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UR Shanghai
by LUXE City Guides

  • 1525 Yue
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Quiet understated dim sum vault tucked inside the Penta Hotel. Forgo the tourist/expat haunts and mingle instead with local families who return time and again for real-deal (and well-priced) Cantonese morsels spanning classics like har gau (shrimp dumplings) and cha shao bao (bbq pork buns) to barbecued crispy pork, roasted goose and more innovative offerings like crispy pigeon and beef ribs in wasabi.

  • 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.

  • Adidas Run Base at West Bund
    Fitness & Yoga

    Brand new 3.6km uninterrupted running and bike track along the banks of pic-pretty Huang Pu. Novices to veterans start off at Adidas Runbase replete with locker access and shoe rentals – plus on-site Adidas ambassadors to offer tips ‘n tricks. At night, go left towards Xupu and the Lupu Bridges for ferrying river views.

  • Alimentari
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Loaded with charm, this West Bund styled Italian mom-and-pop shop was designed for on-the-go grazers: think truffle salami, mixed olives, fresh baguettes and travel-friendly Aperol Spritz or Donghu Highballs. BYO picnic basket, the bigger the better. Prego.

  • Art+ Shanghai Gallery
    Museums & Art

    Emerging contemporary artists from China come together in this modest white-walled gallery. Fine art for purchase or stop by regularly hosted artist talks and workshop events. With the picturesque Suzhou river by its side, make a day out of it and skip to the West Bund or Rockbund Art Museum.

  • 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.

    9 Zhen Ning Rd, Oriental Garden, Building 3, Unit 2B
  • Atelier by Taste Buds
    Glam Bars

    Drawing suits and stylistas alike, Daniel An’s sleek homage to the speakeasy is a perennial favourite for its barrel-aged tipples and stellar 'tails. Tucked inside the More than Eat complex, the dim-lit retro-riffing parlour has just enough quirk (blow-torch-lit secret menus) without being kitsch.

  • Awfully Chocolate
    Sweet Treats

    Sweet tooths are go-go for cocoa a this Singaporean-born counter serving a wickedly delicious range of chocolate cakes, ice creams and brownies. Diet begone!

    Unit B209, Floor B2, Reel Department Nanjing West Lu
    +86 21 3220 5737
  • 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 Shanghai
    Private Tours & Guides

    The cats PJ's for personal experiences, ace custom crawls and unique outings across the city, plus signature thematic tours and neighbourhood jaunts by local experts. Unearth the city's secrets, dive into Deco Shanghai or customise your own. Foodies will also love the xiaolongbao (soup dumpling) classes and bespoke cocktail making. Book.

  • Bird & Bitter
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Clever compact duo turning out pretty global plates one side (Bird), and coffee and cocktails t'other (Bitter). Chef Chris Zhu's ever-changing menu of stars playful, inventive creations like tom-yumified baby squid and fried cauliflower with onion puree and honey miso.

    50 Wuyuan Lu, near Changshu Lu
    +86 135 0172 6412
  • Bistro 321 Le Bec
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Much loved by les Francais, this convivial dining room inside the exquisitely reno'd 1920s Villa le Bec plates up classic Gallic with an Asian twist. The laidback, Euro vibe feels a world away from Mao-mao land, especially when sipping aperitifs in the sprawling garden during the summer. Book in advance to snag one of the two sittings per night.

  • 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.

    Anji Plaza 14th floor 760 South Xizang Road Crossing Jianguo Road
    +86 21 6345 5101
  • 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!

  • BOR Eatery
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Occupying the former digs of new-Nordic Pelikan, Kasper Pedersen's light contemporary kitchen references his Scandinavian roots, albeit with even less fuss and faff. Ever-changing menus star his personal faves – such as grilled sardines and smørrebrød, along with simple Josper grills. Unpretentious yet sophisticated, foodies should opt for a counter perch.

    2/F, Number 11, 322 Anfu Lu
    +86 21 6266 7909
  • 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
    +86 21 6279 2677
  • Broken Dagger
    Smart Casual Bars

    Looking to get toasted? Hit this Jing'an speakeasy sandwiched between graffiti walls and late night cafes for buzzy theatrical ‘tails that match the gothic decor. Go for: Smoke and Daggers, a cognac and apple wood smoked drink that’s dainty dagger topped or Pop Culture, a twisted Aperol Spritz with edible flowers and watermelon flavours. Res required.

