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Shintori / Japanese

This massive, minimalist warehouse of a Japanese restaurant is easy to miss; look for an unmarked doorway in the gray wall and follow the bamboo-lined path beyond. Shintori is popular, more for its hip decor and urbane vibe -- lofty ceilings, fully-open kitchen, and polished concrete.

Lost Heaven / Yunnan

Lost Heaven's specialty is cuisine from the tribal minorities of China's Yunnan Province. As far as date restaurants go, this place ticks nearly all of the boxes: dim, flickering candle light, exotic decor, atmospheric music and, most importantly, good food.

Table No. 1 / Modern European

Table No. 1 is a casual mod-Euro restaurant. It's the first post-Gordon-Ramsay project from Jason Atherton, a London chef who just split from nine years with Ramsay's restaurant group. Spare, plain, uncomplicated. The restaurant is a box with plate glass on two sides; one overlooks the street, one overlooks a minimalist interior courtyard.


Sushi Oyama / Japanese

Sushi Oyama is an equisite Japanese sushi restaurant that offers a multi-course "omakase," or chef's choice menu that changes nightly for reservation-only guests. All their seafood is imported directly from Tokyo and Nagasaki, and the menu changes with what's in season.

Jing'an / Modern European

Jing'An is a really nice fine dining restaurant. Restaurants this ambitious and well-crafted don't open in Shanghai very often. The backbone of the cooking is well-grounded -- classical Euro roots.


Sir Elly's / Fine Dining

Sir Elly's is the Peninsula Hotel's fine dining, Euro flagship restaurant, up on the thirteenth floor with views across the river to Pudong. The dining room adheres to Shanghai's art deco aesthetic while kitchen serves forward-thinking French inspired cuisine.

Fu 1088 / Shanghainese

Like Shanghai itself, Fu 1088 is modern, experimental and forward thinking but hasn't lost touch with it's roots. Contemporary Chinese cuisine with Western influences is served in a stately, classic, tucked away villa on the edge of Jing'an District.

Jean Georges / French

Yes, this is the Jean Georges of NYC fame and he brings to Shanghai his internationally acclaimed French cuisine with a slight Asian twist. The restaurant is situated on the fourth floor of Three on the Bund, the interior is lavish and exotic with accents like eel-skin sofas.


el Willy / Spanish

This is the newly-relocated mid-range Spanish restaurant by "Willy" Trullas Moreno. Willy's cooking is more contemporary than traditional Spanish--but stops well short of molecular fine dining. The space occupies a floor on the recently redeveloped Bund 22 Property.

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    • Address
      Times Square, B1/F, 99 Huaihai Lu, near Xizang Nan Lu..

       
      大上海时代广场, 淮海中路99号地下一层, 近西藏南路

      Phone
      4008 200 273


      V Coffee is the cafe outlet for the local coffee roaster of the same name that has distributed to hotels and restaurants in Shanghai since 2008. On offer is a selection of specialty coffees made from arabica beans, and the best part is it's all roasted right here in Shanghai.

    Address
    Times Square, B1/F, 99 Huaihai Lu, near Xizang Nan...

     
    大上海时代广场, 淮海中路99号地下一层, 近西藏南路

    Phone
    4008 200 273


    V Coffee is the cafe outlet for the local coffee roaster of the same name that has distributed to hotels and restaurants in Shanghai since 2008. On offer is a selection of specialty coffees made from arabica beans, and the best part is it's all roasted right here in...

    • Address
      3/F, 218 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu

       
      新乐路218号3楼, 近东湖路

      Phone
      5435 6317


      This cocktail lounge, restaurant, wine bar and homage to modernist Italian art comes courtesy of the team behind Uva wine bar. The place boasts wine list with lots of Italian heavy-hitters, Italian-inspired craft cocktails and shareable helpings of steamed clams in white wine, mixed seafood skewers, braised beef short ribs, and more.

    Address
    3/F, 218 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu

     
    新乐路218号3楼, 近东湖路

    Phone
    5435 6317


    This cocktail lounge, restaurant, wine bar and homage to modernist Italian art comes courtesy of the team behind Uva wine bar. The place boasts wine list with lots of Italian heavy-hitters, Italian-inspired craft cocktails and shareable helpings of steamed clams in...

    • Address
      43 Yongjia Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu

       
      永嘉路43号, 近陕西南路

      Phone
      5465 6123


      Situated right across the street from Shanghai Cultural Square, Maggie's specializes in Italian and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, like Greek-style meatballs, prosciutto crudo with melon, pasta dishes and risotto.

    Address
    43 Yongjia Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu

     
    永嘉路43号, 近陕西南路

    Phone
    5465 6123


    Situated right across the street from Shanghai Cultural Square, Maggie's specializes in Italian and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, like Greek-style meatballs, prosciutto crudo with melon, pasta dishes and risotto.

    • Address
      Room 102, Bldg YWCA, 133 Yuanmingyuan Lu, near Beiji..

