Don’t let its hidden entryway fool you— walk up the narrow glass staircase bedecked with greenery and find yourself transported into a woodland retreat. This forest-themed cafe and restaurant consists of three floors, all adorned with impressive faux flora and fauna (and even a stream with live fish). If you are feeling particularly adventurous or nostalgic about your childhood, go up to the third floor, where you can choose to eat and unwind in an actual treehouse. Natural light and outside trees peek through the eatery’s ample windows, giving the cafe a serene and off-the-beaten-track vibe.
Encounter’s menu features a large variety of Thai dishes, from small eats to shared entrees. Some highlights include the yellow curry chicken (58RMB) and the pineapple fried rice (65RMB), served in an actual pineapple. Coffees and other drinks start at 23RMB.
Venue name: Encounter
Metro: Huaihai Middle Road
English address: Second Floor, 148 Sha’anxi Nan Lu, near Changle Lu, Jingan district
Chinese address: 陕西南路148号2F, 长乐路

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