    97 Xiangyang Bei Road,
    +86 139 1704 2097
  • Brut Cake Cafe
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Dishy husband-and-wife duo rustle up American fusion delights such as PB lattes and fried chicken waffles alongside an eclectic trove of treasures. A homey shop n' flop combo in Downtown Shanghai.

  • Café del Volcán
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Hipsters sit back to browse the wall-lined java jargon, while IGers prep the cam in this bolt-hole coffee for gourmands of the bean. Perch your tush on wooden stools outside or take it to-go to stay abuzz on Yong Kang road. Milky brews discouraged.

  • Café Gray Deluxe
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Beloved by the city's style pack, chef Gray Kunz's House diner serves fresh seasonal fare from brekkie through to nightcaps. Pull up a pew on the terrace for sundowners and watch the scene unfold.

  • 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. Order 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.

    57 3/F, Maoming Nan Lu, near Changle Lu
  • Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project
    Museums & Art

    Global art heavyweight lands on the banks of the Huangpu, and what an arrival it is. British starchitect David Chipperfield conceived the colossal iridescent three-level showpiece, housing exhibitions and performances drawing on French and Chinese talents and collaborations. Three galleries feature a rotation of works from Paris. Check site for programs, creative studio events and children's workshops.

  • Charlotta Gandolfo

    Mix and match black/white/greys for a Shanghai-born label that’s positively in vogue. The atelier is ready-to-wear and perfect for Aman resort escapes—so get on the waitlist for a frock and a consult with Ms. Gandolfo herself. Appointments only. That's all.

  • Chenshan Botanical Garden
    Gardens & Parks

    German landscape architects, Valentien + Valentien, are to credit for the city’s largest park clocking in at 2 million sqm with over 9,000 plant species — worth the schlep to Songjiang. This botanical bowery is a haven of roses, green expanses, sapphire lakes and cascading waterfalls. Tots in tow? Go for a climb on Chenshan Hill and stop at the playground (trampoline and all).

  • 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.

  • 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.

    no 370 Wulumuqi Rd (South) near Zhaojiabang Rd
    +86 158 2161 8151
  • 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
    +86 21 5466 1689
  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Da Vittorio
    Glam Restaurants

    If Italian food had a wardrobe, this one's wearing top hat and tails. The lauded Italian import swooped into Shanghai from the vineyards of Brusaporto last year, immediately flying high on its three Michelin stars. The light-filled Bund-based space enjoys a prime seat over the leaf-lined Huangpu river. Go for wallet-buster crustacean catches.

  • 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
    +86 21 6253 2689
  • Doc Guthries

    Hipster barbershops are two a penny in Shang, but dapper Doc's is the go-to for expert razor shaves (incl hot towels and 2 rounds), sharp cuts and beard trims. All with a complimentary glass of whisky, natch.

  • Doc Guthrie’s Men’s Only Barbershop

    Modelled after the Doc himself, strapping lads come for a cut, tidy and razor shave. Designed with retro sensibilities and black leathered barber chairs, with whisky on the house to boot. Talk shop and get a cut with Jasper. Walk-ins welcome.

    873 Kangding Road, near Yanping Road
    +86 185 1600 3079
  • 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
    +86 21 5404 5757
  • Feine Cashmere

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

  • Feiyue

    You've spied them on the feet of globetrotting Gen Z-ers, now bag your own pair of the iconic made-in-Shanghai sneakers. Originally worn by Shaolin monks in the 1920s, the lightweight and superbly comfy white plimmies sport distinctive zig-zag slashes, and super-thin soles made from recycled tire rubber. There's a multitude of styles and colourways; purists go for the Fei Lo Classic with blue/white logo.

  • Fosun Foundation Art Center
    Museums & Art

    The wowzer bronze-hued bamboo-shrouded arts centre conceived by Brit architect duo Norman Foster and Thomas Heatherwick is worth visiting for the building alone. But, peer beyond the triple-layered edifice to find an expansive contemporary art exhibition hall and world-class music venue.

