The Shanghai scene changes so fast that the cute little Italian place you go to on a Friday could be serving sushi by Saturday. Check out the latest dining, drinking and dancing hotspots, with our regular round-up of new bars, restaurants and clubs.
La StradaView In Map
Authentic wood-fired pizzas on cosmopolitan Anfu Lu – there’s a wine bar, an imported food store, and a coffee shop only steps away – aimed at anyone after a casual, classy dinner, and perhaps some drinks. There’s pasta and more on the menu, but it’s pizza pie they do best.
1F, 195 Anfu Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu安福路195号近乌鲁木齐路
021 - 5404 0100
Pomodoro BistrotView In Map
Even more pizzas, at another of the city’s favourite expat hangouts, Kangding Lu. Nearby you’ve got Belgian-beer specialist Kai Bar, Serbian pub Exit, tapas at Kuluska, and fine wines at Cuvee, but Pomodoro is the place to come if it’s a full meal you’re after. Especially good for lunch, with a great outdoor terrace and a 68 RMB special.
1023 Kangding Lu, near Yanping Lu康定路1023号延平路
021 - 6218 3798
Lapis Thai Hunan Lu Branch 藏珑泰极湖南路店 View In Map
Third time’s the charm for this latest installment in the upscale Thai chain. Housed in a beautiful villa in the heart of the French concession, and serving fine Southeast Asian fare, alongside a slew of cocktails and an impressive wine list. Taking a date somewhere new is bound to impress, bringing them here will work magic.
285 Hunan Lu, near Gaoyou Lu湖南路285号近高邮路
021 - 5466 3026
Bistro Burger View In Map
Local celebrity chef Eduardo Vargas is everywhere right now, and this is his very latest venture; taking on the likes of Gourmet Café with high-end burgers and buns. Part of the astonishing overnight transformation of the corner of Changle and Fumin Lu into the city’s hottest drinking and dining destination, Bistro Burger is a great place to start (or end) your evening, with a fine selection of food, some craft ales, and a truly welcoming feel.
1F, Mansion, 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu 福民路291号近长乐路
021 - 6170 1315
The Aquarium by KEEView In Map
Aimed at whiskey connoisseurs, or perhaps would-be James Bonds, this beautifully furnished basement bar offers classic cocktails (and, of course, the finest single malts) in the kind of discreet, damned-expensive setting you’d expect from the people behind luxe-club KEE.
Unit 111A, Alfred Dunhill, Plaza 66, 1266 Nanjing Xilu南京西路1266号恒隆广场B1楼
021 - 6288 3822
Chinatown View In Map
Only one contender in this category, as the most eagerly-anticipated club in town finally throws open its doors. Aiming to bring back the decadence of 1920s Shanghai, variety/burlesque-club Chinatown does so by way of gorgeous girls, and a gorgeously renovated Buddhist temple up in Hongkou. Expect jazz, style, and a whole lot of leg.
471 Zhapu Lu, near Haining Lu乍浦路471号(近海宁路)
021 - 6258 2078
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