SHANGHAI


Edition 3: 'for the people, by the people'

E2: The Ultimate Guide to Shanghai

E1: The Ultimate Guide to Shanghai



Sleep

ANDAZ SHANGHAI
Contemporary, arty, stylish and colorful. This Xintiandi boutique hotel, part of the Hyatt group, boasts spacious rooms and a great downtown location. Stop by Éclair, the hotel’’s beautiful patisserie, for the best (surprise!) éclairs in the city.


CHAI LIVING
Experience Shanghai as a (pampered) resident. A collection of beautifully- designed serviced residences in one of the city’’s Art Deco landmarks, The Embankment Building. Stunning views, a spectacular location and absolutely unique.


MANDARIN ORIENTAL PUDONG SHANGHAI

We’’re fans too! New, elegant, contemporary. Spacious rooms, superb F&B options (be sure to sample the dim sum at Yong Yi Ting!), a stunning spa, and so much more. While Pudong might not be our preferred part of town, this hotel’’s riverside setting gives it a zen ambience in an otherwise hectic city. The beautiful waterfront makes for great runs!


PARK HYATT
Stunning Asian-infused contemporary design,    impeccable    service    and sensational views. Sleep in the clouds!

 

PENINSULA
Superbly designed, with a fantastic Bund location, well-appointed rooms and great F&B options. Treat yourself to a cooking course with the chef of Yi Long Court or enjoy afternoon tea in the stylish lobby.

 

THE PULI HOTEL & SPA
A sleek slab of cool in the hubbub of West Nanjing Road, The Puli Hotel and Spa is an oasis of calm for those in the know. Beautifully designed in a contemporary Asian style, the interior is all dark marble, water features and tasteful objets. Shanghai’’s pit-stop for the global hip set.


WALDORF ASTORIA
World-class service in an elegant Bund landmark, the former Shanghai Club. Don’’t miss the oysters in the old- world Long Bar or the divine desserts (pumpkin soufflé) at Pelham’’s.


LES SUITES ORIENT
A boutique hotel on the Bund. Combining oriental style with modern Art Deco, this Taiwanese chain boasts well-appointed rooms, warm service and great value for money.

 


EAT: DINNER

ART SALON
A unique restaurant-gallery in the former French Concession. Enjoy innovative Shanghai cuisine in an intimate setting packed with antiques and contemporary art. Take a date. With a larger group, head to 1221, another Shanghai institution, the bon bon chicken & spicy Sichuan prawns are musts. Michelle, the owner, is great and hands on. We are fans!


BEN JIA
Craving Korean? This is the real deal! West of downtown but worth every bit of the drive, and a second branch recently opened near Zhongshan Park. A favorite with the Korean crowd which says it all.


D.O.C. GASTRONOMIA ITALIANA
The rustic chic décor sets the tone when you enter this super-hip artisan pizzeria. Newly-opened in the former French Concession and already one of the city’’s hottest spots. Unique pizzas (pear & gorgonzola), piadinas, saltimboccas and great Australia-sourced produce.

 

EL WILLY
Contemporary Spanish cuisine on the Bund, truly fun and original like Willy the chef-owner. Don’’t miss out on the marrow bone with winter mushrooms & mustard on toast. If fully booked ... El Patio. You won’’t regret it!


FRANCK
A great French bistro in the heart of the former French Concession. Good service, personalized décor and a stunning selection of wines hand-picked by Franck himself. Drop by Le Petit Franck –– just next door –– for an aperitif.  Or hop on the elevator and make your way to The Rooftop.  For a more casual Franck dining option, you can always grab a burger at Rachel's, just around the corner!

 

FU1039

This Shanghainese eatery is a reference among the local community.  Set in a gorgeous colonial style mansion, it's food is authentic, and its ambiance old 'Shanghainese' school with the occasional classical piano player. 


LIQUID LAUNDY
The super slick & super popular gastro pub by restaurateur Kelly Lee, the lady behind Boxing Cat, Cantina Agave, ...  The food: a combo between Mediterranean and American South.  The crowd: hipsters and their friends.  Busy & happening.  Go as a group !


