Shanghai

Local Gems: Our Guide to Shanghai

Located in the heart of historic Shanghai, Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai is a perfectly positioned home base for exploring the seaside metropolis. The city’s energy and hidden gems are yours for the taking. Who better to draw up a local guide than Shanghai’s in-the-know staff? Tailor your itinerary with their picks; then explore, retreat and repeat.

Where our Assistant Director of Food & Beverage Dines on His Day Off

– Davide Brescianini, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage

“I recommend Shanghai’s most ambitious vegetarian restaurant, WUJIE, which is a big step up from the casual vegetarian eatery in both service and design. The menus, presented on tablets, offer meticulously composed all-vegetarian cuisine. My favourites are dishes with ingredients like organic strawberries from Chongming Island and wild truffles from Yunnan.”

Our Marketing Director’s Favourite Cocktail Spot

– Even Cai, Director of Marketing

“Cozy Wine Bar and Bistro, an amazing al fresco spot in the former French Concession, is a small café and bar that can’t be beat. In the summer, I like to relax with friends in the charming courtyard and sip a bright sangria or a refreshing German wine spritzer called a schorle.”

Where our Front Office Manager Takes Out-of-Town Guests

– Angel Su, Front Office Manager

“The Shanghai Museum of Glass, a former glass-making factory, is one of Shanghai's most impressive attractions. The building is a work of art in itself, and when you’re inside, you almost feel like you’re inside one of the glass art objects on display. My daughters love the Kids Museum of Glass, which has themed exhibits: The Beach, The Circus and The Factory, where you learn about glass and its traits. The best part is that you can touch everything – from rainbow umbrellas and magic mirrors to a glass zoo.”

A Hidden Art Find from our Assistant Chef Concierge

– Clark Xiong, Assistant Chef Concierge

“OFOTO is a quiet, spacious gallery tucked away on the second floor of a refurbished factory in the m50 complex. It showcases contemporary photography from artists all over China and the world, and has collaborated with more than 60 artists to hold more than 60 exhibitions. It also features displays of other art forms. Because the exhibitions change quite often, I recommend visiting frequently to check out what’s new.”

A young woman wearing a yellow scarf practices yoga in Central Park

Our Spa Director’s Go-To Place to Unwind

– Shirly Wang, Director of Spa

“Fuxing Park is my favourite park in Shanghai and is undoubtedly one of the most delightful places in the city to spend an afternoon. Relax and spend some time watching the dancers, musicians, and kite flyers seen regularly in the park. Then, head across the street from Sinan Mansions, a quick walk from Xintiandi, where you’ll find several gardens, benches, statues of historic figures and a children’s area with rides and activities. It’s the best place in the city for a picnic – just ask the Concierge to have our kitchen team prepare you one before you head out.”

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