The world’s most populated city is style-conscious and knows how to do chic. Here we pick a few sights, spaces and sensations it would be a shame to miss
The latest opening from veteran China-based high-end restaurateur Michelle Garnaut, Glam is the essence of Shanghai’s swanky riverside boulevard – known universally as The Bund.
Designed to feel like you are dining in the home of a Shanghainese madame, Xixi Bistro takes the unusual concept of fusing Chinese and Italian cuisine and somehow makes it work. Actually, it more than works – it’s excellent. Try the steamed dumplings with pumpkin and ragu filling.
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Natural History Museum
Designed by Perkins+Will, natural elements are obvious throughout the design of this 44,500sq m space (top image). Its overall shape is inspired by the nautilus shell and a central “cell wall” reflects the cellular structure of plants and animals.
Completed in September 2015, this 632m super-tall skyscraper (pictured below) is China’s highest, and encompasses office, retail and leisure space, as well as a luxury hotel and conference centre. Designed by Gensler, the tower is actually made up of nine cylindrical buildings stacked on top of one another.
The Waterhouse at South Bund
Designed by the globally renowned local architecture practice Neri & Hu, The Waterhouse is a boutique hotel with 19 rooms, a modern European restaurant, and a rooftop bar with uninterrupted views of the Huangpu River.
This stylish, carbon-neutral hotel is a pleasant oasis. URBN’s 26 rooms and common areas draw on a minimal, bamboo-infused vibe, all hidden
away behind an imposing wall in downtown Shanghai.
Partnering with Domus Tiandi, a major name in China’s design community, Minotti opened its largest flagship in the world in the city last November. You’ll find its latest collection, as well as some classics, on show.
Specialising in China’s avant-garde fashion design scene, Dong Liang is the place to discover the country’s hottest young designers – in a three-storey house in Shanghai’s Former French Concession (pictured below).
Design Shanghai takes place from 9 to 12 March 2016 at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre