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Former French Concession
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No. 41, Lane 248 Taikang Road (near Ruijin Er Lu) Luwan District, Shanghai, China
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+86 21 6466 1042
09:00 - 00:00
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

There's a welcoming quaintness to this cafe that I really love. To get to the upstairs window box you head up a stairway / ladder that's difficult to describe - good fun but probably nerve-racking if you have a dodgy hip. The service was very friendly if a bit leisurely (standard hipster stuff really). The food was surprisingly good considering... More 

Thank LondonTimes582
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

I am a big fan of the Japanese cuisine and it was absolutely delicious. The sushi was great and the green Udon noodles also very yummy. When you're there, try the special coffees which are very very rare and hard to find all around the world. The service was alright but not able to speak a word of english. something... More 

Thank Marlon-Pavel E
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

This restaurant/cafe is tucked inside the Taikang-Lu shopping area, which is quite frankly, one of the most charming spots in all of Shanghai. On entering, it smells like a very good coffee shop but once you are handed a menu, you are confronted with an almost-dizzying array of menu options. We chose several Japanese dishes, including a sashimi platter, ramen... More 

Thank KARL S
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

Favorite restaurant/cafe in the entire world. Delicious, humble, and simple Japanese food. Don't miss the green-tea udon noodles, kelp salad, ochazuke with salmon, matcha cake, and of course the coffee (I suggest the Yemeni varieties).

Thank Will W
Hong Kong, China
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2015

A Japanese theoretical physicist apparently opened this cute cafe that looks like a hole in the wall but is actually 3 stores high with a challenging old style Japanese staircase that looks rickety but is actually quite safe to climb. The menu is extensive and annoying to refer to only because it's on an iPad interface so you have to... More 

Thank Elaine Y
Singapore, Singapore
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164 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

The food was not bad but I felt it was a tad pricey. The service was slow at first (to bring us the menu) but afterwards, the waiter was nice to stand beside our table the whole time. Some may find it disconcerting but we thought it was okay as we seized the chance to ask him about local attractions.... More 

Thank fuschial
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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116 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

This is a cool, charming Japanese restaurant smack in the middle of Tianzifang, Taikang Lu. It's famous for its coffee and authentic Japanese food. We sampled some drinks and tiramisu which were really delicious. The tiramisu is top knotch quality! Two other things to take note are the unique staircase and expensive food and drinks.

Thank chociq
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47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

Our local friends brought us to this quaint little cafe in Tianzifang recently. What a delightful little eatery! The menu is rather extensive for a "cafe". Cozy atmosphere, good quality food and the best hot chocolate ever! Delicious Japanese-style linguini with clams with pasta done al dente. Other dishes we ordered were fresh and tasty too. Service is attentive. We'd... More 

Thank llma99
Milan, Italy
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121 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2013 via mobile

Have been here twice and the atmosphere was aleays pleasant. I would call it an island of taste, detail, service and quality. easy going ambient, but delivering great coffe, original japanese food and more. A piece of Japan in town. One of the best nests in town.

Thank SerGioDubai
Baltimore, Maryland
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2011

My friends and I visited Cafe Dan for the second time, and both times, I have enjoyed this wonderful restaurant. The restaurant is certainly eclectic, with a maze of rooms and mix of furniture makes it feel like an intimate hideaway amidst the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. While the service is slow, the fresh, delicious food more than compensates.... More 


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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Asian
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Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No. 41, Lane 248 Taikang Road (near Ruijin Er Lu) Luwan District, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighbourhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: +86 21 6466 1042
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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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