Shanghai’s luxury city guide.
I was going to post this article as soon as I got back from my amazing 10 day trip to Shanghai (as you may have noticed by my numerous insta-uploads) but unfortunately I got side tracked. Just as I’d imagined it would be at that time of the year (June), Shanghai was warm and humid with mostly sunshine but the occasional torrential rain. For those of you who don’t know me I can reassure you that I wouldn’t let a bit of rain get in the way of new adventures. However the heat could get to you which is why I would recommend Shanghai in September making it the perfect Autumn destination.
This was my first time in Shanghai and my first time in the far east on vacation rather than for work purposes. Nonetheless I decided I would pull together a few of my favourite spots along the way in the odd case you might be planning a visit.
Where to start? Shanghai , well aside from being the largest city by population in China, it is also the most influential when it comes to economy, and trade.
I strongly believe that the reason Shanghai has become such a popular destination amongst westerners is for the sheer fact that you can sense the vibrating development that the country has to offer. A perfect combination between modern Pudong and historic Puxi divided by the Huangpu river. A little combination of chaos that is enough to smitten anyone with an open mind.
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WHERE TO STAY
PuLi Hotel and Spa is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the Jing’an area. Ideally situated close to numerous shopping malls the PuLi can be accessed quickly from both the Bund and French Concession. Would recommend for those who prefer a more intimate atmosphere.
1 ChangDe Road, JingAn District,Shanghai 200040
Langham Hotel in Xintiandi is in the French Concession and a longtime classic!
99 Madang Rd, Huangpu
Waldorf Astoria is a classy and kid friendly hotel siuated on the Bund with a great view on the mesmerizing Pudong skyline.
Zhongshan East 2nd Rd, Huangpu
WHERE TO EAT
The London classic comes to Shanghai and is the perfect destination for late night dining ( Chinese tend to eat quite early). Hakkasan also happens to be located right under Shanghai’s hottest club : Bar Rouge.
Bund 18, 5/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Shanghai 200002
A delightful roof top brasserie situated on the Bund overlooking the Huangpu river.
Three on the Bund, 7/F, 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
HOT POT SUN
Located near Fenyang Lu, Hot Pot Sun is by far the best Hot Pot restaurant in Shanghai. Hot Pot Sun is situated in an old French Colonial house and despite it being difficult to find the fresh ingredients and exquisite wine list make it worthwhile.
Ps: Practice your mandarin, the staff don’t speak english!
Xuhui, Shanghai, 200031
WHERE TO GRAB A DRINK:
Liquid Laundry is known for making their own beer and serving one of the best brunches in town.
Kwah Centre 2/F, 1028 Huaihai Middle Road (near Donghu Road) Xuhui District, SHANGHAI
YONG KANG LU
Yong Kang Lu is a small street filled with little bars so whether you are looking for wine, cocktails or craft beer you will find it there along with pretty much every expat living in Shanghai. Tradition has it, that expats gather there for drinks after work at around 6 pm before going out. From the student, artist, banker to CEO’s that go there, you will more likely than not make a new friend by the end of the night.
A hidden bar situated in the French Concession that serve world class cocktails. This bar is home to a secret room that can only be accessed when pressing a certain city on the world map which will release the concealed door. This door leads into a cosy room where world renowned Japanese barman Shingo Gokan is busy creating outstanding cocktails.
WHAT TO SEE:
Get lost in the French Concession and wonder around the small shops, old colonials houses and little vendors. You never know know what you might stumble across!
Pudong financial district with some of the highest buildings in the world. The Oriental Pearl Tower for the real tourists. There are also several impressive science and art museums in Pudong.
M5o ( Moganshan art district) is Shanghai’s art district. Make your way down the streets and find some inspiring art from both young and upcoming artists.
For a taste of China go to Suzhou , a city west of Shanghai ( an hour from Shanghai) which many consider as the Venice of China. It is mostly known for its canals, bridges and classical gardens.
YuYuan Garden – old beautiful garden in the heart of Shanghai.
WHERE TO SHOP
A trip to China would not be complete without a visit to the fake market. If you find something you like remember to bargain hard! There is always room to bargain further.
Fabric market , get your own tailor made dresses, suits, shirts and pants. All you have to do is pick the fabric, they measure you and voila!
Stroll around the French Concession especially Xintiandi and Tianzifang are know for cute boutiques but especially for arts and crafts.
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