Entertainment in Shanghai

Pubs, Cafes and Restaurants in Shanghai

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Shanghai has a good selection of cafes and bars, catering to all tastes and budgets. You might also like to try a traditional Chinese tea house for a refreshing drink during the day.

A few addresses:

  • Cloud 9 Sky Lounge
    87/F Jin Mao Tower, 88 Century Boulevard
    Tel: 5049 1234
    Amazing views of Shanghai from this bar at the top of the world's highest hotel, the Hyatt. Attractive decor and good ambience.

  • Arch Bar and Cafe
    439 Wukang Lu (by Huahai Zhong Lu)
    Tel: 6466 0807
    Lively cafe with bright decor and trendy clientele. Soups, salads and sandwiches during the day, cocktails at night!

  • Bar 1931
    112 Maoming Road
    Tel: 6472 5264
    Quiet and cozy bar/cafe, decorated with memorabilia from 1930s Shanghai. Serves Shangainese snacks.

  • Peace Hotel Jazz Bar
    20 Nanjing Xi Road
    Tel: 63216888
    Visit to enjoy a performance from the in-house jazz band. Music begins at 8pm every night.


Shanghai cuisine is often borrowed from the surrounding provinces. Fish, eel and crab and prepared with alcohol and served raw. Sugar is often used, frequently with soy sauce, resulting in a piquant savoury flavour. You may be served lime and ginger flavoured '1000-year-old eggs', braised meat balls or chicken baked in lotus leaves. Seafood is popular, including the local delicacy, Shanghai hairy crab. Dim sum are readily available as a snack and are a speciality in Shanghai.

  • Nanxiang Mantou Dian
    85 Yu Yuan Road, Old Town God's Temple
    Tel: 6355 4206
    This extremely popular dim sum restaurant is something of a Shanghai institution. Queues are often lengthy, but the dim sum are reputed to be amongst the best in town

  • M on the Bund
    7/F, No. 5 The Bund (at Guangdong Lu)
    Tel: (86-21) 6350-9988
    More expensive than average, this restaurant offers fine dining with a superb view of the Bund and the Huangpu river. During the summer you can enjoy outdoor dining on the terrace. Menu is primarily modern European, with some Asian and North African influences

  • 1221
    1221 Yan'an Xi Lu (Fan Yu Lu)
    Tel: 6213 6585
    A lively, modern restaurant serving good quality Chinese and Shanghainese food. English menus are available.

  • Hatsuhana
    House 9, 3911 Hongmei Lu (by Yan'An Xi Lu)
    Tel: 6261 6179
    An 'all you can eat' sushi restaurant - the quality is good and prices very reasonable

  • Face
    4 Ruijin Guesthouse 118 Ruijin Er Road
    Tel: 64664328
    A little taste of the country in Shanghai, this country house has attractive grounds and a verandah where you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink before dining at one of the two restaurants.

Update 11/09/2006


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