Accommodation choices for backpackers and budget travellers have long been limited to dorm-style hostels and low-quality rooms down dodgy alleys. No longer. It’s 2011, and we have to thank all the young entrepreneurs who have pioneered much nicer options for flashpackers (aka upscale...
Picture yourself on holiday. Right now. There’s a good chance that the first image that springs to mind is swaying coconut trees, sand and colorful cocktails garnished with fruit and miniature umbrellas. No matter what sort of person you are in your day-to-day life, when it comes to places to...
As well as stocking quality literature, this bookshop/cafe also serves gelato in several flavors, to be eaten either in a cup or a cone.
(325 Changle Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu)
Feidan on Anfu Lu sells a good range of gelato, and has special freezer bags for 10 kuai so you can bulk...
Sometimes, you need to eat a big piece of meat. Here are our favorites for steak in Shanghai.
Condender for the best steak in Shanghai: The MEET
Still relatively new, the MEET steakhouse and grill at the Kerry hotel in Pudong does a mean tomahawk. It serves four, but we reckon two people...
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....
El Coctel bar in Shanghai
Coctel by name, coctel by nature, celeb chef El Willy’s Yongfu lounge operates a sitting only policy, keeping things civilized. The Spanish bar snacks are worth a try.
2/F, 47 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu
The Glamour Bar in Shanghai
Sushi-OA 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...
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...
Everyone's favorite Fumin Lu people-watching spot, Cantina Agave has a huge outdoor terrace and cozy interior where you can enjoy reasonably priced Mexican food. Shanghai, dress to impress.
A Mansion, 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu
Cantina Agave's Mexican food
I Love Ladies Night! @ I Love Shanghai
Ladies Night: Tuesday
Everyone’s favorite dive bar comes over all feminine on Tuesday nights. Ladies drink for free between 8pm and 1am. Free entry.
I Love Shanghai, 2/F, 1788 Xinzha Lu
Mamacitas & Naughty Chicas @ Yucca
Ladies Night: Wednesday...