  • Frasca
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Gorgeous, glassy stallion drawing a loyal clientele with its award-winning Italian. Comforts incl house-made pastas, pinsas and pizza plus Josper grilled meats, seafood and veg. Order the pappardelle.

  • 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
    +86 21 5237 1878
  • 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
    +86 21 5239 7878
  • Funkadeli
    Relaxed Bars

    Killer LGBTQ-friendly stop-off for aperitivo and all night cavorting. Leaving their modest deli days in the dust, Funkadeli has moved to a bigger and better Fumin Lu diner. Refuel on pizza and Italian charcuterie, plus plenty of green options for veg-heads.

  • Galeries Lafayette

    This Parisian retailvana is five floors of designed and decorated shoppers’ heaven kitted out in Danse D’Ellipses installations, floor-to-floor greenery and a ‘grammable red-dyed Tour D’Eiffel at centre stage. Undoubtedly designer threads from Frenchy Marinière to Chinese designers Andrea Jiapei Li, Xuzhi, Swaying and the little black dress. Tired of the walkaround? Ask personal shoppers on the second floor to run the plastic while you park it on the plush furny—the only thing missing is a bottle of bubbly. Nanjing Road's got nothing on this department store that ticks off the gift list with ferocious efficiency.Psst… Don't get lost inside the extremely pedestrian L+ Mall—keep going to find Galeries Lafayette hidden within.

  • Garden Books
    Books, Stationery & Music

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

  • Garlic Barbecue
    Relaxed Restaurants

    A low and slow Texan smokehouse open till sold out, usually by afternoon. The monster diner serves up 18-hour smoked, hand-rubbed, beef brisket with house-made hot sauce. Plus, all the southern comfort sides to boot.

    285 Jianguo Dong Road, Uni Elite, 1F, Unit L107-108
    +86 138 1833 6837
  • Ginger by the Park
    Relaxed Restaurants

    One of Shanghai's cosiest terraced brunchlings in a leafy corner of the FFC. Spicing up healthy servings of SE Asian fare with a remix of Japanese and Med flair. Look out for the nigari tofu and delicious shakshuka, served with a side of pic-perfect park aspects.

  • 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.

    87 Fumin Lu, by Julu Lu
  • Guangfulin Culture Park
    Gardens & Parks

    Come here for landscaped walkways, heritage teahouses, food stalls, plus Buddhist and Taoist temples. At a massive 1,050 acres, you'd barely notice the tourists. Lakeside picnics in lush cherry blossom surrounds for a day away.

  • 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.

  • Hellas House
    Glam Restaurants

    A sweet honeymooner's homage to Grecian gastronomy in a converted villa, marrying Shanghainese decadence and decorum. Filled with Greek imports – think hand-hewn walnut chairs, marbled columns and mod-art. Choose the veranda for intimate candlelit evenings or take to the garden for larger groups by the alfrisky dip pool and BBQ pit. Res required.

  • 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
    +86 21 5404 6727
  • Heritage by Madison
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Shanghai's fooderati are flocking to Austin Hu's refined mashup of Western, Asian and Chinese on the ground floor of the glammy Foster/Hetherwick Bund Finance Center. The slick light n' airy dining room with open kitchen and bar sets the scene for flavoursome comfort dishes like fiery Chongqing Hot Chicken, General Hu’s cauliflower, beef tartare and salted duck yolk lotus roots. Top marks for substance and style rarely found in this town.

    1/F 600 Zhongshan East 2nd Road, near Longtan Lu
    +86 21 6312 9089
  • 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
  • Historic Shanghai

    Time travel via these expert jaunts with city buffs, historians and shutterbugs. A throughtful range of immersive tours will have you discovering 80s Shanghai (all Mao suits, bicycles and western architecture) women's experiences in Republican China or what it was like to take the last boat out. Co-founders Patrick Cranley and Tina Kanagaratnam, who’ve been in Shanghai for 22 years, know their onions. Private and bespoke available.

  • 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.

  • Huashi Pharmacy

    A reputable source for pill poppers.

