Top things to do

Top Choice Gardens in Old Town

Yùyuán Gardens & Bazaar

With its shaded alcoves, glittering pools churning with fish, pavilions, pines sprouting wistfully from rockeries and roving packs of Japanese tourists, the Yùyuán Gardens is one of Shànghǎi's premier sights – but b…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Old Town

Old Street

This renovated Qing dynasty stretch of Middle Fangbang Rd is lined with specialist tourist shops, spilling forth with shadow puppets, jade jewellery, embroidered fabrics, kites, horn combs, chopsticks, zǐshā teapots…
Top Choice European in Old Town

Table No 1 by Jason Atherton

On the ground floor of the Waterhouse by the Cool Docks, British chef Jason Atherton’s Table No 1 fits in perfectly with the distressed industrial-chic theme. A low-key cocktail bar gives way to a deceptively casual…
Top Choice Spanish in Old Town

El Willy

Ensconced in the stunningly converted South Bund 22, bright, vivacious and relocated from the French Concession, Willy Trullas Moreno’s fetching and fun restaurant is a more relaxed counterpoint to many other overdr…
Top Choice Clothing in Old Town

South Bund Fabric Market

This old building with more than 100 stalls is one of the best and easiest fabric markets for tourists as many of the stallholders speak a little English. Dresses and suits can be chosen from pattern books or copied…
Top Choice Indian in Old Town

Kebabs on the Grille

This immensely popular and busy Cool Docks restaurant is a genuine crowd-pleaser, and has alfresco seating by the pond outside. The Boti mutton (barbecued lamb pieces) is adorable. There’s a delicious range of tando…
Buddhist Temple in Old Town

Chénxiānggé Monastery

Sheltering a community of dark-brown-clothed monks from the Chénhǎi (Sea of Dust) – what Buddhists call the mortal world, but which could equally refer to Shànghǎi’s murky atmosphere – this lovely yellow-walled temp…
Taoist Temple in Old Town

Temple of the Town God

Chinese towns traditionally had a Taoist temple of the town god, but many fell victim to periodic upheaval. Originally dating to the early 15th century, this particular temple was badly damaged during the Cultural R…
Dumplings in Old Town

Nánxiáng Steamed Bun Restaurant

Shànghǎi’s most famous dumpling restaurant divides the purists, who love the place, from the younger crowd, who see an overrated tourist trap. Decide for yourself how the xiǎolóngbāo rate, but lines are long and you…
Steak in Old Town

Char

Housed in Hotel Indigo, Char is a wildly pricey steakhouse sensation. Park yourself on a sofa against the window or in a comfy chair facing Lùjiāzuǐ for optimum views. Or keep one eye on the open kitchen to see how …