Catch a performance at the Shanghai Grand Theatre, which is home to the Shanghai Opera House Company as well as many other performing companies. Featuring one of the largest and best-equipped automatic stages in the world, since the Shanghai Grand Theatre opened on August 27, 1998, it has staged over 6,000 performances of operas, musicals, ballets, symphonies, chamber music concerts, spoken dramas and various Chinese operas.
The Shanghai Centre Theatre is home to one of they city's biggest tourist attractions, the acrobat show, which goes on almost every evening. A spectacle that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages, the show is rarely sold out and tickets can be purchased at the concierge downstairs. The venue itself is a polished testament to Shanghai's increasing encouragement of the arts.
Tianzifang is known for small craft stores, coffee shops, trendy art studios and narrow alleys. It has become a popular tourist destination in Shanghai, and an example of preservation of local Shikumen architecture, with some similarities to Xintiandi. This area has more than 200 diverse small businesses such as cafes, bars, restaurants, art galleries, craft stores, design houses and studios, and even French bistros.
Visit one of Shanghai's newest national art museums, the beautifully designed and conveniently located Liu Haisu Art Museum. Named after Mr. Liu Haisu, one of the founders of the China New Art Movement, the museum aims to popularise art education, organise academic research, and promote national and international cultural exchange.
Hakkasan is a fancy and fashionable Michelin-starred Chinese chain that comes to Shanghai via London. The soul of the menu is Cantonese and features traditional status ingredients like abalone or bird's nest as well as more Western notions of luxury like crispy roast duck with caviar. The beverage program is huge, with voluminous wine list and extensive cocktail program, too. But it's most striking feature is the space itself. It's beautifully appointed with dim lights and intricate wooden screens which create cozy little alcoves.
Willy's cooking is more contemporary than traditional Spanish--he does "juicy rice", not traditional paella -- but stops well short of molecular fine dining. In a nod to the local culture, the structure of the menu follows the Chinese yin yang structure of a meal. All the food is designed to be shared family style and eaten comfortably with chopsticks. Good wine list, and, courtesy of The Willy, plenty of personality.
This is the second location of Shanghai's original Belgian beer bar and it remains popular for its large and well-concieved beer selection, decent food and relaxed atmosphere. It has a massive menu of the finest lagers and ales in Europe. Beer is, of course, heavily slanted towards Belgium: they stock over 50 varieties, including Trappist, abbey, blonds, trippels, Lambic Kriek, and Geuze. Those serious about beer in Shanghai should see this place. In the summer there's a nice space out the back, too.
As one of the most renowned Chinese restaurants in Shanghai, the constant quality of the delectable dishes, including the warm crab, roasted pig feet and garden salads draw loyal patrons to return. Reservations are recommended at any of the numerous elegantly-decorated and oft crowded branches throughout the city.
The Commune Social is a contemporary tapas, dessert and cocktail bar. The cuisine seems largely informed by former Gordon Ramsay Lieutenant Jason Atherton's frequent flier miles log. Dishes exhibit a variety of flavors from Spain, England and all over Asia with highlights such as roasted bone marrow with beef cheek, salt and pepper squid dusted with crushed sichuan peppercorn and more. After dinner, you're lead to the dessert bar, where you can watch your sweets prepared to order. Upstairs is a craft cocktail lounge with a vast terrace. Decor is dressed down and simple with naked light bulbs, exposed concrete and plain white tiles.
This Hong Kong import displays local artists’ work at every turn. Even the architecture is creative, with an entrance that takes patrons into a glass dome suspended by tree sculptures and below ground. It also houses high-end Western brands including Burberry and Valentino. Also, there is an in-house art gallery plus an area which offers numerous crafts and cooking courses.
This mall caters to the styles of contemporary women and boasts a variety of luxury brands as well as Shanghai's Alexander McQueen flagship store. Foodies will appreciate the many trendy fast food options available in the ultra modern food court.
Jingan Kerry Centre spreads across three towers with luxury brands including Emporio Armani, Loewe and Burberry, as well as an eclectic mix of stores such as a jigsaw puzzle shop, a mobile tech store, quirky interior design shops and a gallery.
The mall is also home to a Premiere cinema and impressive food options, including popular café chain Element Fresh, Pintxos budget tapas, Chipotle-style Mexican restaurant Dos Locos, and classier choices like Jade Garden.