Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Shanghai. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Shanghai and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Shanghai insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Jade Buddha Temple
Located in the western part of Shanghai the famous Jade Buddha Temple makes for an interesting visit. Here you can see two stunning jade Buddha statues that were brought from Burma in 1882 by a monk named Huigen.
This huge space features a multitude of food and beverage, retail, entertainment, recreational, and residential facilities in restored “shikumen” houses, a form of traditional and unique architecture only found in Shanghai. It is a nice place to wander around for a bit.
Nanjing road was one of the first commercial streets that appeared in Shanghai after the city opened as a port to foreign trade about 150 years ago. For decades, it was one of the country’s largest commercial hubs. In the 1930s, Nanjing road claimed the reputation as the retail center in China, gathering almost all the most famous shops, many of which were established in the Qing Dynasty. Today, these century-old businesses continue to draw throngs of customers and despite the ups and downs in Shanghai’s history, Nanjing Road has not lost the reputation as China’s most bustling shopping street.
Established in 1849, this foreign concession was progressively expanded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries but ended in 1943. For much of the 20th century, this was the premier residential and retail district of Shanghai and despite rampant re-development over the last few decades, the area retains a distinct character, and is worth a visit.
1228 Med Restaurant and Bar Italian
This unpretentious Mediterranean restaurant on the ground floor overlooking West Nanjing Road features a low-lit bar area, coffee tables and a spacious dining area broken up into smaller, more intimate areas on the second floor. The menu focuses mainly on standard Italian and Greek dishes like pasta, pizzas, meat, seafood and desserts. Prices are on the higher side with appetizers ranging from 40 to 70 RMB but it is well worth it.
Mi Tierra Restaurant
Ever wonder what Mexican food tastes like in China? Well, if so here is your chance! Located inside a three-story colonial building that dates from the '20s in the heart of the French Concession, Mi Tierra prides itself in serving the most authentic Mexican food in town. From the molcajete, costilla de lechon en mole verde, enchiladas and flautas, Chef Gabriela Fernandez takes extra care to make each dish her own.
Mr. & Mrs. Bund / French
Feast your eyes and stomach at this French restaurant opened by Paul Pairet. It is sure to satisfy even picky eaters with a menu of 250 French classics, while the location opposite the Oriental Pearl Tower offers guests a panoramic view of the Huangpu River. Try the foie gras and other beautifully presented dishes like short ribs, veal or potato gratin and enjoy yourself at one of the most chic places in town.
Yu Yuan Bazaar
Known as "Old City God's Temple Market" to many you can spend some time strolling through the narrow lanes dotted with over 100 shops, restaurants, and China's Oldest Teahouse. This is a great place to people watch, grab a bite to eat, or do some shopping.