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People & Places: Rigel Davis, Shanghai

Our favourite cool It-girl Rigel Davis (@rigeldavis) shows us all the best places in Shanghai to get your midnight cravings fixed. Hotpots on a cold night? Sounds perfect.

You can travel to a city all you want, but when it comes to finding the best that it has to offer, nothing beats getting it straight from the horse’s mouth. That is, asking a local to spill all the deets. Whether you’re schmoozing on the streets of Paris or eating your way through Hong Kong, we want you to make the most out of your trip by skipping the mediocre and going to the best restaurants, watering holes and chill spots. Not a tick of time to waste is our philosophy when it comes to travelling. Enter People & Places, a travel series where we ask our pals from around the world to list five of their favourite local haunts that they think you should check out when you’re on their home turf.

It’s been a whole hot minute since we’ve done one of these and to kick things off again, we have young entrepreneur and bona fide style icon and friend, Rigel Davis (@rigeldavis), to give us an It-girl’s perspective on the fastest growing fashion capital in Asia. We’re taking on Shanghai so get your seatbelts on, because this rebellious and undeniably edgy lady is going to show us all the coolest places to be (and eat) at in the city buzzing with nightlife. Planning to sleep in on your next vacation to Shanghai? Don’t even think about it.


6F, The Ascott, 282 Huaihai Zhong Lu
Shanghai 200021, China

“I come here for the best drinks, and to have a good time chilling with my friends. I absolutely adore this place.”

Lou Shang Hot Pot

2F, 73 Nan Hui Lu, Jing An Qu
Shanghai 200000, China

“This is my go-to place for my late night hotpot cravings.”

Lao Gan Bei

5F, No. 5 The Bund, No. 20 Guangdong Road
Shanghai 200001, China

“A heaven for beef lovers, this is THE spot for yakiniku in Shanghai.”

Sushi Oyama

2F, 20 Donghu Lu
Shanghai, China

“I’ve been coming here since 2009. That’s all I have to say, it’s that good.”

Fu 1039

No. 1039 Yu Yuan Lu
Shanghai 200050, China

“When in Shanghai, you have got to try the local dishes. I bring my friends here all the time and we’re all in love with their crab roe with toast, and their red braised pork belly. They are the bomb dot com. Period.”


What To Read Next: Travel Guide: Everywhere We Think You Should Eat In Hong KongTravel Guide: Everywhere We Think You Should Eat In Tokyo and People & Places: Calvin Wang, New York | Cover Image: Rigel’s Instagram (@rigeldavis), Story Images: Thats Magazine, Tripadvisor, viamichelin.com, Time Out Shanghai

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