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Cafe Dan, Tianzifang Shanghai

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Tianzifang

One of the few places I enjoyed in Shanghai was Tianzifang, also known as Taikang Road. Tianzifang houses bar, artsy cafes, craft shops, design studios, galleries and boutique — supported by tourists, expats, designers and yuppies.

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Quirky

The architecture itself is something to marvel at; a marriage between French and Chinese style evident from the stone door frames and wooden doors. I went there twice — cnce by myself, while the next with rif over the weekend.

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Going to Tianzifang during weekdays is more ideal because the crowd is less rowdy and you can actually walk in a leisurely pace. I also like Cafe Dan, recommended by my friend who is residing there.

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Coffee expert

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Attic-like space on the third floor

Cafe Dan is a cosy cafe in Tianzifang that serves freshly brewed coffee and Japanese comfort food. Coffee is Shanghai is expensive — it’s actually cheaper to drink beer than coffee here. But the coffee at Cafe Dan is worth trying, so I was told.

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RMB60, the most expensive I’ve paid for coffee so far!

I ordered the black coffee with brandy (RMB60) — the waitress recommended it, saying it’s one of the best coffees they have. Definitely the most expensive cup of coffee I’ve paid for, but I guess there’s a first time for everything. To be fair, it was pretty good coffee. Smooth yet bold with a bittersweet flavour from the brandy and orange peel.

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Good stuff

Service was slow when I was there, and the stairs leading to the second and third floor are steep. Those with heels would find it a problem. I know I struggled!

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Cafe Dan

Cafe Dan
Tianzifang, Lane 248 Taikang Lu,
near Sinan Lu, Xuhui district

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