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UR Shanghai
by LUXE City Guides

  • 10 Corso Como

    Carla Sozzani brings her high-styley, Euro-centric Milan playground to China, and it's a gleaming vision of steel, glass and plenty of flash. There's fashion for guys, gals, plus accessories, cosmetics, books and mags, plus caff in this massive lifestyle concept wonderland.

  • 100 Century Ave
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    A feast for the eyes as well as the palate, with live Western, Chinese and Japanese show kitchens, pastry counter and huge wine cellar. Add floor-to-ceiling windows and pilot's seat vistas of river and city from one of the world's tallest buildings.

  • 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana
    Glam Restaurants

    Restrained Rockbund nook where chef Umberto's famed, Michelin-spangled, sophisti-modern northern Italian flavour bombs take Shanghai with serious swagger. Freshly baked bread and homemade pastas star alongside house-cured meats and heavenly imported cheeses. The walk-in wine cellar boasts 3,000+ bottles.

  • Art Labor

    Global and Chinese boundary-pushing pieces in one of the former French Concession's largest gallery spaces, with high ceilings, moveable walls and lighting, plus a compact outdoor space.

  • Asianera
    Home & Furny

    Fetching traditional ceramics reborn in contempo chic form, with beautiful handpainted motifs lightly touched by a western design aesthetic. There's nowhere better for fine bone china, and you can even design your own. Call ahead for an appointment at the showroom.

  • Baker & Spice
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Refuel on homebaked goodies as you flop at the large communal table in this woody mid-shop pit stop. Can't select from the spread? The farmhouse carrot cake and a latte or, go on, glass of wine, will have you raring for retail round two.

  • Banmoo
    Home & Furny

    Local designer Lv Yongzhong is wowing the global scene with his simple, directional woodworking skills, manifesting in beautiful, unusual furny, tableware and sundries. His room-changers embody modern functionality with the bonus of being conversation starters. Items can be customised and special ordered too.

  • Bar Constellation
    Relaxed Bars

    In-the-know cocktail pursuers pack into this narrow, no frills Nippon bar for 500+ single malts and an extensive list of smooth tipples. Go early to nab one of the coveted booths, or try one of the more spacious sister bars Constellation III and IIII.

    86 Xinle Lu, by Xiangyang Bei Lu
  • Bespoke Travel Company

    The cats PJ's for personal experiences, ace custom crawls and unique outings across the city, plus signature thematic tours and neighbourhood jaunts. Foodies will also love the xiaolongbao (soup dumpling) classes and bespoke cocktail making. Book.

  • Body & Soul Medical Clinics

    Traveller's aches and pains begone! Check into this trad Chinese medicine centre, offering holistic herbal remedies, reflexology, acupuncture, physiotherapy and more in an elegant, urban sanctuary.

  • Bodyworks
    Fitness & Yoga

    Too many dumplings? Scorch the carbs and stretch it out at this bright studio with reformer and mat Pilates and yoga, plus physiotherapy and guided corrective exercises to target back pain and poor posture. Three in one, done!

    95 Rm 201, 2/F, Wuyi Lu, near Yan'an Xi Lu
  • Brocade Country

    Lovely, curated collection of vintage embroidery and textiles handmade by ethnic Miao craftswomen, hailing from the tiny tribes and villages of China's southwest. Stock up on embellished skirts, jackets and accessories plus silver bangles to bring a bit of colour to a monochrome urban wardrobe.

    616 Julu Lu, by Xiangyang Bei Lu
  • Candor
    Smart Casual Bars

    A bit of Vegas, a bit of Carnivale, a bit of all-round camp... Et voila, you have craft sip ship Candor, rocking more than a smuge of rouge, swanky chandeliers and velvet loungers for late nighters. Ask Aaron Feder about the signature Ramos Gin Fizz (which takes 30min and 6 people to make), or come on Fri/Sat nights for open format performances incl. circus perforners, contact juggling, burlesque, drag and comedy.

    432 Shaanxi Nan Lu, by Yongjia Lu
  • Char Bar
    Smart Casual Bars

    South Bund sweetie with a still-under-the-radar open air panorama patio offering an unrivalled aspect over both sides of the river bend. Just add yum pours, and you've got ground zero for the city's hippest kittens.

    585 30/F, Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, by Dongmen Lu
  • Cha’s
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Join the perma-lines for this retro, chequerboard floored, cantopop drenched, 1950s-esque Hong Kong diner, an enduring hit with hungry locals in search of traditional, greasy spoon 'cha chaan teng' staples.

    30 1/F, Sinan Lu, by Huaihai Zhong Lu
  • CHI, The Spa
    Day Spas

    Softly-lit, contemporary Asian resort-style relaxation haven, with treatments based on the five elements for a balanced you. Unique ancient Chinese and Himalayan therapies, signature colour baths, caviar and jade facials, plush robes and swish suites. Add foot reflexology, mani/pedi and men's skincare menu for the ol' grump.

  • China Art Palace
    Museums & Art

    Pudong pavilion with the world's largest cache of mod Chinese art and int'l works, laid out over five expansive floors. Start at the top and work your way down through time, and you'll be treated to an artful journey of kitsch propaganda posters and animated short films.

    205 World Expo Park, Shangnan Lu
  • Chinese Cooking Workshop

    You'll not only taste China's myriad provinces while prepping dishes from noodles to dim sum, but also learn much more than just cooking techniques along the way. Watch the tightly-knit sleeve of Middle Kingdom cuisine unravel before your very eyes.

