Popular Italian café and bistro comes up trumps with a super-thick, tasty hot chocolate for ¥30. Best drunk on an empty stomach. Prepare for a sugar rush.
835 Huaihai Lu, near Maoming Lu, 5466 1765
Kakaw’s gorgeous offering is a mix of three Belgian chocolates. At ¥21, it’s one of the city’s best deals. Closed on Sundays.
Sweeter than coffee, smoother than tea and tastier than boring old shui, hot chocolate occupies a place all of its own in the hot beverage pantheon. Luckily Shanghai has plenty of ho-cho options. Here are 10 of the best:
1. The Grumpy Pig
Gary Wang has overhauled KIN Cafe and transformed it into a chilled-out venue serving pork-based snacks with a side of hip hop.
2. The Sailor's Fish and Chips
If you're craving the flavor of traditional Australian fish and chips, give this new chip shop on Yongkang Lu a go.
The New Year is upon us, so before Shanghai clears out for Spring Festival, treat yourself to dinner at one of these newly opened restaurants.
The COOK's Turkey Hamper
The festive season is just around the corner, which means it's time for turkey. No respectable Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table would be complete without a well-stuffed gobbler, so we've scouted out some of the best delivery options.
SH: Are you looking forward to playing in Shanghai?
TP: Yes! I'm really looking forward to it. I first came to Bar Rouge five years ago. It was really cool - there was sand on the floor for a beach party! China always surprises me.
SH: It's always good to have more electronic music in Shanghai. What sort of sound will you be bringing?
French electronica DJ Tom Pooks is coming to town to play at Bar Rouge for City Moments' third anniversary. We grill him about his style, his inspirations, and his plans for Shanghai.
Whether you’re queer, curious or straight down the line, join Shanghai’s out-and-proud community at this year’s ShanghaiPRIDE. The event runs from October 22nd to 29th and venues around town, and involves parties, cultural happenings, sport and community stuff. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening. Most of the details are being kept under wraps until the last minute, in case the authorities get snippy. More info will be released on shanghaipride.com in the days running up to each event.
Shanghai Pride got off to something of a shaky start back in 2009 but has gone from strength to strength in the intervening years. Here's what's happening in 2011.
1. TECHNOW - The Austro-German Techno crew MUSHIDO returns with a special Halloween edition of their increasingly popular TECHNOW event. Entry is 100 RMB at the door, with 2 free drinks. Presale is 80 RMB with a limited edition Technow gift package with Alpha mix CD, and 2 free drinks
(MAO Livehouse, October 28th @ 10pm)
Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and Shanghai does a great job of celebrating all things spooky. Here are 10 top picks for the most frightening weekend of the year.
Oktoberfest @ Big Bamboo
Hongmei Lu’s top sports bar is throwing a three-week Oktoberfest starting on September 17th at 5pm with the ceremonial opening of a wooden keg of Radeberger beer. Thereafter, the fun will continue at all three Big Bamboo branches with Teutonic delicacies like Weinerschnitzel with potato salad, Kohlroulade, braised lamb shank with potato rosti, washed down with German Pilsners and hefeweizen beers. Try seven types of beer for 300 RMB.
It's that time of year again. Inspired by Munich's annual beer extravaganza, venues around Shanghai are getting in on the hops-inspired action and holding Oktoberfests of their own. Here are the ones you shouldn't miss.
1. Retro Bike from Scooteretta
Help your dad get around town in style with a retro-styled electric bike from Scooteretta. They come in a variety of father-friendly colors, and the Scooteretta website also sells helmets, locks and other accessories. You're looking at around 3,500 RMB for the basic model.
2. iPad 2
Treat your dad to a gift he won't forget this year. Here are five presents we reckon he will love.
SH: What inspires you to travel?
Daniel is the owner of Newman Tours, a company that specializes in providing informative and entertaining tours in and around Shanghai. Here Daniel talks to SH about his favorite travel destinations, and shares some tips.
SH: What inspires you to travel?
TC: I’m mostly inspired by the books I read, the people I meet, the articles I read, and the idea of picking up challenges.
SH: What are some of your favourite destinations?
TC: In China, Qinghai, Gansu and Xinjiang Provinces are amazing, and still mainly tourist-free, as is northern Yunnan. Jiangsu has the best road network in China if you're a motorbike fan. As for overseas destinations, you really can’t beat France, Bali and Japan.
Thomas Chabrieres is the founder and manager of Shanghai Sideways sidecar tours. He is currently biking from Shanghai to Paris.