    1376 Rm 206, Shanghai Centre, Nanjing Xi Lu
  • Hulu Sushi
    Glam Restaurants

    A crystal cave carved into the wall sets a moody backlit atmos at this hush-hush 6-seater omakase. Two seatings, for sake-flavoured riffs with Chef Liu-San, go for the later sitting.

    Room 105-C, Bldg 6, Columbia Circle, 1262 Yanan Xi Lu, near Panyu Lu
  • Imperial Tours
    Private Tours & Guides

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

  • Isa Castelli

    Local stylistas snap up Isa's handcrafted, fash-forward Italian sandals, boots and bags, plus a sharp fashion edit in on-point hides, prints and colours. International sizing, especially for feet, means even the largest hoofs are shod in style. By appointment only.

  • J. Boroski
    Glam Bars

    Look for the black door and you’ll find BKK/NYC-import’s entomology-inspired den for your libations. No-menu choice will leave your night up to the mixologists, ‘heavy’ at their hands for big drinkers. Kick up a notch and ask for owner's ant-derived gin, if you dare.

    177 Fumin Lu
    +86 021 5456 5266
  • 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
    +86 21 6333 8025
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center
    Smart Casual Bars

    Dark, velvety and intimate little sib to the famous New York original repping Ronnie Scott's vibes and a diverse program of east-west music legends and rising stars. Peepers peeled for genial frontman Walter Blanding, font of all-that-jazz, plus Sunday afternoon pre-concert talks and learning opps for hep young thangs.

  • Jean-Georges
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Oh honey! It's out with the dark and in with the Michy starred 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
    +86 21 6321 7733
  • Jeju Izakaya
    Glam Restaurants

    A hush-hush 8-seater bistro for K-town Izakaya. Sit countertop as you share makgeolli over 10 courses of pure fusion indulgence. Menus printed with seasonal Jeju dreamscapes that match the imported produce and seafaring cuisi. Don't be surprised by the ‘Spaghetti Bolognaise’ that combines seaweed flakes like it’s parma. Yes, please!

    1095 Yuyuan Lu, near Fenggang Lu,
    +86 158 0056 8541
  • 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
    +86 21 6282 9260
  • 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.

  • Juice The Box

    Edison Chen and Kevin Poon's Xintiandi studio seemingly has a different event, exhibition, or pop up every week. Shop the stylista-approved edit of all that is cool and conceptual, with limited-edition releases from the likes of Ryo Ishikawa, Vanquish, and United Standard.

  • Juju
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Buffet bound K-bbq by none other than Shanghai resti royalty, Mark Klingspon. A mix of old-new stylings - yes there’s arcade games, self-serve beer fridges and a live octopus tank for entertainment. Restyled in graffiti, this late-night eatery will have you drinking as the Koreans do. Jjang!

    Three on the Bund 2F, 17 Guangdong Road
    +86 21 6330 5005
  • Kappo Yu
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Demure Nippon starlet with a bang-on seasonal 10-course kaiseki served at a lipstick red bar counter, or in two small tatami private rooms. Bookings essential.

    33 Wuxing Lu, by Huaihai Zhong Lu
    +86 21 6466 7855
  • Kin Urban Thai Kitchen
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Northern Thai escapes in the Jing'an enclave of Yongkang. An easy pit-stop for sips and snax in the open air streets, inside a retro-style fit out with white bare-brick walls, dark wooden benches, and heritage patterned tiles. Chilli flakes a plenty, zing!

    938 Changle Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu
    +86 21 3250 3863
  • Labelhood Pillar

    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!

    184 Fumin Lu, by Changle 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.

  • Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Tucked inside the gorgeous Capella is this classic tribute to French fine dining from the triple-starred eponymous chef. Helmed by Gagnaire's protege Romain Chapel, it's a sparkling showcase of French cuisine re-imaged via locavore ingredients, and an expressive creativity in muted 1930s Shanghai surrounds.

  • Le Monde de SHC

    SHC = Shanghai Chic. Frequented by Chinese superstars, Fan Bingbing included, this is Eric Young's handpicked selection of clothes, shoes, accessories and stylings. A bright-windowed, three-story shop in the tree lined Xuhui hoods, replete with mod-art fixtures from Venus de Milo to a bust of Napoleon.

