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Patio Porn: 30+ Hot, Hot Terraces and Patios for Spring and Summer

Now with 20% more terrace!!
By Apr 24, 2020 Dining

TELL EVERYONE

Patios. The best thing about Shanghai spring and the only good thing about Shanghai summers. Ideally, with a happy hour or a brunch deal.

Here's a list of some new, some old — we added a good handful of places for 2020 — but all worth going outside for! It's in alphabetic order, so don't you go thinking there's some sort of objective best out there.

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Beef & Liberty at Shanghai Centre


Shanghai Centre, Rm 111, 1/F, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near ... View ListingTaxi Printout

Beef & Liberty

What It Is: Purist statement burgers made from grass-fed beef with fancy English Tiptree ketchup. This was their first location and it has a great terrace out the back, on the Nanjing Xi Lu side. Plus, on Mondays, the Double Double promotion gets you BOGO burgers.

Bird


50 Wuyuan Lu, near Changshu Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Bird

What It Is: A tiny spot with global cooking and big ambition on its small plates. Selection of natural and quirky wines, and welcoming counter service. They do lots of one-off events, usually involving wine and wine tastings.

Bull & Claw


110 Fenyang Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Bull & Claw Shanghai

What It Is: Cozy garden mansion with a menu dedicated to steak, lobster and other stuff from chef Hardeep Somal. In addition to the large ground-floor outdoor dining space, the second floor balcony is real lovely and west-facing. Sundowners! This one's usually bustling. Go for the free-flow brunch.

Bvlgari Hotel


33 Henan Bei Lu, near Tiantong Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Bvlgari Shanghai

What It Is: A surprise contender for best Bund view in Shanghai. Perched on the 48th floor, Bvlgari Hotel's La Terraza has a spectacular, basically unrivaled view over both Huangpu and Lujiazui. Impressive, considering it's on the wrong side of the Creek and about half a kilometer behind the promenade. Only downside is that it's a little exposed on windy days and there are no deals available. For that, you'll have to visit Il Ristorante, which has a Champagne knock-out brunch.

Café Gray Deluxe


The Middle House, 3/F, 366 Shimen Yi Lu, near Weihai ... View ListingTaxi Printout

Cafe Gray Deluxe Shanghai

What It Is: Celeb chef (RIP Gray Kunz) restaurant at The Middle House hotel, a half-moon shaped bar/lounge/restaurant hugging the outside of Taikoo Hui. Terrace is the big, big appeal. Big comfy chairs and prime people-watching over the Starbucks Reserve. They've got a three-course weekend brunch for 238rmb.

Calypso


Jing An Shangri-la, 1218 Yan'an Zhong Lu, near Tongren ... View ListingTaxi Printout

Calypso

What It Is: This is a big stand-alone building between the Jing'an Kerry Center towers (no, not the Mao house), designed by famed Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. It does Mediterranean food but the real draw here is the RETRACTABLE ROOF that opens up when the weather is right, turning the second floor lounge into an al fresco space.

The Cannery


1107 Yuyuan Lu, near Jiangsu Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Cannery

What It Is: Probably the busiest and dog-friendliest patch of green lawn outside of West Bund's dog park. Plus, this one has a lounge with great food at good prices attached. When the lawn isn't available, there's still some seating outdoors, and during summertime they throw open the glass front to create a seamless space. It's casual but like... business casual. Good spot for a meeting, a date, or the start to a night out. They've got good deals on every day of the week (188rmb for a dozen oysters every day), and a super popular weekend brunch.

The Captain


6/F, 37 Fuzhou Lu, near Sichuan Zhong Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Captain's Bar Shanghai

What It Is: Once the "budget" option for Bund drinking, the Captain is the rebranded, refurbished rooftop bar of Captain's Hostel (cocktails are now 90-100rmb). They kept some of the less gaudy nautical-themed decor and the in-your-face view of the financial district across the river. Not as panoramic as some of the others, but an atmospheric spot nonetheless. Weekend brunch has a 188rmb free-flow option.

Char


Hotel Indigo, 29-31/F, 585 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near D... View ListingTaxi Printout

Char

What It Is: An overlooked terrace on the south Bund attached to a high-end hotel steakhouse (60-day dry-aged Tomahawk steak, 1,888rmb). This one's good because it gives an angle on the Bund and Lujiazui you rarely see, looking from the south up Zhongshan Dong Yi / Er Lu. It's like the counterpoint to this place. Not much in the way of promotions, but your second drink is meant to be half-off.

Colca


2/F, 199 Hengshan Lu, near Yongjia Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Colca Shanghai

What It Is: Long-time restaurateur Eduardo Vargas doing the food of his heritage: Peruvian. It's a nice place. Works just as well for cocktails, snacks or a sit-down meal. It's 38rmb on select cocktails during happy hour, including those massive gin tonics.

