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Showing off Shanghai: 6 Restaurants to Impress Out-of-Town Clients

When you need to wine and dine an important client in Shanghai, choosing the right restaurant or bar is key. From stunning rooftop views to authentic soup dumplings, here are our favorite spots to entertain out-of-town clients in the Pearl of the Orient. Read more>>

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Shanghai Watchdog: Grilled Cheese Cook-Offs, Jason Mraz and More HOT

It's not the best time to be a laowai in Shanghai, with police presence and the 100 Days policy seeing venues closing and foreigners being asked for their passports. Shelter has shut its doors temporarily, and expats are recommended to carry their documents ...... Read More>>

From Snakes to Insects: 5 Unique Dining Experiences in Shanghai HOT

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One of the great things about China is being able to brag to your friends back home about how you "went to this one place, and man, I swear to God, not even kidding, I ate a duck tongue." ... Read More>>

Summer Heat Calls for Icy Treats: Shanghai’s Best Frozen Desserts HOT

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As the weather heats up, it's time to cool down – and what better way than with an icy treat? But before you go shelling out a week's pay check for a scoop of Haagen-Dazs, keep in mind that there are almost as many varieties of frozen desserts as there are ...... Read More>>

Spoiled for Choice: Shanghai’s Best Ladies Nights HOT

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Shanghai is many things, and that includes being one of the best cities in which women can drink free almost every day of the week. The ladies nights are famous (infamous?) for bringing out the crowds and the very, very cheap booze. But with so many ...... Read More>>

Eco-Warrior: The Ultimate Guide to Green Living in Shanghai HOT


For those who seek it out, Shanghai has a growing scene of restaurants, organisations, shops and recreational clubs that are dedicated to providing environmentally-responsible options for consumers. If you are an eco-conscious person who carries a personal ...... Read More>>

Best Hole-in-the-Wall Bars in Shanghai HOT

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Photo: It's been a while since we have updated the list of Shanghai's best bars for saving some red notes. Old titans like C's and Not Me are still going strong, but there has been some nightlife casualties. Most notably the dismantling ...... Read More>>

Some Purrs with Your Drink? Animal-Friendly Cafes in Shanghai HOT

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Advice on where to enjoy a cat or a dog in a restaurant in China might easily be misconstrued as a distasteful joke – but rather than as part of the actual meal, there are several cafes and restaurants that allow customers to enjoy the living company of ...... Read More>>

Beer-Battered Goodness: Shanghai’s Best Fish & Chips HOT

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Is there anything better that lightly beer-battered white fish and piping hot fries, lovingly wrapped in newspaper and then drowned in a sea of malt vinegar? For many, the answer is a resounding "no!" And while no one claims that Shanghai is the ...... Read More>>

A Carnivorous Delight: Best BBQ in Shanghai HOT

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Barbeque – and I'm talking good ol' on-the-grill, Southern American barbecue here – is not exactly the first cuisine you think of when you think of China. But here in Shanghai, we are treated to a whole host of global cuisine options, including this down ...... Read More>>

Shanghai's Hottest Healthy Western-style Restaurants HOT

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Living in Shanghai, there's no shortage of Western-style comfort food. You can easily find tasty hamburgers, pizzas, hot dogs, French fries and fried chicken in all price ranges throughout the city. More often than not, they are able to meet or even exceed ...... Read More>>

The Local Sweet Tooth: Chinese Desserts in Shanghai HOT

When you think of desserts, the first things that spring to mind would probably be things like cakes, ice-creams, pies, chocolates and generally things that are associated with Western cooking. But what comes to mind when you think about Chinese desserts?...... Read More>>

Discover Shanghai’s Book Café Culture HOT

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It all began when I was travelling in Beijing a few months ago. Strolling around the Sanlitun area alone around dinnertime, I stumbled upon a little place called "The Bookworm". I spent the evening there over a delicious meal and surrounded by a ...... Read More>>

Shanghai’s Top 5 Dim Sum Restaurants HOT

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Dim sum, the Cantonese style dishes typically served in small or bite-sized portions, are popular throughout China for good reason. It's a great way to sample some of the best that Chinese food has to offer, all while trying new flavours and ingredients ...... Read More>>

Bite-Sized Bliss: The Best Tapas Restaurants in Shanghai HOT

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Spanish restaurants have been popping up throughout Shanghai like wildfire, especially those focusing on the holy grail of food grazers – tapas. These bite size snacks are a great way to sample a little bit of everything, particularly when you go as a ...... Read More>>

Snug Clothes and Hot Drinks: Braving a Shanghai Winter HOT

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Shanghai winters can be tricky. While it certainly gets cold here, temperatures don’t dip quite as low as in other parts of the country – as every person who has ever lived in or visited Beijing will tell you. However, the difference is that below the ...... Read More>>

Shanghai’s Gone Cupcake Crazy HOT

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Shanghai has got a sweet tooth, and it’s as insatiable as ever! Following what appears to be a global trend, cupcakes have made the all-important transition from kiddie birthday parties to gourmet treats. Bakers in Shanghai have followed suit, establishing ...... Read More>>

Get Your Vitamins: Shanghai's Best Fruit and Vegetable Markets HOT

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One great thing about living in China, and Shanghai in particular, is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available pretty much year round. Walk a few blocks in any direction and you're bound to run into a fruit stall (or five). A little less ...... Read More>>

Shanghai's Best Restaurants for Killer Views HOT

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One advantage of living in a city chock-full of skyscrapers: the view from above. It's easy to forget - on the daily commute to and from work, during the usual hustle and bustle of life – that the architecture around us is pretty fabulous. And sometimes ...... Read More>>

Shanghai's Top Evening Meal Deals HOT

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Everyone knows Shanghai is a glutton's paradise – “eat, drink, and be merry” seems to be the presiding theme in this fast-paced city. But consuming all those calories comes at a cost... to your wallet, that is. Sure, you could pick up a five RMB bowl of ...... Read More>>

Drink and Eat: Best Happy Hour Munchies in Shanghai HOT

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Everyone knows that no one does happy hour like Shanghai. What would we be without our buy-one-get-one-frees and our 50% offs and our 100 RMB open bars? Painfully sober, that’s what. And now restaurants are upping their games to get even more happy hour ...... Read More>>

Alcohol Monogamy: Enjoying Shanghai’s Specialised Bars HOT

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A sure sign of Shanghai’s maturing bar and nightlife scene is the growing number of successful bars that are choosing to specialise in just one type of spirit or beverage. We all know the result of mixing liquors, beer and wine all in one night, so why not ...... Read More>>

Stuffing Your Face at Shanghai’s Best Brunches HOT

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It seems as though a new brunch place opens every week in Shanghai. But how do you know which ones are worth getting your (hung-over, tired, lazy) butt out of bed for? While some oldies but goodies still reign as king (including Cantina Agave's ...... Read More>>

Shanghai Watchdog: Belgian Beer, Westlife and UFOs HOT

September is finally here and Mid-Autumn Festival is right around the corner. Like always there is something going on in Shanghai, so get out and experience some of the new openings and great performances on offer…just watch out for strange lights in the ...... Read More>>

Shanghai Coffee Guide: Brewing Your Own Cup of Joe HOT

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It's impossible to avoid the fact that we're living in a tea-centric country. And while I enjoy a steaming cup of loose leaf tea as much as the next person, the fact still stands that I need my coffee on a (fairly) regular basis. Whether it's the immediate ...... Read More>>

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