Shanghai, China

IMG_8468Hello friends and happy Friday! Apologies for the radio silence, but we have been traveling / working like crazy people – with the time difference it was hard to keep track of everything, but we are back home and I’m ready to share some of our travel finds. Shanghai is a beautiful city with a strong mix of modern ideals and rich culture. We spent a full day walking around and exploring the city on foot. I wore this perfect and easy ASOS gypsy off shoulder mini dress paired with some denim and sandals for ease – it was nice to finally wear something other than a winter coat!

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We had to make the best of our quick stay so we did a lot of research prior to leaving knowing we wouldn’t be able to see them all. If you ever see yourself in Shanghai here are some recommendations based on what we experienced. As always, it starts with coffee……

Coffee

Sumerian Coffee – owned by an American, which we didn’t know until we arrived, is a darling little coffee shop that would spark all sorts of creativity. Don’t bother with the regular latte, spice up your morning with a coconut cayenne latte – yup, thats what I thought.

The Beast Cafe – located in the posh area of Xintiandi, it’s a bloggers dream with gold and marble furnishings. Enjoy a latte and the most decadent desserts all while people watching some of the chicest Shanghainese. It was Shanghai Fashion Week while we were in town and I can’t tell you the FOMO that came over me. Their sense of style has such a unique voice – it’s innovative, fresh and thoughtful. IMG_8515

Parks / Attractions

Jade Buddha Temple – The Jade Buddha Temple is a Buddhist temple in Shanghai, China. It’s a peaceful place to take in the local history and religion.

Shanghai World Financial Center – Head to the 100 floor of one of the tallest buildings in Shanghai for amazing panoramic views of the city. It’s the one place in the city that gives you full views of the Pudong and Puxi sides of the city.

The French Concession – A foreign concession build in 1849 now known for it’s local shops and boutique cafes, the concessions consists of blocks and blocks of shopping all hidden off the main streets in the cities alleys. This is a great place to find local goods at a VERY affordable price – stop by Bohemia Cafe for a glass of white wine for a mid-shopping snack. 

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Yuyuan Garden – Yuyuan Garden is an extensive Chinese garden located beside the City God Temple in the northeast of the Old City of Shanghai, China. Visit the ancient pavilion and walk through the bamboo gardens to the market where you can take in the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Bund – Is a beautiful waterfront area on the Puxi side of the city with the cities most famous bars and restaurants. You’ll notice the European influence in the architecture of the buildings along the water. It’s great to view at day and night.

Xintiandi – As mentioned earlier, it’s a great place to people watch some of the most fabulous people in Shanghai. The are is only 10 years old, but houses some of the most luxurious shopping in the city.IMG_8554Restaurants 

Lost Heaven – Traditional Chinese food.

Din Tai Fung – Dim Sum – it’s a chain, but AMAZING!

Hakkassan – Contemporary Chinese

Char Bar Best steak, and views, in the city 

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We thought getting around would be easier than it was because Uber is usually a Godsend like that, however, it’s rare that you’ll find someone in the service industry to speak English so you need to be crafty. We were lucky enough to have an international phone package, but you can never be too prepared.

Happy Friday – thanks for reading!IMG_8572

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Shop the LOOK:

Top: Zara | Bottoms: LOFT | Bag: Louis Vuitton | Shoes: Me Too | Sunnies: LOFT

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6 thoughts on “Shanghai, China”

  1. Such a beautiful post, I love all the recommendations & you’re making me want to hop on a plane right now. This is a BEAUTIFUL top, I absolutely love this color. It looks fabulous on you! xx

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