Edition Hotel Roof Garden


8/F, Heritage Building, 199 Nanjing Dong Lu, near Hen... View ListingTaxi Printout

Edition Hotel Roof Garden Shanghai

What It Is: A patchwork of brick and lawn terraces of differing heights, the Shanghai EDITION's roof garden mixes Chinese greenery with tropical horticulture. Features an open-air theater, a games area for lawn bowls and croquet, daybed seating, and, naturally, a bar with food and snacks. More of a long-term lounging option.

Found 158


158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Found 158 Shanghai

What It Is: It's one big patio. The whole thing. Just squat in the middle. Set up a lean-to wherever you like, start busking for change to spend at any of the, what, forty venues? You could probably live down there. Die, too. Zapfler and Cafe des Stags has a boatload of food deals, for example. Homeslice does a good deal on slices and drinks on Mondays. And happy hours abound.

Highline


6/F, 282 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Highline Shanghai

What It Is: Contemporary American and cocktails place. The plan: All-day and late night California classics cuisine. The look: mid-century Miami-fornia minimalist chic sunken living room batch pad. The expansive patio's got a stunning view of People's Square. Go for the endless fried chicken and highballs on Wednesdays, or weekend brunch.

Kartel


5/F, 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Julu Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Kartel

What It Is: Well-designed, casual French bar and lounge with a great rooftop that has one of the best views in town. The guy who started this used to be with Dr. Wine, then broke off to start his own spot. The place is warm, with wooden floors, exposed bricks, and long, communal tables. Wine is the focus, though there's a substantial menu of French food. Don't get put off by the sketchy elevator -- the place is really nice. A good bet for happy hour on the roof in the warmer months.

LAGO


6/F, Bellagio Hotel 188 Bei Suzhou Lu, near Zhapu Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Lago Shanghai

What It Is: Shanghai Bellagio's marquee restaurant, a modern Italian fine dining from Spanish chef Julian Serrano, big in Vegas. It's got an entry corridor that looks wrested from a nightclub, and a terrace overlooking the Suzhou Creek. Not a cheap option. Don't expect to save money when you go, and call ahead to reserve.

Lokal by Wagas


202 Wukang Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Lokal by Wagas Shanghai

What It Is: From the ever-dominating Wagas group, this place does a bit of everything from their Baker & Spice and Wagas menus: coffees, pastries, a couple international dishes and a lovely garden courtyard. Even if you can't get a seat outside (it's often packed around lunchtime), the interior spaces open up a bit so you can still get that spring breeze.

Mercado 505


505 Wulumuqi Bei Lu, near Huashan Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Mercado Shanghai

What It Is: Mercado 505, occupying a prime location in among the hotels at Wulumuqi Lu and Huashan Lu, is the same market-to-table concept as its original Cool Docks location, but bigger. The streetside patio's usually buzzing with Spanish expats and curious diners. The sangria is great. Nice view of Huashan Hospital.

The Nest


6/F, 130 Beijing Dong Lu, near Huqiu Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Nest Shanghai

What It Is: Super popular bar/restaurant/lounge by nightclub brand Muse Group and Grey Goose vodka, right by the under-renovation Rockbund Art Museum. They basically set the template for every restaurant-lounge-club that has come since. Oysters are a specialty: on Sundays, they are 98rmb a dozen. Great design (read about how it came to be, here).

Oxalis


One Museum Place, 4/F, Bldg 2, 388 Shanhaiguan Lu, ne... View ListingTaxi Printout

Oxalis

What It Is: The casual fancy restaurant from chef Jonas Noel near the Natural History Museum. It's been open less than a year but they've already started to dress up the rooftop terrace, which faces east. On Mondays, they have a deal where the pastry team takes over the kitchen and it's all-dessert all-day.

Pine at Ruijin


InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin No. 11, Lane 118 Ruiji... View ListingTaxi Printout

Pine at Ruijin Shanghai

What It Is: From the people behind Light & Salt, this fancy-looking French restaurant is located on the verdant grounds of the highly photogenic InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin hotel. The menu's deft, white-tablecloth and photogenic. They've got a weekend brunch for 197rmb.

POP


Three on the Bund, 7/F, 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan... View ListingTaxi Printout

Pop Bar American Brasserie

What It Is: American in name but not in calories (these will sort you out instead), POP is a kind of Americana envisioned by Europeans and the fancy people of Three on the Bund. There is foie gras on the menu, along with a Wagyu burger and a black cod fish & chips. Consider it casual, global food and you're most of the way there. It actually has two terraces, one on the restaurant side and one from the bar, both with lovely views over the city and to the financial district, respectively. If you're coming just for the terrace, however, then make a beeline for the bar, open well past midnight. Go between 6-8pm and Corona beers are 1rmb. Yes. Yes!