LOST HEAVEN
The exotic cuisine of China’’s Yunnan Province given a modern makeover in Shanghai. Great food in a beautiful Buddha Bar atmosphere. For authentic spice then Guyi is your choice with its popular Hunan cuisine.


MERCATO
Celebrity chef Jean-Georges’’s latest experiment, a contemporary Italian restaurant on the Bund. Warm décor and great atmosphere. Don’’t miss out on the Ricotta Cheese with Strawberry Jam. The pizzas are similarly divine!


QIMIN ORGANIC HOT POT
No visit to the city is complete without experiencing hot pot. Qimin is a great upscale option –– set in a beautifully restored mansion, offering creative food using healthy ingredients. For a more bustling version head to the Disneyland of hot pot, Hai Di Lao –– a famous chain, and rightly so. Look out for the famous noodle dancing!


SICHUAN CITIZEN
Sichuan food in a contemporary setting, with a wide array of reasonably-priced dishes and a great wine list. When they say spicy they mean it! If fully booked head to Xibo, one of the city’’s most popular Xinjiang joints. Modern décor, a laid-back atmosphere and tasty food. Extra pumpkin dumplings please!

 

THE COMMUNE SOCIAL
One of our preferred eateries in the city.  Jason Atherton's second Shanghai establishments is a little jewel; it's food is fine & elegantly presented (a la Kaiseke style), it's setting unique, and it's décor fun.  Beware, as no reservations accepted !  Unless you are, perhaps, Madonna ...  Ps.  Their private terrace is superb. 


TORIYASU
Shanghai boasts countless Japanese dining options, from the fancy (Shintori, Tenya 22, Sushi Oyama to name a few) to the all-you-can eat & drink bargains. Our vote goes to the Isakaya chain Toriyasu, especially their Zhongshan Park location. An Asian crowd, mainly Japanese office workers. Menus in Japanese on the walls, the atmosphere noisy and colorful, the experience fun, the food great and affordable.


ULTRA VIOLET BY PAUL PAIRET
Paul Pairet’’s latest masterpiece. 1 beautiful table, 5 senses, 10 stylish settings and 22 breathtaking courses. A truly exceptional culinary voyage impeccably executed by a hospitable and professional team. Book well in advance through the website only.


XINDALU CHINA KITCHEN
Beijing Duck in Shanghai? This place is the real deal. Order a half or whole duck when booking, and enjoy a modern reworking of the capital’’s cuisine classic.  Dadong is another fab option !

 


WELLNESS

HELEN’’S NAIL SPA
for your...nails, of course! Friendly service, reasonable prices and said to have the widest selection of colors in town. Go to their Julu Lu    Branch    (corner    o    f Fumin Lu) and be sure to ask for Fifi –– she’’sastar&highly popular. Booking recommended! Alternatively head to Subconscious Day Spa around the corner, or one of the branches of highly successful chain Dragonfly.

 

ABORO ACADEMY
Shanghai’’s only boxing & kickboxing gym with World Champions as coaches! Located in the new sustainably- developed Anken Life wellness center, whether you want to shed a few pounds or are just after an intense workout with the best, this will hit the spot.

 


DAY TRIPS

HANGZHOU
Hangzhou’’s famous West Lake has inspired painters and poets for generations, and the hills beside it grow the best tea in China. A great spot for rest and relaxation boasting a wealth of world-class accommodation options such as the Four Seasons Resort, the Hyatt Regency, and the renowned Amafayun Resort.


MOGANSHAN
In the 1920s Shanghai’’s colonial elite built villas on this picturesque mountain not far from Hangzhou. The area is now a popular but still tranquil getaway, cool in the summer months and perfect for unwinding from the urban pace. Accommodation options include Naked Retreats, a retreat based in converted rural houses, or the newly-opened Naked Stables Private Reserve, stunning modern villas atop a mountain ridge.


SUZHOU
A city world-famous for its wealth and culture in ancient times, today visitors are drawn to the beautiful UNESCO-listed gardens, the sumptuous local cuisine and the spectacular Suzhou Museum designed by local son IM Pei.


