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
A bright, cheery café from Camden Hauge (organizer of events under the SOCIAL SUPPLY umbrella like Shanghai Supperclub and the FEAST food festival), with lofted seating, coffee, Strictly Cookies, baked goods, etc. They specialize in simple all-day breakfast items... Read more
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
From the team behind Lost Heaven and More Than Eat right next door, Lost Bakery offers an assortment of pastries, deserts, and bread at affordable prices. Raspberry tarts, croissants, and rolls are all under 20rmb. Desert items such as eclairs and slices of cake are... Read more
A longtime expat favorite. This restaurant does Nepali standards like curries, samosas, fresh-baked naans and parathas, sekuwa, choila, and lentils in various forms. The food is good, but the draw is most definitely the decor. Low-slung tables and cushions for seats... 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
Part of the massive Lost Heaven complex on Julu Lu (which we wrote about here), More Than Eat was shut down in 2017 and reopened in 2018 with about half a dozen F&B concepts on the first floor of... Read more
Mamma Mia is an Italian restaurant by chef/restaurateur Enzo Carbone of Capo and formerly Issimo fame. Unlike his previous higher-end concepts, this one is more casual with food served family style. Expect handmade pastas, and of course Carbone's signature pizza... 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
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
Porto Matto is the homebase of chef-owner Roberto Bernasconi. Born in Puglia, southern Italy, he came to China in 2006 and after working for other people, eventually opened this, his own place, in 2014. Several years on, the place is both worn in and just plain worn... 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
Just your average Instagrammable designer hip-hop hairless cat showcase. What! Yes, plunked down on Julu Lu, Cherry Pepsi is home to six adorable (if you're into that sort of thing) hairless kittens, bred and raised by the owner. The cats are worth more than your rent. Read more
If you are a fan of Nicolson's Butcher & Seafood, you should not miss their grill. Steak, burger, lobster. It's a feast for meat eaters. Reasonably-priced everything and open kitchen. Seats are in the public space shared by different restaurants' guests. 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
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
The third venue of Sumo Cat in Shanghai, this one takes the decor to its logical endpoint. The cartoon cat mascot adorns the walls in manga comic book style. Bright colors, neon lights, exaggerated text and cartoonish accents, anime on an endless loop on the TV, a... 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
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