An old Beatles record, an antique brass ship's clock, a secondhand book offering salacious tidbits on the golden days of Hollywood can be found at Mike Liu's cafe.
The avid collector has stuffed his quaint cafe in Xuhui District with all manner of weird and wonderful items gathered during his travels around the world.
Originally from Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, Liu, or "Old Mike" as he is commonly known, traveled to more than 40 countries before settling in Shanghai to open The Cottage Cafe in April last year.
The cafe is an eclectic bohemian hangout with loyal customers signing their names and messages on the wall and often leaving with more than just a caffeine hit but also a keepsake from Liu's collection.
The cafe is situated in a historic building constructed in 1927. Originally the German Consulate in Shanghai, it then became the East China Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences after 1949.
Appropriately, the rustic cafe is located in what was the garage and workers' quarters of the building and still has the original 100-year-old boiler in the basement.
Spread over three levels, the cafe has been fitted out with wooden floorboards and panels recovered from older homes that have been demolished.
The Cottage serves light food like sandwiches and salads between 20 yuan (US$2.92) and 30 yuan.
Coffees range from 25 yuan to 35 yuan and a pot of tea made from loose leaf tea ranges from 25 yuan to 80 yuan for premium grade teas.