Overnight Shanghai: 36 Hours in the City

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Overnight Shanghai: 36 Hours in the City
February 09, 2017

China doesn’t usually find itself at the top of the list of travel destinations for most Filipinos, especially with the barrage of news about disputes in international waters and government censorship, and viral videos of rude tourists. But I believe that a country isn’t defined by its government, and while there’s no doubt that bad apples exist, they shouldn’t be the reason for leaving a wonderful city like Shanghai out of your travel bucket list.

                                              

General Areas

Pudong: the financial and modern center of the city. Take the Maglev train to reach downtown in 8 minutes for approximately 8 USD.

 

Huangpu or Downtown: old city center where you can find the Bund, People’s Square, Nanshi, the Old Town Bazaar, and the popular Yu Yuan Garden.

 

Hongkou: original American concession and the area that holds the old Jewish Quarter. There are interesting sights here and some good eats.

 

Luwan or the French Quarter: the domain of the French colonial community until 1949, and walking down the tree-lined avenues makes you think you were in Paris. Contains some of the best restaurants and most creative developments.

 

Jing An: a mix of some colonial buildings and the modern center of Shanghai, with everything from large glitzy shopping malls to soviet style blocks and some temples.

 

Xuhui: an eclectic mix of cafes, bars, restaurants, the Longhua Pagoda, and the Botanical Gardens.

 

Where to Stay

If you’re only in Shanghai for a couple of days, stay in one of the hotels around the French Quarter, the Bund, or Nanjing West Road.

 

Art, Culture, and Museums

Power Station of Art

200 Huayuangang Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China

Open 11 am – 7 pm

 

The Shanghai Museum

201 Renmin Ave, RenMin GuangChang, Huangpu Qu, China, 200000

Open 9 am – 5 pm

 

China Art Palace

161 Shangnan Road, Pudong New District (浦东新区上南路161号)

Open 9 am – 5 pm, closed on Mondays

 

M50 Creative Park

50 Moganshan Rd, Putuo Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

 

LWH Gallery

50 Moganshan Rd, Putuo Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

 

Museum of Contemporary Art

Nanjing Xi Lu, 1515 Nanjing W Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200040

 

Shopping

Xu Jia Hui, Nanjing, Hai Hai Road: commercial shopping areas

 

Dongtai Road Market: antiques, traditional wares

 

Tianshan Market: tea

 

South Bund Fabric Market or Lujiabang Fabric Market: suits, dresses, etc.

 

Where to Eat

Local Favorites:

Old Jesse

41 Tianping Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200030

 

Jian Guo 328

309, 11 Jianguo E Rd, HaiNing Lu, Shanghai, China

 

Fuchun

650 Yuyuan Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China

 

Yang’s

Huangpuhui, 269 Wujiang Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200041

 

Jia Jia Tang Bao

90 Huanghe Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

 

Wuyuan Bingjia

255 Yanping Rd, Jingan Qu, China, 200042

 

A Da Cong You Bing

159 Mao Ming South Road, Unit 2 (near Nanchang Road), Shanghai

 

La Rou Si Mian Guan

106 Zhaozhou Rd, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

 

Qibao Old Street

 

Xiangyanh Road corner Changle Road

 

Rui Fu Yuan

132 Maoming Nan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu

 

Bao Luo

271 Fumin Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

 

Lost Heaven

38 Gaoyou Rd, Xuhui Qu, China

 

Cafés and Dessert

House of Flour

635 Bibo Rd, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 201203

 

Whisk Choco Café

1250 Huaihai Middle Rd, HuaiHai Lu XiDuan, Xuhui Qu, China

 

Lilian Bakery

Wujiang Road, Shanghai, China

 

High End/Reservation Needed:

Fu 1088

375 Zhenning Rd, Changning Qu, China, 200040

 

T’ang Court

740 Hankou Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

 

Mr. and Mrs. Bund

18号 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Lu, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200001

 

Unico

3 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

 

Chinoise Story

Jinjiang Hotel, No.59 Maoming South Rd., Huangpu, Shanghai, China

 

Ginger

91 Xingguo Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China

 

Otto e Mezzo

China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, WaiTan, Yuanmingyuan Rd, Xiejin Building, 协进大楼 邮政编码: 200002

 

Ultraviolet

Waitan, Huangpu, Shanghai, China, 200001

 

Madam Goose

Shop 422, Zhong Sheng World Shopping Mall, 5001 Dushi Road, Xinzhuang, Minhang, Shanghai

 

Sir Elly’s

China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, WaiTan, Zhongshan East 1st Rd, 32号, The Peninsula Shanghai 邮政编码: 200002

 

The Highline

6/F, 282 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu

 

Tony’s Farm

Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China

 

Commune Social

511 Jiangning Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China

 

Xin Da Lu

Hyatt on the Bund

 

Bars and Clubs

Speak Low

579 Fuxing Middle Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

 

The Union Trading Company

64号 Fenyang Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200031

 

Bar Rouge

18 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200001

 

M1nt

China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, Fuzhou Rd, 318号高腾大厦 邮政编码: 200000

 

Le Baron

7F, 20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Lu

 

Dada

115 Xingfu Rd, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200052

 

C’s

685号 Dingxi Rd, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200052

 

The Mansion

B-18 Dynasty Villa, No. 851 Hong Jing Rd. near Hong Qiao Rd. Changning, Shanghai, China

 

Elevator

4/F, 218 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu

 

Cotton Club

China, Shanghai, Xuhui, 淮海中路1416号

 

Arkham

China, Shanghai, Xuhui, Wulumuqi S Rd, 1号-5

 

M2

China, 淮海中路282号香港广场南座4楼

 

Barbarossa

Inside People's Park, 231 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu (Entrance between Starbucks and Shanghai Art Museum)

 

Bar Constellation

86号 Xinle Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

 

Senator Saloon

98 Wuyuan Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200031

 

Vue Bar

199 Huangpu Rd, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200080

 

Having a guide who can speak Chinese is incredibly advantageous. Many thanks to Chelsea from UnTour Food Tours for showing me around the best food spots in the city. To have an awesome food tour of Shanghai, check out UnTour Food Tours here: https://untourfoodtours.com/ and also on Facebook and Twitter.

Watch the full episode here!

Note: as of posting, The Shelter and El Coctel are now closed.

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