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Shanghai Happenings

From shows to international sports and trade events, Shanghai is truly a city of diverse life offering a year round calendar of interests and activities to intrigue and entertain. We endeavor to keep you informed and up to date at all times as to what is happening, where and when. Never a dull moment would not be inappropriate as this city’s motto.

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana
Glam Restaurants

Restrained Rockbund nook where chef Umberto's famed, Michelin-spangled, sophisti-modern northern Italian flavour bombs take Shanghai with serious swagger. Freshly baked bread and homemade pastas star alongside house-cured meats and heavenly imported cheeses. The walk-in wine cellar boasts 3,000+ bottles.

169 6-7/F, Associate Mission Historical Bldg, Yuan Ming Yuan Lu
+86 21 6087 2890

Atelier by Taste Buds
Glam Bars

Drawing suits and stylistas alike, Daniel An’s sleek homage to the speakeasy is a perennial favourite for its barrel-aged tipples and stellar 'tails. Tucked inside the More than Eat complex, the dim-lit retro-riffing parlour has just enough quirk (blow-torch-lit secret menus) without being kitsch.

Awfully Chocolate
Sweet Treats

Sweet tooths are go-go for cocoa a this Singaporean-born counter serving a wickedly delicious range of chocolate cakes, ice creams and brownies. Diet begone!

Unit B209, Floor B2, Reel Department Nanjing West Lu
+86 21 3220 5737

Bar Constellation
Relaxed Bars

In-the-know cocktail pursuers pack into this narrow, no frills Nippon bar for 500+ single malts and an extensive list of smooth tipples. Go early to nab one of the coveted booths, or try one of the more spacious sister bars Constellation III and IIII.

86 Xinle Lu, by Xiangyang Bei Lu

Bespoke Travel Shanghai
Private Tours & Guides

The cats PJ's for personal experiences, ace custom crawls and unique outings across the city, plus signature thematic tours and neighbourhood jaunts by local experts. Unearth the city's secrets, dive into Deco Shanghai or customise your own. Foodies will also love the xiaolongbao (soup dumpling) classes and bespoke cocktail making. Book.

Brut Cake Cafe
Relaxed Restaurants

Dishy husband-and-wife duo rustle up American fusion delights such as PB lattes and fried chicken waffles alongside an eclectic trove of treasures. A homey shop n' flop combo in Downtown Shanghai.

Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project
Museums & Art

Global art heavyweight lands on the banks of the Huangpu, and what an arrival it is. British starchitect David Chipperfield conceived the colossal iridescent three-level showpiece, housing exhibitions and performances drawing on French and Chinese talents and collaborations. Three galleries feature a rotation of works from Paris. Check site for programs, creative studio events and children's workshops.

Da Vittorio
Glam Restaurants

If Italian food had a wardrobe, this one's wearing top hat and tails. The lauded Italian import swooped into Shanghai from the vineyards of Brusaporto last year, immediately flying high on its three Michelin stars. The light-filled Bund-based space enjoys a prime seat over the leaf-lined Huangpu river. Go for wallet-buster crustacean catches.

el Willy
Smart Casual Restaurants

Set foot inside this exposed brick Bund-side boite with playful painted glass sculptures, and wrap your mouth around chef 'Willy' Trullas Moreno's colourful, contempo, seasonal Spanish tidbits – and you'll instantly see why he's still going strong after all these years.

22 5/F, South Bund, Zhongshan Dong Er Lu
+86 21 5404 5757

Fu 1039
Smart Casual Restaurants

This alluring madame has placed everyone under a spell, in her restored 1930s villa packing piles of period charm, a tinkling piano, and top local fare incl. smoked fish and shredded tofu.

1039 Yuyuan Lu, by Jiangsu Lu
+86 21 5237 1878

Grand Theatre

Sink into the red seats of French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier's futuristic centrepiece, housing regular world-class performances from whistles and bells musicals to intimate chamber music concerts. By night the crystal box, home base to the Shanghai Opera House Company, glows from within.

Hellas House
Glam Restaurants

A sweet honeymooner's homage to Grecian gastronomy in a converted villa, marrying Shanghainese decadence and decorum. Filled with Greek imports – think hand-hewn walnut chairs, marbled columns and mod-art. Choose the veranda for intimate candlelit evenings or take to the garden for larger groups by the alfrisky dip pool and BBQ pit. Res required.

Heritage by Madison
Smart Casual Restaurants

Shanghai's fooderati are flocking to Austin Hu's refined mashup of Western, Asian and Chinese on the ground floor of the glammy Foster/Hetherwick Bund Finance Center. The slick light n' airy dining room with open kitchen and bar sets the scene for flavoursome comfort dishes like fiery Chongqing Hot Chicken, General Hu’s cauliflower, beef tartare and salted duck yolk lotus roots. Top marks for substance and style rarely found in this town.

1/F 600 Zhongshan East 2nd Road, near Longtan Lu
+86 21 6312 9089

J. Boroski
Glam Bars

Look for the black door and you’ll find BKK/NYC-import’s entomology-inspired den for your libations. No-menu choice will leave your night up to the mixologists, ‘heavy’ at their hands for big drinkers. Kick up a notch and ask for owner's ant-derived gin, if you dare.

