The former French Concession is full of pretty, tree-lined streets lined with boutiques, bars, and cafes, but Xinle Lu has to be one of the most picturesque. Running east from the crossroads of Fumin Lu and Dongu Lu down to Shaanxi Lu, Xinle was known as Route Paul Henry during the Concession era. Today it is famous for its spas, clothes shops, and eateries, and an unexpected piece of European architecture. Here are the highlights:
1) Dragonfly View In Map
Right where Xinle Lu branches off from Donghu Lu is a cluster of hair salons and beauty parlors, including a branch of popular spa chain Dragonfly, which is famous for its tranquil atmosphere, relaxing treatments, and great service. This branch has a nail spa as well as massage treatments, facials, waxing, and tanning.
Add: 206 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5403 9982
2) Nuomi View In Map
Xinle Lu is a clothes shopper’s paradise, with countless independent boutiques and shoe stores. Nuomi (meaning “brown rice”) stands out from the crowd for its devotion to eco-fashion. Their designers use only environmentally friendly fabrics and materials like bamboo and organic cotton. Shopping here isn’t cheap, but it won’t add to your carbon footprint.
Add: 196 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5403 4199
Opening hours: 11:00-22:00
View of Nuomi on Xinle Lu
3) Des LysView In Map
This French restaurant throws open its front windows during the summer to become a street café, but is just as welcoming during the colder months with its warming onion soup and other Gallic favourites.
Add: 178 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5404 5077
Opening times: 10:00-23:00
4) The Source View In Map
Shanghai’s hipsters, skaters, and surf fans gravitate to The Source to update their wardrobes with brands like Ksubi, Havaiana, and Volcom. The Kong art gallery takes up the second floor.
Add: 158 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu, Shanghai
5) Browhaus View In Map
Named in homage to the German Bauhaus art movement, this funky salon focuses on eyebrow and eyelash care, as well as offering waxing treatments.
Add: 158 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5403 0011
A street view on Xinle Lu, Shanghai
6) Big MovieView In Map
Big Movie was bigger before Expo rolled into town, but still has a modest collection of Western titles and foreign magazines.
Add: 158 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu
7) Sakura Do View In Map
This Japanese Wi-fi café and dessert bar is a great place to settle down with your lap-top or a book while you enjoy a sweet snack.
Add: 142 Xinle Lu, near Xiangyang Lu
Tel: 021 5404 1683
Opening hours: 12:00-24:00 Mon-Sat, 12:00-21:00 Sun
8) 100 Change and Insect View In Map
Despite its odd name, 100 Change and Insect has a great stock of footwear for both men and women including classic style and new trends, but most pairs only go up to a size 38 for women and 44 for men.
Add: Xinle Lu, near Xiangyang Lu, Shanghai
9) Epicvre View In Map
One of Shanghai’s leading wine shops, Epicvre stocks a huge selection of imported bottles from the Old and New World. Choose your wine then either take it home, or enjoy it with some French snacks in Epicvre’s stylish wood-panelled lounge.
Add: 98 Xinle Lu, near Xiangyang Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5404 7719
10) Constellation View In Map
Well-known but still hanging onto its “hidden gem” status, the Xinle Lu branch of the three-strong Constellation chain is a small Japanese cocktail bar serving a wide range of drinks at un-astronomical prices.
Add: 86 Xinle Lu, near Xiangyang Bei Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5404 0970
Opening hours: 07:00-02:00
11) Mansion HotelView In Map
Most budgets don’t stretch to a night in this luxury hotel, but it’s worth a look even if you’re not a guest. Designed by French architect Lafayette and built in 1932, the hotel is famous for being the clubhouse of gangster “Big Ears” Du Yuesheng.
Add: 82 Xinle Lu, near Xiangyang Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5403 9888
12) Friends View In Map
With the recent loss of popular Wi-fi café Boonna, Friends is filling the gap. Their salads, juices, sandwiches and coffee cater to the laptop crowd, and the mini-art gallery adds a bohemian touch.
Add: 2/F 60 Xinle Lu, near Shaanxi Lu
Tel: 021 5403 5370
Opening hours: 11:00-23:00
13) GrapeView In Map
Located in what used to be the priests’ lodgings attached to the Russian Orthodox church next door, Grape is a homestyle Shanghainese restaurant serving up affordable regional delicacies like river fish and cashew shrimp.
Add: 55A Xinle Lu, near Xiangyang Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5404 0486
14) Russian Orthodox Mission Church View In Map
Xinle Lu was home to many of Shanghai’s Russian inhabitants during Foreign Settlement days. This beautiful church was designed by Russian architect J. L. Lihonosa and built in 1934 in the style of the Kremlin. The last service was held there in 1965, and it now opens on Fridays between 10:00 and 16:30 for art exhibitions.
Add: 55 Xinle Lu, near Xiangyang Lu
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