An insider’s guide to… Shanghai
BEST TOUR: Shopping Tours Shanghai is run by a group of expat women who take visitors to the most reputable tailors, with craftsmanship guaranteed. Given their local knowledge, it’s a great way to become acquainted with local life. See shoppingtoursshanghai.com. LOCAL FLAVOUR: Look out for jianbing (Chinese pancakes) street food stalls from 5am along Shaanxi Road, Xiangyang Road, Wulumuqi Road and Huangpi Road. Jianbing is one of the most appealing breakfast foods for locals and visitors alike.
BEST COCKTAIL: A Japanesestyle speakeasy bar hidden behind a secret door in a shop on Fuxing Road, the aptly named Speak Low is renowned as one of the best bars in Asia. The bar spans four floors – make your way to the top for a cosy, intimate environment and sip on a locally inspired cocktail made with Wanglaoji tea.