Get rid of those negative preconceived notions of China. Shanghai is a wonderful blend of traditional and modern, and chaos and peace. This may be your best adventure yet.
China doesn’t usually find itself at the top of the list of travel destinations for most Filipinos, especially with the barrage of news about disputes in international waters and government censorship, and viral videos of rude tourists. But I believe that a country isn’t defined by its government, and while there’s no doubt that bad apples exist, they shouldn’t be the reason for leaving a wonderful city like Shanghai out of your travel bucket list.
The financial and modern center of the city. Take the Maglev train to reach downtown in 8 minutes for approximately 8 USD.
Huangpu or Downtown
Old city center where you can find the Bund, People’s Square, Nanshi, the Old Town Bazaar, and the popular Yu Yuan Garden.
Original American concession and the area that holds the old Jewish Quarter. There are interesting sights here and some good eats.
Luwan or the French Quarter
The domain of the French colonial community until 1949, and walking down the tree-lined avenues makes you think you were in Paris. Contains some of the best restaurants and most creative developments.
A mix of some colonial buildings and the modern center of Shanghai, with everything from large glitzy shopping malls to soviet style blocks and some temples.
An eclectic mix of cafes, bars, restaurants, the Longhua Pagoda, and the Botanical Gardens.
Where to Stay
If you’re only in Shanghai for a couple of days, stay in one of the hotels around the French Quarter, the Bund, or Nanjing West Road.
Art, Culture, and Museums
Power Station of Art
200 Huayuangang Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Open 11 am – 7 pm
The Shanghai Museum
201 Renmin Ave, RenMin GuangChang, Huangpu Qu, China, 200000
Open 9 am – 5 pm
China Art Palace
161 Shangnan Road, Pudong New District (浦东新区上南路161号)
Open 9 am – 5 pm, closed on Mondays
M50 Creative Park
50 Moganshan Rd, Putuo Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
50 Moganshan Rd, Putuo Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Museum of Contemporary Art
Nanjing Xi Lu, 1515 Nanjing W Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200040
Xu Jia Hui, Nanjing, Hai Hai Road: commercial shopping areas
Dongtai Road Market: antiques, traditional wares
Tianshan Market: tea
South Bund Fabric Market or Lujiabang Fabric Market: suits, dresses, etc.
Where to Eat
41 Tianping Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200030
Jian Guo 328
309, 11 Jianguo E Rd, HaiNing Lu, Shanghai, China
650 Yuyuan Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Huangpuhui, 269 Wujiang Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200041
Jia Jia Tang Bao
90 Huanghe Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
255 Yanping Rd, Jingan Qu, China, 200042
A Da Cong You Bing
159 Mao Ming South Road, Unit 2 (near Nanchang Road), Shanghai
La Rou Si Mian Guan
106 Zhaozhou Rd, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Qibao Old Street
Xiangyanh Road corner Changle Road
Rui Fu Yuan
132 Maoming Nan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu
271 Fumin Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
38 Gaoyou Rd, Xuhui Qu, China
Cafés and Dessert
House of Flour
635 Bibo Rd, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 201203
Whisk Choco Café
1250 Huaihai Middle Rd, HuaiHai Lu XiDuan, Xuhui Qu, China
Wujiang Road, Shanghai, China
High End/Reservation Needed
375 Zhenning Rd, Changning Qu, China, 200040
740 Hankou Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Mr. and Mrs. Bund
18号 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Lu, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200001
3 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Jinjiang Hotel, No.59 Maoming South Rd., Huangpu, Shanghai, China
91 Xingguo Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Otto e Mezzo
China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, WaiTan, Yuanmingyuan Rd, Xiejin Building, 协进大楼 邮政编码: 200002
Waitan, Huangpu, Shanghai, China, 200001
Shop 422, Zhong Sheng World Shopping Mall, 5001 Dushi Road, Xinzhuang, Minhang, Shanghai
China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, WaiTan, Zhongshan East 1st Rd, 32号, The Peninsula Shanghai 邮政编码: 200002
6/F, 282 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu
Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China
511 Jiangning Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Xin Da Lu
Hyatt on the Bund
Bars and Clubs
579 Fuxing Middle Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
The Union Trading Company
64号 Fenyang Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200031
18 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200001
China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, Fuzhou Rd, 318号高腾大厦 邮政编码: 200000
7F, 20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Lu
115 Xingfu Rd, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200052
685号 Dingxi Rd, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200052
B-18 Dynasty Villa, No. 851 Hong Jing Rd. near Hong Qiao Rd. Changning, Shanghai, China
4/F, 218 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu
China, Shanghai, Xuhui, 淮海中路1416号
China, Shanghai, Xuhui, Wulumuqi S Rd, 1号-5
Inside People’s Park, 231 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu (Entrance between Starbucks and Shanghai Art Museum)
86号 Xinle Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
98 Wuyuan Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200031
199 Huangpu Rd, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200080
Having a guide who can speak Chinese is incredibly advantageous. Many thanks to Chelsea from UnTour Food Tours for showing me around the best food spots in the city. To have an awesome food tour of Shanghai, check out UnTour Food Tours here: https://untourfoodtours.com/ and also on Facebook and Twitter.
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Note: as of posting, The Shelter and El Coctel are now closed.