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While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.
If the average traveler wants to experience what the average local likes to do on their spare time, then come to Fuxing Park and experience EVERYTHING in its fantastical glory. An almost unbelievable array of past times await your perusal. Saxophone quartets, choirs singing folk songs, terrible singers singing songs en masse, ball room dancing to Gangam style music, tango...
Just down south from Nanjing Road, another main artillery of ancient Shanghai converging with the new Shanghai is Huaihai Road. This is French town, the former French Concession. One of the only preserved concession areas remaining (apart from the Bund). Is this why Shanghai is called Paris of the East? Maybe there’s more to it.
Actually, it’s high on my list of neighborhoods in Shanghai, with all these cozy buildings, reminding strongly of some great parts of Europe.
For an architecture junkie, it’s pure delight. Or an amazing place to walk around, have a tea or a coffee of some food, or simply enjoy a fine day.
Really great coffee and a wonderful experience. I went there for brunch with my colleague after our short Disney trip. I’d recommend the brunch, but the best part is the coffee! We tried four types, each with its own distinct flavor and personality. We enjoyed hearing the stories behind their creation so much that we actually missed our noon train...
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"Loved PALATINO.... "
reviewed 1 week ago by marenost73
Quaint Italian cafe with great food. We did online reservations through TripAdvisor. We had ravioli, fish, and the truffle pasta. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Portions were just right, wine was great, service was great.. atmosphere was perfect.
In a city where it’s hard to find a warm cozy place where you are made to feel welcome and like family... Cuivre fills the gap.
Chef Michael Wendling and host Fanny Cervera have created magic in Shanghai. Great food (literally eaten here 50 times and have not had a bad meal).... good wine and great atmosphere.
I recommend you...
We loved our lunch experience in Xibo. Having made a reservation before hand, we got there on a non-crowded Monday afternoon, ordered some of their specialties and enjoyed every dish. Servings are big, taste is delicious (especially if you love lamb) and service was attentive. Their home-made tea was good as well, plus a glass of black beer to wash...
Over the Christmas holidays my family and I had the wonderful experience of visiting Shanghai, China and staying at a truly special hotel -- Capella Shanghai.
It would be hard to limit myself to a digestible number of words when describing our experience. We were greeted warmly and welcomed to our exquisite rooms, which are individual Shikumen-style houses. They have...
As a liftime platinum premier elite, this is my goto spot in Shanghai. I travel frequently to China for business often making over 10 trips a year.
It can be very hectic and busy at many of the other hotels. Twelve offers a wonderful change of atmosphere, it’s a smaller 6 story hotel that is a big oval with a...
"Beautiful hotel, kind staff but apparently a training hotel which explains a lot"
reviewed yesterday by Quest587490
This hotel is gorgeous and in a lovely garden -the rooms are very nice and clean - however from the moment you walk in there you feel something is not quite right - it is apparently an intercontinental but there is no evidence of that at all. The service is Faulty Towers with charm - everything seems to go wrong...
Good ,no command but Have improvements space.if you can take some coupons for client everyear is wanderful.no toomuch suggestions anymore 200 words too long to writing is no good friendly to client and customer
Would I return? Definitely
Specifically liked: great staff, attention to details, clean, very well appointed, quiet, comfortable bed, good restaurants, very quiet air conditioning
Biggest Opportunity: beds are not designed for room attendant to move them or have easy access to vacuum under them, dust accumulated under my bed.
Need to be aware of: air conditioning seemed to cool only,...