WUZHEN
Hire a car and venture out to the distant past in this serene water village –– no tour-group megaphones allowed. Stay at one of the affordable guesthouses and wake up amongst ancient canals and stone bridges.

 

BON VOYAGE !

EAT: DIM DUM

Each part of China has its version of the humble dumpling, from meaty fistfuls in the north to Hong Kong’’s delicate dim sum. Shanghai’’s take on the form are the wonderfully-named ‘‘xiaolong bao’’ or ‘‘little dragon buns’’: steamed parcels stuffed with pork, ginger and the city’’s beloved freshwater crab.


Shanghai lets you sample all the many forms of China’’s dumpling obsession, in everything from high-end comfort to authentic street-side stalls.


DIN TAI FUNG SHANGHAI DUMPLING
Steamed dumpling heaven in a contemporary environment with some of the city’’s best service. Watch the chefs intricately wrapping your dumplings in the open kitchen. Go for lunch and again for dinner.


FOUR SEASONS NORTHEASTERN DUMPLING KING

This neighborhood restaurant is a favorite with expats and homesick northerners. Big platefuls of meat-and- veg northern dumplings are a must –– especially the coriander-and-pork –– and don’’t forget the excellent menu of northeastern Chinese food.

 

FUCHUN DUMPLINGS
The authentic spot for Shanghai’’s famous Little Dragons. Order at the counter, find a table in the bustle and enjoy the local people-watching. Try the crab dumplings with a side of beef noodle soup.


JIN CAI XUAN
The Aman style décor of this Reel Mall eatery will surely take every visitor by complete surprise, given it's location.  It's Zen-like atmosphere is simply magical, and it's Chinese inspired décor beyond beautiful.  The dishes are divine and creatively well presented.  We are great fans.


SHEN YUE XUAN
Set in a beautiful private garden, this hidden gem offers authentic and reasonably-priced Cantonese cuisine. Busy at weekends but the delightful terrace is often empty. Try the wasabi dumplings.


WEI JING GE
The Chinese restaurant at the beautiful Waldorf Astoria. The space is traditional, the atmosphere elegant...and the selection of dim sum and Cantonese dishes a sublime treat for the palate. Look for the codfish dumplings.


YANG’’S FRIED DUMPLINGS
The go-to chain for crispy pan-fried dumplings, another popular Shanghai style. Follow the sizzle on the street and take your lead from the locals on ordering and eating –– but careful, they’’re hot!


YUE 1525
A Cantonese classic near Zhongshan Park. The 78-seater dining room offers traditional tables and comfortable booths, with a truly suburb selection of Cantonese-style dim sum. A favorite amongst Shanghai’’s Hong Kong community. Book!

 


DRINKS

CORDUROV
Housed in a beautiful lane house in the former French Concession, this sake tasting bar offers a fine selection of sakes (including vintage bottles) and a superb private room on the 2nd floor for sipping the night away. Amuses- bouches are available. Ask for Ray, the brains behind this slick establishment.

 

EL COCTEL
El Willy’’s sister venue, specializing in fabulous cocktails. A sit- down-only policy keeps the place intimate. Superb service and a great crowd.  Alternatively, try out EL OCHO off Nanjing Lu or Senator Salon on Wuyuan Lu.

 

FLAIR
The city’’s highest terrace bar, with breathtaking views of Shanghai. Worth the trip across the river to the Pudong Ritz-Carlton.

 

GLAM

Melbourne born Michelle Garnaut's latest creation.  A chic dining lounge & bar at the epic  5 on the Bund. 

 

JZ CLUB

The top venue for live jazz in Shanghai, conveniently located near  The Apartment and El Coctel.

 

LONG BAR
The Waldorf Astoria has brought Asia’’s longest bar back to life, complete with wood paneling, ceiling fans and fittingly classic cocktails. Take a drink back in the roaring 20s!

 

MARDI GRAS

The second floor bar is known for it's excellent cocktails and impeccable service.  Frequented essentially by a crowd of local well to do hipsters.  Across the street you will find Bar No. 3, another one of our favs!  This neighborhood establishment is low key, the way we like it.  Their bartenders friendly and welcoming.  After a couple of Old Fashioned-s, walk to Heyday at the crossing of Xingguo & Tai'an for that last drink ...

