to enjoy a great high tea experience.


This café tries its best to provide a western coffee experience in Shanghai, you can expect to find a variety of food items that one would expect to find in a coffee shop in America, including bagel sandwiches and a number of breakfast/lunch options as well. It is a popular spot that is packed with tourists and locals.