  • Chun
    Relaxed Restaurants

    The framed sign at this private kitchen (read: four-table foodie desti) is a Chinese lament that Kelly Hoppen refused to do the interior. No menu, no English – eat what the chef serves. The real deal for market-fresh, home-style Shanghainese cuisine. Book ahead and arrive on time.

    124 Jinxian Lu, by Maoming Nan Lu
  • City Shop
    Food & Drink

    Smart and delectable international pantry for your Wagyu and Burrata needs, with organic veg planted by own-brand wholesalers City Farm.

    1376 B/F, Shanghai Centre, Nanjing Xi Lu
  • Comme Moi

    Catwalk queen-turned-designer Lu Yan knows a thing or two about couture, with flirty frocks and separates modelled on her personal style. Strike a pose!

    169 Donghu Hotel Annex Bldg, Xinle Lu
  • Coquille
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Boston lobster, Dungeness crab, oysters, abalone n' prawns – you can get the whole sea-bang with the most splurge-worthy platter in town. Banker-turned-restaurateur John Liu's bi-level bistro is a paean to fab, forward French cuisine. More like cui-scene!

    29-31 Mengzi Lu, by Xujiahui Lu
  • Crystal Jade
    Relaxed Restaurants

    A heaving glass n' granite delight, serving up plenty of loud Cantonese din plus a sprinkle of Shanghainese hustle and a dash of Beijinger bustle. Dim sum, duck and crispy pork belly are the standouts.

    Bldg 6-7, Sth Block Xintiandi, Lane 123 Xingye Lu
  • Cupola at Three
    Glam Restaurants

    Special occasion, you say? Imagine an intimate, romantic rooftop dining room just for two, with iconic Bund skyline panorama, a butler, the sommeliers and chefs of Jean-Georges and complete privacy. The mood is set; the rest is up to you. Lunch & dinner daily.

  • D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Don't be fooled by the industrial-cool vibe, this nabe Italian bistro is all heart n' soul. The downstairs buzzes with the piece de resistance, a massive pizza oven, while upstairs awaits a sunny patio and fine dining space.

  • Dazhong Taxis

    The most dependable taxis and drivers in town, so don't bother with another. Or, call AsiaLimo / 5358 0168 / asialimo.com when a cab won't do.

  • Di Shui Dong
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Spicy, sour, and earthy nibbles hailing from Mao's birthplace (Hunan) in an expansive upstairs country-style room, plus private dining dens. Locals flock here for taste bud tingles, large portions and budget-friendly prices in a super casj and frill-free atmosphere. Don't miss the spareribs.

    56 2/F, Maoming Nan Lu, by Changle Lu
  • Din Tai Fung
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Show up early (or prepare to queue) to this mighty Taiwanese chain, now a well-oiled and world-famous dumpling machine, for faultless soup-filled morsels and an ace Xintiandi aspect.

    Unit 11A, 2/F, Bldg 6, Sth Block Xintiandi, Lane 123 Xingye Lu
  • Dong Liang

    Three-storey, multi-brand, one-stop lane house boutique for the crème de la crème of China's homegrown fashion talent, from togs to bags to brogues, impeccably curated by Tasha Liu. Go local!

  • el Efante
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    More of Willy's moreish, med-focused menu, this time in a restored French Concession colonial villa with a sunny patio. Expect perfectly aimed Spanish and Italian flavour bombs, while the deli sells specialty cured meats and small-batch imported cheeses.

  • El Ocho
    Smart Casual Bars

    Tucked-away heritage honey replete with speakeasy staples: lashings of exposed brick, timber, high-vaulted ceilings, low lighting and oversized leather-velvet furny combo. The drinks are anything but standard – potent, precision classic cocktails attract a sophisty, sybaritic crowd.

    99 3/F, Taixing Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu
  • el Willy
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Set foot inside this exposed brick Bund-side boite with playful painted glass sculptures, and wrap your mouth around chef 'Willy' Trullas Moreno's colourful, contempo, seasonal Spanish tidbits – and you'll instantly see why he's still going strong after all these years.

    22 5/F, South Bund /Zhongshan Dong Er Lu
  • elEFANTE
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    The Med-focused sister of Shang's fave el Willy entices with the chef's tasty tapas plates and tidbits fired up over the natural charcoal grill, best enjoyed on the breezy terrace. Ace brunch, too.

  • Era: Intersection of Time

    Ooh and aah at China's take on Cirque du Soleil, where acrobatics, theatre, martial arts, dance, live music and high-flying daredevilism are aided by technical wizardry and colourful costumes in an intimate circular theatre. Schmick.

  • Fabric Market

    Mod, busy and touristy home to hundreds of tailors and mountains of fabric. The options can be overwhelming so bring items to copy or photos of simple shifts. Try stall #300 for Chinese silks, #215 for comfy cashmere and #330 for light suiting, and remember to bargain like mad.

    399 Lujiabang Lu, by Nanchang Jie
  • Feine Cashmere

    Scarves, shawls n' sweaters, pastels to muted neutrals, tots to adults.

    392 Wukang Lu, by Tai'an Lu
  • Fifty 8º Grill
    Glam Restaurants

    Visionary Michelin-lauded Dutchman Richard Ekkebus' temple to French artisan ingredients, served in a striking Deco-esque salon. Slink into one of the leather banquettes and indulge in the coveted Blackmore purebred Australian Wagyu, grilled faultlessly over an open fire.