 

MOKKOS LAMU
Specializing in Japanese shochu, this intimate neighborhood bar offers the perfect chilled- out atmosphere.


MONKEY BAR
Pass through restaurant Madison to find the entrance of this small, hip bar. A Concession favorite with locals and expats.

 

SALUTE
A refreshing taste of Italy in the heart of the former French Concession. Good affordable wines, great cold cuts and pizzas. The terrace does it for us.


UNICO
A new tapas lounge at 3 on the Bund by Michelin-starred Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco. A slick contemporary environment with food to match.

 

VUE
This bar on top of Hyatt on the Bund offers stunning views from a Puxi perspective. Book the terrace with its jacuzzi for a private party.

 


SEE & DO

1933
A true one-off, ‘‘‘‘Art Deco via MC Escher’’, this maze of stairs, ramps and bridges was once Asia’’s largest slaughterhouse. Now home to offices and restaurants, it has to be seen to be believed - take a camera and wander/wonder.


DAK TOWN
A splendid villa in the heart of the former French Concession and THE place for tea-lovers. Quiet, antique-filled and off-the-beaten- track. Sit back & sip the best pu’’er tea in the city!


DISCOVER THE FORMER FRENCH CONCESSION with Spencer M. Dodington, co- director of Luxury Concierge China & senior architecture expert.


ERA ACROBATICS SHOW
pectacular - China’’s traditional art transformed Circe du Soleil- style for modern audiences.


THE FRIDAY MUSLIM MARKET
Rice pilaf and lamb dumplings at their most authentic at this weekly pre-prayers market for the city’’s Muslim community. Go at midday to catch the crowds. Bustling, fun and authentic.


FUXING PARK
Laid-out by the French 100 years ago in the heart of their Concession, this is still one of downtown’’s most pleasant green spaces. Any afternoon you’’ll find a parade of colorful local pastimes –– from kite- flying to ballroom dancing!


JEWISH REFUGEE MUSEUM
A moving memorial to the thousands of Jewish refugees that fled to Shanghai from Hitler’’s Europe. Housed in an old synagogue in the former Jewish Ghetto, this is a fascinating glimpse into the city’’s rich history.


LANES
Shanghai’’s hidden gems, the old residential lanes of downtown are an architectural blend of East and West –– half European terrace, half Chinese courtyard –– that are unique to the city and fast disappearing.


LUPU BRIDGE
Climb to the top for breathtaking views of the city - and some mild exercise!



SHOP TIL U DROP

CASA PAGODA
A unique home ware chain with 3 locations across town. At their Taikang Lu location enjoy a voyage through various styles of furniture & accessories; tribal to baroque, baroque to retro. Look out for the zebra print wing chairs!


DONG LIANG
This 3 story, multi-brand brand boutique located in the former French Concession is as hip as it gets. Garments, accessories & more from some 20 independent local designers.


FACE FURNITURE & DESIGN
This tucked-away little jewel of a showroom, on the 3rd floor of a superb mansion off Tai’’an Lu, specializes in custom- made upholstery and wood furniture. They also carry ceramics from Jingdezhen, artworks from Francisco Marin and Adriana Pinusanu, and sustainable products from Eco & More, Eco Bibi & Finch. The space is unique, the welcome warm and the products original –– we love their fur blankets! An adventure to find but worth the challenge. Be sure to spare some change for a lemon soda –– the real deal –– around the corner at Le Petit Franck in Ferguson Lane.


FACTORY FIVE
Bikes make a comeback with the in-crowd here at Factory Five. THE place for serious bikers looking for custom frames, hipsters after classic Chinese brands or anyone just wanting to tinker and obsess about bikes.


HAN FENG
Contemporary Chinese women’’s clothes and accessories with a focus on luxurious new materials.

 

EAT: LUNCH

BAKER & SPICE
A stylish artisanal bakery from the successful Wagas group. Bagels, cakes, baguettes, pastries, sandwiches, the lot. Don’’t miss the divine cup cakes - zucchini and carrot, anyone?


