Collected by Andi Fisher, AFAR Local Expert
Xuhui, Shanghai, China
In our hurry around Shanghai to procure "authentic eats" it suddenly hit me that we were missing the true soul of the experience: the very people that make it happen. As I angled into this grim back alley my companions worriedly waved me back...
People's Square, Huangpu, China, 200000
Yu Garden - This is the traditional Chinese garden, a very large garden. The feel is very zen. Again, I went there in pouring rain, but still very pretty. There are other major sights that you should go once in Shanghai: 1. The Cheng Huang Temple...
218 Anren St, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
100 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Tucking into Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings), throwing back cocktails along The Bund, strolling with locals in Fuxing Park, trolling for antique treasures in the shops on Dongtai Road, and taking in the past and present at one of the many museums...
China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, 上海老街 邮政编码: 200085
After getting your bearings from atop the world's highest observation deck at Shanghai World Financial Center, visit the other side of The Bund. Meander through the side streets and alleys of Old Shanghai, where you can find city life as it's been...
18 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
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...
Jian Guo Xi Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
I was in Shanghai for work, but decided to do a bit of exploring for soup dumplings. I came across this place via a local food blogger and decided to try it out. It was quite honestly, incredible. The place is pretty small, with only a handful of...
536 Nanjing Rd Pedestrian St, NanJing Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
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...
188 Huaihai Middle Rd, HuaiHai Lu DongDuan, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
As fresh as possible, selected out for dinner along with a medium live fish, couple 100 grams of live fresh shimp and a dozen clams from water tanks..... Yum! I have had snake before, and this cooking method rendered a slightly tougher meat than I...
Nanjing Rd Pedestrian St, NanJing Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
The winding corridors and seemingly vacant alleyway's of Shanghai, China is where you immerse yourself in a rapidly changing culture. Ranging from visual awe-inspiring views that will change your perspective of a world, and maybe even your own, to...
168 Fangbang Middle Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Before it was reincarnated as a dumpling and noodle joint back in 1972, Din Tai Fung was a cooking oil business. That doesn't sound so promising in the flavor department, but it turns out these xiao long bao are some of the best in Shanghai....
Zhongshan Park, Changning, Shanghai, China, 200000
For fans of the Big Bang Theory, you would have to stop by the Bazinga Cafe. Located on 450 Huizhou Road right behind the Cloud Nine Mall, this two-storied cafe offers various types of cuisines ranging from steak, pasta, pizza to Asian dishes. The...
Zhujiajiaozhen, Qingpu, Shanghai, China
On a trip to Shanghai, I took a few days to visit nearby water villages which are considered to be suburbs of Shanghai. These are the places where the canals dominate the village landscape. Often, getting from point A to point B requires transport...
417 Xizang S Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
With a name like "Flower, Bird, Fish, & Insect Market," why wouldn't you want to check this out?? Just south of People's Square, this market is practically hidden within an entire city block. There are entrances on each side of the block, and it...
China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, Anfu Rd, 308号104室 邮政编码: 200000
Sunflour is a local favorite for breads, pastries, and brunch. Located in the former French Concession, it is a mix of expats and locals. Recently expanded, there is additional seating and outdoor tables are available when the weather is right....
China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, Fuxing Middle Rd, 1473号复兴中路1473号办公楼
Ugh. I left Shanghai a day too soon. As I was walking through the city on my last day, I came across the Sinan Mansions development, where I saw a team preparing for the Craft Beer Festival. Sure, the former residence of Zhou En Lai is interesting...