RAC (Anfu Lu)


Bldg 14, 332 Anfu Lu, near Wukang Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

RAC Bar Shanghai

What It Is: Insta-heaven. Plus sweet and savory crepes and egg-related dishes, as well as a reputable selection of wine. They are insanely popular, especially on weekends. They opened a another spot on Shaanxi Lu, sadly lacking in patio seating. Go for the daily brunch and the galettes, assuming you can get a seat.

Roof 325


Shanghai History Museum, 5/F, 325 Nanjing Xi Lu, near H... View ListingTaxi Printout

Roof 325 Shanghai

What It Is: Perched on top of the restored Shanghai History Museum, Roof 325 has an expansive terrace with a great view over the top of People's Park, which, don’t you know, used to be a racecourse. The history museum itself used to be the Race Club building. They have a 4 course weekend brunch for 238rmb (with a glass of wine), and an all-day happy hour.

Sense 8 (Xintiandi)


No. 8, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Sense 8 Shanghai

What It Is: Cantonese restaurant with some serious, serious traditional Chinese decor, and usually a queue for dinner. Strung along the side of the dining room are a few outside tables that feel like a hidden enclave in bustling Xintiandi, from which you can order cocktails and be fabulous.

seul&SEUL


HKRI Taikoo Hui 3/F, 789 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Shimen Yi... View ListingTaxi Printout

seul&seul Shanghai

What It Is: A "bistronomy" spot created by two chefs, Bill Hu and Johnny Jiang, seul&SEUL is a fine-dining restaurant with a little bistro in its ambience and attitude, serving food from southern France. Expansive giant rooftop terrace, too, overlooking Nanjing Xi Lu.

STYX


692 Yongjia Lu, near Anting Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Styx Shanghai

What It Is: The outdoor terrace for Styx, the global skewers place, is probably bigger than the tropical interior, and is a great place for a couple of chicken satay. Cocktail Thirstdays every Thirs— sorry "Thursday".

Sukhothai


380 Weihai Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Sukhothai Shanghai

What It Is: A street-level patio directly in front of ZUK Bar, the Sukhothai Hotel's headliner patio puts you right on Weihai Lu, in that plaza between it and the heritage building. Apart from the regular 5-8pm happy hour, they occasionally host parties.

The Cut Rooftop


7/F, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

The Cut Rooftop Shanghai

What It Is: An upscale casual dining lounge thing aimed at a young professional crowd, the menu has taken a turn from the steak and fries downstairs into "too big to be tapas, too snackable to be a sit-down meal" territory. Comes alive in the evenings with more of a cocktail-lounge vibe; regular live DJs and a financially sound happy hour. They've launched a decent weekend brunch, too.

Together


546 Yuyuan Lu, near Zhenning Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Together Shanghai

What It Is: A French-Asian casual fine-dining restaurant, from founding chefs Kim Melvin (Commune Social) and Bina Yu, neither of whom live in Shanghai anymore. Still, it's the green, bamboo-ringed terrace against a low brick wall that makes it a fine place to sit and people-watch Yuyuan Lu on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Their weekend brunch is a la carte but there's a 188rmb free-flow deal on prosecco and cocktails.

Tomatito


Infinitus Mall, 3/F, W08-10, 168 Hubin Lu, near Jinan... View ListingTaxi Printout

Tomatito Shanghai

What It Is: The rebirthed version of the casual, colorful and quirky Spanish tapas bar by Willy Trullas Moreno, the sssssssexiest chef in (but these days, mostly out of) town. Now with a giant south-facing terrace dominating the third floor of the Infinitus mall and overlooking the little lake by Xintiandi. Draws a vivacious Latinophile crowd. Hit it on a Wednesday for their tapas starting at 10rmb or the 158rmb weekend brunch.

WET BAR


W Shanghai – The Bund 4/F, 66 Lvshun Lu, near Dongcha... View ListingTaxi Printout

Wet Bar Shanghai

What It Is: Latin-inspired tapas and cocktail bar in the W Shanghai with a view over Pudong. Important note: WET Bar does not include the hotel-guests-only pool. It refers to the terrace next to the pool, where they throw parties. Music! Youth culture! Come for the party, stay for the... everything else! Opening is based on weather and availability: sometimes it's booked out for private events, so call ahead.

Yongfoo Elite


200 Yongfu Lu, near Hunan Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Yongfoo Elite Shanghai

What It Is: This clubhouse has served as a consulate for the UK, Russia and Vietnam over the years. The graceful manor is now a private leisure club that offers gourmet cuisine and live music in a gentle ambience, with a real old-world charm garden. They do 388rmb/888rmb lunch sets from 11.30am-2pm, and their odd little Keep It Quiet bar has a regular movie night on Thursdays.

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    Kartel?

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