Exploring the Quieter Southern Terminus of Xiangyang Lu

Easily overlooked, but very rewarding.

by SHFamily | Fri, January 19, 2018

By Ryan Edward Kalb

District: Xuhui

Cross Streets: Julu Lu (N) and Fuxing Lu (S)

Nearest Metro Station: South Shaanxi Road (lines 1, 10, 12)

About: While Xiangyang Lu passes the boisterous crossing where a number of clubs and late-night bars drunkenly intermingle, nearly all of the following recommendations are stationed at its quieter southern terminus. This part of the street is easily overlooked owing to the labyrinthine location, but it rewards those who visit with its indie charm.

Begin with a meal at Egg


Where they serve an inspired all-day breakfast menu and inventive toasts. Their daily rotating assortment of baked goods balances out the plentiful options for the vegetarian and health-conscious, making it a place that’s sure to please. Just remember: always put an egg on it! 12 Xiangyang Bei Lu; eggshanghai.com

Visit Paras for some sexy coffee

Paras Coffee

One of the hottest spots for coffee is the sexy, spartan Paras, situated at the corner of Xiangyang and Xinle Lu. This café – basked in pink hues – keeps the spotlight solely on good coffee. Choose from a wide range of imported single origin beans, or their traditional full espresso menu. 80 Xinle Lu; parascoffee@hotmail.com

Purchase cute gear for little ones at Chouchou Chic

Chouchou Chic

Though Xiangyang is awash in female clothing boutiques, there are some choice cuts for the little ones at Chouchou Chic. They peddle a range of gear from tops to bottoms, active wear, to more formal attire, even sporting a wide range of revamped, modern Chinese qipaos in many fabrics. 155 Xiangyang Nan Lu; chouchouchic.com

Drop into Kartel for an unrivaled happy hour

Kartel Rooftop

Located diagonally across from Egg, drop into Kartel for an unrivaled happy hour between 6pm-8pm. While the wood interior is low-lit, the real secret here is the rooftop, offering a panoramic view of the city. Heaters keep the space toasty even in the colder months, and their selection of wines is premium. 5/F, 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu; kartel-shanghai.com

Eat mouthwatering patties at Midnight Burger

Midnight Burger

Midnight Burger is an intimate spot when compared with some of the other neighboring burger bars. Taiwanese owner Thomas serves up mouthwatering patties and other dishes in a modern, minimalist concrete dining room that’s basked in neon lights. The kitchen remains open until 1:45am for late night orders. 97 Xiangyang Bei Lu; 1893 0597