  • Flair
    Smart Casual Bars

    This split-level rooftop playground in the clouds (or smog) brings Shang's movers and shakers eye to eye with the iconic Oriental Pearl. Get spectac views over Pudong, the river, and the sprawling metropolis beyond. After catching your breath, dine on Asian small plates or the flip-fresh raw bar.

  • Fu 1039
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    This alluring madame has placed everyone under a spell, in her restored 1930s villa packing piles of period charm, a tinkling piano, and top local fare incl. smoked fish and shredded tofu.

    1039 Yuyuan Lu, by Jiangsu Lu
  • Fu 1088
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    This alluring madame has everyone under a spell, with her antique-y private rooms and old-school plates.

    375 Zhenning Lu
  • Garden Books
    Books, Stationery & Music

    The motherlode of English language books, plus a kids' section with play area and cute caff too.

  • Glam
    Smart Casual Bars

    Grown ups' only, sophisty Bund spot of Fellini Martinis, crystal beads, mismatched chairs, and Chef Pollitt's Med-tinged small plates.

    5 7/F, The Bund, enter via Guangdong Lu
  • Grand Theatre

    Sink into the red seats of French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier's futuristic centrepiece, housing regular world-class performances from whistles and bells musicals to intimate chamber music concerts. By night the crystal box, home base to the Shanghai Opera House Company, glows from within.

  • Green Massage

    Stylish locals swear by Green for a quick kink fix, and with six branches citywide it's easy to see why. On point acupressure rubdowns, wraps and scrubs tackle stress from top to toe. Mommy-to-be treatments also available.

  • Gu Yi
    Relaxed Restaurants

    It's worth the bonkers queue – the spiced-up Hunan chilli kicks and big-city bustle is ground zero for the style and smarty-party set. Grab a beer and go very early.

  • Han Feng

    One of the pioneers of Chinese couture, Han Feng cut her design teeth in NYC, and easily straddles influences from east and west when she designs for international celebs and creates costumes for major theatre productions. Visit her studio for pretty frocks plus handbags and scarves featuring her signature pleated flowers.

  • Henan Lamian
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Brave the unassuming facade and no-frills 'decor' for hand-pulled noodles at this 24-hr family-run shop, staffed by young cousins from Henan province and open till late. Attracts legions of clubgoers with its after-hours crowd pleasers.

    607 Changle Lu, by Donghu Lu
  • Henkes
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Sprawling, terraced trattoria and wine bar in shopping central, where Aussie chef Craig Willis dishes Med pates in a casual but polished, dim-lit atmos. The cafe counter offers carry out pastries and sandwiches.

  • Heyday
    Smart Casual Bars

    Throwback jazz in China? You betcha at this intimate, vintage nook with nightly live local and int'l music and a mean barrel-aged Negroni.

    50 Tai'an Lu, by Xingguo Lu
  • HoF
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Give into the sinful, sensual, sweet tooth seduction by a St. Regis pastry alumni, with mini-puddings, artisan chox, and airy cakes in uber stylish digs serving cocktails later. You simply can't say no...

    30 Sinan Lu, by Huaihai Zhong Lu
  • House of Blues & Jazz

    The city's hep cats hop into this two-storey live music lounge for high-calibre global acts in a brooding, carved wood manse a mere dumpling toss from the Bund.

    60 Fuzhou Lu, near the Bund
  • Huashi Pharmacy

    A reputable source for pill poppers.

    1376 Rm 206, Shanghai Centre, Nanjing Xi Lu
  • Imperial Tours

    US-run, Beijing-based and the smartest outfit for tours in Shanghai and all around China.

  • Jack Peng
    Jewellery & Accessories

    The best cobbler in the city handcrafts high quality dress shoes, brogues, boots, loafers and pumps out of imported European calfskin, cowhide, croc, ostrich and suede. The made-to-order service lets you choose from the design portfolio, selecting every detail down to coloured laces, or go totally bespoke.

    283 2/F, South Tower, Hong Kong Plaza, Huaihai Zhong Lu
  • Jean-Georges
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Oh honey! It's out with the dark and in with the light, where striking layers of muted brass, glass and mirror bring this 1916 Bund-side building back to life. Monsieur JG's Asian-influenced, mod Gallic cuisine is the very tasty cherry on top.

    3 4/F, Three on the Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, enter on Guangdong Lu
  • Jesse
    Relaxed Restaurants

    You're here for the scrumptious, seasonal cooking, not the drab décor (or contortionist's loo). Pack into the diminutive diner to scarf Shang staples like drunken crab, braised pork shoulder, and sweet dates stuffed with glutinous rice. This branch is the original, and the best, so book ahead.

    41 Tianping Lu, by Huaihai Lu
  • Judy Hua

    Homegrown art collector turned fashion designer and Fashion Week regular, Judy is the go-to couturier for Shang socialites seeking ultra femme cocktail party pieces and one-offs, made with her signature edgy-meets-elegant modern aesthetic.

  • Kappo Yu
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Little sis to Oyama and a starlet in her own right, with a bang-on seasonal 10-course kaiseki served at a lipstick red bar counter, or in two small tatami private rooms. Book ahead.

    33 Wuxing Lu, by Huaihai Zhong Lu
  • LAB
    Smart Casual Bars

    Walls lined with premium spirits, candlelit elegant situ, and dapper drinkers set the scene in this hip-happening, two-tiered Jing'an sipster best known for its excellent whisky selection.

