Family area guide: Jingan

Shanghai's smallest district doesn't want for things to do and see

Photograph: Eric Eastman via Unsplash
Shanghai's smallest district doesn't want for things to do and see.


Brut Eatery (Yuyuan Lu)

A cosy coffee and comfort food joint with huge windows whose sills becomes benches when opened up on warm days. Get the super juicy, slightly spicy Manwich mantou bun burger with great hand-cut fries, and come weekend brunch time the six-spiced chicken and waffle with jujube honey is a definite don’t-miss.

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698 Yuyuan Lu


Co Cheese

Co. Cheese is the city’s first dedicated grilled cheese restaurant serving more than 20 varieties of the kid-friendly sammie. Good luck choosing just one of the toasty grilled cheeses on offer. But if we really have to choose, we rate the tuna melt and the chicken breast grilled cheese.

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32 Yuyuan Dong Lu

Beef & Liberty, Shanghai Centre

Included in this year’s Michelin Guide, find a wide variety of burgers with grass-fed beef at Beef & Liberty at Shanghai Center. Decor is all warehouse chic, with brushed concrete walls and angular metal chairs in bright primary colours.

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1376 Nanjing X LuOnline booking

Do and See

Jingan Sculpture Park

The family-friendly and free Jingan Sculpture Park is filled with fountains and currently about 20 pieces of public art (come autumn, special exhibits will bring over new works). Shanghai’s Natural History Museum is also located on the park grounds and is worth the trip to visit more than 10,000 artefacts from all seven continents.

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128 Shimen Er Lu

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

This basement art centre houses hundreds of original propaganda posters from the early days of the founding of the PRC. Although small, it gives an absorbing insight into China’s recent history, often ignored by the bigger museums, and is a definite must-see for Shanghai residents and visitors alike. The gift shop is also a worthwhile stop, selling original and reproduction prints of many of the posters on display.

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868 Huashan Lu