    1 Taojiang Road
  • Le Verre a Vin
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Convivial n' compact rough-luxe ode to the humble grape, buzzing with a mixed local/inter/expat crowd. The wholesome Med plates (think: duck confit, seared tuna and pastas) are delish, but oh my, the wine – the triff selection includes French, Spanish, Italian and NZ top drops by the glass or bottle.

    1221 Changle Lu, near Huashan Lu
    +86 21 5403 4278
  • 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.

  • Liquid Laundry
    Relaxed Bars

    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.

  • 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, The PuLi Hotel and Spa
    Smart Casual Bars

    Home to a standout wine and Champagne collection, The PuLi’s sleek lobby lounger is perfect for pre- or post-prandials. Take drinks at the smooth, 32m-long teak counter, in the plush sofa’d library (complete with fireplace), or on the breezy outdoor terrace in summer. Euro-tinged bar snacks courtesy of 2/F Phénix (see Dining).

  • Loop Swim

    Saving the beach one swimsuit at a time, eco-warriors Itee Soni and Heather Kaye spin recycled bottles into their own trademarked, fab n' flexi fabric, which is crafted into a rainbow of rash vests, bikinis, tankinis and swimmers, plus accessories for the whole glam-ily.

  • 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 Huangpu outlet, with its enchanting decor, subtle candlelight is more romantic than bigger Bund-side sib.

  • Lu Ming Tang
    Body & Beauty

    Transforming jaded complexions one tea leaf at a time, French founder Marian Amiand calls upon the antioxidant properties of tea to create her high-potency skincare line infused with the famous Longjing tea from Hangzhou, and other restorative brews. Try the Tea Dew Mist or the Hydra Perfection Tea Booster.

  • M 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
    +86 21 6350 9988
  • 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 and day-to-night scene. We particularly love the laidback weekend brunch starring eggs Benny and an artery-lining fry up—don't miss the Pavlova for dessert.

  • M50
    Museums & Art

    Warehouse-sized studios abound in this old industrial park surrounded by graffiti and crammed with contempo art plus cafes and bars. Check out Island6 for neon, LED and interactive artworks by the Island6 digital collective and Vanguard Gallery for emerging local starlets offering contemporary works and live performance installations.

  • M97
    Museums & Art

    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
    +86 21 6266 1597
  • Madame Mao's Dowry

    Flying the flag for cultural revolution-themed accoutrements in an itty-bitty shop; think ink-pots from a famed Tianjin woodblock print shop, curated propaganda posters, old postcards, Mao-era wedding gifts and painted enamel-ware. Don’t get lost, ask veteran and curator Linda Johnson about the Shanghai-grown designers too.

  • Magda Danysz Gallery
    Museums & Art

    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.

  • Maison Kitsuné and Café Kitsuné

    The foxy Franco-Asian concept label makes its first foray into China at this two-storey pied-à-terre in Xintiandi. Slow-browse the tight edit of ready-to-wear, and refuel on java, cha, and beats in the cafe for afters. Oui oui!

    Unit 104-105/204, Bldg 5, Lane 123 XingYe Road
  • 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
    +86 21 6327 3571
  • Matthew Liu Fine Arts
    Museums & Art

    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.

  • 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!

  • MESS
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Chef Shahaf Shabtay takes Mediterranean cuisine to a new level by fusing Asian, Middle Eastern and European flavours. Pic-pretty in the East Bund cultural corridor, spot the two-floor arched facade, blue-white tiles, velveteen loungers and copper brasserie just steps away from the Modern Art Museum.

  • MIFA 1862
    Land Activities

    This ‘70s shipyard has a new name, and it’s MIFA— Kuma Kengo's 31,600sqm renovated expansion of homegrown and international talent rich with luxe boutiques, eateries and sophisticated galleries. Walk through the industrial-chic architecture, floating brick walls and exposed brasserie from the street-side to the riverfront where you'll find cyclists, furry friends and tiny tots alike. In the afternoon, head to the third-floor Floral Cafe and Lounge to refuel on coffee and cake.

    1777 Binjang Dadao, near Jimo Lu
    +86 021 6882 5398
  • 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.

  • 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.

