Doe Coffee

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88 Tongren Lu

At retail-café hybrid Doe, the open storefront displays a wall of candy-coloured footwear and flat brims. A step inside reveals a boutique stocked with sleek and edgy menswear. Original logos adorn locally designed apparel, while labels such as Nike and Hélas complete the curated collection. The shop and its wares share a mature, minimalist aesthetic, with tasteful use of clean lines and negative space. Remixed hip hop classics bump through overhead speakers. Laid-back vibes are an invitation to linger; delicious coffee provides added incentive.

At the back of the shop lies the concept’s coffee component. The concentrated menu is as polished and deliberate as the brand itself. Beans roasted in Shanghai from Doe’s own master roaster, combined with meticulous in-house preparation, produce exceptional results. The brewed coffee (38RMB) is robust and lovely. From the glossy La Marzocco espresso machine comes an iced cappuccino (32RMB) that’s balanced and refreshing. The mocha (38RMB) is impressive for both drinkability and near-buttery richness. To relax with a drink, take a seat on the massive wooden platform-bench, and flip through magazines on Sacramento music or Tokyo fashion. For takeaway, grab a bag of beans, which are stamped with the Doe emblem and sold at 68RMB for 250g.

Doe was founded by Derek Wong from Hong Kong, along with Shanghai natives Himm Wonn and Terry Zhu, who say their label was born from the local demand for lifestyle-driven shops. The Shanghai market for sneakers is undeniably well established, however urban-athletic youth culture – elsewhere typically associated with casual street-wear – is still gaining traction. The Doe concept speaks to this lifestyle, seamlessly integrating fresh design, sophisticated gear and quality coffee.

Elle Gurskis

Venue name: Doe Coffee
Opening hours: 10am-6pm daily
Metro: Jingan Temple
English address: Unit 105, 88, Tongren Lu, near Anyi Lu, Jingan,
Chinese address: 静安区铜仁路88号105室,近安义路