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You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.

    • Crystal Jade

      Cantonese and local
      The menu is huge – and everything is delicious: the Crystal Jade marries Cantonese and Shanghai specialities with a touch of Sichuan spiciness. The throngs of guests sit at large round tables or a long bar in the middle of the room to savour Hong Kong-style dim sum, twice-boiled chicken soup and shrimps marinated in egg white and hot beef from Sichuan.
      2nd Floor, South Block Xintiandi,
      Lane 123 Xingye Lu
      Shanghai
      +86 21 6385 8752
    • Kagen and Haiku by Hatsune

      Modern Japanese
      Standing side by side, these two partner restaurants are Shanghai institutions for modern Japanese cuisine, which is a lot cheaper in China than in Europe. Kagen serves teppanyaki, prepared at the table on a hot iron griddle. Haiku by Hatsune is primarily famous for its creative, fusion-inspired sushi rolls, which can also be ordered at the Kagen. Served with Japanese Kirin beer or sake. Booking is essential, even during the week.
      28D und 28B Taojiang Lu
      Shanghai
      +86 21 6433 3232
    • Lost Heaven

      Spicy
      Masses of fresh herbs and exotic, sometimes very spicy dishes from the cook pots of the various ethnic groups of Yunnan in the far reaches of south-west China, served in a warmly lit atmosphere with a touch of South-East Asia at the heart of the French Concession. Lost Heaven is therefore extremely popular, not least with local European residents, so booking is essential.
      38 Gaoyou Lu
      Shanghai
      +86 21 6433 5126
    • Paulaner Bräuhaus Pudong

      Wheat beer in Asia
      Where else would you find pretzels and freshly brewed wheat beer to the constant accompaniment of hooting ships as they chug upriver? The Paulaner Bräuhaus on the banks of the Huangpu is in a unique location. The beer garden offers unspoilt views of the river and the Bund – at its best in the afternoon, when the sun is reflected off the Huangpu. And the robust fare with large helpings of Bavarian classics is also delicious. Live music in the evenings at weekends.
      2967 Lujiazui Lu (near Pudong Shangri-La Hotel)
      Shanghai
      +86 21 6888 3935
    • Lynn

      Traditional-modern-mix
      The blend of traditional and modern Shanghai food is a powerful magnet for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is always packed. With a contemporary yet cosy décor, the Lynn serves stylishly presented dishes that are not as heavy or sweet as traditional Shanghai cuisine – from fish in light soya sauce to “tipsy chicken” marinated in rice wine.
      99-1 Xikang Lu (near Nanjing Xi Lu)
      Shanghai
      +86 21 6247 0101
    • Coconut Paradise

      Insider tip
      The doors to the small, idyllic Coconut Paradise Restaurant along the Fumin Road are somewhat hidden away. Walk past in the evening and the illuminated Buddahs will lead you to the entrance. The picturesque building dating back to colonial times exudes French charm both inside and out, in its small garden patio. The magnificent Thai cuisine and friendly atmosphere explain why this restaurant has become an irrefutable insider tip in Shanghai.
      38 Fuming Lu
      Shanghai
      +86 21 62481998
    • Di Shui Dong

      Spicy cuisine
      The Di Shui Dong is an absolute must for lovers of spicy food – everyone else just lets staff know when ordering. It's a good idea to have a bottle of Tsingtao ready as an extinguisher. The restaurant serves up outstanding Hunan cuisine and is always full. Reservations are a must here, and value for money is unbeatable.
      2. Stock, 56 south Maoming Lu
      Shanghai
      +86 21 6253 2689
    • Kommune Café

      Relaxed outdoors
      The café is at the heart of the busy Taikang Lu district, an artists' quarter. Those who make their way through the winding alleys will soon see that their efforts have been worthwhile: the Kommune Cafe rewards them with a delightful courtyard that is perfect for a relaxing drink. You can enjoy a tasty breakfast or watch the sun go down over a latte macchiato. It attracts guests from all over the city.
      Tianzifang,
      room 5, lane 7, 210 Taikang Lu,
      near Sinan Lu
      Shanghai
      +86 21 6466 2416
      Kommune Café
    • Bar Rouge

      Tried and tested
      The Bar Rouge has for years been one of Shanghai’s best-known watering holes, and it still popular even in this rapidly changing city thanks to its lounge terrace with views of the skyline of Pudong. The barkeepers adeptly mix up a good range of cocktails and serve champagne with twinkling sparklers. There are also DJs on hand to pump out electro, minimal or deep house sounds into the early hours of the morning.
      7th floor, Bund 18 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
      Shanghai
      +86 21 6339 1199
    • Barbarossa Lounge

      Water pipes and cocktails
      Regardless of who first thought of building an open oriental-style structure in the midst of the People's Park and serving Moroccan specialities there – from hummus and kebabs to water pipes – plus pasta and sandwiches, the terrace of the Barbarossa is always full of visitors. In the evenings after work, young locals and foreigners alike sip refreshing cocktails in the top-floor bar with its view of the trees in the park and the surrounding skyscrapers.
      In the People’s Park, 231 Nanjing Xi Lu
      Shanghai
      +86 21 6318 0220
    • Cotton’s

      Friendly beer garden
      Situated in a restored villa and with a lush beer garden, this bar is one of the best places in summer for a relaxed happy hour cocktail. In winter, flames crackle in the fireplace in what was once the living room. Cotton’s serves good food, some of it with a Swiss influence, and the surrounding area is perfect for a walk.
      132 Anting Lu
      Shanghai
      +86 21 6433 7995
    • Mokkos

      Japanese cocktails
      There are lots of Japanese bars in the city, and Mokkos is one of the best of them. The specialities of this small, dimly lit bar are cocktails based on Japanese schochu schnapps. To mix a drink, the barkeeper reaches up for one of the dozens of bottles lined up on the shelf behind him. Schochu with grapefruit is just one recommendation. Guests can sit at the bar or, for a little more privacy, on tatami mats in little niches.
      Rm. 103, 1245 Wuding Xi Lu
      Shanghai
      +86 21 6212 1114
    • M1NT

      Highest party terrace
      Perched up on the 26th floor, the M1NT has one of the highest party terraces in Shanghai – a few blocks behind the Bund, but much higher up and with floor-to-ceiling windows. Cool and chic in design, the M1NT causes a stir the minute you walk in with its 17-metre aquarium full of reef sharks. Depending on the day of the week, the musical style varies between dancehall, funk, R&B, mashup, electro and house.
      24. Stock, 318 Fuzhou Lu
      Shanghai
      +86 21 6391 2811
    • Cotton Club

      Blues
      For years, the Cotton Club has been an established feature of Shanghai, a city with an eventful jazz history. In the 1920s and 30s the city was famous for big bands, swing and Dixieland. The smoke-filled, darkly furnished Cotton Club builds on this tradition, although today it focuses more on various forms of blues – performed by a mix of experienced musicians and up-and-coming talents.
      1428 Huaihai Middle Road
      Shanghai
      +86 21 6437 7110