Best things to do in Shanghai and sightseeing in Shanghai
Pudong International Airport - Shanghai
Lan Club - Shanghai
The exquisite LAN Club takes up a four-storey neo-classical Baroque building near the Bund, each floor featuring a different yet equally immaculate décor. The European-style seafood restaurant on the top floor is overseen by Michelin two-star chef Yves Mattagne, while the second and third floors are dedicated to Chinese fusion food in a glamorous setting full of traditional Chinese elements. There is also a lounge bar downstairs, perfect for a few drinks after dinner.
Huaihai Middle Rd - Shanghai
One of the city's go-to retail and shopping corridors. Lined with branded stores and high-end boutiques, this is a megalomaniac's dream walk. Venture for a stroll here on a nice day while sipping on Iced Green Tea sold on many street-shops or catch a movie at the Cathay Theatre at the intersection with Maoming Lu.
Shanghai Art Museum - Shanghai
El Willy - Shanghai
Named after its charming and innovative chef, Guillermo “Willy” Trullas Moreno, El Willy is a sure bet while visiting Shanghai. The specialty is Spanish Tapas with a contemporary twist, and “Willy” has earned many awards since their opening –including best tapas two years in a row.
Nanjing Rd - Shanghai
Nanjing Dong Lu Pedestrian Street has traditionally been regarded as ‘China’s number one shopping street’. While the Bund symbolized British imperial might, Da Ma Lu was always far more egalitarian. Today the road holds little of the cachet it once did and Shanghai’s best shopping is most definitely elsewhere. However, as a spectacle of the crowded, gaudy, neon-lit China of coffee table photo books, it is unbeatable. Evening strollers can expect to be approached with offers of massage and other services from ‘Chinese ladies’, as well as hash and money (rent) boys.
Jean Georges - Shanghai
A creation by the Michelin three-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, this French restaurant is where you can sample some of his ground-breaking contemporary haute cuisine, such as slow-baked salmon with wild mushrooms and sake-ginger dressing, or grilled pork tenderloin with pineapple and aubergine. Completed with an elegant décor, perfect service and a picturesque view, Jean-Georges is no doubt the brightest gem in the crown of Shanghai’s dining scene.
M on the Bund - Shanghai
M stands for Michelle Garnaut, the veteran Australian chef and restaurateur who also owns M at the Fringe in Hong Kong. However, you won’t be wrong to assume that M stands for ‘magnificent’. Located in a historic building with a view, M on the Bund serves an eclectic mix of modern European, middle-Eastern and North African food. Recommended dishes are crisp-skinned suckling pig and salt-baked lamb. Creamy pavlova is a must-try.
Park Hyatt Shanghai - Shanghai
Highest above ground - in April 2011 we were lucky enough to spend two nights in what was then the world's tallest hotel above ground - the Shanghai Park Hyatt. Our room was on the 81st floor and meals were in the restaurants on the 87th and 91st floors - almost 400 metres above ground.
The Ritz-Carlton - Shanghai
Its centrally located and if you have not been to The Ritz, you have not seen Shanghai. A lifetime experience which gives you the peace of mind, be it for business or leisure. Its simply cool, pleasant, exhilarating, place for comfort and enjoyment with its diverse range of food outlets. Visiting the Aura Bar offers a breathtaking view of The Bund.
Lounge 18 - Shanghai
This welcome addition to Bund 18 provides what other bars on the strip categorically don’t: restrained elegance. The demure, airy marble interior with green foliage harks back to days gone by, without resorting to the usual dark leather-heavy deco furniture. DJs and a dance-floor keep Lounge 18 in the present day, albeit with a suitably loungy and soulful house playlist. There is no terrace, but windows look out on to the river, and there is a de rigeur ‘creative space’ with art exhibitions.
Vue Bar - Shanghai
Best view in town Ironically, the bar with the best view in town is not located on the Bund or Lujiazui. Instead, Vue Bar in the northern part of the Bund walks away with the trophy. Taking up two floors in Hyatt on the Bund, it has a breathtaking view over both sides of the Huangpu River, which can’t be found anywhere else. The small terrace comes with comfortable beds and a Jacuzzi.