Whisk
CITTA 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 淮海路835号, 近茂名路 KAKAW Kakaw’s gorgeous offering is a mix of three Belgian...
Flying forward with Feiyue
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...
Get your veg on
1. Anna Maya This cute cafe on Taojiang Lu serves a great selection of vegetarian and vegan food in a retro setting.  2. Kush 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...
Bloody Mary
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...
Steak!
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 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 feast
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...
Where my ladies at?
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...
Cantina's brunch tacos
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...
Sina Weibo: Catch the wave
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...
Munchies pancake breakfast
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.  Jing'an Restaurant Treat yourself to a batch of posh...
BackHome, Kuala Lumpur
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...
Apps-olutely great
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....
Springtime in Lu Xun Park
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...
The best bookshops in town
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 on Xinhua Lu
COTTON’S (ANTING) 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 安亭路132号, 近建国西路 COTTON’S (XINHUA)...
Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
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...
Richbaby 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 Bar Rouge Shanghai's most iconic nightlife venue, Bar Rouge offers a chi-chi atmosphere (i.e. beaucoup French...
Zeal
Sushi Abuse This new sushi place on Yanping Lu serves sustainably sourced fish inside imaginative maki rolls. Kush 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....
I scream for ice-cream
Garden Books 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 Feidan on Anfu Lu sells a good range of gelato, and has special freezer bags for 10 kuai so you can bulk...
Shaken and stirred.
El Coctel 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 Glamour Bar The Glamour Bar in Shanghai Beautiful...
Cantina Agave
Cantina Agave 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   Maya...
The BREW at Kerry Parkside
KAIBA 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 康定路528号, 近西康路 BOXING CAT BREWERY Now with three branches across...
The Waterhouse
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...