Smaka Bakery & Bistro
One of Shanghai’s best kept brunch secrets, Swedish bakery turned brightly lit bistro Smaka should be on your radar. The atmosphere is animated while unobtrusive, the service all smiles and on sunny days the patio is well-placed for people watching over a tiramisu latte in SOHO Plaza. The menu is stamped with photo-friendly Scandinavian-inspired fare that you’ll wolf down before even bothering with a picture like a räkmacka (an open-faced sandwich) topped with hand-peeled shrimp and creamy seafood salad, medium-cooked eggs and gravlax on guacamole-smeared syrup bread, Nutella pancakes with Swedish brownie or a roast beef sandwich oozing with truffle parmesan sauce between two slices of sourdough.
If that sounds a touch heavy, there’s a range of a hand-pressed juices on offer each named after Swedish cities – like the Stockholm with beetroot, ginger, orange, lime, apple and carrot – alongside power bowls filled with yogurt and mixed berries or avocado, almond milk and honey that’ll have you feeling as a fit as a Viking on a cleanse.
When 10.30am-7pm, Mon-Fri; 10am-8pm, Saturday-Sunday.