The shortlist: Café of the Year

The shortlist for the Time Out Love Shanghai Awards 2016

We love Shanghai. And with top-notch cocktail bars, off-the-hook restaurants and fabulous nights out hitting the tiles, how could you not? Here's this year's shortlist, with nominees hand-picked by our editors, for the Time Out Love Shanghai Awards 2016. Want to spread the love? Click here to vote for your city favourites – shortlisted or not!

The shortlist

Cafe on Air

Combining chic design, great coffee and sweet treats, Café on Air is one of our favourite new spots to hang out. Walk down Lane 650 away from the busy Huaihai Lu, turn right and head towards the large, unmarked door. Within you’ll find a haven for caffeine addicts and laptop warriors, who ...

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634 Huaihai Zhong Lu


There’s fresh blood in the kitchen at the small-but-mighty Xiangyang Bei Lu café. Egg has trundled along quite blithely with its avocado toast and coconut cold brew, but owner Camden Hauge has brought in Jamie Pea to head up the café’s kitchen. First order of business? A refresh of the ...

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12 Xiangyang Bei Lu

Ocean Grounds

A speciality coffee shop and bar, focusing on creative coffee-based drinks during the day and cocktails in the evening.

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282 Huaihai Zhong Lu


Sumerian in Jingan brings an obsession with terroir and taste more akin to a wine bar to the neighbourhood coffee shop. Californian general manager David Seminsky has created a Wonka-like coffee factory within the café’s limited space and he’ll happily give you a tour of the ‘lab’ where a ...

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415 Shaanxi Bei Lu

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Closed: Vote for Time Out's Love Shanghai Awards 2016

Update: voting is now closed. Thank you to all of those who voted - the results will be revealed on Thursday 1 December, online and in our December magazine. This is the place to have your say on what you love about your city. See the full list of nominees here, and vote below for Time Out's ...

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