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Top Choice Gallery in Jìng’ān

M50

Shànghǎi may be known for its glitz and glamour, but it's got an edgy subculture, too. The industrial M50 art complex is one prime example, where galleries have set up in disused factories and cotton mills, utilisin…
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 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 Tapas in Jìng’ān

Commune Social

A venture by UK celebrity chef Jason Atherton, this natty Neri & Hu–designed restaurant blends a stylish, yet relaxed, vibe with sensational tasting dishes, exquisitely presented by chef Scott Melvin. It's divid…
Top Choice Vegetarian in West Shànghǎi

Fú Hé Huì

The most recent venture from owner Fang Yuan and chef Tony Lu, the Shànghǎi team behind Fu 1015, Fu 1088 and Fu 1039, this is the standout in an amazing bunch. Set in an elegant private room, the strictly vegetarian…
Top Choice Ceramics in Hóngkǒu & North Shànghǎi

Spin

High on creative flair, Spin offers a modern take on Chinese ceramics with oblong teacups, twisted sake sets and all manner of cool plates, chopstick holders and ‘kung fu’ vases. Pieces are never overbearing, but le…
Top Choice Dumplings in Jìng’ān

Yang's Fry Dumplings

A much-too-small outlet of this famous dumpling-house chain, specialising in delicious pork and prawn shēngjiān. Pass your receipt to the kitchen to collect your dumplings.
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Jìng’ān

Jìng’ān Temple

With the original temple dating back to AD 1216, the much-restored Jìng’ān Temple was here well before all the audacious skyscrapers and glitzy shopping malls. Today it stands like a shimmering mirage in defiance of…
Top Choice Notable Building in Pǔdōng

Shànghǎi Tower

China’s tallest building dramatically twists skywards from its footing in Lùjiāzuǐ. The 121-storey 632m-tall Gensler-designed Shànghǎi Tower topped out in August 2013 and opened in mid-2016. The spiral-shaped tower …