Shanghai

Shanghai Travel Guide

The bar on the 58th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, with great views and a clubby vibe.

Original Debut: Unveiled in 1932 by Hungarian architect L. E. Hudec (responsible for more than 60 Shanghai landmarks), Grand Cinema had Art Deco flourishes, a glistening three-tiered roof shaped like a water lily, and—unfortunately for the warm-blooded—no inner cooling system.

The shop's memorabilia merchandise includes retro vinyl Chairman Mao and Lin Biao buttons.

The shop represents some of China's best-known contemporary artists and was the first gallery in the country to participate in major fairs such as Art Basel.

The space is located in an enclave of art studios and antique shops in a row of converted warehouses.

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.

Semisecret cocktail bar off a grungy alley with a fun, well-heeled crowd.

The 94th-floor toilets at Shanghai's Kohn, Pedersen, and Fox-designed landmark, known as the "bottle opener," take the title of the world's highest-altitude restrooms, at a vertigo-inducing 1,388 feet.