f you’re after something to keep your appetite at bay in between lunch and dinner, Shanghai Centre has you covered. The iconic building on Nanjing Xi Road has a wealth of restaurants and cafes offering deals in the afternoon that pairs a small bite with coffee or tea, perfect to keep you going until the workday is over. Read on to find out more.
Baker & Spice
Baker & Space is marking the festive season with special pastries and snacks. There’s the traditional German stollen (¥18), made with amaretto and stuffed with walnuts and raisins, or the strawberry Santa cupcake (¥28) decked with coconut flakes. Have a slice of their salted caramel crunch cake (¥38) or enjoy the classic gingerbread man cookie (¥18).
Suite 118, East Retail Plaza
Beef & Liberty
Starve off the mid-afternoon hunger pangs with a bite of Beef & Liberty’s baked goods. The burger joint’s signature dark chocolate cookie has lashings of thick cream, while a homemade lemon treacle tart is amped up with mint and mascapone. Or have this banoffee pie made with a crispy oat base and topped with caramel, cream, and chocolate bits.
Suite 111, West Retail Plaza
Healthy Western restaurant Element Fresh has a set menu of tea time treats ranging from savory elements such as mini croissants and tapas to sweets like macaroons and brownies, all perfectly bite-sized. Available from 2pm to 5pm daily at ¥99.
Suite 112/207, East Retail Plaza
If you’re hankering for a waffle as a snack, then head to Lil’ Laundry any day between 2pm to 5:30pm. The gastropub has a ¥50 deal that combines get a mini waffle with either a cup of coffee or tea.
Suite 120, East Retail Plaza
Pizza Marzano is more famously known for their large pies, but the Italian restaurant also keeps the solo diner in mind with their set meal for one. You get a choice of snack and a dessert, plus a drink, all for ¥48.
Suite 107, West Retail Plaza
If you missed lunchtime but want something easy to keep you going until dinner, then head to Pomelo Thai. They have an afternoon tea set consisting of either a tom yum chicken soup noodle or fish ball noodles for ¥38, which you can top up ¥10 more for either a Thai milk tea or a honey lime pearl barley drink. Available daily from 2pm to 6pm excluding public holidays.
Suite 108, West Retail Plaza
Pho isn’t exactly a snack, which is why Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Mama is pairing it with their signature coffee for only ¥9 more every Monday to Friday. It’s a welcome jolt after a hearty meal.
Suite 113, East Retail Plaza
Starz is owned by a number of famous Hong Kong actors, but at the food is the main draw at this Cantonese restaurant. They have quintessential dim sum such as prawn dumplings and barbecued pork buns, as well as new desserts such as egg waffle, almond tea, and this papaya and snow fungus soup.
Suite 131, Centre Retail Plaza
173 0170 9131
The Ritz Bar & Lounge
Escape the hustle and bustle of Shanghai with a tranquil getaway at The Ritz Bar & Lounge. They have an afternoon tea set (¥298) that includes savory and sweet items, traditional scones, and coffee or tea, or go big with their premium afternoon tea (¥668) that consists of the earlier items as well as freshly shucked French oysters, Valrhona chocolate, and Champagne. Both sets are available from 2:30pm to 5:30pm and all prices are subject to 15 percent service charge.
The Portman Ritz-Carlton
6279 8888 ext. 6976
TPlus helps you battle the cold this winter with their seasonal Nut Grain Bubble Milk drink. Highly nutritious almonds is combined with fresh Meiji milk and tapioca balls for a beverage that’s warm and comforting.
Suite 112C, Central Retail Plaza
150 0075 2532
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1376 Nanjing Xi Road