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Hotels | Restaurants | Bars & Clubs | Shops | 36 Hours | Useful Information

The three best


GRAND – The Peace Hotel (originally known as The Cathay Hotel)
20 Nanjing Road(E) Shanghai, 200002
Tel: +86 21 6321 6888
‘The most famous hotel in the city, dating back to 1929. Charlie Chaplin and Noel Coward stayed in its elegant rooms’

BOUTIQUE -Mansion House Hotel
82 ,Xin Le Road, Shanghai, 200031
‘Located in the wonderful French Concession area of the city where wide roads are shaded by leafy plane trees’

NEW -Swissotel Grand Shanghai
1 Yyyuan Road, Shanghai, 200040
Tel: +86 21 6231 6030
‘Five-star, 30-storey new-build in the Jing’An business district, close to the famous Nanjing Road, which leads all the way to The Bund’

The three best


The Chinoise Story
59 Maoming Nan Lu, near Changle Lu, Shanghai, 200020,
Tel: +86 21 6445 1717
‘Offers a modern take on traditional Chinese ingredients with European twists. The presentation of the food, especially the smoking ice cream, is impressive’

M on the Bund
7/F, No. 5 The Bund [Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu] (Guangdong Lu) Shanghai
Tel: +86 21 6350 9988
‘A popular fine-dining restaurant with a roof terrace and views over the famous colonial buildings’

Tan Wai Lou
7F, 5 The Bund, (corner of Guangdong Road), Shanghai
Tel: +86 21 6350 9988
‘Serves modern Cantonese food in a cosy space on the Bund. The architecture and interior is a modern take on traditional Chinese décor’

The three best

Bars and Clubs

Glamour Bar on The Bund
5 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (6th floor), Shanghai
Tel: +86 21 6350 9988
‘Shanghai’s classiest cocktail lounge, mixing the modern with 1930’s Shanghai chic. Fine views, retro furnishing and regular live music’

Cloud 9 at the Grand Hyatt
Jin Mao Tower Century Boulevard, Pudong, Shanghai
Tel: 86 21 5049 1234
‘Highest bar in the world with views over the Shanghai skyline and great cocktails – a must-visit’

No 99, Yan Dang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai
Tel: +134 8223 9390
‘Designed by Phillippe Starck, music lovers and trend-setters descend on Volar for a chic nightlife experince’

The three best


Maison Mode
HuaihaiZhong Road, Shanghai, 200031
Tel: +86 21 6431 0100
‘A high-end designer shop, luxurious environment and excellent service’

Plaza 66
1266 Nanjing Xi Lu Shanghai, 200040
Tel: +86 21 5306 8888
‘Housed in the second highest skyscraper in Shanghai, this is one of the most well-known upscale places to shop’

City Plaza
1618 Nanjing Xi Lu,
JingAn, near Wanhangdu Lu, Shanghai
Tel: +86 21 3217-4838
‘Popular department store where you
will find everything from clothes to interior design’

If you’re there for

36 hours

Go up the iconic TV Tower for panoramic views. Cross the river and take a stroll along the Bund with it’s famous colonial architecture.

Visit the old Chinese City bazaar where traditional architecture (newly built) is mixed with craft shops and Chinese cuisine. Here you will find the traditional pork dumplings at Lubolang restaurant and a tea ceremony across the famous zigzag bridge.

Take an evening walk through the French Concession

Other Useful Information

Best radio station:
Easy FM

How to find a local sim card:
Buy at every Metro station or post office or book stands on the streets

Best way to get to and from airport:
The Maglev Train covers the 30km distance in an incredible 7 minutes and 20 seconds. It’s the fastest commercial train in the world.