NuoMi is a boutique that creates gorgeous women's and children's fashions while helping out the community and staying green.
NuoMi is a boutique on Xinle Lu that is the result of a collaboration between six different Shanghai designers. In addition to creating beautiful quality women's, couture, ready-to-wear, accessories and children's clothes, NuoMi strives to help those that really need it. This environmentally friendly label and boutique employs, trains, and supports disadvantaged individuals from the surrounding community. NuoMi produces seasonal collections, so you can be assured that whatever you pick out will be the latest in fashion while still maintaining classic elegance.
Address: 196 Xin Le Lu, Shanghai, 200030, China
Phone: +86 21 5403 4199
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Stop in to this studio to pick up traditional Chinese toys and treats like kites and chocolates and also for workshops on various crafts.
The name of this shop, "Ru-Wa" comes from the English words "rustic" and "warm," which is the perfect description for it. At Ru-Wa, the friendly staff will help you as you browse this studio, workshop and store. Here you can pick up all kinds of traditional Chinese toys made by local craftsmen. In addition to simply purchasing toys, patrons can attend workshops in crafts like paper lantern making or drum painting. Ru-Wa is a great place to get a truly original, authentic and fun experience.
Address: 1025 Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai, 200030, China
Phone: +86 21 6218 5859
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Discover new and fresh music at this popular vinyl record shop. Stop in for one of their many complimentary in-store performances.
Uptown Records carries an extensive collection of music from independent labels. Genres range from rock to soul and everything in between. The shop only opened in 2011, yet it has made a big splash on the indie music scene in Shanghai. The shop regularly hosts events with complimentary in-store performances and art shows to help promote up and coming artists.
Address: 115 Pingwu Lu, near Xingfu Lu, Shanghai, 200052, China
Phone: +86 21 6223 8368
Opening hours: Sunday to Saturday from 02:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Shanghai Oriental Art Center
You may simply want to visit this building to look at its beautiful design, but then you would be missing all the great performances inside!
Designed by a French architect, promoted by the local government and endorsed by artistic and cultural icons, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center is the new center of cultural activities in Shanghai. Architect Paul Andreu's artistic genius is evident in this edifice which looks astoundingly beautiful, especially at night with its inlaid lights illuminating the area. An icon of modern design, this center comes fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities in the concert hall, opera hall, performance hall as well as all of its other rooms. You can expect to see some of the best national and international artists perform here on a regular basis.
Address: 425 Dingxiang Road, Shanghai, 200135, China
Phone: +86 21 6854 1234
Wen Miao Temple
Visit this beautiful temple and learn about its history as a center of Confucian learning throughout the Yuan Dynasty.
Wen Miao Temple has its beginnings before the establishment of Shanghai in 1267. It once served as the most esteemed center for those interested in learning the texts of the Great Teacher Confucius. However, through the centuries it faced many tribulations. Recently renovated, this sacred space continues to be steeped in history and retains the atmosphere of the Yuan Dynasty during which it was built. It is a serene place to come to for some soul searching or simply to get away from the frenzy of the old town.
Address: 215 Wenmiao Lu, Huangpu, Shanghai, 200010, China
Phone: +86 21 6377 1815
Opening hours: Monday from 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Explore the futuristic and unconventional artwork on display at this gallery. Their bookshop is filled with hard-to-find books as well.
The newest incarnation of Shanghai's popular and beloved art gallery has become all the rage with artists and art lovers alike. It's stark, warehouse-styled interiors provide the perfect contrast to the blazing, colorful works of art on display. 1918 ArtSPACE promotes experimental art and has encouraged less traditional art forms like stage design and interior design. It also is a great venue for musical and theatrical performances. For an eclectic experience of contemporary art, 1918 ArtSPACE is the place to go.
Address: 20 Moganshan Lu, Near Suzhou Xi Lu, Shanghai, 200041, China
Phone: +86 21 5228 6776
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 AM to 06:30 PM
Emerging artists are featured at this popular local gallery. The works here are constantly changing, so you never know what you will see!
Arguably the best and most internationally renowned gallery for contemporary Chinese art, ShanghART took some time to build its reputation. The Swiss owner, Lorenz Helbling, claims he is probably the first contact for local and international admirers of modern Chinese art in China. The contracted artists at this gallery have been shown at international exhibitions and are crossing over from being only recognized as Chinese artists to being known as artists in their own right. Individual and group exhibitions are featured frequently.
Address: 50 Moganshan Road, Building 16 & 18, Shanghai, 200060, China
Phone: +86 21 6359 3923
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 01:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Gongdelin is a vegetarian and vegan paradise, serving traditional local and regional dishes made with mock meats.
This is the most famous vegetarian restaurant in Shanghai and rightfully so. Meals are excellent and prices are reasonable. It is especially popular for its vegan menu, mock meats and seafood, all cleverly engineered from variations of bean curd. Decor here is on the functional side with standard seating. Private parties can be hosted upstairs on the second floor. Bring along the phrasebook to communicate with your server and decipher the menu. The food is well worth it! The mock shrimp and the mock duck entrées are menu highlights.
Address: 445 Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai, 200003, China
Phone: +86 21 6327 0218
1221 is one of the best known restaurants in the city for its mouth-watering contemporary Chinese cuisine. The shredded pork is a favorite.
Consistently named as one of Shanghai's best restaurants, the chic 1221 offers modern takes on Chinese cuisine at affordable prices. To its fashionable Chinese and foreign clientèle, it is a stylish change from the utilitarian ambiance of other Shanghainese restaurants, and the bilingual menu is an added bonus. Situated inside a toy factory, the restaurant features maple furnishings complemented by subtle lighting. Recommended dishes include vegetable Bao Zi (dumplings), crispy tofu, crispy duck and shredded pork served with scallions and pancakes and a fine selection of appetizers.
Address: 1221 Yanan Xi Lu, Shanghai, 200050, China
Phone: +86 21 6213 2441
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM,Monday to Sunday from 05:00 PM to 11:00 PM
The Grape restaurant is a favorite among expatriates and serves up Westernized Chinese classics like kung pao chicken.
Back in the mid-1980s when The Grape was just a hole in the wall, it became a regular gathering place for Shanghai's small expatriate community. Today, it remains a favorite among tourists and expats and the service is always consistently good. The Grape does not serve the most authentic of Chinese food, but loyal customers agree it is delicious nevertheless. House specialties include sweet and sour deep fried fish, gongbao jiding (kung pao chicken) and tieban niurou (sizzling skillet beef with onions).
Address: 55 Xinle Lu, Shanghai, 200031, China
Phone: +86 21 6472 0486
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Look for the nondescript black door with a Monkey etched on it and you'll have arrived. Try the caviar and a lavender 75 cocktail.
Hidden down a small alleyway off of Donghu Lu, Monkey Lounge is the perfect place for a quiet and intimate drink. With no signage, the entrance to the bar is just a black door with a cryptic picture of a monkey philosopher on it. The bar itself is small, but the heavy velvet curtains and plush seating make it feel warm and welcoming. Both the crowd and the atmosphere are sophisticated and upmarket. The tasty drinks are not cheap, and there is also food available. If you can find the place, Monkey Lounge is great for a cocktail or celebratory bottle of bubbly.
Address: 56 Donghu Lu, near Xinle Road, Shanghai, 200031, China
Phone: +86 21 150 218 5992
A very good Italian restaurant which is close to The Bund.
Goodfellas offers fantastic Italian food at a good price. All the waiters can speak English very well and serve guests with enthusiasm.
Address: 7 East Yan An Lu, Near The Bund, Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Phone: +86 21 63232188
Opening hours: 17:30-23:30