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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tacolicious (Jing'an)

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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

    Second location of Tacolicious. Bigger, better and now with even more cilantro. Read more

  • Mikkeller Tasting Room

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      98 Yanping Lu, near Xinzha Lu
      延平路98号, 近新闸路
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      158 2112 0823

    Much anticipated China-first for Copenhagen microbrewery Mikeller. It's located down the alley that's just next to the the 7/11 on Yanping Lu, in a gigantic new complex from the Anken group. Sleek, modern Scandi atmosphere, blonde wood and 20-some taps of the good,... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Commune Reserve

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      1107 Yuyuan Lu, near Fenggang Lu
      愚园路1107号, 近凤冈路
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      6226 2510

    This big, airy tap house on Yuyuan Lu is both the physical and spiritual successor to a popular Californian craft beer brand that occupied this space before it. Following the closure of Stone Brewing in March 2020, Commune Reserve (part of a country-wide chain of... Read more

  • Calypso

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      Jing An Shangri-la, 1218 Yan'an Zhong Lu, near Tongren Lu
      延安中路1218号, 近铜仁路
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      2203 8889

    This concept by the Jing'an Shangri-la de Mediterranean cuisine with a sharp focus on Italy and Spain. A densely packed menu features handmade pasta dishes, risottos, authentic Neapolitan pizzas, and primo cuts of Wagyu beef from Australia. The building itself is of... 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

  • KOR Shanghai

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      Wheelock Square, 2/F, South Annex, 1717 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huashan Lu
      南京西路1717号会德丰国广场2楼, 近华山路
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      5298 0651

    Shanghai's first self-declared "superlounge" (plenty of "superclubs," but thus far no "superlounges") has a lot of DNA from the KOR that opened up in Taipei in 2016 by theLOOP Group. The one in Shanghai isn't looking to break that mold, at least looks-wise. It has... Read more

  • The Shed (Shaanxi Bei Lu)

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      698 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu
      陕西北路698号, 近康定路
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      6237 6381

    This is the second place for the friendly neighborhood pub The Shed. It's Aussie owned and specialises in keeping drink prices low all day, every day. Good place for cheap beer and sports, and they have a nice menu of pub grub, too. Friendly staff and a welcoming vibe. Read more

  • Zeitgeist

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      537 Haifang Lu, near Xikang Lu
      海防路537号, 近西康路
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      3220 5986

    The result of a couple of German dudes and a roughly 5-day window to convert Bubbly Nation into a genuine Bavarian pub, they serve beer. They serve German food. They've got shelves of beer steins. They don't have lederhosen or Alpine hats hanging on the walls.... Read more

  • UP Shanghai

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      2/F, 688 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu
      陕西北路688号2楼, 近康定路
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    A fast-paced cocktail bar with a uuuuge bar, but also an urban-chic nightclub, UP has the determined party-vibes of a Latin lounge minus the soundtrack, and it has a terrace. And a kitchen that stays open till 2am. And Sunday brunch. Yeah, it's hard to pin... Read more

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