    1093 Wuding Lu, by Jiaozhou Lu
  • Le Baron

    Uber-exclusive Parisian transplant stuffed like a drag queen's bra with slebs, socialistas and international DJs. Dress code applies, so gussy up.

    20 7F, Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Lu
  • Le Salon

    Ana and Laurent cut and colour some of the chicest heads in town, from society dames to soccer moms and models. Foot massages and mani/pedis while you primp = ace added pamper.

    570 Rm 332, Bldg 3, Surpass Court, Yongjia Lu, by Yueyang Lu
  • Leo Xu

    Fresh, dynamic cross-media shows and exhibits by young local talent plus established international names. The gallery also brings together artists from other disciplines, such as architecture and music, to foster creative dialogue.

  • Lilli’s Shanghai
    Jewellery & Accessories

    Intricate, handmade bijoux in semi and precious gems and myriad pearls, to be purchased prêt-à-sparkle or created bespoke. You can also bring the in-house goldsmiths your old, tired jewellery and leave with a freshly polished and redesigned piece. Recycling should always be this fun! Plus bags, accessories and baby gifts.

    1051 1D, Maosheng Mansion, Xinzha Lu
  • Liquid Laundry
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Not your regular rinse n' dry. Kelly Lee's upscale micro brewhouse is a real crowdpleaser, with buzzing all-day atmos, a dozen rotating brews on tap (try the Workday IPA or Puxi Patrol Porter), a cocktail bar churning out crafted mixes, bourbons and whiskys... And then mop it all up with wood-fired pizzas and homemade charcuterie.

    1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu, 2/F K Wah Centre
  • Lolo Love Vintage
    Jewellery & Accessories

    Nostalgic for the Shang of yesteryear? Well, she's gone for good, but you can dress the part at Lolo Lou's vintage root n' rummage, flogging threads mainly from the '20s and '40s – shoes, bags, jewels, antique dolls, even crockery.

    2 Yongfu Lu, by Wuyuan Lu
  • Long Bar
    Smart Casual Bars

    Revisit Old Shanghai at this glamorous deco dame, first opened in the early C.20th Shanghai Club and home to the longest bar in the Far East. Today, the 34-metre mahogany beauty is matched by dark wood panels, leather chesterfields, single malts and Cuban cigars.

  • Lost Heaven
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Sultry, tribal villa sought out by Shang's movers and eaters in search of unique, piquant dishes hailing from the Yunnan province, featuring Thai, Laotian and Burmese border influences. The French Concession outlet, with its enchanting decor, subtle candlelight is more romantic than bigger Bund-side sib.

  • Luxury Concierge China

    The best way to learn about old Shanghai is to explore the Bund and backstreets, probe into old areas and industrial buildings. Flamboyant architect Spencer Dodington will organise anything you need in Shanghai - tours, assistance, events, maybe even silk undies.

  • Lynn
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Whack on your stretch slacks and gorge on toothsome Shanghai and Hong Kong delights in this stylish resto, which is especially packed on the weekends with all-you-can-eat dim sum.

    99-1 Xikang Lu, by Nanjing Xi Lu
  • M on the Bund
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Slinky pet with pops of indigo, and a veritable Shang institution for both its unbeatable Bund-site terrace, as well as its ace fare from eggs benny to a shareable Danish Smorrebrod. Whatever you do, don't miss the Pavlova for dessert.

  • M50

    Warehouse-sized studios abound in this old industrial park surrounded by graffiti and crammed with contempo art plus cafes and bars. Check out OV / 6217 2881 / ovgallery.com / for thematic exhibitions and workshops, and experimental and tad controversial pieces at stageBACK / 6276 9932 / stage-back.org.

  • M97

    This contempo and fine art photo gallery is first stop for leading local snappers including Chi Peng and Huang Xiaoliang, with occasional special exhibits held by international shutterbugs too.

    363 1/F, Changping Lu, by Shaanxi Bei Lu
  • Magda Danysz Gallery

    Shanghai sister to the Parisian original, this contemporary gallery is housed in a hangar-sized Yangpu space, exhibiting new media works by emerging Chinese artists and hosting discussions, screenings and events.

  • Maison Dada
    Home & Furny

    Surrealist meets trad Chinese, totally unexpected homewares like ticking clock rocking chairs, voluptuous Paloma sofas, and other mod, totally of-the-moment pieces you must have for your pad.

  • Masala Art
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Sop up the fragrant curries and flavours of Rajasthan and beyond, all without fear of Delhi belly, at this spartan, simple, and perennially popular parlour. Bollywood-themed banquet in the back room for last-minute parties.

    397 Dagu Lu, by Shimen Yi Lu
  • Matthew Liu Fine Arts

    Ex-financier Matt has set up shop amid the restored neo-classical facades of the Rockbund Development, repping German photog Candida Höfer, Arranz-Bravo from Spain and Brazil's Vik Muniz, and a show schedule rotating six times yearly.

    115 Yuanmingyuan Lu, Suite 201-203
  • Maya
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    More Tinseltown chic than Tex-Mex, with hacienda-like arches, off-white and sandy hues, Latin beats and a spruce crowd. Dive headfirst into tacos and tequila, then when you're as stuffed as a chile relleno, retire to the Hustlers Lounge.

    568 2/F, Clubhouse, Shanghai Grand Plaza, Julu Lu
  • Mercato
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Jean-Georges shows off his inner Giorgio with crowd-wowing seasonal Italian plates including fan favourite wood-fired pies and handmade pastas, served up in a rough-luxe rustic riverside looker. From oui to si!

