Sofa Bar and Café – Going Parisian?

By Mark Andrews

City Weekend (Shanghai). 04/01/2007

Bar review of Sofa in Shanghai. This bar and cafe probably no longer exists.

What this place lacks in size it makes up with character. There is a strong French theme with Gallic crooners on the stereo and impressionist painters on the wall. Bright colours and hookah pipes add to the ambience. Maybe more of a bar than a café it does do an OK coffee and enough food to make it a good stop for a quiet lunch. In the evenings there is supposedly live folk music performed by foreign and Chinese performers. However, a visit at 9.30 on a Saturday evening revealed an empty stage and a quiet evening. Classic cocktails are Y30 and more modern ones Y38, bottled beers Y30-35. With only a few bars in the Dingxi lu, Xinhua lu area this is certainly one with more atmosphere. A quiet bar without pretensions but with potential.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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