    6/F, 18 Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Nanjing Dong Lu
    +86 21 6323 9898
  • 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.

  • Nice to Meet You
    Books, Stationery & Music

    Situ'd across from Shanghai Symphony Hall in the century-old Blackstone Apartments is a reno'd bookstore and cafe for bibliophiles, art and design lovers, musicians and gourmands alike. Grab a read and explore the grounds of the former swimming pool turned cafe with views of the well-manicured gardens, then get lost via mosaic-tiled corridors to the vinyl room for classical tunes. Warning: You will lose hours here, so get your cha fix first.

    1331 Fuxing West Road
    +86 159 2166 3585
  • Oxalis
    Relaxed Restaurants

    French farmyard-inspired space boasting Bentwood chairs and stylish rattan fixtures, heritage botanical-tiled walls, Oxalis is bright and breezy with nary a bare bulb in sight. Its smooth Gallic charm sits across the road from the Shanghai Natural History Museum, and despite its mall locale, manages to pull a relaxed crowd for a fresh Sunday brunch.

    L4-03, 4th Floor, Bohua Square, No. 388 Shanhaiguan Road
    +86 21 6381 1858
  • 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
    Museums & Art

    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!

  • PHÉNIX eatery & bar
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Mod elegance abounds at this sophisty sanctuary where produce-driven, Michy-spangled French delights (oysters, confit lamb, and a decadent peanut butter parfait) and verdant JingAn Park outlooks lure a biz and leisure crowd. Triff value set lunch.

  • 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.

  • Polux by Paul Pairet
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Culinary king Paul Pairet (he of Ultra-Violet and Mr & Mrs Bund) turns his charms to everyday French comforts at this intimate Parisian bistro. Sit à deux inside, or people watch on the terrace. Book ahead.

    No. 5, Lane 181 Taicang Road
    +86 21 6333 9897
  • 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.

  • PS Cafe
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Yes it's in a mall, but this chic Singapore import continues to buzz after opening early last year. Riffing on the original's monochrome good looks, this light-filled diner serves draws the brunch set with Oz-inflected bistro fare, java and utterly indulgent cakes. Swish terrace for alfresco eats when weather permits.

    PS Cafe, 3/F, Xintiandi Plaza, 333 Huaihai Zhong Lu
    +86 21 6151 1321
  • Qimin
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Farm-fresh veg and lush, additive-free broth lands this hot pot in top spot for warming comfort sups. Relaxed industrial-market interiors with a sprinkling of dangling light bulbs set the scene for a casual evening of deliciousness.

    3/F, 191 Hengshan Lu, near Yongjia Lu
    +86 21 5465 9195
  • RAC
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Beat the foodie stampede off with a stick for a prime window posi, cawfee and loaded galettes at this FFC courtyard hottie beloved by locals and visitors alike. Feel-good, look-good French fare with a twist.

    332 Anfu Lu, near Wukang Lu, FFC
    +84 136 3659 5172
  • Rac II
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Ooh la la! The second installment of Rac Coffee and Wine Bar is replete with your faves and more in a double-floored bistro. The barnhouse design, glass roof, and Moroccan Zellige tiles are pic-perfect. Hit the ground floor espresso bar for java or head upstairs for crepes and boozy brunch. Go for the egg-travvy avo toast, basic as it may be.

    55 Shaanxi Nan Lu
    +86 136 3659 5172
  • Raw Eatery and Wood Grill
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Serious smokehouse with a flair for big bbq and bigger beers in decor that screams Chicago style. Taking over La Stazione's former Jingan digs, this is a South American comfort stop with a twist, from the minds behind Malabar. Go big or go home!

  • Rosa Gallica

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

    374 Ferguson Lane, Wukang Lu, near Hunan Lu
    +86 21 1582 171 1221
  • Rye & Co
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Mark Klingspon's (he of The Nest and The Cannery) mod Nordic perch reps open-sided sarnies, meatballs and gravlax a go-go amid warm, woody surrounds. Zip upstairs for cocktails in the loungey bar (or on the terrace) for afters.

