Ferguson Lane

French Concession

On those rare days when Shanghai’s skies are cloud-free, the chic Ferguson Lane courtyard fills up in the blink of an eye with boutique browsers, latte lovers and brunch fanatics. Centred on a 1920s villa, the small art deco complex houses an art gallery, a couple of shops and a few tempting places to eat. It sits on historic Wukang Rd and is a lovely place to wander.

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1. Leo Gallery

Spread across two buildings in the charming Ferguson Lane complex, the Leo Gallery focuses on works by young Chinese artists.

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