ELEMENT FRESH
Another thriving local chain with their 10 plus locations across town. Salads, wraps, Asian sets, breakfast, smoothies and more. Head to their Donghu Lu outlet for beautiful views over the former French Concession.


FIFTY 8* GRILL
Modern French Grill at the newly-opened Mandarin Oriental Pudong Shanghai. The lunch menu offers a small but stunning selection from surf and turf, and a divine selection of sides (caramized artichoke for one!). Impeccable service, as expected from the brand. Go!


KABB
For great burgers head to Gourmet Café in the Shanghai Center or Kabb in Xintiandi. Go to Sasha’’s on Hengshan Lu for upscale bar food and cocktails in an elegant old villa with garden.


LA STRADA
Great oven-fired thin-crust pizzas in a cosy dining space, reasonably-priced and always popular! Great coffee and deserts, and plentiful other dining, shopping and entertainment options on the bustling Anfu Road. If the 1st floor is full head to 2nd for Thai or Japanese, or 3rd for continental –– all floors run by the same top chef-owner.

 

WO JIA
This Shanghai institution is local home-style cooking at its finest. Two others restaurants, Yuan Yuan and Old Jessie, offer similar fare in more comfortable surroundings. Pick your favorite by sampling the braised pork belly (hongshao rou) at each –– the quintessential Shanghai dish.


YONGFOO ELITE
Chinese cuisine in an architectural jewel of the former French Concession. Stylish, low- key and uniquely Shanghai. Book a table on the terrace and order the Sweet & Sour Mandarin Fish, the Shanghai dumplings and the Kung Pao Chicken.


DANCE

BAR ROUGE
Simply an institution. Decadence Shanghai-style with a spectacular terrace and world-renowned DJs.

 

LE BARON

Trendy & Exclusive.  Beware the strict door policy. 

 

M1NT
A contemporary restaurant, bar and club. Mind the baby sharks by the entrance and the international celebs on the dance floor.

 

THE NEST

An all in one restaurant, bar and nightclub, by the Muse Group.  The Bund establishment where to be ... seen.  Alternatively, and for some more hardcore clubbing, you may consider heading to M2. 


SEE & DO, PART II

MOGANSHAN 50 ART AREA
The city’’s hub for Contemporary Chinese Art. Artist studios combine with galleries large and small to make one of China’’s most successful creative districts.


RED TOWN
A former steel factory is now one of the city’’s premiere creative hubs. Shanghai Sculpture Space and the renowned Minsheng Art Museum share space with galleries, cafes, restaurants and a unique park dotted with weird and wonderful works of art. Great for kids!

 

ROCKBUND ART MUSEUM

A large contemporary art space, in a splendid Art Deco Building restored by British architect David Chipperfield.
SHANGHAI HISTORY MUSEUM Often forgotten beneath the baubles of the Pearl Orient TV Tower, this little museum is a great taste of the city’’s colorful history.


SHANGHAI MUSEUM
World-beating collections of ancient Chinese art, porcelain, bronzes, jade, furniture and more. One of the best museums in China.


SHANGHAI PROPAGANDA POSTER ART CENTRE

With its collection of Chinese political posters from the last 60 years, this private museum is an important record of China’’s recent history. Mr Yuan the founder is a fount of information.

 

SHANGHAI WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER OBSERVATION DECK & SKYWALK
Go to the 100th floor at night before the lights go off and take in the city’’s stunning skyline.


T’’OU-SE-WE MUSEUM
Once an orphanage where Jesuit priests taught local children painting, printing and other skills, today this museum tells the little- known story of the city’’s Catholic heritage.


URBAN PLANNING EXHIBITION CENTER The massive scale model of the city on the 4th floor    is    breathtaking, a great introduction to this fascinating city and its constant maelstrom of change.


WUKANG ROAD
A stroll along this beautiful-lined street and its spectacular mansions, home to Shanghai’’s pre- war great and good, is a step into the city’’s glamorous past. Also its up-and-coming present –– a host of boutiques, bars and restaurants nestle in the lanes, where Shanghai’’s hip new wealth comes out to play.