       
      圆明园路133号YWCA楼102室, 近北京东路

      Phone
      5386 6011


      Paris Rouge is a classic white tablecloth French restaurant with leather banquettes, brass bars, an old-style copper espresso machine, parquet floors, and a little bit of Chinoiserie to remind you of where you are. The menu follows suit with very by-the-book-classics like pate en croute, escargots, roast rack of lamb, baba au rhum, etc.

    Address
    Room 102, Bldg YWCA, 133 Yuanmingyuan Lu, near...

     
    圆明园路133号YWCA楼102室, 近北京东路

    Phone
    5386 6011


    Paris Rouge is a classic white tablecloth French restaurant with leather banquettes, brass bars, an old-style copper espresso machine, parquet floors, and a little bit of Chinoiserie to remind you of where you are. The menu follows suit with very by-the-book-classics...

    • Address
      1712 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Wuxing Lu

       
      淮海中路1712号, 近吴兴路

      Phone
      6426 0911


      Most is a Japanese restaurant, bar and cafe concept. The menu focuses primarily on sushi and sashimi, but also features Japanese noodle dishes and donburi bowls. It's a small but comfortable space and the decor skews heavily toward the trendy post-industrial look — think buffed concrete, steel frames, reclaimed wood.

    Address
    1712 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Wuxing Lu

     
    淮海中路1712号, 近吴兴路

    Phone
    6426 0911


    Most is a Japanese restaurant, bar and cafe concept. The menu focuses primarily on sushi and sashimi, but also features Japanese noodle dishes and donburi bowls. It's a small but comfortable space and the decor skews heavily toward the trendy post-industrial look —...

    • Address
      388 Dagu Lu, near Chengdu Bei Lu

       
      大沽路路388号, 近成都北路

      Phone
      5858 9877


      Lost in Shanghai is an old-fashioned bar and café. It harks back to Shanghai's golden age with traditional Shanghai Shikumen motifs and red brick building elements. On offer is a wide variety of cocktails, fresh draft beer, locally roasted coffee and Shanghai-style Western cuisine.

    Address
    388 Dagu Lu, near Chengdu Bei Lu

     
    大沽路路388号, 近成都北路

    Phone
    5858 9877


    Lost in Shanghai is an old-fashioned bar and café. It harks back to Shanghai's golden age with traditional Shanghai Shikumen motifs and red brick building elements. On offer is a wide variety of cocktails, fresh draft beer, locally roasted coffee and Shanghai-style...

    • Address
      1/F, Bldg B, 753 Yuyuan Lu, near Jiangsu Lu

       
      愚园路753号B号楼1楼, 近江苏路

      Phone
      6155 0636


      Another restaurant by popular Peruvian restaurateur Eduardo Vargas of Azul renown, Porcellino is a casual Italian concept. A "salumeria" is basically an Italian-style deli, and while Porcellino offers a solid selection of cured meats and imported cheeses, that's only part of what it does. They also do handmade pizzas and risottos, simple pasta dishes and grilled items. Most dishes are made with a...

    Address
    1/F, Bldg B, 753 Yuyuan Lu, near Jiangsu Lu

     
    愚园路753号B号楼1楼, 近江苏路

    Phone
    6155 0636


    Another restaurant by popular Peruvian restaurateur Eduardo Vargas of Azul renown, Porcellino is a casual Italian concept. A "salumeria" is basically an Italian-style deli, and while Porcellino offers a solid selection of cured meats and imported cheeses, that's only...

    • Address
      118 Xingye Lu, near Madang Lu

       
      兴业路118号, 近马当路

      Phone
      5382 2070


      Zen Lifestore is a boutique and cafe that specializes Chinese traditional artcrafts, self-owned brands, high-end hand painted porcelain, fragrant oil diffusers, jewelry, light fixtures candles and furniture and other gifts. They also offer gift packing and worldwide express services. On the 2nd floor is Zen Café where you can have a coffee break and enjoy the view of Xintiandi.

    Address
    118 Xingye Lu, near Madang Lu

     
    兴业路118号, 近马当路

    Phone
    5382 2070


    Zen Lifestore is a boutique and cafe that specializes Chinese traditional artcrafts, self-owned brands, high-end hand painted porcelain, fragrant oil diffusers, jewelry, light fixtures candles and furniture and other gifts. They also offer gift packing and worldwide...

    • Address
      7 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu

       
      东平路7号, 近衡山路

      Phone
      6437 7390


      Zen Lifestore is a boutique and cafe that specializes Chinese traditional artcrafts, self-owned brands, high-end hand painted porcelain, fragrant oil diffusers, jewelry, light fixtures candles and furniture and other gifts. They also offer gift packing and worldwide express services.

    Address
    7 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu

     
    东平路7号, 近衡山路

    Phone
    6437 7390


    Zen Lifestore is a boutique and cafe that specializes Chinese traditional artcrafts, self-owned brands, high-end hand painted porcelain, fragrant oil diffusers, jewelry, light fixtures candles and furniture and other gifts. They also offer gift packing and worldwide...


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