I just came back from Shanghai and thank God for creative friends who recommended nice places to visit! Especially Follen & Sally who has been such good hosts. And Ellis who flew down from Beijing to meet me for 2 days.
Must have apps in your phone
Would recommend you to download wechat , Dianping and astrill(VPN - register before you board that plane) before you head to China. These 3 apps are my main source of guidance during my whole trip. Use bing if you need to google.
I stayed at The Langham Shanghai Xintiandi and I wrote my review about the place. Long story short, this hotel’s connection allows you to go onto FB / Instagram / Google without having to log onto the VPN and has fancy toilet.
Or you can read more on my post for more photos of the hotel.
Or you can read more on my post for more photos of the hotel.
I didn’t stayed at PuLi but I would love to try the next time round if I ever go there again.
Art Galleries & Exhibitions
I went to a couple of places this trip, I must say they have inspired me quite abit, and I starting work on the next project now hoping to share with you guys soon.
1. M50 Art District Shanghai
Address: No.50 Moganshan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai 200000, China
This was the first place that I have gone for the start of the art galleries. They have a lot of the little art galleries all around. You can spend quite a few hours there exploring, we spend about an hour plus there because we had to go somewhere else to meet another friend but here's what we were doing during our time there. There’s also a cafe in there which is very nice, I listed the location below under food and cafe section.
2. Power Station of Art
Address: Lane 20, Huayuangang Lu, Near Miaojiang Lu, Huangpu district, Shanghai, China
This place is super out of the way, but it is really huge. I happened to be there during their architecture exhibition by Renzo Piano, very impressive giving the space they have. They have other mixed canvas artworks.
3. K11 Art Mall
Address: 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu, Huangpu district
This building is really tall, hard to miss. I took about 5 mins looking for it because I was standing next to it and I couldn’t find the name of the building. They have a gallery at B2 but you will need to pay 50 RMB to get in. I didn’t go in because I’m such a cheapo.
4. Van Gogh Alive (April 28 - August 30)
Address: "Art Castle", Taiping Lake in Xintiandi
For this exhibition, it was totally God sent! As I mentioned previously, I’m too cheapo to pay for ticket. This random guy came up to me while I was looking for K11, he passed me the ticket for this exhibition and told me he didn’t have time to go for it. And if I could go in his place, I was confused at the moment, I just nod my head and said thanks. I had to drop Sally a message to help me find the location of this place. It’s about 10 mins walk from K11 towards the lake.
5. Rockbund Art Museum
Address: No.20 Huqiu Road, Shanghai, China
I really like the overall feel of this place, so white.
6. 1933 Old Millfun
Address: No.10 Shajing Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai 200000, China
This place is really one out of the place building. Only in the european countries, I see buildings like that, not in asia.
Cafes / Food
1. Undefine at M50 Art District Shanghai
Address: No.50 Moganshan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai 200000, China // 莫干山路50号6号楼105室
One of my favourite cafe in Shanghai that I can spend hours in here taking photos. They have a drink that is not on the menu which is the coffee beer, taste quite nice.
Address: 徐汇区 泰安路120弄卫乐园15号(近华山路)
A very vintage looking place, it has a taobao store too if you like to purchase the items. While I was here, I had matcha latte and banana cinnamon cake which tasted quite good. I had a bit of random entertainment from the girls sitting near me talking about how the guy cheated on them and thinking about breaking up.
3. Farine Bakery
Address: No.378 Wu Kang Road, Shanghai, China
This place is supposedly famous for their cream puff, but I came too late for it. I had the chocolate fudge cake which taste as good.
4. Rockbund Art Museum Cafe
Address: No.20 Huqiu Road Level 5, Shanghai, China
Well this place is a good place to just chill with a 10rmb tea.
5. The Commune Social
Address: 511 Jiangning Road, Shanghai, China
Tapas food, would recommend you to come with a bunch of friends so you can get to try the different dishes.
6. Green & Safe
Address: 6 Dongping Lu | by Hengshan Lu, Shanghai 200062, China
One of the places that actually speaks english! They serve brunches like eggs benedict etc.
Super healthy hot pot! They serve organic vegetables and other healthy food to go into your hot pot.
This cafe has the prettiest cats among all but they don't have a lot of them.
This cafe specializes mostly in persian cats, they have about 40 cats and they are FAT. I would say this place is not exactly the cleanest, maybe due to the amount of cats they have.
This cafe’s cats looked like stray cats. Nothing fancy and don’t order their carbonara.
I really like their soup base. We celebrated Follen’s birthday here and remember to reserve before you go. I waited about 1.5hr for a seat. They don’t take reservations on public holidays.
12. Amokka Café
Lazy afternoon chilling session, they don’t have a toilet in here, you got to go to next door at no. 195 upstairs lvl 3.
13. Kota's Kitchen (Beatles Yakitori Kunsei Bar)
Address: 2905 Xietu Lu, near Lingling Lu
They have quite a lot of experimental japanese dishes here!
14. Sir Elly's Terrace
Address: No. 32 The Bund Level 14, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai 200002
Go for the view at night, can sit at the rooftop bar.
The food here seems a little salty but still taste not too bad!
I’m not really the shopping sort, but here’s some places that I have been, which have pretty decent stuff.
They have quite decent sunglasses shop in there, and other random unique shops that sells tea, bottles, shirts and coffee. You can spend ½ a day here walking and chilling at their cafes.
2. The Whole Stretch of HuaiHai Road
To walk from the top to the end would take about 45mins to an hour.
It’s a tiny shop that you might missed it, every purchase of 10 pairs of shoes you get one free.
Well, this section is totally random. I was hunting for peonies for my BFF to make her day. So I went over 5 florists to find her peonies. And only one of them had! Some of them were not so fantastic, but these are the decent nice ones that I went to.
This is the one I bought the pretty bouquet from. Got the florist to custom it with silver leaves and craft paper.
1. Annie's Florist
TransportTaxi is cheap and scary at the same time if you see how they drive, public transport like trains can get you to places with just 4rmb if you don’t mind having some squeezing war. It can be quite fun.
That's all for the Shanghai! Enjoy your trip if you are going there!
Here's the PDF for printing if you want to use visit these places when you are there.