A relative newcomer to the Shanghai restaurant scene, this unassuming booth on Yangqing Lu offers takeaway and delivery only. Delivery is available over the phone or through Sherpa’s. Choices range from simple salmon nigiri to the mighty Philharmonic maki roll.
34 Yanqing Lu, near...
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...
1. Rosa Gallica
This attractive florist shop in the Ferguson Lane complex sells fresh blooms as well as house plants and floral paraphernalia.
Ferguson Lane, 376 Wukang Lu, near Tai'an Lu
2. Caojiadu Flower Market
Tucked away between high rises, this sprawling flower market stocks every imaginable...
1. See Shanghai in Miniature @ Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
If you still haven’t made it to this museum, set aside your next rainy day for a trip. It’s located inside the weird white up-ended spaceship in People’s Park, and is most famous for its amazing scale model of Shanghai...
1. People’s Park
What Central Park is to Manhattan, People’s Park is to Shanghai. Dotted with museums and concert halls, Renmin Guangchang sits bang in the center of downtown surrounded by skyscrapers.
231 Nanjing Xi Lu
2. Lu Xun Park
Dedicated to revolutionary writer Lu Xun, this...
1. Chung Hwa Pencils: Every kid who has sat the gaokao knows about these pencils. Green and sleek, with a 2B lead for best performance, they are a snip at 1 RMB each. The pencils are made by the China First Pencil Company Ltd., which was indeed China’s first pencil company when it was started...
1. ExploreMetro (£1.19)
This fantastic metro map with inbuilt streetmap functionalities and train timetables is the simplest and most useful out there.
2. Sina Weibo (free)
If you can't get onto Twitter but want to share your micro-thoughts with the world, sign up for a Weibo account....
1. Yao Chen
Find out what happens in the daily life of a Chinese actress. Yao Chen might not be the most famous, but Weibo loves her. She was the first user to top 1 million followers in February 2010.
2. Wang Jiayun
This college student from Shenzhen garnered fame with her endless...
Every city has a set of bars that define its scene. For us, these are the bars that have defined Shanghai nightlife. If you have never been to them, get on it.
Bar Rouge Shanghai
Shanghai's most iconic nightlife venue, Bar Rouge offers a chi-chi atmosphere (i.e. beaucoup French...
1. Anna Maya
This cute cafe on Taojiang Lu serves a great selection of vegetarian and vegan food in a retro setting.
The newest kid on the block, Kush is a tiny space with a strong sustainable focus, serving tasty Western and Asian dishes.
3. Godly Vegetarian
If you're a veggie in...