The best Shanghai bookshops

Great places to buy books and magazines in Shanghai

We round up the best places to buy English language books, magazines and newspapers in Shanghai.

Garden Books

This pleasant space on Changle Lu has an encyclopedic archive of everything from cookery books to rare Penguin classic collections. Helpful staff and a wifi-friendly café next door make trawling an idle pleasure. They also occasionally host book talks, check www.bookzines for details.

Garden Books 325 Changle Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu. See full address details

Point to Life Books Company

Based inside a converted car manufacturing plant, Point to Life stocks back copies of Monocle (125RMB) and Wallpaper (90RMB) alongside stylish trinkets. Unsuprisingly, it's therefore popular among the geek-chic students crowd.

Point to Life Books Company Bridge 8, Shop 9101, 25 Jianguo Zhong Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu. See full address details

Red Bookstore

Based in Red Town, home of Minsheng Art Museum and Shanghai Sculpture Park, this bijous store is immaculately presented with a wide-ranging selection of coffee table glossies and specialist art periodicals.

Red Bookstore Room 118, Area B, Red Town, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu. See full address details

Shanghai Book Traders Used Books

This match-box sized second hand book shop is crammed with dusty old English and American newspapers and dog-eared copies of classics such as War and Peace for 15RMB.

Shanghai Book Traders Used Books 36 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Fuzhou Lu. See full address details

Mix Paper

Mix-Paper-cropSomewhere between a book store, a hipster library, an art centre and general trendy hangout, Mix Paper is packed to the rafters with books in both English and Chinese. Shelves run from floor to ceiling, interspersed with leather sofas and sleek display units. There’s also a café on the bottom floor, which is as hip as you would expect given the selection of books and the fit out of this uber stylish spot.


Mix Paper Bldg 8, Lane 320, Tianping Lu, near Hengshan Lu. See full address details

Shanghai Foreign Language Bookstore

Spread over four floors this is one of Shanghai’s largest foreign language book shops. The haphazard layout and poor signage disguises a wealth of genres and languages.

Shanghai Foreign Language Bookstore 390 Fuzhou Lu, near Fujian Zhong Lu. See full address details