Maan Coffee

pen Hours: 10:00AM-2:00AM

Phone Number: 6091 0569

Price Range: 60-80rmb/person (for drink + waffle)  

English Address: 699 Zhong Shan Nan Er Road

Chinese Address: 中山南二路699号正大乐城3-106号203

Metro: Line 7 Long Hua Middle Road


It’s been a long week and all you’re craving is a hug…and maybe some waffles. Korean chain restaurant, Maan Coffee (better known as “that cute teddy bear waffle place”), was one of the most Instagramed/Wechatted cafes when it first entered the Shanghai market a few years back. The hype around this place has finally died down a bit, but we thought it was still worthwhile checking out what all the fuss was about. 

We started off with the basics: Plain Waffle. 

Fluffy golden waffles paired with a side of whipped cream, jam and maple syrup. Though presentation is aesthetically pleasing, I do wish their waffle texture were crispier (insides are much mushier than I thought).

Their Chocolate Waffle. 

Pleasantly surprised. Besides the texture that can be improved as I had mentioned previously, I do love how the chocolate flavoring is mildly infused into the waffle so the sweetness is not overpowering, giving us a chance to finish the chocolate ice cream, wafer and Oreo (with a Transformer face!!!) – recommended. 

Their Nut Waffle. 

This is probably my favorite out of the bunch solely because I love almonds and these were a bit sweeter than the Plain Waffle. 

For drinks we had their Café Mocha, Hazelnut Caramel Latte and Americano. All drinks come with crispy Sugared Breadsticks (mmmm loved these). 

 Hazelnut Caramel Latte and Sugared Breadsticks 

Hazelnut Caramel Latte and Sugared Breadsticks 

 Americano 

Americano 

Their drinks are a bit on the heavy side with an “all-you-can-eat whipped cream” mentality, so it’s definitely targeted for those of you who need your sugar fix.

Overall, highlights of this café include the teddy bears you get to cuddle with when you wait for your order and the Chocolate/Nut Waffles. Though I’ve definitely had better waffles elsewhere, they’ve really decked out their shops with intricate Moroccan lights and gigantic indoor trees, giving off much of a Midsummer Night’s dream kind of vibe. Suitable for quiet afternoon talks and homework sessions.