    Rye & Co, 6/F, Xintiandi Plaza, 333 Huaihai Zhong Lu
    +86 6339 1993
  • Sanctuary
    Hotel/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.

  • 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.

  • Seventh Son
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Local connoisseurs beeline to this contempo Michy-starred humdinger. Stick to the dim sum classics (only 30 to choose from!) at this prodigal Hong Kong export – your tastebuds and wallet will thank you. Shanghainese soup dumplings (xiao long bao) are a no brainer.

    2nd Floor, E2-E3 Kerry Centre, 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Changde Lu
    +86 21 6266 3969
  • SGA
    Museums & Art

    Vaulted, world-class showcase with a focus on Chinese contempo, boasting river views and a chic Bund location, with prices to match. Prominent artists include Xu Bing, Yang Yongliang and Yan Lei.

    3 3/F, Three on the Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
    +86 21 6321 5757
  • 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.

  • 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.

    Rm K 7F East Tower,Hua Min Han Zhen International,726 Yan An Xi Rd
    +86 21 6211 1845
  • 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.

  • ShanghART / H-Space
    Museums & Art

    Shanghai's most reliable gallery is an omni-media installation space showing mod Chinese and int'l artists in new West Bund digs 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.

    168 Dongmen Lu, at Zhonghua Lu, nr Yu Gardens
  • 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.

  • Sober Society
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Forget the name, meticulous cocktails and fine fare are the game at this triumvirate on the corner of the FFC's Yandang Lu and Nanchang Lu. Warm up with java, spirits and small plates at GF Sober Café, feast on mod Chinese fare at 2F Sober Kitchen, then retreat with a finely crafted digestif at Shingo Gokan's (he of Speak Low, see Bars) retro imbiber on the 3F. Worth flexing the AmEx for expertly mixed quality pours – ask for the Grasshopper.

    99 Yandang Lu, near Nanchang Lu
    +86 21 5309 8261
  • South Bund 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
  • Space Cycle
    Fitness & Yoga

    Riding on the trend for high-energy interactive workouts, this cosmic-cool boutique cycling studio is a bright-white expanse boasting high-tech cycling, barre and yoga. Expect enthusiastic instructors and customised playlists worthy of a cheeky twerk.

    Unit L343, 3rd Floor HKRI Taikoo Hui, No.789 Nanjing W Rd
    +86 21 3656 3936
  • 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.

  • 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.

    360 Kangding Lu, by Shaanxi Bei Lu
  • 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.

  • Subconscious Day Spa
    Hotel/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!

  • Sui Tang Li
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    The air of subdued, contemporary refinement belies Tony Ye's palate-teasing menu of Canto, Shanghainese and Sichuan greatest hits.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Tai'an Table
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    An interactive, intimate dining experience awaits at German pan man Stefan Stiller’s 2-Michy starred counter. Opt for a counter perch or 4-person booth from which to sample the experimental, seasonal 14-course tasting menu (there's also a 10-course iteration for veg-heads). Reservations by the website only – book well in advance.

    161 Bldg 1, Lane 465, Zhenning Lu, near Xinzha Lu
    +86 173 0160 5350
  • Tank Shanghai
    Museums & Art

    Adding further clout to the West Bund Cultural Corridor, Qiao Zhibing's formidable Tank is so-called for the enormous converted aviation-oil storage tanks it occupies. Beijing-based Open Architects have transformed the 60,000-square-metre complex into a pace-setting series of galleries repping contemporary art, bookstore, restaurant and education centre.

  • Thai Gallery
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Chow down on delicious Thai eats at this treehouse parlour set in Jing'an Park’s lakeside, where you'll be surrounded by an eclectic collection of Southeast Asian art. Lip-smacking and eye-catching, it’ll set your senses a-buzzing.

    1649 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huashan Lu (inside Jing'an Park)
    +86 21 6217 9797
  • The Beach House
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Stylish lounge bringing a taste of the Hamptons to Shanghai via easy-breezy decor with nautical accents and low-slung couches, stellar seafood plates n' lashings of fizz. The chic, laze-tastic terrace is perf for day-to-night lounging in the summer.

    758 2/F, Julu Rd, near Fumin Lu
    +86 21 6266 9818
  • 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.

