Streets Ahead: Discovering the Gems of Yongkang Lu

Streets Ahead: Discovering the Gems of Yongkang Lu
By Susie Gordon ,

Shanghai’s latest go-to street has been rising in our estimations for the past few months. Now home to bakeries, cafés, galleries, and even a fish and chip shop, Yongkang Lu deserves a visit if you haven’t been yet. Stretching between Taiyuan Lu, Jiashan Lu and Xiangyang Lu, this narrow street was known as Route Rémi during the Concession era. It was named after the first French wine merchant to build a warehouse in Shanghai in 1848, and its French tradition continues in the bars and restaurants that have recently set up shop there.

Yongkang Lu is a hive of activity these days. Here are some of the venues you shouldn’t miss.

1) Cheers In View In Map
This drinks delivery firm now has a second branch in Jing’an building on the success of the original here on Yongkang. They specialise in cheap but good quality drinks delivered to your door, and have a decent selection of imported beer.

Add: 25 Yongkang Lu, near Jiashan Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市永康路25号, 近嘉善路
Tel: 021 6418 8400

2) Les Garcons Boucher View In Map
If you miss decent quality meat and can’t face another Yurun frankfurter, the guys at Les Garcons Boucher have just what you’re looking for. They import their meat from abroad, but don’t charge exorbitant prices for the privilege. Stop by for cheese and bread too.

Add: 31 Yongkang Lu, near Xianyang Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市永康路31号, 近襄阳路
Tel: 137 6409 1044
Opening hours: Tue-Sat, 10:00-19:00; Sun, 10:00-17:00

3) Sailors Fish and Chips View In Map
We can’t believe it’s taken this long for an authentic fish and chip shop to open, but we’re glad it finally happened. Three Fudan graduates saw the gap in the market, and dropped anchor on Yongkang with Sailors. Expect fresh white fish and crispy batter, plus tasty chips and mushy peas.

Add: 33 Yongkang Lu, near Jiashan Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 150 0009 9490

4) Shikumen Family Museum View In Map
There’s plenty of history to be found on this little street, and the Shikumen Family Museum is a good place to start. Call ahead to book a viewing, and Da Shiping will show you around his own personal shikumen, imparting tales of Old Shanghai. Admission is free.

Add: No. 35, Lane 38, Yongkang Lu, near Jiashan Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 189 1608 4112

5) Just Grapes View In Map
Every street worth its salt has a branch of Just Grapes these days, and Yongkang is no exception. It’s the same formula: a wide range of imported bottles for sale, plus a few tables to enjoy wines by the glass.

Add: 41 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市永康路41号, 近襄阳路
Tel: 021 6418 2970

6) Pizza Peppone View In Map
The people behind Le Saleya have fallen in love with Yongkang Lu, and this pizzeria is their fourth endeavour here. It’s still in its infancy, but already has the hallmarks of a great restaurant.

Add: 52 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市永康路41号, 近襄阳路

7) Le Café Stagiaires View In Map
Another venue from the Saleya crew, this cosy but vibrant café has a great daily happy hour between 16:00 and 20:00, with house wine going for 20 RMB a glass. Free wifi and cheap coffee make it ideal for daytime trips too.

Add: 54-56 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市永康路54-56号, 近襄阳路

8) Sheng Sushi View In Map
This place proves that sushi doesn’t have to be expensive. It has recently expanded to fit nine tables, but retains its intimate atmosphere.

Add: 55 Yongkang Lu, near Jiashan Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 138 1641 1807

9) ifa Gallery View In Map
ifa branches out with their third gallery, which was set up by Latvian curator Zane Mellupe in a former vegetable market. The gallery mainly exhibits work from young Asian artists.

Add: 57 Yongkang Lu, near Jiashan Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6256 0835

10) La Boulangerie View In Map
Also part of the Saleya group, La Boulangerie serves up fresh loaves, baguettes and patisserie items daily.

Add: 60 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市永康路54-56号, 近襄阳路

11) Farmhouse Caffé View In Map
This cosy café serves a tasty all-day breakfast, along with reasonably priced pasta, salad and Panini.

Add: 69 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市永康路54-56号, 近襄阳路
Tel: 021 3367 8233

12) Nosh Delivery View In Map
Get healthy food delivered free (within the French Concession) from Nosh. Top picks are the truffle lasagne and Beijing duck wrap. Takeaway and delivery only.

Add: 126 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市永康路54-56号, 近襄阳南路
Tel: 021 3469 0668

13) Meido View In Map
Treat yourself to a pair of hand-made earrings at Meido – a funky boutique that also sells bags and clothes.

Add: 203 Yongkang Lu, near Taiyuan Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市永康路54-56号, 近太原路
Tel: 021 6437 2046

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