Shanghai: China's Cosmopolitan Center
Collected by Afar Magazine
Shanghai is the Manhattan of the East. The pace is fast, the population is international, and fashion and finance are key industries. The megacity is a dynamic mix of past and future, with a growing culture of cafés, cocktails, and entrepreneurs.
79 Fenyang Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Shanghai has always been China’s most cosmopolitan city. After the first Opium War (1839–1842), the city was divided into foreign concessions and entered a golden age, with a thriving nightlife scene, an active film industry, and a...
China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, 五原路87弄
Online fashion brand Xinlelu showcases independent labels from Asia and around the world in an attractive offline villa with purple French doors and a leafy courtyard. Check out the Finch retro bathing suits made from recycled plastic bottles. 87...
685 Changjiang W Rd, Baoshan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
The Shanghai Museum of Glass, housed in a former glassmaking factory, features ancient artifacts such as blown-glass hairpins from the Song Dynasty as well as modern glass sculptures by Chinese and international artists, many of them American....
536 Nanjing Road, Nan Jing Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Shanghai is known for seasonal foods such as hairy crab in the fall and mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival. But if you’ve missed these dates, you can still sample a Shanghai delicacy: the pork "mooncake" (xianrou bing)—if you're willing to...
18 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, Wai Tan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Ultraviolet is the kind of travel experience you talk about 10 years later. French chef Paul Pairet first dreamed of a multisensory dining adventure in 1996, but it took until May 2012 to open this transcendent restaurant. There's room for...
Shang Hai Yin Hang ( Yu Yuan Lu Zhi Hang ), Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
The elegant showroom of home decor company Chunzai features curvilinear yoke-back chairs and other sandalwood, bamboo, and rattan pieces inspired by the Song and Ming dynasties. The firm’s designs have been featured in the Beijing Aman Resort and...
19 Gongping Rd, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Shanghai’s first Banyan Tree resort is a sleek 12-story hotel with 130 rooms. Many feature soaking tubs that overlook the Huangpu River. Chef Jose Fernando Corona Burch serves Asian-influenced European cuisine at the hotel’s Oceans restaurant. Try...
20 Huqiu Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
One block west of the Bund you can find the Rockbund Art Museum, housed in Shanghai's former Royal Asiatic Society building (1932). Like many of the grande dame Bund buildings, RAS was dreamt up by British design firm Palmer and Turner and done to...
399 Lujiabang Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200010
Shanghai tailors are the best in the world, says fashion designer Christy Holzer, whose label, Dowry Designs, was inspired by the city. She suggests visiting the South Bund fabric market to order custom garments. DRESS: STALL 308 “A fun...