The weather is heating up and the masses are heading outside. Summer time is quickly approaching! There’s simply no better way to enjoy a gorgeous evening than sitting outside while enjoying a cocktail or two, or perhaps even an entire meal. With that in mind, please enjoy our ongoing series profiling the best outdoor patios in the city. Our second entry on the list is everyone’s favorite Shanghai staple: the former French Concession.
1) GogaView In Map
If you haven’t eaten at the phenomenal Goga, stop reading this article right now and go! Actually, it would be better if you picked up your phone and made a reservation because this place is tiny. An inventive blend of California cuisine with obvious Asian influences, the food at Goga is always fresh and always bursting with flavor. Their outdoor patio, nestled right smack in the hub that is Yueyang and Dongping, provides a surprisingly quiet place in which to enjoy some of the best food in Shanghai.
Add: 1 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6431 9700
Opening hours: Daily, 17:30- 01:00 (food service stops at 22:30)
2) Shanghai BreweryView In Map
From the moment Shanghai Brewery opened their second location here over a year ago, the place has been packed. It doesn’t hurt that their ample outdoor patio is located on one of the busiest streets in the former French Concession – giving beer drinkers the perfect vantage point from which to survey their (often extremely entertaining) surroundings. The beer at Shanghai Brewery is one of the better house-brewed varieties, and they have plenty of decently priced options for non-beer drinkers as well. Overall, it’s one of the best places to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Add: 15 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 3461 0717
Opening hours: Sun-Thu, 10:00-02:00; Fri-Sat, 10:00-03:00
3) The SailorsView In Map
While lately it seems that the infamous Yongkang Lu strip has been in the news more for residents dumping water on bar patrons’ heads than for the actual food and drink offerings, it’s still a fun and energetic place to hang out. Nowhere is this more evident than at The Sailors, a fish and chip joint that gets it (almost) perfect. While their “patio” is really just some tables and chairs set up on the sidewalk, it still provides a great place from which to eat, drink, and participate in the madness that descends come nighttime.
Add: 33 Yongkang Lu, near Jiashan Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 150 0009 9490
4) AzulView In Map
Azul has reincarnated itself from their old Dongping Lu location into a bigger, brighter, and vastly better home on the peaceful Ferguson Lane. The outdoor patio, located up on their eighth floor home, gives to die for views of the leafy former French Concession. It’s one of the rare elevated outdoor seating areas around and it’s definitely worth a look. Head over there for Azul’s famous brunch on a sunny Sunday morning and you’ll remember exactly why you live in this city after all.
Add: 8/F, Ferguson Lane, 378 Wukang Lu, near Tai’an Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5405 2252
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs, 12:00-24:00; Fri, 12:00-01:00; Sat, 11:00-16:00 & 06:00-23:00; Sun, 11:00-16:00 & 06:00-23:00
5) Southern BelleView In Map
Do not, I repeat do not, go to Southern Belle if you’re looking for authentic American Southern cuisine. However, if you’re in the mood for some fresh off the grill meats (think hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken skewers, etc.), surprisingly strong drinks, and one of the best outdoor patios in the entire former French Concession, then by all means give Southern Belle a try. Located on the decently quiet Changle Lu, right around the corner from the rowdier Cantina Agave, this quiet haven has everything you need for a lazy day out in the sunshine and the, um, “fresh” air: a wooden deck, lots of trees, an extensive cocktail menu, and the smell of food being grilled to order. Ah, it’s summer!
Add: 433 Changle Lu, near Xiangyang Bei Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5403 3218
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00-01:30
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