Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Shanghai

Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Shanghai
By Andrea Scarlatelli ,

With this freakish weather (Having to wear a coat in April? Seriously?), you never know when a rainy day is going to come and obliterate a perfectly pleasant sunny afternoon. The more prepared you are to stave off a boring rainy day, the better. So here are some ideas to maximize your fun while minimizing the effects of the rain.

Indoor rock climbing
Resist the urge to just veg out on the couch and get moving! Showing off your skills (or lack thereof) is a fun, energizing, and yes, even healthy way to spend your waterlogged afternoon. There are plenty of great places to climb, including the Masterhand Rock Climbing Club and the Shanghai Stadium Rock-Climb Sports Centre, the latter of which has over 100 different climbing paths on their 20 meter high wall – so you’re pretty much guaranteed to never get bored!

Masterhand Rock Climbing Club恒毅室内攀岩馆View In Map
Add: Upper Stand 21, Hongkou Football Stadium, Dongjiangwan Lu, Hongkou District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5696 6657
Hours: Daily, 10:00am-10:00pm

Shanghai Stadium Rock-Climb Sports Center上海体育场攀岩运动中心 View In Map
Add: Inside Shanghai Stadium, 666 Tianyaoqiao Lu, near Lingling Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6426 5178
Hours: Daily, 10:00am-10:00pm

Break out the board games
If you think board games are for little kids, you’ve obviously been out of the loop for a while. There a lots of places popping up all over Shanghai where lovers of old school board games get together and play. It’s a great atmosphere – groups of (what I’m guessing are) university students, helping each other out and having a blast learning new games. Don’t worry if you have no board game experience – people there are always more than happy to teach you the rules. If you’re feeling brave, join a group of Chinese players - it’s a great chance to brush up on your Chinese! There’s no need to bring your own games either – these places are fully equipped with all the essentials like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Munchkin. Never heard of them? Get thee to a board game gathering pronto!


FunBox 365 Boardgame Club方盒子365德国桌上游戏聚乐坊View In Map
982 Changning Lu #6C, Shanghai (Metro Line 2: Exit 2)
Tel: 021 6236 2616.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 1:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun, 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

F&F Boardgame Café F&F 城市勇者主题桌游概念馆View In Map
506 Guoding Lu, Yangpu District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5566 0135 or 136 1188 1937 

Drink and Drive (on an indoor racetrack, of course)
Somewhere out there, someone thought to themselves, “What would be better than driving a go kart around a track?” The answer? “Beer.” And so the newest edition to Shanghai’s go karting scene was born. Stampede Karting is just one of the tracks that allows you to indulge your need for speed while also indulging your other pressing need. It’s a fun side of Shanghai that not many people go to see.

Disc Kart Indoor Karting 迪士卡赛场馆View In Map
809 Zaoyang Lu, inside Changfeng Park, near Guangfu Lu, Shanghai
上海枣阳路809号, 长风公园内, 近光复路
Tel: 021 6222 2880
Hours: Daily, 2:00pm-2:00am

Stampede Karting飞霆卡丁车馆View In Map
B1, Bailian Zhonghuan Plaza, 1288 Zhenguang Lu, Putuo District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6139 5095
Hours: Daily, 11am-2am

Host a cooking party
This is one of my favourite activities to do with a group of friends, and not just on a rainy day. Pick the person with the best kitchen or just rotate houses, then pick a menu where everyone can participate. It’s a blast making the food (copious amounts of music and wine are usually involved) and then you all get to enjoy eating your fabulous creations afterwards. It’s easy to find great, simple Chinese recipes online (my favorites are,, and For those who like a little more guidance with their cooking, there’s a few places around that will give private cooking lessons to your whole group. It’s a bit pricey, but if you get enough friends to go, splitting the cost makes it a tad more reasonable. And don’t think you’re limited to cooking Chinese food at these workshops – they teach everything from French to Mexican, to Vietnamese.

Pudong KitchenView In Map
Room 503, Building No.1, Lane 1881, Dongfang Lu, by Longyang Lu, Shanghai
上海东方城市花园二期 浦东东方路1881弄1号楼503室近东樱花苑
Tel: 021 5404 3181
Hours: Daily, 10:00am-3:00pm

Central KitchenView In Map
Room 307, 696 Weihai Lu, near Maoming Beilu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5404 3181 or 134 8277 1529

The Kitchen AtView In Map
Room.101, 75, Lane 1295 Fuxing Zhonglu, near Fenyang Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6433 2700
Hours: Tue-Sun, 10:00am-8:00pm

Ahh, bowling – the favourite pastime for middle schoolers. But trust me, it’s even more fun as an adult. Wearing the funny shoes, laughing at your friends as they get gutter ball after gutter ball, drinking beer, playing pool... I’ve found the bigger the group, the better. Doesn’t the power of competition bring everyone together? Oh, and never underestimate the power of funny shoes.

Orden Bowling Centre欧登保龄球馆View In Map
10 – A, Hengshan Lu, near Gao'an Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6474 6666
Hours: 24/7

Shanghai High Score Bowling Alley高点保龄球馆View In Map
456 Dongjiangwan Lu, near Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5671 1111
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00am-3:00pm; Sat-Sun, 9:00am-5:00am

The Radisson Hotel View In Map
78 Xingguo Lu,near Huashan Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6212-9998 ext. 3300
Hours: Open 2:30pm-10:30pm

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