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Citizen Cafe & Bar

$$$$
Nanjing West Road
Coffee Shop
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222 Jin Xian Rd, Shanghai 200040, China
021-62581620
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
French Chinese worth every penny

Nice little hideaway great food and tea served on special way. Fun to chat away and relax.even a balcony....nice and well served food ...fun and enjoyed THx ..little pricy

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Domeries
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Trier, Germany
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romantic
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31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Trier, Germany
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

Nice little hideaway great food and tea served on special way. Fun to chat away and relax.even a balcony....nice and well served food ...fun and enjoyed THx ..little pricy

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Shanghai Region, China
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Easy dining and nice food. They speak English if your Chinese isn't good. This place is becoming a regular for my partner and I.

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Shanghai, China
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The service is sometimes inconsistant but when its good, its good. The food is mostly amazing, the club sandwich, cappuccinos, and salads are excellent. I have gone as a singular, as a pair, as a foursome, and as a group of 6.

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Bloomfield, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We ate here twice during our stay in Shanghai. Both nights we were able to eat outside overlooking the small residential and restaurant street in the French Concession of Shanghai. It is a small restaurant, very expat-friendly with excellent western food and a friendly café setting. While we love the big formal restaurants in Shanghai as well, it is nice... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I used to go here a lot.. Great atmosphere, coffee and food.. I left Shanghai 2 years ago and on my return on Business I thought would have lunch at Citizen to break up the Shopping on Saturday.. On Entering I immediately ordered a Latte & Eggs Benedict.. The Latte arrived promptly.. After 15 Minutes I enquired about the Eggs... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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586 reviews 586 reviews
416 restaurant reviews
821 helpful votes 821 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

As more cafes and new restaurants are opening up in the area, Citizen Cafe is not as packed as it was when we first ate there four years ago. But the service levels are still very good and staff recognize regulars. We go there at least once a fortnight and the food is, to us, more like comfort food -... More 

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Shanghai, China
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Citizen Cafe introduced me to a new summer favorite, the Lychee Martini - nice, juicy, hollowed lychee soaking up generous gin! And in my opinion, the best steak sandwich I've had in Shanghai. Upstairs for dinner, downstairs for drink atmosphere and patio for all the above until after 10!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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726 reviews 726 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
336 helpful votes 336 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

The coffee at Citizen is excellent and the service is flawless. The interior is plush and almost out of place in the very Chinese street it is located on; it reminded us of one of the cafes in Argentina or Italy. If anything, it is a little hard to relax as you feel it is too formal. Definitely worth visiting... More 

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Seattle, WA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

While the food is ok, it is the atmosphere that draws people here. A mix of locals and foreigners in an inviting space. Good coffee.

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Stow, Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

I have been here at least a half a dozen times with different people and the food is always good. The set menu for lunch is a good value for the caliber of food and service. They only accept cash. The seating is comfortable and the coffees are nice.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 222 Jin Xian Rd, Shanghai 200040, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Nanjing West Road
  • Neighborhood: Nanjing West Road
  • Phone Number: 021-62581620

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 69
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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