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. 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. 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...
What is it: Three parts vodka, one part lemon juice and six parts tomato juice (plus all the tangy Tabasco, horseradish and pepper you can handle).
Where is it from: The Bloody Mary's origins are blurry (kinda like last night). The cocktail could be named after England's Queen Mary 1st, a...
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...
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...
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...
KEBABS ON THE GRILLE
This all-you-can-eat buffet of curries, tandoori meats, biryani, naan, and desserts happens every Sunday down at the Cool Docks, with unlimited beer, house wine, and soft drinks - all for 140rmb. Sat – Sun 11.30am-4pm.
The Cool Docks, 505 Zhongshan Nan Lu, near Fuxing...
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. 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...
Mr Pancake House
Mr Pancake House's pancakes
But of course. The eponymous pancakes at this cute Jing'an cafe are second to none. They come with most breakfast and lunch sets, but take a solo portion for maximum satisfaction.
Treat yourself to a batch of posh...
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...
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. 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. Shanghai Foreign Languages Bookstore
This Fuzhou Lu book paradise has English fiction and study guides at ground level, and more English books on the top floor.
390 Fuzhou Lu, near Fujian Lu
2. Shanghai Booktraders Used Bookstore
This hidden gem has some great finds if you’re prepared to...
Cotton's bar at Anting Lu
The original Cotton’s still draws the crowds thanks to its leafy terrace – perfect for enjoying a cocktail or a coffee on a summer afternoon.
132 Anting Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu, 6433 7995
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...
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...
This new sushi place on Yanping Lu serves sustainably sourced fish inside imaginative maki rolls.
Vegetarian restaurant Kush Shanghai
Right next door to Sushi Abuse is Kush - an organic vegetarian restaurant serving super-healthy stuff like tofu burgers and veggie spring rolls....
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...
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
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
The original Kaiba sits among some great bars and restaurants in the Kangding 528 complex, and serves a huge array of imported beers, many of which are Trappist brews from Belgium.
528 Kangding Lu, near Xikang Lu, 6288 9676
BOXING CAT BREWERY
Now with three branches across...
The newly remodelled Shanghai Bund has proven popular with hotel brands looking to cash in on Shanghai’s ever-growing popularity. From the cool new Waterhouse on the South Bund to the austere Art Deco glamor of The Peninsula, the historic waterfront has seen its fair share of new openings...