The bad news is time flies, the good news is you’re the pilot.
We’ve been really spoilt here in Shanghai. Lovely little cafes, bars and restaurants. Beautiful parks and gardens. Plenty of shops, markets and bazaars. The food is phenomenal and to top it off they have a DisneyLand.
There are so many places I could recommend in Shanghai, but at risk of writing the worlds longest blog, I’ve narrowed it down to just a few of my favourite haunts that I’ve found over my last five weeks here…
If I’ve not mentioned this before, then along with most of the population of the world it seems, I am obsessed with avocado… in salads, in smoothies, in wraps and especially on toast. I also have real thing for feta cheese, I think because I don’t put much salt in (or on) my food it gives that little salty flavour that I would otherwise be lacking. I always cook my scrambled egg with a bit of feta cheese, I find it stops the eggs from becoming too dry but still allows you to cook your eggs fully (I cannot bear a snotty egg!) So, naturally I love it when avocado and feta are together on a menu and I will always choose that (even over pancakes!)
The avocado smash on toast at Kommune was my absolute favourite breakfast/brunch I’ve had here in Shanghai. Kommune is a really cute little cafe in the middle of Tianzifang. The coffee is really good and they have wifi… bonus! Tianzifang reminds me a little of Spitalfield Market or the North Lanes in Brighton, lots of cute little shops and boutiques to explore. Breakfast and shopping… what’s not to like?
- OPENING HOURS: 7am-1am Mon-Sun (Happy Hour 😊 5pm-7pm)
- Vegetarian friendly
- The Yard No. 7, 210 Taikang Rd, Shanghai
Tribe is a restaurant/cafe not too far from our hotel and is the perfect place if you fancy some good clean eating.
Having heard some excellent reports on the breakfast menu, I found myself trotting over there to join the tribe.
Not only does Tribe do amazing breakfasts (including a banana bread french toast 😋) Their salads and fresh juices are scrumptious.
- Vegetarian, gluten-free friendly
- OPENING HOURS: 8am-11pm Mon-Sunday
- A MANSION BUILDING, 103B NO. 291 FUMIN ROAD,
Mr & Mrs Bund 🍸🥂
I’m not going to beat around the Bund, I had one of the best meals I’ve ever had here in Shanghai. When I say meal, I really mean dining experience, and when I say dining experience, I really mean culinary art.
Mr and Mrs Bund by Chef Paul Pairet is a French restaurant located on the sixth floor of a beautiful building on the Bund. I found it in my lonely planet guide, tipped as one of the best restaurants in Shanghai, so naturally I had to give it a whirl.
The menu is extensive with many French classics including beef bourguignon, a personal favourite of mine (my Mum makes an incredible version!)
After a day out, at a certain magical kingdom, a group of us decided to push the boat out and book a table at Mr and Mrs Bund. We knew it would be expensive but we decided to treat ourselves in celebration of our final week in Shanghai. Our waiter recommended a variation of the set menus so we could try and taste an array of dishes between us. Since all six of us are complete and utter foodies this idea worked perfectly for us. We chose Bistrot, PP Classics and Le’ Essentiel. (I have attached a menu below 😋)
Being from a family of hardcore food lovers I am always up for trying new things, there really isn’t anything that I don’t like, except for perhaps Spaghetti – which is thanks to one of my favourite childhood books “The Twits” where Mrs Twit serves up worms for Mr Twit and tells him it’s Spaghetti… I simply cannot get past the texture! Thankfully I was not at Mr and Mrs Twits house but rather Mr and Mrs Bunds although ironically, I did try another garden favourite… snails or Escargots (which made it sound a little more appetising) but actually they were blooming lovely… perhaps if Mrs Twit had soaked those worms in garlic, things may have been different for old Mr Twit.
Everything I tried I absolutely loved but my favourites were the Jumbo Shrimp in a Glass Jar with citrus, lemongrass & vanilla, the Wagyu Ribeye and for dessert (and arguably the winning dish of the evening) was the Lemon & Lemon Tart, which is a candied whole lemon, lemon Sorbet and lemon curd. Apparently it takes three days to make… it took me three seconds to eat.