    3 6/F, Three On The Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, enter on Guangdong Lu
  • Mia’s Yunnan Kitchen
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Pull up a pew at one of the communal wooden tables in this earthy neighbourhood go-to, and tuck into a guilt-free feast of home-style Yunnan delights.

    45 Anfu Lu, by Changshu Lu
  • Ming Qing Fushi Dian

    For ladies seeking a qipao more timeless than trendy, this is a local go-to for meticulous, trad handiwork and embroidery. The long-serving chief tailor is not afraid to turn his hand to unique bridal wear or non-trad fabrics like wool and lace.

    201 Changle Lu
  • MoCA Shanghai
    Museums & Art

    Pint-sized crystal cabin packing quite the art punch, from Li Lei's abstracts to Gaudi archi and Ferragamo shoe-oohs. Afterwards, take a perch in the 3/F cafe, overlooking the pretty park greenery.

  • Mr & Mrs Bund
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Brasserie dishes under French food wizard Paul Pairet's influence, plus global delicacies to please the Shang clique in svelte, silver-grey surrounds with a snazz patio-ette and coveted Pudong views.

    18 6/F, Bund 18, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Nanjing Dong Lu
  • Mr. Willis
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Pull up a leather-backed chair in this chillaxed, urban timber loft, with sunlight streaming in and steaming pots of java, and tuck into the sophisti mod Med comfort fare plus breakfast classics.

  • Naked Stables Private Reserve

    No, silly, we're not sending you to a nudist camp. This eco-luxe resort and equestrian reserve in the Moganshan hills is perfect for relaxing weekends away. The tree top villas boast mountain-view terraces and hot tubs, plus all the hiking, horse-riding, swim and spa R&R you need.

  • Napa Wine Bar and Kitchen
    Relaxed Bars

    Oenophiles can either sit at the central show bar or tour the 350 sq m cellar for top-shelf global pours, inspired by the namesake wine country. Combine with chef Patrick Dang's ambitious tasting menus, or just dive in.

    22 2/F, Bund 22, Zhongshan Dong Er Lu
  • Oriental Taipan

    Pick a DVD, plonk yourself on a recliner, position your LCD, and let the masseuse work their magic on tired trotters and shopper’s shoulders. Oh, and did we mention unlimited bites and bevs too? Extremely popular, book well ahead.

    39 Donghu Lu, by Xinle Lu
  • Parkway Health

    This excellent, English-friendly clinic is a local one-stop shop for all your shots, boo-boos, medical and dental disasters.

    1376 Suite 203-4, Shanghai Centre, West Retail Plaza, Nanjing Xi Lu
  • Pearl Lam

    The eponymous, HK-based designer's creamy white Shanghai outpost displays contemporary, multidisciplinary works from the likes of Lei Hong and Zhu Jinshi. If bigger is better, visit the downstairs gallery for large-scale installations.

  • People 7
    Smart Casual Bars

    Urbane two-storey stunner with concrete walls, glowing bar, corrugated ceilings and secret sliding door entrance. It's all about the delicately proportioned Asian fusion fare, extensive cocktail list, and wholly unpretentious, chilled-out vibe.

    805 Julu Lu, by Fumin Lu
  • People’s Square

    This former horse racecourse is now a one-stop cultural park to get your fab art fill. Archi-symbolic Shanghai Museum houses dynastic relics and rarities, while the glass-paned beauty MoCA draws international contempo heavyweights. The Urban Planning Exhibition Hall sounds like a boring old crud, but on the 4/F is a fascinating scale model of the shape of Shanghai to come. All cultured out? Plant your bot in the red seats of French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier's futuristic centrepiece the Grand Theatre for regular world-class performances. Ta-da!

  • Philippe Le Bac Cashmere

    This chic French chain supplies cashmere to a number of luxury brands, but also retails super soft classics (m/w). Cosy-up in pullovers, sweater dresses and scarves in a rainbow of colours. Silky bags and strokable shoes too.

  • Pin Chuan
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Expat fave in an old Shang mansion with outdoor patio, where gentle tongue-tickling spices are whipped into creative dishes by three master chefs from the Sichuan capital. The chilli rating system is helpful for timid taste buds, while spice lovers go bold.

  • Power Station of Art
    Museums & Art

    Is that a giant smokestack or is China's first state-run contemporary art museum just excited to be the host of the Shanghai Biennale? Once a power station, now a giant exhibition hall for oversized works, plus vista-tastic terrace.

  • RedTown

    Up n' coming mammoth quadrangle encompassed by converted factories, with open air exhibits and Shanghai Sculpture Space / 6280 5629 / sss570.com / as the focus, plus fab garden. Futuristic Minsheng Art Museum / 6282 8729 / minshengart.com / has emerging Sino names and screenings – entry is half price after 6pm.

  • Rockbund Art Museum
    Museums & Art

    Six-storey all-media giant rotates through big and new names from the uber-cool Chinese contempo scene. The Chipperfield-redesigned Art Deco edifice at the north end of the Bund has a sixth floor terrace cafe and pretty interior atrium.

  • Rosa Gallica

    Let the bouquets and pots do the talking at this pretty bloom room where flowers are imported from Kunming.

