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NANJING Road W. is one of the longest roads in Shanghai. It has a wide range of restaurants and bars as well as chain stores and independent boutiques. The atmosphere of the road also changes the further along you go. This week we started our search from the landmark Jing'an Temple and continued toward Shanghai Centre. Among the many boutiques and restaurants on offer, we found a new and eclectic fashion boutique, a spacious coffee shop, as well as several small restaurants and independent bars. Parts of Nanjing Road W. are beautiful, lined with trees and colonial-style buildings and there are several small lanes to discover.

Clothes and Fashion

Clothes and Fashion is a female fashion boutique which opened on Nanjing Road W. six months ago. Using a beautiful courtyard and spacious interior, the store displays a wide range of styles. Although providing an eclectic mix of clothing, the boutique predominantly focuses on a more retro look. The clothes are conveniently organized by color, serving to further highlight the extensive choice on offer. Most of the designs are imported from South Korea or are sourced locally and all are one-off designs. Every two to three weeks Clothes and Fashion rotates its selection so that there are always new and exciting designs on offer. Shirts and tops range from 200 yuan (US$31.72) to 700 yuan, depending on style and fabric. There is a wide range of funky fur jackets in a variety of colors, which range from 2,000 to 3,000 yuan. Additionally, the fashion shop has a wide selection of accessories including scarves, belts and bags.

Opening hours: 10am?pm

Address: Lane 2, 1522 Nanjing Rd W.

Tel: 1572-1173-487

Sea Horse

Situated toward the back of a quaint and beautiful lane, Sea Horse is a small sushi house which specializes in maki rolls. The interior of the restaurant is black and red and has an intimate atmosphere, seating between 12 and 15 people. A sophisticated air is created by black and white photographs, accented by red, which line the walls. The menu is extensive, offering a large variety of sushi and sashimi, as well as an interesting selection of maki roll sets. Sushi and sashimi sets cost between 90 yuan and 130 yuan depending on size and are good value for money. The average price of a meal is 75 yuan per person. The most popular maki rolls are the smoked duck breast and foie gras roll, priced at 39 yuan for three pieces and spicy avocado tuna maki at 38 yuan for eight pieces. Sea Horse also offers a Western take on sushi. Saki is priced at 30 yuan for 90ml. It is one of the more reasonably priced sushi restaurants on this road and provides a relaxed and pleasant culinary experience.

Opening hours: 11am–11pm

Address: 1486 Nanjing Rd W.

Tel: 6051-6577

LavAzza Cafe

The European coffee brand LavAzza was introduced to Shanghai last year and now has four outlets around the city. The coffee shop on Nanjing Road W. is the brand抯 flagship store and is one of the largest in Shanghai, with two floors that seat more than 100 people. The interior uses LavAzza抯 classic red and black design and all of the walls are made from glass, providing an open, clean space in which to work, eat or socialize. Additionally, there is a large outdoor seating area overlooking the road, which is nice during the spring and summer months. The cafe provides a wide range of coffees and desserts as well as an afternoon tea special, which offers a coffee or tea with dessert for 35 yuan. The cafe also offers a selection of reasonably priced, simple Italian food such as pasta and risotto, priced between 30 yuan and 35 yuan. LavAzza is very popular during lunch hours, especially with business people and tourists. This store also offers a selection of European and Chinese beers as well as a small selection of wines.

Opening hours: 7am?0:30pm

Address: 1486 Nanjing Rd W.

Tel: 1381-7127-879


Situated in a great spot at Shanghai Centre, Cvrve provides the best views overlooking the famous shopping strip. The sophisticated yet welcoming environment makes Cvrve one of the more popular after-work lounge bars to chill out and enjoy a beer or classic cocktail. It is a refuge from bustling downtown Shanghai. Unlike some of the noisy bars around town, the energy level here is just right. Cvrve's extensive cocktails are formulated by mixologist Cross Yu and visitors always find it hard to choose from so many tasty creations. The prices for cocktails reflect its upscale positioning. Signature cocktails cost 128 yuan; cocktails with bubbles 168 yuan; and popular classic cocktails range from 88 yuan to 108 yuan. In addition to its extensive drinks list, it also offers Mediterranean evening bites that complement the drinks. Weekday happy hours are from 5:30pm to 8:30pm with a buy-one-get-one-free promotion from the special drinks menu.

Opening hours: 5pm-2am

Address: 206 Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Rd W.

Tel: 6289-8298


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