24 hours in Shang­hai

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The most fun way to see the city is to hop in the side­car of a vin­tage mo­tor­bike. Driv­ers tai­lor the jour­ney to your in­ter­ests and avail­able time. If it’s lim­ited, we sug­gest a whirl­wind tour of the beau­ti­ful canopied streets of the French Con­ces­sion.


Ask your ho­tel concierge to get you a taxi to the South Bund Fab­ric Mar­ket, a chaotic mall of tai­lors, fab­ric stalls and sou­venirs. Your best bet is to bring a gar­ment to be copied, as Shang­hai tai­lors don’t al­ways have con­tem­po­rary taste. But they’ll do it speed­ily, cheaply and nat­tily — and de­liver to your ho­tel. 399 Lu­ji­a­bang Road, Huangpu Qu


In the French Con­ces­sion, you’ll find the best fash­ions and de­sign, es­pe­cially along the tree-lined parts of Huai­hai Road. Head for Fer­gu­son Lane on Wukang Road, a com­plex of restau­rants, bou­tiques and gal­leries, or Tianz­i­fang, a net­work of streets bristling with spe­cialty shops and fash­ion bou­tiques. Af­ter­wards, wan­der Xiangyang Lu for a taste of Shang­hai’s su­perb street food.


It’s corny but es­sen­tial — once, at least. The Old Jazz Band has been play­ing at the Fair­mont Peace Ho­tel since 1947. The six sprightly band mem­bers av­er­age 82 years old, and two of the orig­i­nals still play. Drop in to the jazz bar from 6.30pm. fair­mont.com/peace-ho­telshang­hai


Few would ar­gue that French chef Paul Pairet’s avant-garde Ul­tra­vi­o­let is a mind­blow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, a the­atri­cal event that uses mul­ti­sen­sory tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate an im­mer­sive din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It seats only 10 and is hid­den away in an ob­scure carpark. The restau­rant has three Miche­lin stars, and you can ex­pect to pay more than $1000 a head. uvbypp.cc


Im­merse your­self in 1930s Shang­hai at the new Capella Shang­hai, an im­mac­u­late reimag­in­ing of 55 shiku­men, or al­ley houses, in the French Con­ces­sion. Each res­i­dence has five lev­els, in­clud­ing a pri­vate court­yard and rooftop ter­race. capel­la­ho­tels.com/ shang­hai

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