    376 Ferguson Lane, Wukang Lu, near Hunan Lu
  • Sanctuary
    Day Spas

    Pollution, dry air, and the stress of Shanghai's pace = seriously bad face. Luckily, spa and science unite here with medically-trained therapists giving the city's best basic, no-faff facials in a mod, blond-wood space. Devotees love the Sanctuary brand prods, too.

    171 Rm 402, Jianguo Zhong Lu
  • Senator Saloon
    Smart Casual Bars

    Handsome American Old West imbiber with a mean whiskey, rye and rare bourbon specialty – there are more than fifty bottles behind the bar. Dim-lit, movie-set feel, but the nostalgic cocktails and hand-crafted specials are the real deal. Giddy up.

  • Shang Xia
    Home & Furny

    Made in China is now covetable with Hermès-backed designer Jiang Qiong Er's exquisite, heritage-influenced furny and fash. Expect two enchanting floors of ethereal retail therapy, plus an “experience room” on level three for VIPs. Souvenir shopping? A craftsman wraps the brand's delicate tea sets in woven bamboo on site.

  • Shanghai Center of Photography
    Museums & Art

    An arts district is emerging down at the 8km-long West Bund Cultural Corridor, and the SCoP is a small but innovative spot founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning Liu Heung Shing, one of China's foremost shutterbugs. Part gallery and part museum for contempo and archival photography, it's certainly worth a capture in your lens.

    2555 Longteng Dadao
  • Shanghai Film Museum
    Museums & Art

    Immerse yourself in more than 100 years of China's film history at this slick monochrome home to 3,000+ artefacts, working studios, 70+ interactive installations, thousands of historic exhibits, touch screens and a 4D cinema.

    595 Caoxi Bei Lu, by Puhuitang Lu
  • Shanghai Gallery of Art

    Vaulted, world-class showcase space with a focus on Asian contempo, boasting river views and a chic Bund location (with prices to match), and prominent Chinese artists like Zhang Xiaogang and Gu Dexin along with international heavyweights like Anish Kapoor and Richard Wilson.

    3 3/F, Three on the Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
  • Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center
    Museums & Art

    See red at this private museum, with a collection of 6,000+ Mao-era propaganda posters, from cartoons to industrial-size prints and militaristic motifs. Don't miss the hundreds of Shanghai Lady Calendar prints dating from the early C.20th.

  • Shanghai Sculpture Space
    Museums & Art

    A mid C.20th steel stalwart has been carefully restored and cleverly repurposed as a gallery complex and outdoor garden, homing a rotating inventory of strange and wonderful massive modern sculptures.

  • Shanghai Tang

    Sparkly, 1930s cinematic digs house this heritage tailoring brand with international appeal, all 10,000 sq ft showcasing the line of eminently wearable east-meets-west men's and womenswear, plus fab decor, accessories and gifts.

  • Shanghai Tower

    Go on a clear day (that means weather AND smog) to ogle Pudong, Puxi and beyond from atop this soaring 632m high observation deck. It's the tallest in China, and hands down the most impressive vantage point in the city.

  • ShanghART / H-Space

    Shanghai's most reliable gallery is an omni-media installation space showing mod Chinese and int'l artists in a revamped warehouse with well-informed staff. The library and archives can be viewed by appointment, and nearby H-Space homes larger-than-life exhibits from contempo creatives.

  • Shiliupu Material Market

    Four-storey, 300-stall mecca for textile shoppers and English-speaking tailor seekers. The experienced seamstresses here will whip up simple items in a day or two and deliver to your hotel.

    Dongmen Lu, at Zhonghua Lu, nr Yu Gardens
  • Shintori
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    This industrial minimalist jaw-dropper combines sky-high ceilings, mezzanine seating, and open kitchen with uber-hip vibe and Nippon plates. Follow the bamboo path through the unmarked entrance, and imbibe at svelte urbane lair People 7 pre or post.

    803 Julu Lu, by Fumin Lu
  • Sichuan Citizen
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Fiery, palate-tickling central Chinese spice, served in a sultry, kitschy-chic bamboo and wood outfit. The menu runs the gamut from simple stir-fries and veggie pleasers to bold delicacies like tongue, tripe, and spicy pig's heart.

    30 Donghu Lu, by Huaihai Lu
  • Song Fang Maison de Thé
    Food & Drink

    Step into this atmospheric 1930s lane house, sink into a wicker chair and sip fine teas from Yunnan, Assam and beyond. Later, take your favourite teas to go in signature kitsch azure tins.

  • Speak Low
    Smart Casual Bars

    Amid Shanghai's speakeasy saturation, the Japanese-style precision tipples from ex NY-barman Shingo Gokan are worth the faff. Multi-level cocktail haven heaving with literal social climbers – the higher you go, the more exclusive (and the more purse-tugging). Ask for the eponymous Speak Low, a bittersweet, choc-Bacardi-sherry concoction.

  • Spicy Joint (Xin Xiang Hui)
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Craving a Chengdu peppercorn sensation? Follow the hip young thangs to the tables at this bright, mod spice box, and then dig into the satisfying and tongue-numbing signature Sichuan menu.

    500 4/F, Jinling Dong Lu, People’s Square, by Xizang Lu
  • Spin Ceramics
    Home & Furny

    A pale, delicate, luminous glaze adorns these mod table and décor ceramics produced in Jingdezhen, the long ago global porcelain capital of the world. Organic shapes and simple lines dominate the elegant, minimalist collection, while non-porcelain covetables include polished wooden trays and lacquer chopsticks. Cut-price factory seconds too.