179 Fumin Lu
+86 021 5456 5266

Smart Casual Restaurants

Oh honey! It's out with the dark and in with the Michy starred light, where striking layers of muted brass, glass and mirror bring this 1916 Bund-side building back to life. Monsieur JG's Asian-influenced, mod Gallic cuisine is the very tasty cherry on top.

3 4/F, Three on the Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, enter on Guangdong Lu
+86 21 6321 7733

Smart Casual Restaurants

Buffet bound K-bbq by none other than Shanghai resti royalty, Mark Klingspon. A mix of old-new stylings - yes there’s arcade games, self-serve beer fridges and a live octopus tank for entertainment. Restyled in graffiti, this late-night eatery will have you drinking as the Koreans do. Jjang!

Three on the Bund 2F, 17 Guangdong Road
+86 21 6330 5005

Labelhood Pillar

Three-storey, multi-brand, one-stop lane house boutique for the crème de la crème of China's homegrown fashion talent, from togs to bags to brogues, impeccably curated by Tasha Liu. Go local!

184 Fumin Lu, by Changle Lu

M Glam
Smart Casual Bars

Grown-ups' only, sophisty Bund spot of Fellini Martinis, crystal beads, mismatched chairs, and Chef Pollitt's Med-tinged small plates.

5 7/F, The Bund, enter via Guangdong Lu
+86 21 6350 9988

Madame Mao's Dowry

Flying the flag for cultural revolution-themed accoutrements in an itty-bitty shop; think ink-pots from a famed Tianjin woodblock print shop, curated propaganda posters, old postcards, Mao-era wedding gifts and painted enamel-ware. Don’t get lost, ask veteran and curator Linda Johnson about the Shanghai-grown designers too.

Maison Dada
Home & Furny

Surrealist meets trad Chinese, totally unexpected homewares like ticking clock rocking chairs, voluptuous Paloma sofas, and other mod, totally of-the-moment pieces you must have for your pad.

Matthew Liu Fine Arts
Museums & Art

Ex-financier Matt has set up shop amid the restored neo-classical facades of the Rockbund Development, repping German photog Candida Höfer, Arranz-Bravo from Spain and Brazil's Vik Muniz, and a show schedule rotating six times yearly.

People’s Square

This former horse racecourse is now a one-stop cultural park to get your fab art fill. Archi-symbolic Shanghai Museum houses dynastic relics and rarities, while the glass-paned beauty MoCA draws international contempo heavyweights. The Urban Planning Exhibition Hall sounds like a boring old crud, but on the 4/F is a fascinating scale model of the shape of Shanghai to come. All cultured out? Plant your bot in the red seats of French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier's futuristic centrepiece the Grand Theatre for regular world-class performances. Ta-da!

Museums & Art

Vaulted, world-class showcase with a focus on Chinese contempo, boasting river views and a chic Bund location, with prices to match. Prominent artists include Xu Bing, Yang Yongliang and Yan Lei.

Shang Xia
Home & Furny

Made in China is now covetable with Hermès-backed designer Jiang Qiong Er's exquisite, heritage-influenced furny and fash. Expect two enchanting floors of ethereal retail therapy, plus an “experience room” on level three for VIPs. Souvenir shopping? A craftsman wraps the brand's delicate tea sets in woven bamboo on site.

Shanghai Tang

Sparkly, 1930s cinematic digs house this heritage tailoring brand with international appeal, all 10,000 sq ft showcasing the line of eminently wearable east-meets-west men's and womenswear, plus fab decor, accessories and gifts.

Speak Low
Smart Casual Bars

Amid Shanghai's speakeasy saturation, the Japanese-style precision tipples from ex NY-barman Shingo Gokan are worth the faff. Multi-level cocktail haven heaving with literal social climbers – the higher you go, the more exclusive (and the more purse-tugging). Ask for the eponymous Speak Low, a bittersweet, choc-Bacardi-sherry concoction.

Spin Ceramics
Home & Furny

A pale, delicate, luminous glaze adorns these mod table and décor ceramics produced in Jingdezhen, the long ago global porcelain capital of the world. Organic shapes and simple lines dominate the elegant, minimalist collection, while non-porcelain covetables include polished wooden trays and lacquer chopsticks. Cut-price factory seconds too.

360 Kangding Lu, by Shanxi Bei Lu

The Nest
Smart Casual Bars

All work and no play makes Jack a dull fellow, so skip up to lavish bar-lounger The Nest to unwind and take in floor-to-ceiling skyline views of the city with grown-up tunes, raw-counter treats and crafty cocktails. Weekends get clubby but weekdays are a decidedly sophistry affair.

Tianmashan (Tianma Mountain)
Gardens & Parks

Known as the most beautiful hill in Shanghai, make the trip to Songjiang for bamboo-shaded hikes around the mountain, serene temple stops and at-the-peak views of Shanghai’s western ‘burbs. Day trip it and tag along Chengshan Botanical garden for pretty pink blooms.


Water Towns
Cultural Activities

Just over an hour's drive is a stuck-in-time-necklace of water towns with old stone homes, alleys and quiet canals. Expressive Xitang has its quiet moments. Closer but busier is Zhu Jia Jiao.