Barbarossa

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in The Bund & People's Square

Set back in People’s Park alongside a pond, Barbarossa is all about escapism. Forget Shanghai: this is Morocco channelled by Hollywood set designers. The action gets steadily more intense as you ascend to the roof terrace, via the cushion-strewn 2nd floor, where the hordes puff on fruit-flavoured hookahs. At night, use the park entrance just east of the Shanghai History Museum building.

Happy hour (5pm to 8pm) is a good time to visit for two-for-one cocktails.