  • Strip

    Got more bush than Australia? Breathe deep and go Brazilian at this sassy anti-fur salon. And while you're there, visit sis Browhaus for perfectly tamed arches too, you dashing diva.

  • Studio Rouge

    Peek into director and curator George Michell's white-hot Bund-side gallery for an introduction to Beijing's avant-garde art world, where a stable of about 20 established and upcoming artists find a home for their paintings, collages, and richly-imagined, whimsically-executed objets d'art.

  • Subconscious Day Spa
    Day Spas

    Counter the grit in lemongrass-infused, wood-panelled environs with ace eco-friendly dermal fixes, top-to-tootsies massages and organic beauty prods plus yoga, Reiki and meditation. Omm!

  • Sumerian Coffee
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Jing'an stalwart roasting their own artisan beans in wood-beamed surrounds, plus the house line of Boom Boom Bagels and locally-crafted Strictly Cookies.

    415 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu
  • Sushi Oyama
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Book ahead for a coveted perch in this itsy bitsy 14-seat talk of the town, and sample chef Oyama-san's divine daily omakase, sourcing raw cuts jet-fresh from Japan.

    20 2/F, Donghu Lu, by Huaihai Lu
  • Suzhou Cobblers

    Granny's silk slippers get a C.21st update c/o graphic designer turned sole sister Denise Huang. Much coveted by Shanghai's stylistas, her flamboyant, embroidered silk footwear are stiched and sewn by master artisans. Denise also runs craft workshops (origami, brooch-making and the like) from her lovely lil' shop just off the Bund.

    17 Rm 101, Fuzhou Lu, by Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
  • Suzhou Museum
    Museums & Art

    Escape the city for this I.M. Pei-designed art space in white stucco, glass and bold geometric shapes, set amid C.19th houses and two UNESCO sites. Inside are Ming and Qing dynasty antiques in jade and porcelain, plus calligraphy, paintings and rotating special exhibitions.

  • The Botanist
    Smart Casual Bars

    Like Matt Damon's survival yurt in The Martian, but swapping slinky glass n' chrome for aluminum and burnt craters. Plant-clad walls and herb-focused tipples; if you want lemongrass, mint, thyme or sage in it, you got it...

    17 Xiangyang Bei Lu, by Changle Lu
  • The Bull & Claw
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Industrial vibe and convivial atmos, but who's really paying attention to the decor when you have live lobsters flown in daily from Nova Scotia, Australian prime steaks, and 18 craft beers on tap? Triff brunch and service, too.

    110 Fenyang Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu
  • The Cannery
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Bringing a mid-century mod Vancouver vibe to downtown Shanghai is this glowing, amber-lit, copper-ceilinged, plate-glass window'd sib to The Nest. Flip-fresh Canadian West Coast seafood is the star attraction – think oysters and lobster – and a booze cruise of craft 'tails, beers, bourbons, ryes and Canook whiskies. With top service to boot, all that's missing is the Mounty. Res essential.

    1107 Room 106, Building 1, Yuyan Lu, near Jiangsu Lu
  • The Chinoise Story
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    This dramatic, curvaceous jewel with creamy booths and lofty ceilings is home to Hong Kong-born and Toronto-based star chef Susur Lee's steamy, sumptuous mouthfuls, deftly imbued with Western flair.

    59 Jinjiang Hotel Shanghai, Maoming Nan Lu
  • The Commune Social
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Maze alum Scott Melvin helms Jason Atherton's convivial triple-whammy tapas, dessert, and cocktail bar, housed in a red brick former police station with fab terrace. After, try the cheekily monikered Jing'An Juice at the upstairs bar.

  • The Living Room by Octave
    Day Spas

    Eastern wisdom marries Western science for treatments and classes targeting bod and brain. Entrust tots to on-site daycare and follow with wholesome eats at Though for Food. Now relax...

  • The Nest
    Smart Casual Bars

    Design-led, Bund-side beauty flaunting chic, loungey atmos and stunning peek-a-boos of the vibrant cityscape. Come for the crafty, Grey Goose-infused cocktails and seafood snacks; stay for high kicks n' hair whippin' as the night unfolds.

    130 6/F, Beijing Dong Lu, by Huqiu Lu
  • The Peninsula Spa
    Day Spas

    Blissful, holistic therapies with Ayurvedic, Chinese and European influences. Try the Shanghai signature massage series, using bamboo and herbs, sea salt and essential oil scrubs, cool jade and warm basalt lava stones. Afterwards, sweat it all out in the thermal suite for steamy, hydro relaxation.

  • The Shanghai Museum
    Museums & Art

    Step in for a stunning and vast collection of ancient Chinese bronzes, ceramics, coins, jade, paintings, furnishings and calligraphy, spread over 11 permanent gallery spaces plus a few rotating exhibits.

  • Tianshan Tea City

    The naff faux trad building conceals a bonanza of over 150 stalls selling every variety of tea and accessory imaginable, and shop owners happily provide samples with no pressure to purchase. The few whom speak English can impart a wealth of knowledge about tea types and brewing techniques. Don't forget to bargain!

    520 Zhongshan Xi Lu, by Wuyi Lu
  • Tomatito
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Down the dim-lit alley you go for cuisine king Willy Trullas Moreno's relaxed n' quirksome tapas tiger. Sitting below El Ocho (see Bars) this colourful, collectable-strewn cookie serves deliciously simple Spanish staples like ceviche, patatas bravas, sardines and paella, sluiced with sangria, natch. Sit at the bar if you're happy to take your chances, otherwise res essential.

