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Sumerian

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Jing'an
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415 Shaanxi Bei Lu, Shanghai, China
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This morning we visited this cafe. It is situated in a tree lined street. The cafe has a modern fit out with lots of wood and industrial type chairs and light fittings. There are two bar like seating ares facing outside as well as tables inside.The windows in front of the bar seats open to the street so you can... More 

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Thank MoiraMcNulty
Shanghai, China
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you are at Sumerian you feel like in a coffee shop near a university in California. Execllent coffee drinks, bakery goodies and super bagels. Like California. At least that is the memories it sparks in me when I go there. Next door is a whole in the wall that sells beer. Draft beer. You stand on the street and... More 

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Shanghai, China
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123 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This place has decent moderate sized lunches. The beef sandwhich I had was very gristly. Generally the food has a decent variety of styles adn good quality. I would not go out of my way to eat here but its nice. It overflows to the street which is common here on Shan Xi Lu. Fun environment. The real treat here... More 

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Thank eyecoin
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3 reviews
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Friendly personal and lovely coffee its a good start and when the bagel comes its getting even better. Wow, it was good. Had the vegetarian bagel that I can highly recomend. /Peter and Filip

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Thank Peter T
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Heard the bagels were great, went there with high expectations but they were just ok. Good coffee though. Good food for a Chinese New Year's morning.

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Thank Carrie G
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Great ambiance and friendly staff. The coffee selection is impressive and so are their creative lattes. The cookies they sell are wonderful, such a treat for a westerner in dire need of a proper cookie!! The only drawback is that it is very overpriced.

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Thank Alexa D
Shanghai, China
1 review
Reviewed 31 August 2016

I missed having Chai Latte everyday in NYC. So once in a while, I'd stop by Sumerian to have a cup of chai latte. The quality varies depending on who you get as a barista. But the ambience there is always good to catch up with friends and old colleagues. If you need to find more venues like this for... More 

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Thank Foodiemao
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

Have visited here a number of times and unfortunately the staff have changed for the worse. I hate it when I go into a cafe and am instantly made to feel like I am really troubling the staff by simply ordering a drink. Just one drink! There wasn't a queue either, they weren't rushed off their feet. To be fair... More 

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Thank VanDeekerDirker
Wuhan, China
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 June 2016

Excellent coffee (Yunnan coffee). Nice enough bagel (Sausage, egg and cheese in a sesame bagel, though the egg was far from freshly done). Excellent selection, though the girl at the counter didn't really have English and was unable to give anything beyond the most likely choices as a recommendation. Music was relaxing and the volume was perfect Prices are a... More 

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Thank enj0i89
shanghai
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64 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016

I was looking for good coffee place in Shanghai to buy roasted coffee or just enjoy a good cafe place. I look up many articles about this place, three of them rating this place #1, and even one of them rated this higher than Rumors coffee which I find way better than this place after visiting. I ordered Sumerian coffee... More 

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Restaurant Details

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Seating, Takeout
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 415 Shaanxi Bei Lu, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Jing'an
  • Neighbourhood: Jing'an

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Jing'an

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Jing'an
The heart of this neighborhood is the Jing'an Temple, while the main artery of excitement and entertainment is West Nanjing Road. Close to the Former French Concession, the area has a similar draw for foreign residents but displays a more commercial character. Large, flashy malls, luxe residential high-rises and trendy nightlife areas can be found along West Nanjing Road, but areas off the busy street have the same quiet cafes and independent boutiques that many people think of as distinctive of the Former French Concession. Jing'an is less encased in amber, though, and it's possible to immerse yourself more fully in the energy of China's most bustling metropolis here.
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