Just one street back from the parade of luxury brands along Huaihai Road, Nanchang Road retains an atmosphere of a past age from its former French concession days. It is lined with plane trees and European-style lane houses that are home to an increasing number of boutiques, restaurants and cafes. As we took a look along the road, we noticed that it had been experiencing a fast pace of change.
Zak ka zine
Located in the old residence area down the road, the first floor apartment is renovated with eclectic European style including vintage Art Deco items. The atmosphere is pleasant, relaxed and interesting. It is a multi-functional space boasting a small outdoor garden where you can make yourself a cup of coffee and have a chill afternoon under the sun. Indoors is a small boutique that features a wide range of vintage objects such as old typewriters. Inside the boutique, there is also a small studio area where customers can find a quiet atmosphere to work or a place to have a small meeting. Zak ka zine is considered to be one of the most exclusive boutique/cafes in the area.
Opening hours: 10am-8pm
Address: No. 16, Lane 110, Nanchang Rd
Lost and found / Sculpting in time
The concept behind Lost and found / Sculpting in time, where designer objects and a cafe merge, is to combine coffee with life. The renovated loft is separated into a cafe and a shop. It is furnished with eclectic style and it has a relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for having a cup of coffee. The menu features many kinds of coffee and desserts. Their coffee is all specialized and fresh. Although they also serve normal Italian coffee, the seven types of their own handmade coffee are strongly recommended. The classic specialized coffee is called the “ethiophia yergacheffe,” and the coffees range from 48 yuan (US$7.8) to 78 yuan. On the second floor, they sell different designer objects such as old vintage furniture, handmade pottery and tablecloths from Japan. All have their own distinct style, and the price range for most objects is 300 yuan to 1,000 yuan.
Opening hours: 9:30am-10pm (cafe) 10:30am-8pm (shop)
Address: 116 Nanchang Rd
Bambina Bella, open for six months, is classy and elegant, offering mostly one-off pieces in both European and Korean styles. Most of the clothes are from collaborations of the owner and a fashion designer from Hong Kong. The shop mainly aimed at customers in the 20-to-40 age range, both locals and Westerners. The interior is classy and pleasant. The shop not only sells elegantly designed one-pieces, but features a range of vintage-styled jewelry that is selected by the owner. Every week, there will be new arrivals to the shop and new collections come in every six months. The price range is generally 400 yuan (US$65.4) to 1,000 yuan, but most of the designer clothes and selected jewelry is sold at reasonable prices of about 400 yuan to 700 yuan. Bambina Bella is one of the more reasonably priced high-quality boutiques in the area.
Opening hours: 11:30am-8:30pm
Address: 134 Nanchang Rd
Shanghai Science Hall JE
Shanghai Science Hall JE is a well-known heritage preservation building and the biggest French-style single villa in Shanghai. Its history can be traced back 100 years. After renovation, Shanghai Science Hall JE combines history with contemporary times, giving every room its own unique style and a strong sense of art. It has Chinese classical furniture and also European-style decorations that integrate ancient elegance with modern design. While renovating the villa, a lot of elements were found that had remained from the old days, such as the beautiful stained glass around the villa, and much of what was found is about a century old. Today, Shanghai Science Hall JE is a multi-functional villa where you can choose a meal of either Chinese or French cuisine, or relax at a cafe and bar. Several showrooms and meeting rooms are for rent. Upon your arrival to this classical French-style villa, you will be pleased with the good service and elegant interior decorations.
Opening hours: 9am-11pm
Tel: 8621-3126 ext 8801
Address: Bldg 1, 47 Nanchang Rd