Add: 433 Yuyuan Lu, inside Jing’an Design Center 愚园路433号静安设计中心内
Price: 15~25 RMB/coffee
Visited on: 2012-06
The very recently opened Seesaw Cafe has all the elements I look for in a coffee shop. Glorious coffee (but of course), clean and stylish decor with courtyard seats, friendly baristas who are passionate to share their knowledge, and – drumroll please – buttery, sugary delights from Strictly Cookies.
A friend and I ordered a “coffee set for two” (58 RMB), which includes two cups of coffee and a selection of 4 dessert bites. We opted for a cappuccino and a latte, which came strong and smooth, with beautiful latte art.
Other than cookies from Strictly Cookies, Seesaw also offers desserts “made by an Italian girl” who apparently doesn’t have a store, but supplies desserts to a few selected cafes. We sampled her tiramisu, cheesecake, chocolate mousse, and brownie, each a pleasurable bite.
The baristas also sent over a new dessert for us to try – a lovely combination of gelato topped with a shot of espresso.
The friendly folks then invited us over to the counter and treated us to a cup of hand drip coffee using beans from Guatemala (in case you are wondering, no, I did not tell them that I’m a blogger), and gave us some tips on how to appreciate different types of coffee beans. I won’t embarrass myself here by trying to describe what this tasted like because – frankly speaking – I’m not so knowledgable in this realm, so you have to come here and try it for yourself.
Chase that with a skinny chocolate chip cookie (8 RMB) from Strictly Cookies.
Next time I’d like to try something that comes out of this formidable-looking vacuum brewer.
But for now, we are venturing outside…
And up to the rooftop, which is still under construction but I can already see how lovely it will be once the work is done.
Why yes, that is indeed someone practicing his swings over there.
Here’s a perfect spot for outdoor movie screenings.
Do know that Seesaw Cafe only very recently opened and is still undergoing some tweaks here and there, and the whole Jing’An Design Center (which houses the cafe and some office spaces) is still being renovated so you might hear some drilling noises. These disturbances are all very minor and easily overlooked when everything else about this place is so agreeable. Mmhmm, I will be back.