Words (nor pictures) can fully express the experience I had in Shanghai. I was mesmerized by the Chinese way of life and eager to share my recommendations. I understand traveling to China isn’t a hop, skip and a jump away for most of you, but I thought putting together a Sleep. Stroll. Sip. would be a fun way to journal about my favorite places from my adventure!
Since I was a guest on this trip, we stayed at the beautiful Ritz Carlton. The best part about this hotel was the lavish breakfast options. They had different stations for various breakfast items from all over the globe. I was also introduced to watermelon juice (seems simple … but is so refreshing), which I absolutely fell in love with.
We enjoyed a cocktail Friday night at Flair, a definite must-do when staying in Shanghai. Although this cool lifestyle lounge didn’t disappoint, the drizzly and foggy weather made it difficult to rate the rooftop. Visit on a clear evening and admire the beautiful + industrial cityscape.
The meal we had at Mr. and Mrs. Bund was one of the best, I’d highly recommend the scallops! The hip atmosphere made for a fun and memorable Saturday night.
Head to Din Tai Fung for authentic soup dumplings. You know a place is highly regarded when you notice more local Chinese than foreign visitors.
Check out Dongtai Lu Antiques Market to snag some unique trinkets. Although many of the items have a vintage feel, much of what’s on display is actually new. I was amazed by the endless rows of luggage and painted pottery.
Looking to view some artwork in Shanghai? Head to M50, one of the biggest artistic spaces in the city. This off-the-beaten-path exhibition space gives you the feeling that you’ve stumbled across a real gem. M50 is a thriving hub of galleries and studios with shows from both up-and-coming-artists and established names from the Shanghai’s art world.
Relax with a foot massage (and enjoy incredibly low prices) at Dragonfly, a chain spa with numerous locations throughout China. The experience was rejuvenating, and left me in a state of calm with the added bonus of incredibly moisturized feet.
In the mood for a day trip? Take the train to Hangzhou and browse through the small markets to pick up silk scarfs, vintage postcards and notebooks, and nibble on traditional Asian sweets. Take a walk by the scenic West Lake and enjoy snapping a few photos at sunset!