Vienna Café: 26 Shaoxing Road, telephone 021 6445 2131
If going Viennese in Shanghai is not your style, continue down Shaoxing Road to the Old China Hand Reading Room. Even if you have stopped for lunch at the Vienna Café, stop into the Reading Room to browse the wonderful books they have for sale about Shanghai’s architecture.
The Reading Room is run by Ms. Tess Johnson and Mr. Deke Erh, two well-known local architecture enthusiasts who’ve published a multitude of books on the European and Art-Deco heritage in Shanghai. The café itself is a nice place to go and, as the name describes, read. Or enjoy a cup of tea and a snack. Books are for sale in the front.
Old China Hand Reading Room: 27 Shaoxing Road