LUXE City Guides - Shanghai - - French Concession -

Th­ese shops are spaced out, so hire a car or grab a cab and keep the me­ter run­ning. Note that the XTD, Taikang Lu and Changle Lu shop­ping itins are also in the French Con­ces­sion. Start at sweetie Shang­hai­tique / 699 Huashan Lu / 6249 5986 /華山路699號/ crammed with Art Deco fix­tures, gramo­phones, leather so­fas and twid­dle, then jump in the car and zip to 2 Lane 299 Fux­ing Xi Lu /復興西路299弄2號/ for pretty Eurasian embroidered ta­ble and bed linen + sweet kids’ cloth­ing at Rouge Baiser Elise / 6431 8019. In the court­yard be­hind is French café cutie Vis-a-vis / 1 Lane 299 Fux­ing Xi Lu / 6433 9437. Now, zip back out onto the street – this next bit can be done on foot, but get your cab­bie to trail you. Tot­ter on down Fux­ing Xi Lu, then turn right at Wukang Lu /武康路/ to #376 for the tad sani­tised fash n’ life­style com­pound Fer­gu­son Lane /福開森路/近湖南路. Look for lo­cal shoe de­signer Mary Ching / 5465 2335; Dutch-de­signed at­tire at D.I.S / 6126 7661; ca­sual counter Le Pe­tit Franck (see Lunch); boun­ti­ful boulanger Farine (see Coffee); plus fluffy-banishing duo Browhaus and Strip (see Spa for both). Nip out the way you came, and turn right at Wukang Lu for ir­re­sistible, lo­cally hand­crafted home items at Pla­tane / #439 / 6433 6387, ur­bane cash­mere togs at Feine at #392 / 6437 3835 / feine­shang­hai.com, then right again into Tai’an Lu for Mars Hsu’s de­lec­ta­ble pot­tery at 100 Color Ce­ram­ics at #29 / 3414 1337. Spin right into Xing­guo Lu for rock-chic bou­tique Where What Who at #372 / 5230 6736 / and Hong Mer­chant (see Adv. Shop­ping). Hop back in the car to Ur­ban Tribe / 133 Fux­ing Xi Lu / 6433 5366 /復興西路133號/ for hip­pie-chic ap­parel, then saunter down to Yongfu Lu and turn right for Cha Gang at #70 / 6437 3104 / Tue-sun / cha­gang.cn / edgy, an­drog­y­nous out­fits by de­signer Wang Yiyang. Take a mid-retail tip­ple fur­ther down in glam club house-cum-bar Yong­foo Elite at #200, or nip up­stairs at #47 to find El Cóc­tel (see Bars for both). At #2 is Lolo Love Vin­tage / 6433 9987 / for clas­sic frocks and faff, then spin right onto Wuyuan Lu, cross Wu­lu­muqi Lu and at #87 is lo­cal, in­die de­signer show­room Xin­lelu / 6433 1789 / xin­lelu.com. Uturn back to Wu­lu­muqi Lu, note speakeasy Sen­a­tor Sa­loon (see Bars) at #98 for later, turn right and then left into Anfu Lu /安福路/ for eye-pop­ping home dé­cor at #167 Kava Kava / 5404 3873 / and Mayumi Sato’s Nip­pon-euro garb at #169 / 5403 3903; then #195 for Baker & Spice (see Coffee) and Mr. Wil­lis (see Brunch). Re­trace to Chang­shu Lu, hang left then next right for an­cient Chi­nese tex­tiles at Nan­keen Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall / #637 Changle Lu / 5403 7947. Exit, cross, and hook first left into Fu­min Lu. Bei­jing’s Dong Liang is at #184 (see Stand. Stores) for the best home­grown avant-garde fash, at #172 is fash­ion­ista He­len Lee’s flag­ship / 5465 6618, and across at #207 is Madame Mao’s Dowry / 5403 3551 / for rus­tic-y and Cul­tural Rev­o­lu­tion-themed life­style. Need a break? At #183 is woody Sub­con­scious Day Spa / 6415 0636. Re­freshed, con­tinue to meet Julu Lu /巨鹿路/ and turn right for #777 Aegis / 5403 9869 / pro­jec­taegis.com / im­ported hip m/ wear from hard-to-find brands and Shang’s own Fly­ing Scis­sors leather bags. Next door at #741 is funky de­signer eye­wear bou­tique Co­terie / 5403 8608, and at #616 Bro­cade Coun­try (see Stand­out Stores) has beaut ta­pes­tries by eth­nic Miao women. Done! Now head to Maya for mar­gar­i­tas (see Restau­rants/smart), or to Song Fang Mai­son de Thé (see Stand­out Stores) to rest those toot­sies with a cuppa cha-aah!

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