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 has remained immensely popular since opening in 2002, more for its hip decor and vibe -- lofty... Read more
Maya is a popular, upscale Mexican restaurant whose slightly odd location on the second-floor of an apartment clubhouse is a reminder that good food trumps weird locations. The cooking is contemporary Mexican, with a few concessions like tacos and quesadillas, but if... Read more
People 7 is a large, low-key lounge and restaurant with a full Asian-fusion food menu. It's on the pricy side but the place is nicely designed, with visual tricks scattered around to beguile guests. Just finding the way to open the front door is a puzzle in itself. Read more
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... Read more
A longtime expat favorite. This restaurant does Nepali standards like curries, kormas, samosas, fresh-baked naans and parathas, and lentils in various forms. The food is good, but the draw is most definitely the decor. Low-slung tables and cushions for seats give it... Read more
Operating out of an old villa, Magpie offers massage treatments of traditional Chinese and Thai technique. They also are well trained and knowledgeable in TCM (traditional Chinese medicine). Read more
This is the pool in the Julu Lu compound where you find Maya Mexican restaurant. The location is excellent, and they let in non-resident shitbirds like us, too. And they're open year-round. Okay, the pool's not huge, but it's good enough for a dip. Busy on weekends,... Read more
Hip menswear boutique. Aegis describes itself as a retail lab for men and offers â€œcasual-luxeâ€ labels like Rag & Bone, Steven Alan and Shipley & Halmos for the modish manâ€™s clothing, footwear, accessory and lifestyle needs. Read more
Tucked obscurely away in a nongtang off Julu Lu, Life is a quirky, homey cafe catering to Shanghai's bohemian types. The air hangs heavy with incense. The decor is slapdash, whimsical, and furnished with sofas and tea tables. Adding to the casual atmosphere is pair... Read more
Singaporean chain specialising in South east Asian fair. Read more
Laid back neighbourhood cafe with good cheese cake and hot chocolate. Read more
Espace Vert is a arty gallery as well as a cafe. They host a diversity of events, with a deep interest in environmental issues and East-West relationships. Read more
Maison Asano is a Japanese kaiseki, or prix fixe menu, concept owned by a Taiwanese brother and sister who trace their family lineage all the way back to feudal Japan. Taiwanese chef Kevin Lin prepares an eight-course menu based on seasonality and market... Read more
A fashion boutique shop specializes in vintage clothing/accessories, independent designer jewelery and original work from the shop owner with a vintage-inspired style. Read more
Super creative nail studio inside a lane house on Julu Lu. This place is run by a former editor at Modern Weekly and offers really creative designs, hand painted onto your nails. Pricey, though. Expect to drop 300-500rmb on a manicure and paint job, though the... Read more
The branch office of the independent organization that supports and promotes French-Chinese business relations. They provide business services such as matchmaking, business surveys, credit reports and market analysis, business centers with office space for an... Read more
Fu's is a Hong Kong-style cha canting serving a variety of Hong Kong diner food and a particularly outstanding version of claypot rice, curry beef brisket and a massive, massive pork cutlet that is on everyone's table. Read more
Massive, beautiful Western China fusion restaurant from the folks behind popular Yunnan chain Lost Heaven, in the old watch factory on Julu Lu that once housed Mesa & Manifesto. Painters from Thailand and West China spent months painting the 400+ capacity space to... Read more
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