Insider's guide to Shanghai

Now that’s a beauty!


It’s a new week, Luxe Nomads, and that usually means new sales! Our highlight this Monday is Le Sun Chine; a beautiful four-storey former family residence and historically-listed building that has been converted into a luxury boutique hotel. Offering 24 rooms filled with splendid specially-commissioned furniture and artworks, Le Sun Chine runs a gamut of old world luxury (think clawfoot bathtubs!) and Shanghainese charm.

But what do you do when you’re not revelling in the hotel’s amazing decor and off-the-chain service? Never fear, our Shanghai insider has compiled a list especially for you!


The natural and organic elegance of Mercato


Hot foot it to the trendiest eats

You’ll want to head over to Mercato, Ultraviolet, Jean George, Mr and Mrs Bund and Otto de Mezzo for the best premium dining establishments that Shanghai has to offer!


Watering holes to be seen at

Put on your best sparkly outfits (not you, guys) and shine at Shintori, Goga, Bikini by El Willy, El Coctel and Senator Saloon or go low-key at neighbourhood wine bars like Dvino and Burdigala Wines.


Party on till the break of dawn at M1nt


Dance (or drink) all night

If you can’t go big, then go home. We love M1nt, Bar rouge, Unico and Glamour bar. Enough said.


Renew your consciousness at Subconcious Day Spa


For the day after

You might need to get those knots undone especially if you’ve had a big night out. We think these places will knock your socks off: Green Massage, Xiao Nan Guo and Subconscious Day Spa!


Bites and bits

You’re going to have to fill up your tummy too, so Baker and Spice will hit the sweet spot if you’re craving cafe food, but the famed Park Hyatt and The Peninsula get a perfect ten for the best afternoon tea.


Go nuts while shopping on Taikang Road


Retail therapy

It doesn’t matter if you’re a high-end fashionista or high-street clothes junkie, but Xinle Lu is mix of both and more, while Tai Kang road is a mecca and maze of shops! Designers we love? Begum Khan for cufflinks, Charles Phillip shoes, Heirloom, Alison Yeung and Aegis!

We think you’re all set to explore Shanghai now…Happy travels!


(Photo credits: hanehassan, Mercato,, Shanghai Butter)

The Luxe Nomad

Like you, we love to travel but we think that staying at beautiful places shouldn’t come with a hefty price tag. That’s why we’ve gone out there and snagged the best design and luxury hotels and resorts in the Asia Pacific region at rates you won’t believe. WanderLuxe is our little corner of the world where we share our inspirations and thoughts about travel!


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