About Lyla
Born and raised in Beijing, Lyla is a creative content curator currently based in Shanghai. Working with fashion and lifestyle partners on content creation, community experience, editorial design and exhibition curation under Iroha, her studio, she is completing her Master of Design Futures at RMIT, Melbourne. A dog person who lives with a rescue cat, Lyla is a coffee enthusiast, occasional illustrator, barista and podcaster and a passionate community builder engaged with Shelf, her own initiative to promote independent publications through community shops in Shanghai. 
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Born and raised in Beijing, Lyla is a creative content curator currently based in Shanghai. Working with fashion and lifestyle partners on content creation, community experience, editorial design and exhibition curation under Iroha, her studio, she is completing her Master of Design Futures at RMIT, Melbourne. A dog person who lives with a rescue cat, Lyla is a coffee enthusiast, occasional illustrator, barista and podcaster and a passionate community builder engaged with Shelf, her own initiative to promote independent publications through community shops in Shanghai. 
 
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A decent coffee stop for urban cyclists and people feel connected to the community. The variety of house blend speciality coffee is as good as the the line-up of the fancy bikes at the doorstep:-)
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Simply the best meet-up cafe in the hood, celebrating a gentler life through good coffee and good reads. GentleMaker also features concierge service and retail merchants for personal leather goods 
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My little Tokyo in Shanghai which is my go-to for cool vinyl DJ events. Designed and operated by UDS, a leading design firm from Japan, the cafe has very community-friendly space for all range of customers, a seasonal menu (Japanese family style curry rice and fried chicken are highly recommended!! ) and curated merchants and events. 
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The street view from the outdoor seat plus the fresh bakery make it a perfect spot for breakfasters to chill. I still recall the glorious sunshine last time there with my friend...such a good time!
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Quietly located in the residential area, a walk to Avec Toi - a French bakery in the hood and Text & Image has been my favorite morning walk course. The bookstore features a tasteful selection of publications in literature, design, photography art and more. Both the size of the space and the collection is less overwhelming. Good enough to encounter an inspiration or new addition to my shelf. 
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First flagship store by Short Sentence, a Shanghai-based contemporary fashion and lifestyle brand homed in an eclectic architecture redesigned on an old building along the most crowded shopping street downtown. Coming back for shopping always feels like a vacation: the seasonal landscape from the garden, the white space interior design, the friendly staffs and the cozy styles with design details, the happy energy around the colors...it has become my most visited fashion shop this two years, for style update, for community events curated by me:-) and for chilling with girlfriends, good vibes only:-) 
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Accidentally walking into this coffee shop the other day as the space making looks quite interesting from across the street. The line-up of the magazines caught my eye instantly - UNION, they are the first coffee shop I spotted in town who carries this independent fashion x photography magazine, one of my favorite publications. That triggered my interest to try their coffee - apparently, we love cafes where we meet like-minded people to share a taste not only about coffee:-) The minimal and thoughtful interior design makes it a very cozy place to chill with good coffee and good reads. 
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A perfect blend of Aussie cafe style and Shanghai neighborhood culture: great coffee, good crowd and plenty of sunshine if you're lucky:-) The caffeinated vibe there has the speciality ingredients that I missed about independent coffee shops in town. Ben, the owner curate pop-up gallery program in-store where I also had a chance to exhibit my latest personal paintings earlier this year. 
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The one of a kind pocket park in the middle of old town Shanghai built for and loved by the local community. An inspiring Utopian urban living in reality, I used to commute a lot both for pleasure and field research of my service design assignment. It's currently used by the local government as a PCR test spot. Wish it could reopen soon to public! 
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An immediate neighborly cafe and bar which is also one of favorite meet-up points in town for authentic French crepe, Sunday brunch and delightful drinks in the evening. Community and family-friendly menu, service and the uniquely chilling vibes here from the coffee stand to the shared table inside are just so addictive! 
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ICI or 33 Coffee is what you will find yourself at this address. Backed by ICI, a cultural organization and a team of architects, it is a multi-functional space offering authentic speciality coffee drinks, pastries as well as event experiences, such as art exhibitions, talks and workshops. Located right in the middle of downtown Beijing, close to my childhood neighborhood, it has become one of my favorite meet-up points in town. I enjoy the cozy and welcoming atmosphere, a breathing space away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the minimal design details and their interesting space making of the exhibition design. 
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What's better than a late night table like this to share with gals. Not only the dishes are exactly the comfort food like from mom's kitchen, the staffs also speak like your neighbors. So very homy and cozy. Will come back next time in Beijing:-) Highly recommend to those who look for real taste of Beijing house kitchen. 
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A good surprise down the lane - used to hang out with childhood friends here a lot before the commercial development made the area touristy. So happy to spot this independent coffee during a brief stay in Beijing. Cozy space, and impressively diversified line-up of single origin coffee beans, quite neat! 
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One of our favorite meet-up places in old town Beijing close to Ditan Park. Renovated on a garage by a design veteran, the place has its unique and soulful character. A thoughtful blend of old town style and contemporary design that produces a solid and edgy vibes, true to Beijing. Their seasonal coffee menu and house desserts never fails to amaze us. 
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Staying with DDD, a renovated boutique hotel introduced me to the Nihonbashi area where there is full of beautiful contrast between historic and modern cultures. Really enjoy the convenience of the location. The room is electrically designed that is so warm and cozy. The in-house gallery and cafe are also worth checking! 
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Designed by Corbett Lyon, the residence house-turned private museum is quite an impressive establishment, where one could enjoy two types of contemporary art gallery walks: one is the public gallery and the other is a more eclectic visit to Lyon's house museum guided by Corbett or his wife Yueji the family members. The organ performance has been a preciously memoriable experience too! 
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