Librairie Avant-Garde

Top choice books in Nánjīng

Housed in a vast and disused bomb shelter, this astonishing indie bookshop has very few foreign-language books, but the underground, left-field ambience makes it a must for bibliophiles. With miles of books and a cavernous concrete floor, it's a Nánjīng cultural landmark, loved by students and literati for its sizeable collection of social science and humanities books.

The shop also has a fine selection of postcards and handmade accessories, as well as a pleasant cafe and plenty of comfortable seating areas. Note the dominating black (Christian) cross standing out against a white wall as you go up the ramp. It's a 15-minute walk from Shanghai Lu metro station.


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