The Expat's Shanghai!



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If you've been to Shanghai before, then seeing the city as the expats do is a sure way to really delve into the city's exciting sub-cultures. Join other expats and their favorite bars and learn first hand form them whats worth seeing and doing. Make friends with the eccentric and wild expats while dining at the most tested places in Shanghai. Tour the highlights of Shanghai that the expats return to time and again, then join them for a drink after a long day.

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Author: shanghailulu


Day 1 - Shanghai


Baptism by fire! Start the day the true expat way, by walking around HuaiHai Road in jeans and a T-shirt looking for a new place to try for breakfast foods. This street is lined with shops, stores, restaurants, cafes and bars. Walk the length of the road and you'll not be disappointed. I suggest a true expat hot-spot called Windows, a pub on Huai Hai Rd that only the expats frequent. After your lunch, head to DongPing Road. You'll find a large array of expats and the stores that cater to them. All variety of entertainment lie along this tree-lined street. Sasha's, an expat favorite, is on this street. We suggest having a drink or early dinner here. Jin Mao Tower is visited by thousands of people each week. Though expats usually try to avoid tourist crowds, this is one spot even they wont abandon! Head to the top floor for a drink amid expat businessmen. For a true glimpse of who lives in Shanghai, check out Malone's Cafe. All along this street you will find expat bars and pubs, but this one is by far the loudest. For a wind-up evening head to Velvet to clash with the city's expat youth.


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Huai Hai Road

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Location:

Hai Hai Road & Shirmen er Road
200001 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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DongPing Road

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Dongping Road & Hangshan Road
Shanghai, China


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Sasha's

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Location:

11 Dongping Lu
Corner of Heng Shan Lu
200031 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6474 6628
fax: 86 21 6474 6628


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Jin Mao Tower

Location:

88 Shi Ji (Century) Boulevard
200121 Shanghai, China


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Malone's American Cafe

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Location:

255 Tongren Ren Lu
Northwest of Shanghai Centre, Jing An
200040 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6247 2400


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Velvet

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Location:

913 Julu Lu
Near Changshu Lu
200040 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 5403 2976


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Radisson Hotel Shanghai New World

Location:

88 Nanjing Road (W)
Opposite the People's Park
200085 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6359 9999
fax: 86 21 6358 9705


Day 2 - Shanghai


As with most expats, wake up mid morning and head out in yesterday's jeans. On DaGu Road you'll find a variety of spas at which you can get a massage or acupuncture. After your morning spa treatment, try one of the many cafes on the street. We suggest Hayas, a Mediterranean meal that sits perfectly with your post spa feel. We suggest at this point a shower and a more classy set of clothing. Now that you are hydrated and cleaned up, head to the Buckingham Bowling hall for an afternoon game. After you beat your opponents, grab a nice tasteful dinner at Simply Thai, an expat favorite. Afterward, head to Jing'an Temple. If you haven't been inside check it out. If you have, then walk around the area. There are tons of things to do here and you can easily spend the whole afternoon walking around Jing'an district. To stick to today's classy theme, head over to Glamour Bar or Barbarosa for a few drinks and snacks. These expat hot spots will not dissapoint.


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DaGu Road

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Dagu Road & Chengdu Road
Shanghai, China


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Buckingham Bowling Hall

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Location:

825 Ding Xi Road
200052 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6281 9988


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Simply Thai

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Location:

5 Dongpíng Lù, Unit C
between Héngshan Lù and Yuèyáng Lù
200031 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6445 9551 / 86 21 6326 2088


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Jing'an Temple

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Location:

1686 west nanjing road jing an district
Jing An (corner of Huashan Lu)
200040 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6256 6366


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Glamour Bar (The)

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6F, 5 Guangdong Lu
near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (The Bund)
Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6350 9988
fax: 86 21 6329 3751


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Barbarossa

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Location:

Inside Ren Men Gong Yuan (People's Park)
200040 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6318 0220


Day 3 - Shanghai


Today is locals day. Expats love to infuse themselves in the community, and today you'll join them for a look at the Shanghai locals scene. Get up early and head to the Bund for some morning Tai Chi. Feeling rejuvenated, head to Yu Gardens. You can spend the whole day here. Make sure to bring a camera, some pocket money, and a translation book. Also, be ready to bargain. The true expat will barter firmly to the bitter end! With your bags full of Yu Garden goodies, head to Melrose Pizza for some western infusion. Drop off your bags then grab a cap to TaiKang Road, a converted hutong full of surprises, bars, food and more. Go before it gets dark so you can look at the architecture and take pictures. Stay for dinner. Most places have daily specials that are sure to make your eyes water. Cotton's bar is a quiet place that follows up TaiKang Road nicely. A gin tonic on the patio is in order! Afterwards, head to MAO bar for all you can drink madness.


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Morning Tai Chi

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Location:

Zhongshan Dong Lu
Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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Yu Gardens

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Location:

Zhongshan South Road & Renmen Road
200000 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6355 5032


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Melrose Pizza

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Location:

838 Hengshan Lu
200030 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6445 8318


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TaiKang Road

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TaiKang Road
Tai Kang Lu
200025 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: +86 21 2311 5527 (Tourist Information)


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Cotton's

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Location:

132 Anting Lu
On the corner of Anting Lu and Jianguo Lu
Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6433 7995


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MAO

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Location:

46 Yueyang Lu
Near Dongping Lu
200040 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 138 1609 5660


Day 4 - Shanghai


Modernity day! Shanghai has been adapting since its founding, today you'll see a sharp contrast to yesterday's tour of the city. Start off on Nanjing Road, where you'll grab a bite along the street and check out the splendor of steel, lights and capitalism. Afterward go to Dongbei Ren for a cultural meal/entertaining delivery of food. Back to modernism and on to People's Square, the very heart of Shanghai and a collection of amazing buildings, shops, malls, and food. You can walk through People's Park, buy a kite and spend the afternoon relaxing. Blue Frog is, perhaps, the most well known expat restaurant in Shanghai. If you've been following this guide, you're sure to run into some of the same folks you met on your first few days. Follow this lovely dinner up with a trip to Bar Rouge, where the well-to-do expats gather to talk shop.


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Nanjing Road

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Location:

Nanjing Central Road
200002 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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Dongbei Ren

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Location:

1 Shanxi Nan Road
Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 5228 9898


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People's Square

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Location:

Ren Min Street
200003 Shanghai, China


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Blue Frog

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Location:

207-23 Maoming Nan Lu
(Between Fuxing Zhong Lu and Yong Jia Lu)
200020 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6445 6634


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Bar Rouge

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Location:

18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
7/F, Bund 18
200002 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6339 1199


Day 5 - Shanghai


Hangzhou is a favorite destination for expats on the weekends. Go as early as you possibly can and head directly to West Lake, where you'll see locals doing Tai Chi with swords, fans, drums and even ropes! Spend the day in Hangzhou before catching the fast train back to Shanghai.


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Hangzhou

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Location:

Hangzhou
Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist information)


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