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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GentleMaker, Hua Shan Lu, Shanghai, China
Current city: 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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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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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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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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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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Really good bookstore selling rare zines by artists around the world. There's also a riso press in the same location printing some of the products. 
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