YIFU THEATER
The city’’s main theater for Chinese opera, it stages regular highlights shows of both Peking and other Chinese opera forms. Enjoy the spectacular costumes, fighting    and    acrobatic skills    of    this    ancient art-form.


S.T.U.DROP P.II

JONAS’’ DESIGN
Who is Jonas Merian? Swiss, born in the mid 70’’s, with a background in prosthetics & orthotics, who changed paths to become an aclaimed designer and photographer. Made from reclaimed, reused and repurposed (Shanghai) materials, his handmade furniture & home accessories are stunningly unique - look out for the Suitcase Boombox, and Biscuit Box Ampliflier!


LUBAN LU FABRIC MARKET
Design your own collection at this 4-storey mall, where clothes can be measured, made and delivered in just a few days. Fun and affordable –– be sure to bargain!

 

MADAM MAO’’S DOWRY
What else but art & objects from the Mao period? Propaganda posters and photographs from the 50’’s, 60’’s, and 70’’s, antique furniture and the store’’s own branded accessories. Combine with a visit to Dong Liang just down the street and finish with a glass of chardonnay at Dr. Wine at 177 Fumin Lu.


MARY CHING
Stylish stilettos and slippers from Australian-Chinese designer Alison Yeung.


PLB CASHMERE
This retail chain offers a range of cashmere products. Good value & beautifully designed.


SHANG XIA
Hermès’’ Chinese design concept, a first for a global luxury brand in China, Shang Xia fuses contemporary style with Chinese traditions, offering beautiful apparel, decor and accessories that are at once uniquely Asian and utterly Hermès. 

 

SONG FANG MAISON DE THÉ

The city’’s ‘‘Masion de Thé’’ for special tea blends in elegantly kitsch caddies!


SPIN CERAMICS
A modern take on China’’s ancient art, combining traditional elegance with cheeky humor.


TIANZIFANG AT TAI KANG LU Shanghai’’s Greenwich Village or Portobello Road: a trendy pedestrian neighborhood of cafés, bars and boutiques.


SUZHOU COBBLERS
Just yards from the Bund’’s flashy flagship stores lies Suzhou Cobblers, where Shanghai designer Denise Huang sells her hand-made shoes and more. Using beautiful embroidered silks and traditional craftsmanship, her designs playfully blend Chinese culture with modern style. The stars are the ladies’’ shoes, but don’’t miss the men’’s shoes, cool bags, hats and toys. Come sample the great design things happening in China!


URBAN TRIBE (BOUTIQUE * GALLERY * TEAHOUSE) is their concept and we approve. Go to the Fuxing Lu location! The space is a jewel, with beautiful ceramic tea sets, handmade jewelry, highly original garments, refined wool blankets and more. Relax over tea in their private garden out back.


WE ADORE

MR AND MRS BUND’’S DESSERTS

SPENCER DODINGTON’’S MAGICAL ART DECO TOUR

FIFI AT HELEN’’S NAIL SPA

THE PENINSULA'S SUPERB SUITES

JONAS DESIGN’’S LAMPS

APERITIF AT THE LONG BAR, WALDORF ASTORIA

WO JIA’’S GONG BAO JI DING

AN EVENING IN WUZHEN

THE PARTY SUITES OF THE SWATCH ART PEACE HOTEL

MERCATO’’S PIZZAS

THE LOBBY OF THE PULI HOTEL

SIPPING COCKTAILS AT FLAIR OVER SUNSET

ART SALON’’S SWEET & SOUR EGGPLANTS

A HOT STONE MASSAGE AT YUAN SPA

THE SPLENDID SAKE GLASS SET AT SPIN CERAMICS

THE SHADES OF GREEN AT YONGFOO ELITE

BREAKFAST AT XIN WANG AFTER A NIGHT OF CLUBBING

THE DIM SUM BRUNCH AT SI JI CHUAN

FERGUSON LANE

ULTRAVIOLET BY PAUL PAIRET

AFTERNOON TEA AT URBAN TRIBE ON FUXING LU

THE MINT SALAD AT SPICE BAZAAR

THE PRIVATE SAKE TASTING ROOM AT CORDUROV


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