Shanghai Travel Guide

A visually dazzling display of authentic Maoist-era communist propaganda posters, as well as a popular gift shop that sells prints of the real thing.

Housed in a heritage Bund-side building, this contemporary art museum was restored by David Chipperfield in 2007. With no permanent collections, it instead hosts rotating international and Chinese exhibitions from the likes of Cai Guo-Qiang and Zeng Fanzhi.

Established in 2012, this renovated power plant is the first state-run museum dedicated to the contemporary arts in Mainland China. It hosts the Shanghai Biennial, as well as a rotating cast of international and local artists.

This late-night market is famed for having lines of storefronts pedaling the crayfish that's made it famous. Stroll around long after the sun has gone down and sample barbecued meat, vegetables, and seafood like grilled oysters and scallops, and chase it down with a Tsingtao beer.

Sitting squarely in Shanghai's premier arts district, this gallery promotes contemporary South East Asian, Buddhism-inspired artwork (the letters stand for "Live with Heart"). The funky space encourages quiet reflection and it's an intimate setting for art-lovers.

Mainland China's first and only full-time stand-up comedy club that's become enormously popular since its opening in 2011. There are performances by expat and local comics five nights a week in both English and Mandarin, and the crowd that comes to belly laugh reflects a similar mix.

Originally a wool factory, this industrial art park spans 36 acres, housing more than 130 artists and galleries, graphic designers, architects, film and television production companies, jewelry-makers and more, from 17 countries.

This sculptural haven of 110 acres just north of Beijing Road is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Life-size sculptures are strewn throughout, made by internationally recognized artists like Alex Rinsler and Wim Delvoye.

The sleek 1,345-square-foot store, with its white oak floors and cloud-like molded walls, was developed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma under the direction of designer Jiang Qiong Er.

A stylish, contemporary warehouse space with pared-down simple ceramics. The packaging in wooden boxes is beautiful and thoughtful—it’s great for gifts.

Part of the sprawling Old City God’s Temple district—also home to the Yuyuan Bazaar—Nan Fang Curio Market is a collection of stalls selling vintage clothing and costumes.

In People’s Park you’ll find the Shanghai Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Weekdays are the best time to wander among the pine trees and ponds of the 16th-century Yuyuan Gardens.

Denise Huang and her employees sew silk slippers. The elegant slip-ons come with names like Mandarin Duck and Propaganda, and each pair comes in a velvet bag. The shop is a little hard to find, tucked into a section of older buildings near the now-hip Bund neighborhood.