You can’t miss the huge ‘Chinchilla Café’ signboard near Shanghai South Railway Station. The café is adorned inside and out with replicas of Totoro, fake trees and flowers, and wooden furniture that'll suck you into the Totoro universe, a universe from which you’ll never truly escape. Further back in the café are piles of books which you may peruse freely, and with ample power plugs, it all makes for a wonderful place to spend the afternoon.
The menu is wide-ranging with unique, Totoro-themed choices. We ask for a cup of ‘Yang-tonifying coffee’ first, only to be warned that the blend of herb and coffee makes for a weird taste for laowai tastebuds. The staff are adamant we should try something else, so we choose the classic Chinchilla coffee (38RMB), which arrives with a marshmallow chunk atop a mound of cream, to replicate Totoro standing on a lotus. The Chinchilla waffle (46RMB) is generous and satisfying.