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  • Bella Napoli (Changle Lu)

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      Lane 946 Changle Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu
      长乐路946弄, 近乌鲁木齐路
    • Phone
      6248 8985

    Bella Napoli is an institution, already several years past its first decade in Shanghai. It is busy almost every night of the week, in every type of weather, from cold and rainy Tuesday evenings to hot summer weekend nights. The crowds are here for simple and... Read more

  • Da Marco (Dong Zhu'anbang Lu)

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      1/F, Golden Bridge Garden, 103 Dong Zhu'anbang Lu, near Jiangsu Lu
      东渚安浜路103号1楼, 近江苏路
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      6210 4495

    Da Marco is a perennial expat favorite for Italian. Its simple formula -- inexpensive, decent Italian -- has kept this, its original location, going for years. The menu is mostly pizza and pasta, with a few more ambitious mains, but generally, the simpler, the... Read more

  • Heat French Rotisserie & Bistro (Maoming Bei Lu)

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      199 Maoming Bei Lu, near Weihai Lu
      茂名北路199号, 近威海路
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      3220 5689

    HEAT French Rotisserie & Bistro is what it says on the tin. A small-ish spot on Maoming Bei Lu with a bar and space for about 20 diners or so, they do a couple of mains, salads and sandwiches, along with a couple of desserts. But the focus is obviously on the... Read more

  • Element Fresh (Shanghai Centre)

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      Shanghai Centre, 1/F, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu
      南京西路1376号, 上海商城1楼, 近西康路
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      6279 8682

    The first and original outlet, this newly refurbished rendition of Element Fresh has a lounge-like second floor but is otherwise the same. Open kitchen, healthy sandwiches / salads / smoothies, int'l environment, a touch pricey. And extremely popular. Read more

  • 881 South Beauty (Yan'an Lu)

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      881 Yan'an Zhong Lu, near Tongren Lu, opposite Shanghai Exhibition Center
      延安中路881号, 近铜仁路
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      6247 5878

    The South Beauty chain's formula of dressed-up Sichuan food in plush surroundings has made them a China-wide success. This highway-side location exemplifies their emphasis on style and surroundings - an imposing colonial mansion with a heavy bar that would make a... Read more

  • Alimentari Grill (Kangding Lu)

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      358 Kangding Lu, near Shaanxi Bei Lu
      康定路358号, 近陕西北路
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      6288 9009

    Located in the Shangkang Li development, Alimentari Grill is the latest installment to the Popolo brand, and the fourth Alimentari in Shanghai. Think grocery store meets Italian kitchen, this time with a charcoal grill and a new vermouth bar ("La Vermuteria"). You... Read more

  • The Commune Social

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      511 Jiangning Lu, near Kangding Lu
      江宁路511号, 近康定路
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      6047 7638

    The second restaurant in town to bear the Jason Atherton brand on its masthead. The Commune Social is a contemporary tapas, dessert and cocktail bar. The cuisine seems largely informed by former Gordon Ramsay Lieutenant Jason Atherton's frequent flier miles log.... Read more

  • Head in the Clouds

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      217 Zhenning Lu, near Dong Zhu'anbang Lu
      镇宁路217号, 近东诸安浜路
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      3353 1773

    Head in the Clouds is an all-day brunch cafe and bistro in the space formerly housing Fennel Lounge. The menu features typical brunch fare like eggs Benedict and hearty burgers, while the evening bistro menu showcases more refined appetizers and entrees. Read more

  • El Bodegon (Changshu Lu)

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      4/F, 83 Changshu Lu, near Julu Lu
      常熟路83号4楼, 近巨鹿路
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      5465 1275

    A casual Argentinian steakhouse with a focus on grilled steaks and Peruvian ceviches, tiraditos, and antichuchos. They have the best value steaks in town here with quality cuts, including 200g rib-eyes, striploins, rump steaks and 300g steaks. Also sangria, house... Read more

  • Cages (Jiangning Lu)

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      3/F, 428 Jiangning Lu, near Wuding Lu
      江宁路428号3楼, 近武定路
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      5299 5273

