My Shanghai Guide: Sights & Food

Aaron and I spent 4 days in Shanghai. We took the high speed train from Beijing and it was a pretty awesome – drive? Ride? Anyways, we arrive and could instantly tell the difference from Beijing. Shanghai had this hip vibe to it where Beijing seemed more old school. It was pretty surreal to be there.

We spent the 4 days taking our time with seeing the sights. I’ve become a lover of slow travel where you see things at a leisurely pace instead of running around like a crazy tourist. Shanghai was a great place to do that. The street food, the shopping, the old and new mixed together, it was awesome! And I found pancake house! Yay me 🙂 While we only had four days in Shanghai I felt like it was plenty of time to see all the main sights. Here’s my list of everything I loved doing!


Cruise The Bund – Surprisingly affordable and not that busy! We were travelling in the off season so maybe that’s why but cruises start every 30 minutes so there isn’t a lot of worry about not getting one. They rope off an area where you can sit and get peanuts and a beer for a price. It was $4 so we did that for a more intimate experience.

Have A Cocktail On A Rooftop Bar – There’s lots of places to grab a cocktail on a rooftop in Shanghai. Places like The Fellas, Captains Bar (it’s divvy but cool) the Warehouse and The Nest are good choices.

Eat Shanghai Street Food – Vegetarians rejoice! There are plenty of street foods to try in Shanghai. I’ve actually curated a list for you right here so take a look. Pretty much everything is deep-fried and packed with green onions so it’s basically paradise.

Visit The Yu Gardens – You can read more about my experience here! I was so pretty and I was shocked at how little people were in the tea house compare to the crowds outside. Cannot wait to go back!

Get Dumplings At Nanxiang – As a veggie I couldn’t eat anything here but the lineup was nuts. We waited for 30-45 minutes in line so Aaron could try some of their dumplings. They also have Shanghai’s famous soup dumplings so give them a try!

Have A Day Trip To Suzhou – Suzhou has been dubbed the “Venice of The East” and is a must see! I’m dumb and didn’t bring my passport to the train station so we got left behind but I hear everywhere it’s beautiful. There are also places like Zhujiajiaoare and Zhouzhuang which are also stunning day trips from Shanghai.

Stroll The Bund – Early mornings are for strolling the Bund while it’s still quiet! You’ll see all sorts of people working out and enjoying the Shanghai skyline.

Go Up The Pearl Tower – The view is awesome but everything else is pretty tacky. Apparently there’s an area where you’re “in space.” It’s around $60 Canadian to get in which is pretty steep considering I paid $80 for a tour of the Great Wall of China.

Get Pancakes At Mr. Pancake! – I’m a weirdo I know. But during my Asia trip I went a bit pancake crazy. I don’t know what got into me but I wanted pancakes. Bad. So going to Mr. Pancake House seemed like a good idea. It was all English people in there which I thought was funny. When you want a piece of home you want a piece of home! As a Canadian girl who grew up on maple syrup and pancakes I definitely wanted some fluffy goodness. Which is exactly what I got!

the tea house!  green onion cake near the gardensseriously amazing!  eating some dumplings People’s Square 

Chonor’s Cafe by the Bund 

Would you ever go to Shanghai? Where’s your next travel destination? Share in the comments! 

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