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Curated guide to Shanghai featuring unique restaurants, exclusive bars and historic sights to visit

The Truly Best of Shanghai Guide

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The Truly Best of Shanghai Guide

Shanghai portrays a unique blend of old history and futurism; with its skyline and immense architectural landmarks lining the Bund to the rickety charm of the Old Town and the leafy backstreets of the former French Concession. Its truly a city that just begs for gastronomic wandering.
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Curated places to see

Rockbund Art Museum — Contemporary art museum with a rooftop view over the river
Urban Planning Exhibition Center — Interactive museum showcasing the city's glory
Natural History Museum — Scientific exhibits, technology and dinosaur fossils!
๐ŸŽข Disney Resort — Amusement park offering modern day attractions for all ages
๐Ÿ› Former French Concession — Historic area with tree-lined avenues & Tudor houses
โ›ฉ๏ธ Jing'an Temple — Buddhist place of workship offering a peaceful atmosphere
๐Ÿž Yu Garden — Garden and marketplace originally constructed by the Ming dynasty
๐Ÿฆ… Wansheng Bird & Flower Market — Pet stores specialising in exotic small animals
๐Ÿ—ฟ Shanghai Sculpture Park — Scenic area with a beach on a lake surrounded by hills

No FoMo by skipping these

Any restaurant or bar that feels very touristy, as nicer ones maybe just around the corner


Unique restaurants

Din Tai Fung — Dumplings restaurant offering a spot for meetings and celebrations ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Jia Jia Tang Bao — Local favourite spot that makes delicious soup, crab and pork buns
Goga — Californian fusion restaurant serving a creative menu with classy presentation
๐ŸŸ The Cut — Restaurant with a terrace serving quality steak and fries for a good price
๐ŸŒฎ Mayita — Authentic Mexican restaurant with great service in a cozy atmosphere
๐ŸŒฎ Maya — Mexican restaurant serving tasty food in an enjoyable atmosphere
Sichuan Citizen — Busy Chinese restaurant serving spicy chilli dishes and cocktails
Hakassan — Contemporary Cantonese restaurant offering great dining and views
๐Ÿ” That One Place — Dive bar offering beers, pizzas and moonshine
๐Ÿฅ˜ T for Thai — Restaurant serving Thai food in a casual atmosphere
๐Ÿฐ Farine — Bakery serving a selection of bread and cakes
$ The Commune Social — Trendy Tapas restaurant serving innovative dishes
$ Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet — Restaurant with a sense-enhancing dining experience
Guyi Hunan — Famous spot serving spicy Chinese Hunan cuisine and hot pot
Qimin — Organic Chinese restaurant located in Reel Mall serving delicious hot pot
Ye Li Xiz Li Xinjiang — Halal restaurant serving Chinese North-Western cuisine
๐Ÿฅ— Sproutworks — Light and healthy fast food meals restaurant
$ Mercato — Italian restaurant serving pizzas with a view
$ Table No. 1 — Innovative restaurant serving modern European cuisine
Ginger by the Park — Modern Brunch and Dinner restaurant with an outdoor terrace
๐Ÿป Southern Barbarian — Chinese BBQ restaurant with a selection of Belgian beers
Lost Heaven — Elegant restaurant serving Burmese and Chinese Yunan cuisine
๐Ÿฅ– Mardi Gras — Traditional French bistro with an outdoor courtyard and a wine bar
๐Ÿ D.O.C. Gastronomia โ€” Italian restaurant serving wood fired thin-crust pizza

Watch out!

Food and water safety, avoid unsanitary places
When approached by locals offering services, politely refuse as it could be a scam

Bars, Nightlife and Parties!

๐Ÿท Kartel — Rooftop wine bar with an always buzzing with people atmosphere
๐ŸŒฏ Zapata’s — Mexican themed cocktail bar hosting live sport events until late
๐Ÿน Funky Monkey — Local bar serving great drinks and playing contemporary music
Lola — Old Hollywood and newly renovated after party club with VIP tables until late
โšฝ The Shed — Sports bar serving beer, schnitzels and chicken wings
The Park Tavern — British pub streaming live rugby and serving shepherds pies
C’s Bar — Dive bar offering cheap booze and wild interiors with great service
๐Ÿฆˆ M1NT — Night club offering bottle service, a large shark tank and live performances
๐ŸŽฃ Barbarossa — Moroccan cocktail lounge by a pond serving sheesha and drinks๐Ÿ’ฏ
๐ŸŽธ Yuyintang — Underground live music venue with weekly gigs
$ Senator Saloon — Prohibition themed speakeasy bar serving quality whiskeys
$ Unico — Cocktail bar serving tapas with Latin American flavour
Le Café des Stagiaires — French café-themed bar with great ambiance

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Exclusive moments and luxury

The House of Roosevelt — Restaurant offering a great view over the Shanghai skyline
๐Ÿธ Salon De Ning — Speakeasy upside-down themed cocktail lounge
Bar Rouge — Rooftop club with a terrace offering VIP tables and views over the bund
๐Ÿ›€ Vue Bar — Rooftop bar with a hot tub and views over Shanghai
8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana — Upscale Italian restaurant with a view
๐Ÿ’† Dragonfly — Cosy and luxurious spa offering massage retreats to refresh yourself!โ€จ

Shopping and gift guide

Nanjing Road — Famous shopping road known for its fashion stores and fake markets
Huaihai Lu — Upmarket shopping street featuring international and local brand stores 
๐Ÿ›’ Qipu Lu Market — Wholesale and bargain market for clothes
๐Ÿ‘• K11 Art Mall — Shopping mall featuring high-end western brands
$ Platane — Home accessory store focusing on modern porcelain designs
$ Heirloom — Upscale Store selling modern handbags and clutches
๐Ÿ› Philippe le Bac — French fashion retail store specialising in Cashmere
$ Shanghai Tang — Boutique luxury fashion store with a modern touch
$ Spin — Ceramic store focusing on well designed dining accessories
$ Brut Cake — Unique fabric and clay furniture design store
Urban Tribe — Minimalistic traditional Chinese handicrafts store
๐Ÿบ Piling Palang — Traditional cermamic and paper products for the house
$Dong Liang — Retail multibrand fashion store with exquisite designers
Shang Xia — Chinese design and craftsmanship store for the art of living
๐Ÿ‘  $ Mary Ching — Luxury collection of stilletos, leather and pashminas

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Road trip ahead

โ›ฐ Huangshan — Mountain range with hot springs, granite towers & yellow mountains
๐Ÿšฃ Zhujiajiao — Ancient water town famous for its canals, riverbanks and boats
Fengjing — Historic water towns known for its stone bridges and artistic culture
Hangzhou — City famous for its Buddhist temples, pagodas and freshwater lakes
Suzhou — Cultural city filled with canals, elegant bridges and classical gardens
๐Ÿ Mount Putuo — Scenic island with a sacred mountain and religious sites  

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