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[Shanghai] aroom

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Add: No. 15, Lane 120, Tai’an Road / 泰安路120弄15号
Tel: 5213 0360
Hours: 12~8:30pm
Price: 20~35 RMB/drink
Visited: Jun 2012

Aroom is a well-hidden cafe/shop on Tai’an Road – so well-hidden that you definitely won’t discover it if you weren’t specifically looking for its door. There are a few wooden tables and leather sofas for those who want to linger for the coffee and cakes, but the focus here are random objects collected by its owners (a Shanghainese couple, I hear). It’s one of those places where I get so busy trying to capture everything on camera, but there’s just too much…

A small menu of coffee, tea, juice, wine, and cake, though I didn’t try any this time.

An extensive selection of random vintage knickknacks for sale.

Lovely lightbulbs everywhere.


Aroom somewhat reminds me of Whiple House in Taipei, except it’s smaller and messier, not in a bad way. It makes a quiet place to spend the afternoon, and an ideal source for unique gift ideas. I will need to come back to try their drinks and perhaps buy a few useful/useless things myself…

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February 26th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

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  1. Cute new shabby-chic/country-retro cafes are multiplying to the point of ubiquity in Shanghai these days. Aroom is a zakka-philiac’s dream and worth a visit for an afternoon gossip session with female friends for the atmosphere only. The menu is extremely limited, with the coffee, hot chocolate and cakes mediocre at best.


    27 Feb 12 at 12:45 PM

  2. Hisugarednspiced, are the lovely light-bulbs for sale in aroom?


    1 Mar 12 at 8:48 PM

  3. Hi Yan, yes i believe so, you can visit aroom to see how much they are!


    3 Mar 12 at 9:12 PM

  4. […] Love these light bulbs. Maybe I can find them at aroom? […]

  5. […] CiCi, Crystal, Juidy and yours truly – took off to Shanghai’s latest best-kept secret, Aroom Vintage Cafe. We were joined by Chongbei, who needed a break from writing her masters thesis. Since the linked […]

  6. Hi, I am contacting you from AFAR Travel Magazine based in San Francisco. We’re currently working on a feature that will be mentioning Aroom Cafe as a recommendation, and I’d love to use one of your images in print. Can you please email me at as soon as possible so we can discuss the purchase of the image? I appreciate your help with this, and look forward to speaking with you. Thanks!
    -Dani Vernon

    Dani Vernon

    7 Dec 12 at 5:13 AM

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