Niche Theme Bookstores in Shanghai

(study-shanghai.org) | Jul 14, 2016

On a stormy day, a bookstore is good place for shelter – a place in which time stands still and inner serenity can be achieved regardless of the terrible weather outside. People can not only enjoy reading books, but can also enjoy films, music and fashion at the following niche theme bookstores in the city.

Film - Dr. White


Address: No.880, Hengshan Road, Xuhui district
The bookstore is part of the Mix-Place, situated at Hengshanfang of Xujiahui, which is one of the sub-centers of Shanghai and adjacent to the Hengshan Cinema, bears the collective memory of an older Shanghai.
As the first cinematography-themed bookstore in China, Dr. White boasts a variety of books classified in accordance with film categories ranging from sci-fi, documentary, comedy, thriller to romance and action. It took more than half a year for the store owner to get the booklist ready.

Art - Zhongshuge


Address: No.930, Thames Town, Songjiang district
It is undeniable humans are attracted to good-looking things – and a bookstore with a fascinating appearance is not an exception. Zhongshuge, dubbed the “most beautiful bookstore in Shanghai,” integrates itself perfectly the surrounding European style-buildings and has a strong scholarly atmosphere with texts in different languages engraved on its outer walls.



Address: Room B106, No.570, West Huaihai Road, Changning district
BOTH MUSIC, situated in the Red Town Creative Industrial Park in the Changning Distrct, is the first bookstore with to have a combination of music, books and culture in the city. The store owner pursued a balanced live philology and integrated the concept of balance into the store design.

Architecture - Upper Bookstore


Address: No.129, Harbin Road, Hongkou District
The Upper Bookstore boasts more than 6,000 high-quality books, almost all of which are selected by the store’s owner. Some uncommon arts and literature books and Taiwan-imported books can be found here.

Flower - Harbook


Address: 3F, rd floor, Reel Store, No.1601, West Nanjing Road, Jing’an district
A sea of flowers in the doorway may give off the perception of a florist shop. Upon walking in, however, customers can see a new world.
Most books in the bookstore include arts and literature and some are original imported books. The bookshelves and tables are decorated with creative small objects, which are also available for purchase.

Fashion - 10 Corso Como


Address: 1F, Wheelock Square, No.1717, West Nanjing Road, Jing’an district
The store design embodies the concept of “Shopping in Leisure.” The floor where the store is located comprises of areas for design, cosmetics, 10 Corso Como products display, a bookstore and coffee shop and customers can relish in the delicious coffee and the genuine Italian desserts within the coffee shop.

Wine - Light & Salt


Address: Rock Bund, No.133, Yuanmingyuan Road, Huangpu district
Light & Salt is a lifestyle brand with an integration of bookstore, restaurant, bar and the creative space with a bookstore dubbed the “bookstore with the most beautiful landscaping in Shanghai.”
Looking outside the window, customers can see the Huangpu River and may also be greatly surprised to find a variety of rare books to read. At night, the store turns into a pub with hundreds of selected wines from which to choose.



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