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Top Choice Architecture in The Bund & People's Square

The Bund

Symbolic of concession-era Shànghǎi, the Bund was the city’s Wall Street, a place of feverish trading and fortunes made and lost. Originally a towpath for dragging barges of rice, the Bund (an Anglo-Indian term for …
Top Choice Gastronomy in The Bund & People's Square

Ultraviolet

You’ve probably paired food and wine before, but what about coupling an illuminated apple-wasabi communion wafer with purple candles and a specially designed cathedral scent? Welcome to China’s most conceptual dinin…
Top Choice Museum in The Bund & People's Square

Shànghǎi Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

Set over five levels, this modern museum covers Shànghǎi's urban planning history, tracing its development from swampy fishing village to modern-day megacity. Its mix of photography, models and interactive multimedi…
Top Choice Museum in The Bund & People's Square

Shànghǎi Museum

This must-see museum escorts you through the craft of millennia and the pages of Chinese history. It's home to one of the most impressive collections in the land: take your pick from the archaic green patinas of the…
Top Choice Dumplings in The Bund & People's Square

Yang’s Fry Dumplings

The city’s most famous place for sesame-seed-and-scallion-coated shēngjiān (生煎; fried dumplings) gets nil points for decor or service, but queues can stretch to the horizon as eager diners wait for scalding shēngjiā…
Top Choice Bar in The Bund & People's Square

Long Bar

For a taste of colonial-era Shànghǎi’s elitist trappings, you’ll do no better than the Long Bar. This was once the members-only Shànghǎi Club, whose most spectacular accoutrement was a 34m-long wooden bar. Foreign b…
Top Choice French in The Bund & People's Square

Mr & Mrs Bund

French chef Paul Pairet's casual eatery aims for a space that’s considerably more playful than your average fine-dining Bund restaurant. The mix-and-match menu has a heavy French bistro influence, reimagined and ser…
Top Choice European in The Bund & People's Square

M on the Bund

M exudes a timelessness and level of sophistication that eclipses the razzle-dazzle of many other upscale Shànghǎi restaurants. The menu ain't radical, but that’s the question it seems to ask you – is breaking new c…
Top Choice Bar in The Bund & People's Square

Barbarossa

Set back in People’s Park alongside a pond, Barbarossa is all about escapism. Forget Shànghǎi, this is Morocco channelled by Hollywood set designers. The action gets steadily more intense as you ascend to the roof t…
Top Choice Yunnan in The Bund & People's Square

Lost Heaven

Lost Heaven might not have the views that keep its rivals in business, but why go to the same old Western restaurants when you can get sophisticated Bai, Dai and Miao folk cuisine from China’s mighty southwest? Spec…