If you are partial to a tipple or two, I would recommend trying the Mr Bund’s Kiss cocktail. Delicious!
- Le Menu
- OPENING HOURS :
- Brunch : Saturday & Sunday : 11:30am to 2:30pm (last order)
- Dinner : Sunday to Wednesday : 5:30pm to 10:30pm (last order) Thursday to Saturday : 5:30pm to 11:00pm (followed by Late Dinner service)
- Late Night Dinner : Thursday to Saturday : 11:00pm to 02:00am (last order)
- LOCATION: The Bund 18, 6/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (near Nanjing Dong Lu) Shanghai 200002
- 外滩18号6楼,中山东一路18号 (靠近南京东路)上海 200002
- Book ahead of time and grab a table by the window and enjoy the pretty views looking over at the Shanghai skyline. 💕
Shanghai Tower is the second tallest building in the world, the first being Burj Khalifa in Dubai. However with 128 floors above ground, the Shanghai Tower has the highest viewing platform, located on the 121st floor at 1841ft high.
Kim and I waited for a lovely sunny day so we could enjoy the clearest views. A few of my other colleagues visited the tower by night and said how pretty the city looked with all the lights. I would definitely recommend taking the Ferry over to Pudong from the Bund, it only costs about 2RBM (20p) and it drops you off pretty much right outside the tower.
- OPENING HOURS: 8.30am-10.30pm
- TICKET ENTRY: 180 RBM (£20)
- Shanghai Observatory,501 Middle Yincheng Road, Pudong (… although impossible to miss!)
YùYúan Gardens 🌸
Yùyúan Gardens and Bazaar is a beautiful bustling tourist haven and I can totally see why. It’s so pretty, the gardens alone are simply stunning and if you are in Shanghai, then it’s definitely worth a visit. You can pick up all manner of souvenirs and gifts in and around the Bazaar. Yùyúan is such a lovely place to have a wander around but I would recommend steering clear of weekends or public holidays for the best experience.
- OPENING HOURS: 8.30am-5.30pm Monday-Sunday (last entry at 5 pm)
- TICKET ENTRY: For the gardens, 40RBM (£4.50)
If you have read my previous blogs you will know that I’m a bit of a Disney fan. I worked for Disney Cruise Line back in 2004 so visiting the Disney parks gives me such a sense of nostalgia, bringing back such lovely memories of that time of my life.
I was super excited for our visit to Disneyland in Shanghai! The park has only been open a year, they have some fantastic rides (Tron, Pirates of the Caribbean) and there was also talk of a certain Cheesecake Factory 😋 (but more on that in a minute!)
A really special moment was meeting Belle, (as we were very good friends back in 2004.) Whenever I have visited the parks previously I’ve only ever seen Belle in the parades, so I was delighted to meet her here, in Shanghai.
Speaking of special moments… Whilst in DisneyLand we took the opportunity to visit The Cheesecake Factory. Now I’m not one to forget a fantastic slice of Cheesecake and back in good old 2004 my Mum and I went to the Cheesecake Factory in Florida. Even 13 years later I remember that cheesecake… Raspberry and White Chocolate, rich yet light and utterly delicious. So you can imagine my excitement at reliving that taste sensation, would it live up to the memory….?
… Yes. Yes it did.
I have had a truly fantastic five weeks here in Shanghai. Huge thanks to everyone at the Theatre and the fantastic staff at the Howard Johnson HuaiHui Hotel who have been so attentive and kind. Also a special shout out to the Strictly Cookie company, of which I could take shares out in the amount of cookies I’ve bought… hands down the best cookies I’ve ever tasted. (Not to be confused with biscuits, Farmhouse Chocolate Oatflips still hold the title in the best biscuit department.)
On a side note, I’ve been Bloggering About for one year this weekend!… I can hardly believe how quickly the time has gone. I really enjoy writing about my adventures and sharing them with you. So a big heartfelt thanks from me for taking the time to read my blog. 💕
Lots of love