The highlight of Hóngkǒu and North Shànghǎi is just wandering the streets, soaking up the Jewish history and admiring the art deco and heritage architecture. The Ohel Moishe Synagogue makes for a good starting point before a stroll around the North Bund area to check out the Astor House Hotel, Broadway Mansions, Main Post Office and Embankment Building. You can easily combine a day out strolling historic Duolun Rd and the Lu Xun Park area.
For local Shànghǎi snacks and eats from across China, North Jiangxi Rd (江西北路) is stuffed with chefs wilting over steamers, boisterous kebab sellers and red-cheeked málàtàng (麻辣烫; spicy soup with meat and vegetables) vendors. You'll also find Shāndōng dàbǐng (山东大饼; Shāndōng flatbread;) from north China and the ever-scrummy ròujiāmó (肉夹馍; bun stuffed with pork and peppers). Several Buddhist vegetarian restaurants cooking up meat-free pot-stickers and other vegie dishes are flung out down Haimen Rd from the Xiàhǎi Buddhist Monastery.
Accommodation choices are a bit limited in the north and are mostly at the high-end of the price scale in big-name chain hotels. There are also a few hotels mostly catering to cruise passengers around the port terminal.
Head for the area north of Sūzhōu Creek to see where the masses shop. There's also the new Joy City mall near Qufu Rd metro station with the Sky Ring Ferris wheel.
Drinking & Nightlife
Most of the north's drinking options are confined to hotel bars. A few generic restaurants and bars can be found along the river with decent terraces to enjoy a drink.