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Mr. & Mrs Bund – Contenental (and on the Bund of course.. v new)
Coconut Grove – gorgeous colonial house with great garden for eating outside. Best Thai food in Shanghai
Fu 1088 – Shanghainese food in an old villa VERY good (English menu)
Lost Heaven – Yunnan (chinese) food in lovely atmostphere
Haiku by Hatsume – creative sushi
Pinchuan – sichuan
F.C.C – Vietnamese
M1NT – fusion, high-end
Issimo – Italian
Sichuan Citizen – casual Sichuan (and next door to Dragonfly Massage so you can combine the 2)
Sun with Aqua – Japanese
Mr.Willis – feels like you’re in SF, if you’re veggie you won’t like it, but it’s one of my favorites. Have to make a reservation. They also have a great brunch.
El Willy – great tapas (need to have a reservation)
Di Shui Dong (2 locations) – cheap and cheerful Hunan food, famous for their ribs
Tian Jia – specialize in Toro (fatty tuna)
City Deli – great sandwhichs for delivery
Pho Real – nice little vietnamese place, v casual

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El coctel – where the expats go who have been here a while, lively
Abbey Road – neighborhood pub, good happy hour, packed after work
Cotton’s on Anting lu – old houe converted into bar with snacks. Fireplaces, etc. Even nice to go on weekend afternoon and read.
Ci5 – tiny Japanese cocktail bar
Constellation 2 – whiskey bar, v chill
Enoteca (2 locations) – fun wine bar
Kaiba – Belgian Beer pub
Kiitos – japanese sake bar
hof – cocktail and desert bar, great for after dinner

I haven’t posted in ages and seem to have reverted to consolidating emails and sending them out on request (which is why I started this in the first place) so my belated new year’s Resolution is to get back on the travel bloggin wagon.

Definitely go to the top of the new Trade Center Building ona day that’s relatively clear
M50 galleries compound-
Shanghai Circus:
Duolun Lu – great for walking around, this was the epicenter of SH intellectual life in the 20’s and 30’s
Taikang lu – lots of little boutiques and a peak at life in the lanes
Walk around the “Antiques Street” –
Massage – I like Green massage best (book in advance – multiple locations):
Good walking map of the French Concession:
GREAT self-guided MP3 audio tour to buy online for guided walking tour: (I know the Shanghai one is great, I don’t know about the BJ and HK ones):


I will clean this up later, but this is the basic “Shanghai Email” I dole out on request.

I included addresses, but I suggest looking a place up on
Smartshanghai before you go and you can print the
address in Chinese to show the taxi driver. 
They also have a great interactive SH street map
Art Galleries
Moganshan Lu
Laris – The food here is great and the view is amazing, call in
advance and request a table by the window. It’s pricey, but worth it.
Generally considered best Western Food in Shanghai. Bar Rouge is around the corner at 8 on the Bund
in Shanghai.
6/F, 17 Guangdong Road, inside “3 on the Bund”
Zhongshan Dong Yi Road
6321 9922

Lao Beijing (great Beijing duck) – see earlier post

Viva/Azul – Tapas
18 Dongping Lu near Hengshan lu
Tel: +86 (21) 6433 1172

Brunch at M on the Bund is always great as well.

Coconut Grove – gorgeous colonial house with great garden for eating
outside. Best Thai food in Shanghai
38 Fumin Lu (near Yanan Lu)

1221 – Shaghainese food
1221 Yanan Xi Road
Panyu Road
6213 6585 6213 2441

Sacha’s – nice colonial house – indoor and outdoor seating
(around the corner from Viva/Azul)
9 Dong Ping Road
Hengshan Road

Face – A MUST. gorgeous old house with cool interior – indoor and
outdoo seating.
Address: Ruijin Guest House, 118 Ruijin Er Road
Phone: 6466 4328

Bar Rouge – Amazing view, – go early and have a drink on the deck and leave before the crowds hit around 10/11.

JZ bar – live Jazz, very relaxing
46 Fuxing Road
Yongfu Road
6431 0169

See and Do:

  • Go to the top of the Jin Mao
  • Walk around the Old area (Yu Gardens) and go into the garden
  • Walk through the antique market (on XiZang [Tibet] road 2 blocks south
    of Huaihai road across fromt the Pet market, which is also interesting
    to check out) 
  • Massage: Green Massage is my fav, they get full so book a day ahead
    (or in the morning). A few minutes walk from XinTianDi
    tel. 5386-0222
    58 Taicang Lu
    near Jinan Lu
    Open 10:30am-2am


Needless to say there are tons of hotels in Shanghai. Below are a few between ranging between 300 to 2000RMB/night that I can vouch for.

Old House  – A boutique hotel in a restored lane house in the French Concession area. Decked out with Chinese antiques, it might be a little on the romantic side for some but it’s very fair priced and a cool experience.

Lapis Casa – Another boutique hotel, minutes walk from Xin Tian Di. Less ‘couple-y’ than the above and around the same price.

Green Tree Inn – Cheap and clean. An early attempt at decent budget hotels in China. OK location and very fair for the price (about 300RMB).

JW Marriot – No one I know stayed at the JW and was displeased. It’s pricier, but you know exactly what to expect from a Marriot and some China first-timers like that.

Le Royal Méridien Shanghai – I stayed here during their soft launch early last fall. The rooms were great (including a DVD player) the hotel restaurants are good and it’s right on People’s Square. It’s pricey now, but a nice option.

FINALLY! A good reasonably-priced Japanese restaurant in Shanghai. Haiku has cool atmosphere and great food. We had an awesome meal, the spicy tuna roll rocked as did the jalapeno roll, which I might not have ordered myself but I’m glad someone did.

28B Taojiang Road
near Hengshan Road

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