The no-nonsense Foreign Language Book Store is the closest thing you'll find to whatever mega bookstore you know from your home country. The entire building is dedicated to English-language books, so they've got everything from business texts, classics, romance... Read more
Garden Books offers the widest selection of English-language books and literature in Shanghai. You will also find a large selection of American magazine, tour books, language aids, coffee and ice cream in the cafe. If you're looking for something they don't have in... Read more
Located 239 meters in the air, with over 2200 square meters of space, Duoyun Bookstore at the Shanghai Center is the tallest bookstore in Shanghai. Read more
Seven floors of print, that's what this place is. Arguably Shanghai's biggest bookstore with mostly Chinese titles, its got a decent selection of English-language books and an entire floor dedicated solely to foreign language study aids. Their children's sections a... Read more
Self-taught architect Tadao Ando’s 2017 project in Shanghai, it’s on the eighth floor of a gigantic shopping mall built above Line 10. “Egg” and “light” are two inspirations Ando applied to the whole project. It is kind of like a trapezoidal space with an elliptic... Read more
Probably the nicest-looking outlet for the Xinhua chain of state-owned bookstores, this one's attached to the Pearl Art Museum out in Minhang. Its English language selection is comparatively tiny, there's a wide range Chinese literature covering the classics,... Read more
Four separate buildings, each with different specialties. Two buildings are dedicated to men and women's apparel, the third has several foreign fashion brands, and the last one sells books and magazines and has a coffee shop. Prices are expensive, even for the books... Read more
Two blocks away from the mega bookstores sits this small shop that buys and resells old books at excellent prices. It looks pretty rundown from the outside, and the people running the place can be pretty curt with you, but don't let all that deter you from its value.... Read more
During the week, this installation-space-slash-bookshop specializing in photography and art books is actually part of the Modern Media Group office. During the weekends, it's open to the public for people over 15 years old... except you have to reserve via their... Read more
This book club has a large selection of French books. Fit for children of all ages and interests, books in this collection cover travel, food, practical guides, juvenile fiction as well as classic French literature. 30rmb membership card enables you to purchase and... Read more
Retail store selling everything required for the different stages of parenthood. from Strollers, bottles, beds, toys, books, clothes, car seats, high chairs, etc. Read more
Located on the 2nd floor of the Miguel De Cervantes Library, Mil Gotas is a small section at the back that has 4 or 5 shelves selling Chinese titles in Spanish, as well as Spanish books translated into Chinese. There is also a kids section here, handy for teaching... Read more
Located at Changde Mansion, the historical site and former residence of Eileen Chang, who wrote many famous novels like â€œRed Rose and White Roseâ€, â€œLust, Cautionâ€, and â€œLove in a Fallen Cityâ€. A cozy spot for coffee while reading a book, studying, or... Read more
Quirky bookstore at Xintiandi plaza spanning two floors with a photo-worthy spiral staircase through the middle. Aside from books they also sell bits and bobs such as enlarged lego figurines and statues of cats wearing people clothes. Read more
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There's this new bookstore, Sinan Books , a 3-floor bookstore housed in a historic building, one to add to the list that may just blow the others out of the water in terms of... Read more...
This week, there’s a pop up book shop with 40 indie publications to check out. It’s the Jululu Indie Book Fest —but it’s actually happening on Shaanxi Bei Lu. All week long, the second floor of whimsical staple Daliah , will be a space where you can browse through the... Read more...
Rob Schmitz first came to China as a Peace Corps volunteer back in 1996, when he taught English with fellow journalist Peter Hessler , then returned to work with Graham Earnshaw and Read more...
This weekend -- and let's be real, pretty much every weekend -- the Spanish community is celebrating, coming out in force with a lit-plus-romance festival in the park and an all-day party at Elefante .
An all-day party. But of course. Love the Spanish.
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After this weekend, Shanghai will never be the same again, my friends, because not one, not two, but three new alternative lifestyle underground-type venues are opening up. They're sure to change the social and cultural landscape of the city forever and ever. They are... Read more...
Fans of China lit, a new anthology of 33 China-based (or at one time China-based) writers is now out on Earnshaw Books, edited by two Beijing-based writers behind online writing collective The Anthill , Alec Ash and Tom Pellman. It's called While We're Here , and you can get a copy over at Amazon or, for PRC-dwellers, directly... Read more...