    The new Cages is absolutely massive. More than just batting cages, they also have squash courts, a full field for five-a-side soccer and dodgeball, an area for professional darts, a private space for events, more TV screens than a Best Buy, and just everything else... Read more

  • Tacolicious (Tonglefang)

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      34 Yuyao Lu, near Haifang Lu
      余姚路34号1幢, 近海防路
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      130 2312 4950

    Taco venture from Saira and Thijs of BYFO, Adrian of Joe'ss Pizza and Logan of Logan's Punch. offering double-shell tacos (hard shell inside, soft shell outside) in meat/vegetarian/vegan options. The menu consist of the classics like shrimp, chicken and steak asado,... Read more

  • Barbarian

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      1019 Wuding Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu
      武定路1019号, 近胶州路
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      137 0199 1174

    Cozy, rustic-looking bar with an emphasis on crafted, custom-order cocktails. Head cocktail shaker is Sasha Bondi, who creates individual cocktails based on a multi-stage survey of preferred tastes. Read more

  • Shanghai Brew House (Jing'an)

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      Wheelock Square, 1717 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huashan Lu
      南京西路1717号会德丰国广场, 近华山路
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      6277 7716

    The third location of the popular brewpub brand. They've staked out two stories of Wheelock Square right across from Jing'an Temple, and built a gastropub for the chic pub-goers downtown. Infinity mirrors in the bathroom? Bold and instagram-worthy. Foil-coated... Read more

  • Raw

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      2/F, 98 Yanping Lu, near Xinzha Lu
      延平路98号2楼, 近新闸路
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      5175 9818

    Nice looking grill and bar on Yanping Lu, serving wood-cooked cuts of South American meats and some raw dishes like a Chilean Wagyu beef tartare, Icelandic codfish ceviche, and an "Egg at 63°". Food looks sharp, and you're probably paying 200-400rmb per person,... Read more

  • RIINK

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      358 Kangding Lu, near Shaanxi Bei Lu
      康定路358号, 近陕西北路
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    The second version of Shanghai's most popular (only?) roller-disco. Neon-lit, loud, fun, fabulous, skates available in most sizes. Surprisingly excellent cocktails, too, and a much expanded food menu. Solid lunch/cafe vibes in the afternoon, before the disco lights... Read more

  • Ikea City

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      1730 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huashan Lu
      南京西路1730号, 近华山路
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    A smaller, 3,000sqm version of IKEA located in the very heart of Jing'an. It has a cafe, a small food mart, a Design Center to help you pick out what marble you want in your kitchen, furniture, and the usual array of useful, cheap and good-quality home living bits... Read more

  • Revolucion Cocktail

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      98 Yanping Lu, near Xinzha Lu
      延平路98号, 近新闸路
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      186 2181 3816

    Casual, colorful cocktail bar and danceclub in the heart of Jing'an, with Latin-style vibes, good sound and proper drinks. Popular spot. So popular, in fact, it's spawned locations in Bangkok, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kunming and Xiamen. It's spacious, ideal... Read more

  • Shake

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      3/F, 46 Maoming Nan Lu, near Jinxian Lu
      茂名南路46号3楼, 近进贤路
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      6230 7175

    Opened by the owners of Heyday and Chef Danyi Gao, Shake is based on New York supper clubs from the 1960s, where patrons would spend an entire evening at the venue for food, drinks, and entertainment. Shake's dinner menu features fusion dishes like honey cheese tofu,... Read more

  • The Rooster

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      455 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu
      陕西北路455号, 近北京西路
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      156 1880 8692

    Shaanxi Bei Lu outpost of an erstwhile Yongkang Lu bar/pub, with some sidewalk seating and indoor space. It's a simple but well-executed spot, with good beer-fan-type beers on tap. Clean, with big windows. Definitely a nicer bar, but not really a date spot.... Read more

  • Tres Perros (Fumin Lu)

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      No. 1, Lane 148 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu
      富民路148弄1甲, 近巨鹿路
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      137 7438 3829

    Small, charming Spanish café on Fumin Lu selling cheap coffee, beer, and food like salads and chicken. The food isn't amazing but the place has character, the staff are friendly, and the music is solid. The place is so dog friendly that they'll hook your pooch up... Read more

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