Shanghai may be awash in cafes, yet more often than not you'll still pay more for a quality cappuccino here than you might at even the most charming San Francisco java stop. That's just one of the reasons we're welcoming the new Spanish-inflected Cafelito with open arms.
A sunlit space with merely one raw wooden central table and a narrow window bar, the newly opened spot is located on a tranquil stretch of Jianguo Lu just past the crossroad with Yueyang Lu. Their excellently pulled coffees start from a 15RMB espresso and go up to just 28RMB for a well-balanced and generously-sized iced cappuccino. There's also a short list of small but fresh sandwiches such as a 'Super BLT' (35 RMB) and a few little tapas invcluding manchego cheese and anchovies (12RMB).
Cafelito is also a budget evening destination offering a wall of wine bottles, many around the 200RMB mark. It's still quiet most days here, but Cafelito is attracting a growing number of international regulars and curious pedestrians lured in by the smart, clean design and kept there by the friendly service and prices.