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All the Shanghai cafés with bring-your-own-mug discounts

Make less plastic part of your morning coffee routine

Photograph: Annie Lin (Seesaw)
With Shanghai's new rubbish sorting rules underway and the growing problem of plastic pollution, there's never been a better time to cement eco-friendly habits. The good news is that there are businesses and organisations around town that can help – they'll even help you save some coin at the same time. For those who need a daily caffeine fix, here are a few cafés around Shanghai that offer drink discounts when you BYO travel mug.

Manner Coffee

Takeaway-only café Manner Coffee is pretty good and cheap to boot (we're talking 20RMB for a large latte). It also offers 5RMB discounts for customers who bring their own cups.

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999 Shangcheng Lu

Seesaw Coffee

While homegrown Shanghai company Seesaw's drinks are about twice the price of Manner’s, it offers a 5RMB discount for customers who bring their own mugs. Get buzzed on a range of beans from Ethiopia, Kenya, Yunnan and more, all in design-conscious surrounds. Multiple locations around Shanghai

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1262 Yanan Xi Lu

Coffee Is

If there’s one thing Shanghai doesn’t lack, it’s small, independent coffee places. Located in Old Xuhui, Coffee Is serves a selection of affordable and good-quality brews and has knowledgable baristas available to help make recommendations. Bring your own cup and get 5RMB off. Multiple locations around Shanghai.

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391 Xiangyang Nan Lu


Known as both keep. and warming., this hole-in-the-wall café can be easy to miss if you’re not looking. The lattes and flat whites have earned it high ratings on Dianping, and it also offers 5RMB off when you bring your own mug. Multiple locations around Shanghai

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205 Nanchang Lu


When you think of all-day breakfast spot Egg, you might think of its avocado toast. But it also serves up great coffee, including a delicious coconut cold brew. Bring your own mug and save 10 percent on any (non-alcoholic) drink.

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12 Xiangyang Bei Lu


Get a quick caffeine fix and save 4RMB when you bring your own to-go cup at any Starbucks around the city. 

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Taicang Lu

Pacific Coffee

Pacific Coffee is also doing its part – save 4RMB when you bring your own mug at any location around Shanghai.

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588 Pudong Nan Lu

Cha Ge Li De Mao Yan Shi

This tea chain isn’t as well-known here as HEYTEA or Lelecha, but it does offer a solid selection of teas, from jasmine and oolong to fruitier offerings like mango and orange, as well as milk teas. There are plenty of discounts available on Dianping, but you can also save 3RMB when you bring your own cup.

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899 Pudong Nan Lu

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