So if Peking duck was named for Beijing (despite originating in Nanjing), what does Shanghai have to its name in terms of gastronomical experiences? We have compiled a list of a few must-tries for those of you stopping over at the city for a short while
Shanghai’s cafe-hopping scene has been on the rise in recent years, with one that could honestly even rival Seoul’s. Hugo Husky House located in the trendy Xuhui district spans three stories and is a pet-friendly brunch cafe that is equally as picturesque on the outside as it is on the inside. Its main draw is perhaps the fact that it houses live-in puppies which guests delight in taking photographs with.
Hugo Husky House
No 227, Yong Jia Road, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200031
Cafe del Volcan
If you are a coffee connoisseur, self-proclaimed or not, a stop to Cafe del Volcan will be sure to satisfy. Cafe del Volcan takes its coffee roastings and beans seriously, specialising in signature beans and roasting. It is famed for its homegrown beans, such that many visitors often purchase bags of their roast as a gift or souvenir. All coffee on the premises are roasted and spot and ground to order, promising freshness.
Cafe del Volcan
80 Yong Kang Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai.
The facade of the store may be the highlight of the cafe, overshadowing the desserts and coffee sold. The interior design was done such that there would be an illusion of breaking the division between exterior and interior, leaving the store exposed due to spatial transparency. The furnishing and decor combines minimalism and a sleek white and grey theme, with a touch of industrialism with exposed bolts. The cakes mimic the theme as well, with grey marbled or glazed cakes and puddings. For an astronomical (and gastronomical) experience, M-Stand in the trendy Xuhui District is an ideal stop for afternoon coffee.
338 West Jianguo Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
With an all-day brunch offering and plenty of al-fresco dining seats within its two and a half stories, the bakery is almost always packed. A table at the joint between 11am to 1pm is almost impossible to get without prior reservations or queuing early. As with typical brunch fare, O’Mills Bakery does do up a splendid avocado toast for the millennials that throng the place on weekends. Other dishes that come highly recommended include the salmon gravlax as well as the black truffle toast. For those who are only stopping by or for those that cannot get enough, its bakery section offers fresh bakes daily, including its much raved-about sourdough olive loaf. Other than regular tables, its front door is styled like an open balcony with bench seats, making for great photos for the ‘gram.
No.110 Yong Jia Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
Roosevelt Sky Bar
The view of the Bund on the west bank of the Huangpu River remains one of my favourite night views, although I have to admit that I enjoy sparkling lights from a much higher point of view, such as from one of the red-and-white striped chaises at the Roosevelt Sky Bar. The bar is located on the ninth floor of Bund 27 and offers a view that I find just right – not too up high but high enough such that the lights from the oriental pearl tower glow into a warm, fuzzy blur. Home to award-winning wine lists, the bar took home no less than eight awards in 2018’s China’s Wine List of the Year Awards, it is no wonder that the Roosevelt draws in its fair share of local celebrities and diplomats to its members-only Roosevelt Club housed on location.
Roosevelt Sky Bar
Wai Tan, Huangpu District, Shanghai City, 200020, China
The highlight of your night would most likely be Ultraviolet – but only if you manage to snag a highly coveted spot at this reservation-only experience that is sad to be harder to book than a 3-star Michelin. Conceived by Paul Pairet, each experience serves only 10 seats, at $600 – $900 USD per person. The night starts with drinks along the Bund with gracious hosts that will then whisk you to a secret location where you will not only experience delicious food but an ultra-sensory experience. With the use of technology, the room changes to suit the theme of the night. One of the lucky few participants in past sessions can be quoted to review the experience as “better than your favourite vacation destination, and at times it rivals even falling in love”. The entire experience is equal parts mysterious and glamourous, and will keep you on your toes for what promises to be an unforgettable conclusion to your Shanghai stay.
Bookings can be made on www.uvbypp.cc
Location upon booking.