    99 2/F, Zhong Plaza / Taixing Lu, by Nanjing Xi Lu
  • Tony The Tailor

    Tony offers a Savile Row-standard custom tailoring service for m/w suits, coats, and formalwear, and using high-end imported fabrics. In a hurry? It's a guaranteed a max six-day turnaround for your entire order. Get red carpet ready!

  • Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
    Glam Restaurants

    An all-out ultra-feast of swirling visuals, diffused aromas, ambient sounds and avant-garde tastes for 10 extremely lucky guests.

  • Unico by Mauro Colagreco

    From Michelin-starred Argentinian chef Colagreco comes this sizzling Latin cocktail lounge and heaving late-nighter, packing prettylings, live sounds, a special after-hours tapas menu (from 10.30pm) and of course, all the pisco.

    3 2/F, Three on the Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
  • Untour

    Insatiable foodies and curious eaters don elastic waistbands for culinary adventures and the best of local street eats. Private and group tours available.

  • Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
    Museums & Art

    Sounds like a boring old crud, but on the fourth floor is a fascinating, sprawling scale model of the shape of Shanghai to come. In the next room, a video presentation offers a 360-degree glimpse of the future, while history buffs can dive into the interactive lower floor exhibits.

  • Urban Retreat

    Just three treatment suites for muscle-melting, east-meets-west massages on the best beds in town – try the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi or opt for traditional acupressure. Need more? Spa journey packages for jetlag, detox and renewal can be combined with soaks in an essential oil infused bath. Ahhh...

    8/F, East Tower, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu
  • Vue
    Smart Casual Bars

    Swish, sky-high, bi-level lounge with glam-oramas over town, resident DJs and an extensive Champagne list. In clement weather, rest your lalls on the petite summer terrace boasting a Jacuzzi (if you dare) and shareable daybeds. A perennial Bund nightlife favourite.

  • Water Towns
    Cultural Activities

    Just over an hour's drive is a stuck-in-time-necklace of water towns with old stone homes, alleys and quiet canals. Expressive Xitang has its quiet moments. Closer but busier is Zhu Jia Jiao.

  • Wei Jing Ge
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Zip up the old wing lift to this wood beamed attic for regional Shanghai, Canton and Huaiyang fare. No Bund views, it's all about the food in this antique-filled fine diner arranged over six intimate dining rooms. Consult the sommelier.

  • West Bund Cultural Corridor

    Shanghai's emerging contemporary arts district, stretching 8km along the Huangpu, is perfect for a weekend wander, with a host of museums and galleries transforming this wide pedestrian riverside promenade into a culture vulture's must-see. Still uncrowded, so go now. Not sure where to start? Try the SCoP (see Activities), Yuz Museum (see Activities), and the Long Museum West Bund (see Activities).

    West Bund Cultural Corridor
  • Xiao Yang Sheng Jian
    Relaxed Restaurants

    A firm favourite for delectable pan-fried pork dumplings, a Shanghai street food classic. Hot soup within so crunch with caution. Look for the hot pink 'Yang's Fried Dumpling' sign and the snaking line of hungry, patient patrons. The beef soup is also a treat.

    269 2/F, Wujiang Lu, by Taixing Lu
  • Xibo
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Sample seriously full-bodied, veggie-heavy provincial flavours from the hills of northwestern Xinjiang in a lively, atmossy eatery with charmant roof terrace. No kitschy tribal tat here, plus the owners donate a quarter of their profits to charities in western China.

  • Xindalu
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Smart and contemporary, with a glassy open kitchen featuring four separate cooking stations for China's greatest hits. Date and applewood-fired Peking duck emerges from a BJ-style brick oven, tended to by chefs direct from the capital, and is served with all the trimmings in a refined marble and stone atmos.

  • Yè Shanghai
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Shanghai-chic tea house reinterpreted, courtesy of architect Tony Chi, in a trad, slate-roofed shikumen with sleek interiors. Choose from an extensive menu of elegant dishes from the region and its neighbouring provinces. On the weekends there's dim sum brunch, or catch evening jazz performances in the upstairs dining room.

    338 Hse 6, North Block Xintiandi, Huangpi Nan Lu
  • Yi Café
    Relaxed Restaurants

    The ultimate foodie buffet, with 12 live cooking stations spanning the globe, plus a fresh juicing counter and decadent dessert display. One thing's for sure – it's a far cry from your average ho-hum hotel brunch.

  • Yongfoo Elite
    Smart Casual Bars

    Swish former consulate manse turned Oriental private clubhouse with two levels and three bars, plus live music, lush gardens, veranda, goldfish pond, and antiques + vintage furniture aplenty.

  • Yuz Museum
    Museums & Art

    Absolutely staggering, 9,000 sq m gallery (incorporating massive airplane hangars) and tribute to contemporary Asian art by Indo-Chinese billionaire art collector Budi Tek. Putting Shanghai firmly and decisively on the global art map.

  • Zao Zi Shu
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Not only is there no decor to speak of, but also no meat, no seafood, no alcohol, and no MSG. So what the hell's going on? Terrific veggies, that's what.

  • Zen Massage

    Tranquil, tri-level locale dedicated to the art of the almighty pummel with foot reflexology, hot atone and aromatherapy treats using essential oils.

    210 Bldg 1, Wuyuan Lu, near Wulumuqi Zhong Lu

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