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Kafelaku

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Level 1, SML Centre, 618 Xujiahui Lu, near Ruijin Lu, Huangpu district | Taikang Road, Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

We stopped by here to get some famed Kopi Luwak coffee. It costs $40 which seems in line with prices for that coffee elsewhere. They pulled out the beans and allowed us to compare the smell vs. regular coffee. Additionally, they brewed it in front of us which was a cool show. The coffee itself was really good. It was... More 

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Some have complained about the prices here. Only the kopiluwak is priced like that. Normal lattes are in the 30s (rmb), so comparable to Europe, or just a bit more than the US.

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2015

The best part of this cafe is the LN2 sorbet! Made in front of your eyes, it's the smoothest sorbet I've ever had. No minute ice crystals--smooth as ice cream and very fruity. Of course the latte is good, but you don't need to get the expensive kopi luwak.

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Kansas City, MO
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

If you want to pay about $40 USD for a cup and $20 for a latte this is the place to go. I was suffering jet lag/coffee withdrawal when I spotted this place 20 feet from Starbucks. So to support the locals I had a latte here. Thinking the Yuan/dollar rate was 6 cents not 16 cents the latte would... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Level 1, SML Centre, 618 Xujiahui Lu, near Ruijin Lu, Huangpu district | Taikang Road, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighbourhood: Former French Concession

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Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.
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