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48 Hours in Shanghai

April 25, 2018

Shanghai has an immense amount to offer. With a backdrop that rivals that of fast-paced New York City and a contemporary Asian atmosphere, Shanghai offers its own unique traditions and lifestyle.

Shaun recently spent an incredible few days in the heart of China’s central coast. After trying to pack as much culture and cuisine into the short amount of time spent in this beautiful city, here is a definitive breakdown of where to stay, eat and drink in Shanghai.


If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay in Shanghai, look no further than the Bund. Stay right in the middle of the living museum of Shanghai’s history, and immerse yourself in amongst the historic buildings, romantic cafes, and gorgeous restaurants.

This beautiful waterfront hub features an abundance of luxury spots, as well as a range of midrange level accommodation. The Bund will have you falling head over heels with its amazing view of the Shanghai skyline.


The easy answer to this is, everything! Traditional noodle and dumplings can be found along the winding back streets that prove to be full of undiscovered culinary gems. Shaun decided to test his luck and explore whichever places popped up along his travels. This was a wonderful way to explore the range and diversity of the delicacies of Shanghai.

Eating your way through the city won’t break the bank either! Start at 178 Ningbo Road and let your taste buds lead you from there. However, if you want to be sure to hit all of the hot spots, the hard work has already been done for you. Take an UnTour Walking Food Tour of Shanghai. They will lead you through the mouth-watering flavours of regional China.

If you’re looking for something a little more upmarket, but just as delicious, be sure to check out Lost Heaven. This award-winning restaurant serves authentic street food and indigenous recipes that you will never forget. The expansive sit-down restaurant frames street and indigenous food in a new light. You won’t want to leave this beautiful restaurant with its incredibly innovative and intricate interiors.


Top off an unforgettable day with a cocktail (or two) at one of the many groovy bars in Shanghai.

Located in the heart of the Bund, Bar Rouge has everything you could possibly want from a bar, and more. You won’t be able to leave without snapping a photo on the beautiful terrace. Be sure to check out their website for the latest news on what’s on, as Bar Rouge has an ever-changing line up of events.

Often referred to as the best spot in Shanghai, Glamour Bar is definitely not a place to miss. You can’t go past this art deco bar and restaurant’s classic cocktails, breathtaking views, and fine dining.

Perched 24 stories above Shanghai, atop a skyscraper, lies the number one party destination in Shanghai. M1nt club, bar lounge and restaurant will leave you wanting more as you become immersed in the nightlife the city has to offer. I mean, who wouldn’t want to party in amongst shark-tanks?

With friendly locals, delicious traditional cuisine, breathtaking skylines, and a buzzing nightlife, Shanghai should be at the top of your list for your next holiday.

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