248 taikang road 41 (inside tianzifang)
cafe dan might be a rather hard find as it is tucked away in a small alley in tianzifang district, but you will find yourself well rewarded with one of the biggest selection of quality beans in shanghai in a relaxing environment away from the bustle of crowded shanghai.
upon entering the building, a steep staircase leads the way to the second floor including a cozy small sunroom-like space, which is overlooking the ever-crowded alleys. there is a small room with further tables as well as some tatami seating on the 3rd floor.
the japanese owner from hokkaido moved to shanghai and opened dan cafe in 2007. a former phd in physics, he has been applying scientific precession to his coffee making as well. coffee here in general means drip coffee, you will not find espresso based coffee creations. the standard preparation method is the japanese invented matsuya method aiming at a highly pure extraction. other available methods include apollo, linen filter, siphon extraction, french press or moka pot.
coffees are not really cheap with blends and single origins from 40 rmb onwards, but you can expect an excellent quality for your money. the coffee menu (in ipad form) is incredibly comprehensive, with a huge selection of unique blends and single origins. cafe dan is not a place for a quick caffeine fix, but an unpretentious quaint cafe to slowly enjoy a fine cup – a true heaven for coffee lovers.
also the food selection (mainly japanese comfort food) is surprisingly extensive considering the size of the place. the home style japanese cooking puts a strong focus on quality providing healthy and organic meals.