With Shanghai’s rich cultural history, glittering skyline, and world-class cuisine, the city has become an increasingly popular travel destination. From the ancient temples in the Old City to the futuristic skyscrapers across the Huangpu River, Shanghai offers diverse experiences for both travelers and locals. To delve into the city’s must-visit locations, Barneys New York tapped Shanghai-based talent, globetrotting creatives, curators, models, and more to share their favorites.
As a product of Shanghai’s complex colonial history, a variety of architectural styles and cultural influences define the city’s landscape. From the streets of the Former French Concession to both historic landmarks and museums, there’s plenty to immerse yourself in. Grant Pearce, Editorial Director of GQ Asia Pacific, and fashion consultant Leaf Greener both noted that since food is integral to Chinese culture, trying the local cuisine is a must. Entrepreneur Wendy Yu shares a few Michelin-starred restaurants, while ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan notes the best spots for dumplings and soupy buns.
For evening plans, check out The Bund area. This was a hot spot for many, including model Xin Xie, as it hosts new galleries, happening bars, and breathtaking city views. Stay at either The PuLi Hotel, which Pearce also recommends for a great martini, or newly opened The Middle House, loved by stylist Declan Chan. The latter is in the heart of bustling Shanghai but maintains a sense of tranquility with a popular spa.
There’s something unique to discover around every corner of this eclectic destination, which is why our insiders frequently visit or call the city home. Discover the full Shanghai City Guide today, and as always, we’ve provided outfit ideas throughout to help with what to pack on the next trip.