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A Guide to Xintiandi

November 11, 2016
A Guide to Xintiandi

Shanghai’s high-end outdoor mall Xintiandi, constructed from renovated Shikumen houses, offers a gorgeous grey stone maze of boutiques, restaurants and bars. We say…

Eat: Dreamy dumplings from Taiwan’s creative Asia-sweeping Din Tai Fung chain, including xiaolongbao soup dumplings; authentic, affordable Cantonese at Hong Kong-born Molokai, ticking Brit-Sino boxes from fish and chips to shrimp wonton; oven-baked Italian pizza, pasta and calamari fritti at stylish newcomer Scarpetta.

Shop: Multi-brand fashion store Alter carries cubes of ice-cool, alternative global labels, including Christopher Kane, Dion Lee and Chinese designer Chrisou by Dan; local lifestyle emporium Zen Lifestore stocks mod-design homewares, accessories, furniture and jewellery, with a view-toting cafe upstairs; Heirloom Handbags, founded by sac fanatics Tiffany and Lynn, crafts quality homegrown totes in vibrant colours, textures and shapes.

Drink: A top quaffing spot for whisky and cocktails in Xintiandi’s North Block, Devil’s Share is backdropped by jazzy tunes. Ideal for rewarding yourself after all that tough retail action.

Relax: Green Massage offers a serene sanctuary far from Shanghai’s urban stress. Tranquil interior design meets centuries-old, wellbeing-boosting Chinese techniques and international spa therapies. Pop in frazzled for an aromatherapy massage with essential oils; leave blissed out.

Explore: Wander the French Concession’s elegant Fuxing Park, a verdant oasis beloved by strollers, dancers, kite-flyers, musicians and picnickers. A Ming Dynasty private garden given a Gallic makeover, it’s home to fab fountains, colourful flowers and old fellas walking their caged birds. And breathe…

Din Tai Fung / 2/F / Bldg 6 / South Block Xintiandi / Lane 123 Xingye Lu / Huangpu / +86 21 6385 8378 / lunch & dinner daily / + branch / dintaifung.com.cn
Molokai / 3/F / Bldg 6 / South Block Xintiandi / Lane 123 Xingye Lu / Huangpu / +86 21 5321 0881 / lunch & dinner daily
Scarpetta / 33 Mengzi Lu / Huangpu / +86 21 3376 8223 / dinner daily /scarpetta.com
Alter / Shop 116 / Xintiandi / +86 21 6302 9889 / 10am-10pm daily / alterstyle.com
Zen Lifestore / 118 Xing Ye Lu / Huangpu / +86 21 5382 2070 / 10am-10pm Sun-Thu, 10.30am-10.30pm Fri-Sat / zenlifestore.com
Heirloom Handbags / Shop 118 / Xintiandi / +86 21 6301 3559 / 10am-10pm daily / heirloombags.com
Devil’s Share / No.25 / 181 Taicang Lu / Huangpu / 6pm-late daily / +86 21 6329 6058
Green Massage / 58 Taicang Lu / Huangpu / +86 21 5386 0222 / 10.30am-2am daily / + branches / greenmassage.com
Fuxing Park / 516 Fuxing Zhong Lu / Huangpu / +86 21 6372 0662
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