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LUXE City Guides - Shanghai - - The Bund / 外灘 -

This lit­tle num­ber can be tagged onto the cul­tural sights of Peo­ple’s Square (see Ac­tiv­i­ties). If the sight of one more bronze vase makes you want to hurl your lunch into it, it’s time for the two im­por­tant things in life, cock­tail and retail. Cab it to the south end of the Bund, at the junc­tion with Yan An Dong Lu is the Wal­dorf As­to­ria /外灘中山東一路2號/ (see Ac­com.) – handy for a bev at the 1930s time cap­sule Long Bar (see Bars) or deca­dent high tea at Sa­lon de Ville. Exit left to the in­ter­sec­tion with Guang­dong Lu, where two up­stand­ing neo-clas­si­cal build­ings grace each cor­ner: at Three On The Bund / 3 Zhong­shan Dong Yi Lu / 6323 3355 /外灘中山東一路3號/ three­on­the­bund.com – as­cend via the Shang­hai Gallery of Art (see Art) to Jean-ge­orges (see Rest./smart); and across the street, No. 5 The Bund is home to the Bar­barella-meets-old-world Glam­our Bar / 6329 3751 / with Huangpu views. Exit left, then left onto the Bund to marvel at re­stored Goth-re­nais­sance beauty Bund 6, then carry on down and turn left into Lane 8; be­hind big black cast iron gates is Annabel Lee Shang­hai’s flag­ship store / 6445 8218 / annabel-lee.com / full of silk, linen and cash­mere lovelies. Back on the Bund, head left for Shi­atzy Chen / 9 on the Bund / cnr Fuzhou Lu / 6321 9155 / shi­atzy­chen.com / for Tai­wanese m/w wear. Turn left onto Fuzhou Lu to check out Blue Shang­hai White at #17 / Rm 103 / 6323 0856 / for el­e­gant porce­lain and stained wood furny with in­laid tiles. Next door at Rm 101 is Suzhou Cob­blers / 6321 7087 / suzhou-cob­blers.com / colour­ful silk slip­pers with mo­tifs hand-stitched onto ev­ery be­spoke pair. A cou­ple of doors up at #19 is kitsch-chic tea em­po­rium Song Fang Mai­son de Thé / 6329 9656 / retail branch of the French Con­ces­sion tea­room (see Stand­out Stores), and across the street is House of Blues and Jazz (see Clubs). Re­trace to the Bund, and turn left for Bund 18. On 1/F is Neuhaus Café / 6329 9338 / for choc­cies and pas­tries amidst mar­ble and gilt splen­dour; and note on 6/F is the de­light­ful Mr & Mrs Bund (see Rest./smart) for later. But first, if you must have drinks with a view, exit the build­ing left onto Nan­jing Dong Lu and nip up to the rooftop ter­race at the Swatch Art Peace Ho­tel (see Ac­com.) for loung­ing, or else con­tinue north along the Bund for Sir Elly’s on The Penin­sula’s ter­race (see Ac­com.) / 14/F / 2327 6756. Now, grab a cab for 1933 / 10 Sha­jing Lu / 6888 1933 /虹口區溧陽路與沙涇路交界/九龍賓館/ tell the cab­bie ‘Ji­u­long Bin Guan’ / 5-10 min ride / 1933shang­hai.com / an artsy retail and din­ing precinct in a strik­ing ren­o­vated ’30s art deco abat­toir. On 1/F of the main build­ing is Cigar Am­bas­sador / 5596 7221 / cigaram­bas­sador.com / for Ha­vana puros and rums, plus a hu­mi­dor; Kushi Life­style / 6513 9316 / with eth­nic furny and re­worked sil­ver, and Asian­era (see Adv. Shop.). Run­ning on empty? Re­fuel your tank up half a floor with beefy slurps at Noo­dle Bull / 2/A/F / 1520 180 0830 / (see Lo­cal Flavour), then a 5-minute taxi ride gets you to Chai Liv­ing Gallery / 370 Bei Suzhou Lu / 5608 6051 / Tue-sun / chailiv­ing.com / where a gor­geous mix of fine Euro­pean and Asian an­tiques as well as mod­ern Chi­nese art awaits. You’re done! Zoom down to South Bund’s Ho­tel Indigo, and up to panor-mama Char (see Bars) for jaw-drop­per views and sun­set sips.

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