Shanghai

Shanghai Travel Guide

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.

An up-and-coming gallery and boutique run by three young artists who trained at Qinghua University's Art Academy.

Throughout its history, the Paramount building has played multiple roles, including traditional ballroom and dance club. Built in 1933, it once hosted crowds of socialites seeking a night of live jazz and dancing. Two floors of the building were converted into a nightclub that opened in 2007.

This spa in the heart of Pudong offers a modern take on ancient Chinese wellness: the vast glass-and-stone building encompasses a spa, health center, wine bar, library, and restaurant.

With an eye-catching Art Deco façade and revamped interiors by London-based architect David Chipperfield, the Bund’s only contemporary art gallery has become one of the city’s most noteworthy institutions.

Towering 101 floors above the hub of the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, this skyscraper contains offices, the Park Hyatt Shanghai, and places to take in city views. Visitors begin at the ground-level Sky Gate, where multimedia presentations and a Shanghai model set the stage before the ascent.

The store carries a surprising breadth of products: from reproductions of communist-era comic books to artist's backpacks.

The leafy, rustic French Concession is the favored destination for cutting-edge fashion and designs for the home.

The Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe performs here. The show is simultaneously touristy and indescribably brilliant.