As the name suggests, this area is also technically part of Xuhui, but it’s a fair way south of the Former French concession streets and it feels it. The area is dominated by former industrial architecture converted into some of
the best art museums in town – the
Long Museum, the Shanghai centre of Photography and the aircraft hangar-housed
Yuz Museum are all here and worth a visit, as are the pleasant waterside walkways.
Dong Liang Studio
With a focus on showcasing emerging design talents from across china, this boutique is beautifully presented in an old lane house.
184 Fumin Lu, Jingan district (+86 21 3469 6926).
Lolo Love Vintage
Surrounded by a pleasant courtyard, this little cubbyhole is a brilliantly quirky space dedicated to all things vintage, with items ranging from antique chandeliers to womenswear.
2 Yongfu Lu, Xuhui district (+86 21 6433 1789).
Jia Jia Tangbao
argue bitterly over who serves the best xiaolongbao and tangbao (traditional soup-filled dumplings) in town, but you can’t go wrong at Jia Jia Tangbao – as evidenced
by lengthy queues out the door. If you’re willing to splash out for dumplings, try their legendary crab meat and roe ones that sell for 99RMB for a dozen. 90 Huanghe Lu, Huangpu district (+86 21 6327 6878).
Friday Uighur Market
If you can’t make it to Kashgar for the Xinjiang capital’s renowned Sunday bazaar, this mini version is well worth a look. Taking place around Friday prayers beside one
of the city’s largest mosques, this market sees a series of stalls set up in the street with seasonal fruits, tasty fresh breads and, of course, lots of roast lamb.
1328 Changde Lu, Putuo district.
Bund-side newcomer Shen boasts the same spectacular views of Shanghai’s skyscrapers as many of its neighbours, but stands out for its relatively reasonable pricing, creative cocktails and
Seventh Floor, 7 Yanan Dong Lu, Huangpu district (+86 21 6316 9119).
Hidden down a
traditional lane, Starling
offers some creative, largely
savoury cocktails in an
interior that features nods to Singapore’s Raffles, but with a laidback vibe.
Zhong Plaza, 99 Taixing Lu, Jingan district (+86 21 6217 0189).
A trip to the top of one of Lujiazui’s enormous skyscrapers is worth it for the views. If you want to skip the observatory entrance fees, head to the bars at the top of Jin Mao or SWFC instead.
Disappearing old Shanghai
In the past 20 years, the destruction of Shanghai’s
old lanehouses has been relentless, but there are still some beautiful ones that have been spared the bulldozers, for now. You’ll find a clutch near People’s Square that are
The small Fuxing Lu speakeasy has quality cocktails, hidden rooms within hidden rooms and a buzzing atmosphere – if you can find your way in...
579 Fuxing Zhong Lu, Huangpu district (+86 21 6416 0133)
Propaganda Poster Art Centre
In the basement of a residential tower block, owner Yang Peiming draws together
a fascinating collection of over 5,000 propaganda posters, many rescued from recycland rubbish bins and spanning
from the early days of the People’s Republic to the end of the cultural
B/1, Bldg B, 868 Huashan Lu, Xuhui district (+86 21 6211 1845).
Getting up early.
Perhaps still woozy from a night at the KTV, Shanghai’s hyper-modernity doesn’t get going first thing in the morning, allowing the city’s more traditional side to shine.
Taxi booking apps have made hailing a cab increasingly difficult. Instead, hire a bike, take the metro, or just walk; most places are accessible by these modes of transport.
For more great ideas of where to go, check out Time Out Shanghai's website.