50 things to do in Shanghai

Shanghai's best restaurants, bars, sights, attractions, shopping and more

The best things to do in Shanghai: see the best of the city with our Shanghai bucket list of 50 things you have to do before you leave the city, including the best restaurants, bars, sights, attractions, shopping, museums and more.

Activities & Attractions
Things to do

Activities & Attractions

Ride the Pearl Tower's roller coster, tour the city by sidecar and more

Food & Drink
Things to do

Food & Drink

Snack on Xiaolong bao, Champagne brunches, streetfood and fine dining

Arts & Culture
Things to do

Arts & Culture

Shanghai's best galleries, opera, heritage architecture, Art Deco and more

Shopping & Style
Things to do

Shopping & Style

Chinese designers, traditional homewares, retro memorabilia and more

Music & Nightlife
Things to do

Music & Nightlife

Local gigs, Shanghai jazz, KTV, clubbing like a local and stand up comedy

Activities & Attractions

Ride the rollercoaster at the Pearl Tower
Things to do

Ride the rollercoaster at the Pearl Tower

Head to a water town
Travel

Head to a water town

Watch a bird singing contest in Guilin Park
Things to do

Watch a bird singing contest in Guilin Park

See a Shanghai Derby
Things to do

See a Shanghai Derby

Check out an offbeat museum
Things to do

Check out an offbeat museum

Take a trip on the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
Things to do

Take a trip on the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

Get on your bike
Things to do

Get on your bike

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre
Things to do

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

Arts & Culture

Take in Shanghai's Art Deco architecture
Things to do

Take in Shanghai's Art Deco architecture

Explore disappearing old Shanghai
Things to do

Explore disappearing old Shanghai

Take a trip to Shanghai Film Studios
Things to do

Take a trip to Shanghai Film Studios

Music & Nightlife

Watch the old Peace Hotel jazz band
Music

Watch the old Peace Hotel jazz band

Club it like a local
Visiting Shanghai

Club it like a local

See a local gig
Music

See a local gig

See a stand up show
Things to do

See a stand up show

Food & Drink

Snack on xiaolong bao
Restaurants

Snack on xiaolong bao

Eat at a 4D restaurant
Restaurants

Eat at a 4D restaurant

Eat on Shouning Lu food street
Restaurants

Eat on Shouning Lu food street

Drink a Shaoxing Cavalry at Yuan
Bars

Drink a Shaoxing Cavalry at Yuan

Shopping & Style

Invest in Chinese fashion
Shopping

Invest in Chinese fashion

Get some classic tailoring
Shopping

Get some classic tailoring

Pick up some modern ceramics
Shopping

Pick up some modern ceramics

Shanghai's best shops
Shopping

Shanghai's best shops

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