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People & Places: Golddafan, Shanghai

The bustling Chinese city that never sleeps, with hotpot restaurants that close in the wee hours of the morning. Our pal and Shanghai native Golddafan (@golddafan) drops his top picks.

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. Following Jessica and her recommendations from Seoul, we have our pal Golddafan (@golddafan) from Shanghai, to give his top picks from the Chinese city.

West Bund District 

2555 Longteng Ave, Xuhui Qu
Shanghai, China

“The West Bund is a new art district in Shanghai where the major museums and art galleries are located at. Museums include Yuz Museum, Dragon Museum, Long Museum and the West Bund Art Center.”

Chunqiu Hotpot 

2581 Fuxing Zhong Lu (Xintiandi Station, Exit 6)
Shanghai, China 

“A convert Cantonese hotpot restaurant hiding in the French Concession. I used to go there at least twice a week. The hotpot is very authentic and delicious. It’s not that easy to find because the doorplate is tiny, but it’s definitely worth going.”


6/F, 282 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu
Shanghai, China 

“I love to eat at the outdoor terrance if the weather permits. The view overlooking Puxi (east bank of the Huangpu River)  is amazing.”


Woody Baker 

789 Nanjingxi Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu
Shanghai, China

“Since the first shop opened in 2014, Woody Baker has fast become one of the most popular dessert and bakery shops in town. They provide finger licking good cronuts as well as various kinds of special homemade items. Now, they have four outlets in downtown Shanghai.”


696 Weihai Rd, Jingan Qu
Shanghai, China

“Even though I have my own office, I still love to go to WEWORK for meetings. The vibe is super dynamic and lively. Being surrounded by like-minded and energetic individuals, you can feel yourself being more efficient and wiser while there.”


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