  • 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
    +86 21 6445 1717
  • The Commune Social
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Spanish miracle worker Sergio Moreno 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
    Hotel/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 Thought for Food. Now relax...

    357 Jianguo Xi Lu, near Taiyuan Lu
    +86 21 3338 4666
  • The Moganshan Lu Graffiti Wall
    Museums & Art

    After M50s famous graffiti wall makes a bold and temporary return. Pop along to snap the ever-changing hoardings emblazoned with murals by local and global artists. Peepers peeled for cult Shanghainese talent Sui Tang and French grafitti master Dezio.

    M50 Art District, 50 Moganshan Lu
  • The Nest
    Smart Casual Bars

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull fellow, so skip up to lavish bar-lounger The Nest to unwind and take in floor-to-ceiling skyline views of the city with grown-up tunes, raw-counter treats and crafty cocktails. Weekends get clubby but weekdays are a decidedly sophistry affair.

  • The Odd Couple
    Smart Casual Bars

    Shanghai's cocktail king Shingo Gokan joins forces with NYC's Steve Schneider (Employees Only) at this slinky 80's diner-riffing time machine. Schneider's big and bold bespoke sips sit on one half of the menu; Shingo Gokan's meticulously crafted cocktails on the other, all backdropped by a nostalgic indie 80s soundtrack. As complimentary as yin and yang.

    2/F, No. 25, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, by Xingye Lu
    +86 21 6333 2363
  • 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.

  • Thought for Food
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Wholesome, sustainably-sourced eats to fuel your eco-conscious diet by the ingenious Octave collective. Talk to the experts in relaxed cafe environs and meet go-getter yogis at the communal dining table. Namaste.

  • Tianmashan (Tianma Mountain)
    Gardens & Parks

    Known as the most beautiful hill in Shanghai, make the trip to Songjiang for bamboo-shaded hikes around the mountain, serene temple stops and at-the-peak views of Shanghai’s western ‘burbs. Day trip it and tag along Chengshan Botanical garden for pretty pink blooms.

  • 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
    +86 21 6233 8699
  • Together
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    A star chef (Bina Yu), a darling designer (Neri&Hu) and a master patissier (Kim Melvin) walk into a bar, and French-Asian fare has never looked or tasted so damn good. Bold flavour combos like octopus tentacles coasted in gochujang and ume-miso glazed salmon are served as share plates or solo ventures. Superbly priced wine list.

    546 Yuyuan Lu, near Zhenning Lu
    +86 21 5299 8928
  • Tomatito
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Cuisine king Willy Trullas Moreno's relaxed n' quirksome tapas tiger with lush terrace overlooking Xintiandi Park. Deliciously simple Spanish staples like ceviche, patatas bravas, sardines and paella are sluiced with sangria, natch. Res essential.

    Infinitus Mall, 3F#W08-10, 168 Hubin Lu, near Jinan Lu
    +86 21 6259 8671
  • 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 at one table. Book this 3-Michy starred showstopper well in advance.

  • UnTour Food Tours
    Private Tours & Guides

    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...

    1376 6-7/F, The Portman Ritz Carlton, Shanghai Center, West Nanjing Rd
    +86 21 6289 7778
  • 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.

  • W.W. Chan & Sons Tailor LTD

    Need a shirt to go under that new three-piece? Saunter over to Maoming Nan Lu for chemises made to measure from luxuriantly soft English and Italian-milled cottons, with single-needle French seams and look-at-me embroidered initials. Classy!

    165D Maoming Nan Lu, by Fu Xing Zhong Lu
    +86 21 6289 8682
  • 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 (closed for renovation, but you're still able to peek inside), the Long Museum West Bund (see Activities) and newcomer Tank.

  • 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 - China Kitchen
    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.

  • 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.

  • Z&B Fitness
    Fitness & Yoga

    Neon-lit studio for the glam-fit Bettys across town. Sweat it out with classes led by trimmed and toned instructors—with 300 choices, pay as you go. Try Christine's MyBarre or Eve's Tabata for hard-core hunnies and feel the burn.

    6th Floor, Golden Eagle Plaza, 278 Shaanxi Road
    +86 21 6149 1791
  • 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.

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