Toyou Books

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Photograph: Nani Mei Martin 
458 Madang Lu
You’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in one of Suzhou’s classical gardens rather than a modern bookstore when entering this oasis designed by Shanghai-based architecture studio Wutopia Lab. While you might come for the books (mostly Chinese-language), the calming atmosphere with its Zen-like greenery and water features encourages a linger – as does the quiet café and bar around the back of the hallway that serves coffee, tea, wine and a selection of spirits.

Venue name: Toyou Books
Opening hours: 10am-10pm
Metro: Madang Lu
English address: LG01-01B The Roof, 458 Madang Lu, Jianguo Road Huangpu District
Chinese address: 马当路458恒基旭辉LG01-01B