9 Finds in Shanghai
December 9, 2014
Just back from China, Jennifer Flowers shares her best discoveries in this frenetic, hypnotic megacity.
Published on Dec 9, 2014
1. Chic Crafts
Traditional hand-dyed indigo batik, found at Nankeen Exhibition Hall (24 Lane 637, Changle Lu).
2. Best Bite
You can't leave Shanghai without trying xiao long bao (soup dumplings). My yuan's on Jia Jia Tang Bao (90 Huanghe Lu), a hole-inthe-wall in Huangpu.
3. Spice It Up
Guyi (87 Fumin Lu, Xuhui) serves fiery cuisine of Hunan. Order the cumincrusted lamb ribs.
4. Sweet Reward
Every morning, I loved spreading my toast with this slightly tart yangmei jam, made from regional fruit by expat Amelia Heaton-Renshaw (ameliasmarketplace.com).
5. Shop This Block
The French Concession's Tian Zi Fang, a warren of galleries, boutiques and cafés in 1930's former residences, has local designer labels and vintage-inspired curios.
6. Memorable Meal
Eating dinner in the kitchen with French-born chef Paul Pairet and his team at Ultraviolet (uvbypp.cc), one of the city's most innovative restaurants.
7. Coolest Cruise
Enjoying dramatic skyline views along the Huangpu River on the Princess 54, the sleek yacht for guests of the 235-room Peninsula Shanghai (shanghai.peninsula.com). That's me at left with one of the boat's liveried attendants.
8. After Dark
For classic cocktails, head to leather-and-mahogany-clad Avenue Joffre (570 Yongjia Lu, Xuhui), where Japan native Munenori Harada expertly crafts Sidecars and Moscow Mules.
9. What I Brought Back
A carved-lacquer soapbox from the Peninsula—an in-room gift for suite guests.