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  • Yongfoo Elite

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      200 Yongfu Lu, near Hunan Lu
      永福路200号, 近湖南路
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      5466 2727

    Within the diplomatic district of Shanghai, the Yongfoo Elite 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 ambiance. Antique... Read more

  • La Creperie (Xuhui)

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      1 Taojiang Lu, near Fenyang Lu
      桃江路1号, 近汾阳路
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      5465 9055

    La Creperie does indeed serve crepes. From hum-drum Nutella filled dough to the tangy seafood/salad crepe, main courses run the gamut. Some crepes are more successful than others, but the all wood decor, fully bar and English speaking servers make for a fine... 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

  • Shanghai Foreign Language Book Store (Fuzhou Lu)

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      390 Fuzhou Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu
      福州路390号, 近山西南路
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      2320 4994

    The no-nonsense Foreign Language Book Store is the closest thing you'll find to whatever mega bookstore you know from your home country. The entire building is dedicated to English-language books, so they've got everything from business texts, classics, romance... Read more

  • Nepali Kitchen (Julu Lu)

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      819 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu
      巨鹿路819号, 近富民路
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      5404 6281

    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

  • House of Blues and Jazz

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      60 Fuzhou Lu, near the Bund
      福州路60号, 近外滩
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      6323 2779

    The House of Blues and Jazz moved to the Bund from its original Maoming Lu location (opened in 1995) around 2008. It's an upgrade, for sure. Big two-story space with live music nightly. Music is generally good, and includes a lot of soul and funk standards (Motown,... Read more

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    Shanghai Circus World

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      2266 Gonghe Xin Lu, near Guangzhong Lu
      共和新路2266号, 近广中路
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      5665 3646

    This Epcot Center-styled arena was completely refurbished in 2005 to prepare for ERA: Intersection in Time, the multi-million dollar acrobat/circus show that runs daily. Fetchingly modern, Shanghai Circus World boasts a revolving stage, computer controlled lighting,... Read more

  • C's

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      685 Dingxi Lu, near Yanan Xi Lu
      定西路685号, 近延安西路
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      137 9524 1780

    C's is one of Shanghai's most well-know and enduring dive bars, and they've got the toilets to prove it. With graffiti all over the walls, loud music blasting throughout its cavernous rooms, and some of the cheapest drinks in town, C's is a mainstay on the Shanghai... 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

  • Di Shui Dong (Maoming Lu)

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      2/F, 56 Maoming Nan Lu, near Changle Lu
      茂名路56号2楼, 近长乐路口
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      6253 2689

    One of the most popular Chinese joints for locals and foreigners alike, this Hunan-style restaurant is always packed despite a cafeteria-sized main dining area and at least a dozen "private" rooms. Food is high on flavor and will leave your eyes watering. Read more

  • Carrefour (Gubei)

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      268 Shuicheng Nan Lu, near Yan'an Xi Lu
      水城南路268号, 近延安西路
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      6209 7276

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  • Closed due to health concerns

    Mercedes-Benz Arena

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      1200 Shibo Da Dao, near Shangnan Lu
      奔驰文化中心, 世博大道1200号, 近上南路
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    The former Shanghai World Expo Cultural Center with seating up to 18,000. It is Shanghai's premier concert venue. Bruno Mars, Queen, Iron Maiden, Troy Sivan, Disney on Ice, WWE... the rule of thumb is if it happens here, it's a #bigdeal, and tickets are going to... Read more

  • Paulaner Brauhaus (Binjiang)

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      Inside Binjiang Gongyuan, 2967 Binjiang Da Dao, near Huayuanshiqiao Lu
      滨江大道2967号, 近花园石桥路
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      6888 3935

    Paulaner is the most successful German restaurant chain in Shanghai and boasts several grandiose outlets on both sides of the Huangpu. All your standard German dishes are available herein as well as ample outdoor seating for when the weather is nice. Read more

  • Power Station of Art

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      200 Huayuangang Lu, near Miaojiang Lu
      花园港路200号, 近苗江路
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      3110 8550

    The PSA is an impressive but cumbersome space, a huge building likened by curator Qui Zhijie to London’s Tate Modern. The PSA may have similar hardware to that legendary institution but it doesn’t have the software — the staffing, budgets, etc — to match.... Read more

  • Y.M.C.A

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      123 Xizang Nan Road
      西藏南路123号,近延安东路
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      86 21 6326 1040

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  • The Portman Ritz-Carlton

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      Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu
      南京西路1376号上海商城, 近西康路
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      6279 8888

    The Portman-Ritz Carlton complex is an expat haven on Nanjing Lu. This five-star hotel is optimal for business conferences, with dozens of meeting rooms, multiple bars, lounges, restaurants and a pretty eighth-floor terrace lawn which they open for special occasions.... Read more

  • The Westin (Bund Center)

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      Bund Center, 88 Henan Zhong Lu, near Guangdong Lu
      河南中路88号, 外滩中心, 近广东路
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      6335 1888

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  • Liquid Laundry

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      2/F, KWah Centre, 1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Donghu Lu
      淮海中路1028号嘉华坊2楼, 近东湖路
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      6445 9589

    Popular gastro-pub / lounge by serial restauranteur Kelly Lee, the woman behind Sproutworks, iiiiit, Boxing Cat, and Cantina Agave. This one has a fully-functional brewery and they usually have a dozen of their brews on tap, which change constantly and can get quite... Read more

  • Xibo (Changshu Lu)

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      3/F, 83 Changshu Lu, near Julu Lu
      常熟路83号3楼, 近巨鹿路
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      5403 8330

    Smart Xinjiang. Yes, it exists. It's Xibo -- an ethnic minority from the hills of NW Xinjiang, and a restaurant on Changshu Lu. Gone are the dancers and gold leaf, in are the concrete walls, picture windows, smart lighting, funk & disco soundtrack, and the region's... Read more

  • GREEN & SAFE (Xuhui)

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      6 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu
      东平路6号, 近衡山路
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      5465 1288

    Green & Safe is a chain of specialty grocers and restaurants by the same folks who own organic hotpot chain Qimin. The retail side of the operation sells produce and meats grown and raised at the company's organic farm in nearby Kunshan as well as specialty items... Read more

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