Let’s face it, millennials. Why visit a café if you aren’t going to document every moment of it on social media? Why even switch off Netflix and leave the house if you aren’t going to snap it for the ‘Gram? I understand that you should take it easy when travelling. But c’mon. You’re in Shanghai, a fast-developing city. If you really wanted to relax you’d be elsewhere on a tropical island. With that in mind, we’re going to tackle today’s task – photographing the most Instagram-worthy cafés in Shanghai.
My trip to Shanghai was short. Just two whole days, in fact, so I had to make the most of my time. I’ve already told you about the best place to stay and the one museum you must visit if you’re on a tight schedule. But if you’re anything like me, you have a thing for aesthetics, even when it comes to your coffee. If you’ve decided to dedicate a day to café-hopping, then do it right with these top 3 Instagram-worthy cafés in Shanghai.
The first of our photogenic gems is Aunn Café. The minimalist coffee stop is spread over two floors and furnished with 3D printed chairs and designer lighting fixtures. If that isn’t trendy, then I don’t know what is. The white walls, accented with varying shades of grey, give emphasis to the iconic, black staircase that twists upwards. Bam, instantly Instagrammable. It’s no wonder on a weekend afternoon it was filled with visitors of all ages. Luckily, the tables are fairly spaced out thanks to the large designer space, so you don’t have to listen to your neighbour’s life story while sipping your bottled cold brew.
1728 West Nanjing Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai
+021 5290 9012
If you loved Aunn Café, then you cannot miss out the second of our Instagram-worthy Cafés in Shanghai. Opened by the same founder, Seesaw Coffee is perhaps even more beautiful. Make sure to visit the Yuyuan Road branch as they have multiple shops throughout the city. There is indoor seating for the rainy days and a large courtyard filled with tables for those who prefer a little sunshine. Both the space and furniture are specially designed by architecture studio a_a&d. Do not miss the spiral staircase out front that brings you upwards to the rest of Jing’an Design Centre, where Seesaw Coffee is located inside. That’s the sweet spot you want for your photographs.
433 Yuyuan Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai
+021 5204 7828
Baker & Spice
Last of our Instagram-worthy cafés in Shanghai is Baker & Spice. The first store opened in January 2010 and now has multiple locations throughout the city. It is a chain café run by Wagas, but unexpectedly, I found the interior architecture to be pretty damn deserving of a selfie session. I visited the original branch on Anfu Road – make sure to check out the beautiful neighbourhood stores lining the street outside (last photo) – and sampled their delicious brunch set with a side of green juice. The café was brimming with people during lunch hour, though, so I would suggest stopping by at tea time. After all, this photogenic hotspot is best known for its artisan breads, cakes and pastries – hence the name!
Baker & Spice
195 Anfu Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
+021 5404 2733
With these three Instagram-worthy cafés in Shanghai in mind, you don’t have to fuss over your packed itinerary anymore. No need to thank me when your friends sigh in jealousy when they see your gorgeous (and heavily-edited) pictures all over the internet!
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