The French Concession area of Shanghai was designated for the French in the mid-19th century. The area’s central Huaihai Lu is the city’s busiest shopping street, but the tree-lined roads and many Tudor buildings, mixed with the bustling Chinese neighborhood, still retain a feel of the “Paris of the Orient”.
Fuxing Xi Lu (Fuxing West Road)
Platane, with its plush burgundy exterior – a great place for home and gift items that you won’t find anywhere else in Shanghai.
After leaving Platane, head back to Fuxing Xi Lu. Urban Tribe has a Chinese-Zen feel, with unique silver jewellery and store-designed clothing using hand-dyed cotton. Gorgeous photos of Tibet, Burma and Vietnam,
Fuxing Xi Lu, Perk stocks quirky yet original, vintage causalwear, bags and accessories designed by a Tianjin and Beijing design duo. It also carries a mix of stationery and notepads from local designers.
From Perk, continue walking west for a few minutes and you’ll soon see two giant candles heralding the entrance to SQ Decor, which stocks a wide array of candles embellished with Chinese lock-style closures, brightly coloured ceramics, tea sets and candle stands with a traditional Chinese flair.
A few steps away is Le Passage Fuxing, a beautifully restored art deco building featuring a few lovely boutiques, a relaxing cafe and a yoga centre.
Rouge Baiser Elise, on the ground floor, offers hand-embroidered clothing, table linens and bedding, as well as a divine children’s collection. Cha Gang meanwhile stocks the conceptual unisex apparel collection from Shanghai-based designer Wang Yiyang, in relaxed, outer space-inspired ambience.
The Shanghai Museum
Urban Tribe 133 Fuxing Xi Lu Tel: +86 (21) 6433 5366
Jing Cashmere House 147 Fuxing Xi Lu Tel: +86 (21) 6431 5177
Platane 127 Yongfu Lu (near Fuxing Xi Lu) Tel: +86 (21) 6433 6387 Perk 271 FuXing Xi Road Tel: +86 (21) 5465 2879 www.perk.cn
Sqdecor 291 Fuxing Xi Lu Tel: +86 (21) 5465 2260
ha Gang Store 299-1, Fuxing Xi Lu Tel: +86 (21) 6466 1089 www.chagang.cn
Rouge Baiser- Elise de Saint Guilhem 299-2 Fuxing Xi Lu
Tel: +86 (21) 6431 8019 www.rougebaiser-elise
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