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Lyndon Neri’s favorite Shanghai haunts

The architect Lyndon Neri’s must places to visit in Shanghai



Coffee stop

You’ll have to wade through throngs of young people taking selfies to find this hip Japanese coffee bar in a hidden courtyard. Cold brew is all the rage these days, but the regular coffee tastes pretty good, too.


374 Wukang Road, Shanghai

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Snappers’ delight

This contemporary and fine art photography gallery is tucked away in a converted 1940s factory complex, a sight to behold in itself. Showcasing domestic and imported artists of both established and emerging talent, it’s often Neri’s first stop when he’s shopping for presents for Rosanna.


363 Changping Road, Shanghai

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Old-school Shanghai

This ramshackle long-standing gem is widely regarded as serving up the best Shanghainese food in town, to the point where it’s almost impossible to get a table. Neri claims, however, that since he advised them on the color of their tablecloths, there’s always a seat for him.

Old Jesse

41 Tianping Road, Shanghai

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Sweet tooth?

Be warned: don’t set foot inside this bakery if you’re on a diet – the sweet smelling delights laid out in all their perfection will be impossible to resist. Try the almond croissants and whatever else the staff recommends that day.

Luneurs Boulanger & Glacier

107, Building Xing Fu Li, Shanghai

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Breakfast of champions

Sample a range of Chinese breakfast staples at this awesomely-executed Taiwanese chain. Neri is addicted to dipping crispy dough strips (youtiao) into sweet soy milk.

Taoyuan Village

67 Xing Fu Li, Shanghai

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Shanghai sneakers

China’s answer to Converse, this Shanghai sneaker brand is sure to take over the world one day. The cool retro-looking shoes are currently criminally affordable, so grab yourself a pair (or two) before they triple in price.

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206 Middle Wulumuqi Road, Shanghai

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Made in China

Described by Neri as a high end Chinese Ikea, this furniture store is bringing a whole new meaning to “made in China.” With Italian designer Luca Nichetto serving as creative director and all products made on the mainland, it’s the place to source the city’s best priced original statement pieces.


381 Panyu Road, Shanghai

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