The restaurant scene exploded last year when Shanghai hosted the World Expo. The hottest spots: the Surpass Court and Sinan Mansions complexes in the French Concession.
Eat & Drink in Shanghai
A Peruvian chef creates multicourse menus featuring ceviche and chicharrones (pork rinds). An award-winning Mexican mixologist works the bar. Must try: Chicha sour.
This latest branch of a high-end restaurant attracts sushi chefs on their nights off. Must try: Gold horse mackerel sushi.© Xiaozhe
The molecular Shanghai gastropub from chef Kelley Lee serves bar snacks like popcorn pig brain and experimental cocktails made with ingredients like aloe vera milk. Must try: Egg yolk on pesto-topped toast.
Star Chef David Laris of Shanghai's 12 Chairs shares, "I run 12 Chairs like a mini fine-dining restaurant. Each night there is one degustation menu. It's not a short dinner, it's an evening. I even let people help me prep."
Galleries in Shanghai
Courtesy of Art Labor
Serious art collectors buy contemporary Chinese pieces at the newest branch of Art Labor. On offer: artist You Si's ink-on-rice-paper paintings, which he creates using an eyedropper.