If it's cultural enrichment you're seeking, you'll find Shanghai an ideal destination. The city is infused with a wide breadth of options, including tons of art galleries as well as hands-on workshops and local creative spaces. You're sure to find something that speaks to you amongst all these offerings.
Nanjing Road Area
Run by Canadian Martin Kemble, Art Labor has an international program which features artwork from all over the globe.
Rm. 411, Bldg. 4, 570 Yongjia Rd. near Yueyang Rd.
Tues to Sat, 11am to 7pm. Sun, by appt. only.
021 3460 5331
James Cohan Gallery
Recently opened gallery set in a beautiful old villa and showing both Western and Asian art.
1/F, Bldg. 1, Lane 1, 170 Yueyang Rd. near West Jianguo Rd.
Tues to Sat, 10am to 6pm. Sun, 12pm to 6pm.
021 5466 0825
MOCA Shanghai has monthly exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.
People's Park, 231 West Nanjing Rd. near North Huangpi Rd.
Mon to Tues, Thurs to Sun, 10am to 6pm. Wed, 10am to 10pm.
021 6327 1282
Huaihai Rd. Area
Design MVW Furniture Creation
Distinctive furniture by Chinese designer Ming Xu and French architect Virginie Moriette.
322 Xingguo Rd. near Hunan Rd.
Daily, 9am to 7pm
021 6281 5594
Madame Mao's Dowry
All types of Mao memorabilia as well as porcelain, clothing and soft furnishings. Piles of black & white photography of China's past, Cultural Revolution propaganda posters and original note cards made with old Chinese ads. There's a line of revolutionary-inspired enamelware with modern slogans that might make your kitchen table rather unique.
207 Fumin Rd. near Julu Rd.
Daily, 10am to 7pm
021 5403 3551
Original porcelain for dinner tables or decoration designed in Shanghai but created in Jingdezhen, China’s ceramics capital. Find distinctive and decorative objects such as platters and vases. Designs have a Japanese flavor but are uniquely Chinese.
360 Kangding Rd. near North Shaanxi Rd.
Daily, 12pm to 9:30pm
021 6279 2545
The Pottery Workshop
The Pottery Workshop (PWS) is a ceramic art education and communication center that produces beautiful ceramic pieces while offering lessons as well.
Lane 1A, 180 South Shaanxi Rd. near Changle Rd.
Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm. Sat, 10am to 5pm.
021 6445 0902
An elegant space located in the diplomatic quarter of Shanghai's former French Concession. Situated within the calm oasis of Ferguson Lane's lifestyle retreat, the gallery presents fine art as a feature of one's daily life.
376 Wukang Rd. near Tai’an Rd.
Tues to Sun, 11am to 7pm
021 5465 8785
A cooperative studio and event space hosting a variety of pop-up shops, social events, workshops and more.
1/F, House 6, Lane 108 Changshu Rd. near Huating Rd.
Inquire for hours
138 1649 3900
Shanghai Gallery of Art
This gallery showcases more experimental and avant-garde art, putting it on the cutting edge of Chinese contemporary art.
3/F, 3 on the Bund
3 Zhongshan East Rd. 1, near Guangdong Rd.
Daily, 10am to 7pm
Shanghai Old Street
Shanghai Ancient Book Store
424 Fuzhou Rd.
Shanghai Book City
465 Fuzhou Rd. near Middle Fujian Rd.
Daily, 9am to 9pm
021 6391 4848
Shanghai Art Equipment Center
402 Fuzhou Rd. near Middle Zhejiang Rd.
Daily, 9am to 5pm
139 1616 2277
Shanghai Foreign Language Book Store
390 Fuzhou Rd. near South Shaanxi Rd.
Daily, 10am to 6:30pm
021 2320 4994
Shanghai Music Book Store
365 Middle Xizang Rd.
Daily, 9:30am to 6:30pm
021 6322 3213
Considered one of China’s leading contemporary art galleries, it’s located deep in the M50 complex of galleries and studios.
Bldg. 16, 50 Moganshan Rd. near West Suzhou Rd.
Daily, 10am to 6pm
021 6359 3923, 5382 0418