Family area guide: Lujiazui

Filled with some of Shanghai's most iconic sites

Photograph: Zhang Kaiyv via Unsplash


Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is one of the biggest aquariums in Asia and inside, visitors can wander down a 150-metre tunnel that’s home to sharks, massive fish and other ocean-dwellers. A great place to hide out in the AC on hot days.

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158 Yincheng Bei Lu

Shanghai Insiders

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A great way to see it all, even with little legs that can’t walk far. With the Shanghai Insiders sidecar tour, take in everything the area has to offer, from buildings with a huge variety of architectural styles to charming narrow lanes off the beaten path in just a couple of hours. Each sidecar can fit one adult and one child, and tours last anywhere between one and four hours depending on what all you’d like to fit in.

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Disney store

Perhaps adding fuel to the Shanghai Disney craze fire, the brand’s largest global flagship store is located right here in town. Inside find toys, costumes and plenty of other trinkets dedicated to your favourite characters, as well as life-sized Marvel characters and many other impressive installations sure to excite tiny fans.

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180 Fenghe Lu


Lei Garden

The menu at Lei Garden is filled with delicacies like abalone and bird's nest, but the selection of dim sum is where this restaurant truly shines. With private rooms, attentive service and high chairs or booster seats, it makes for a great family brunch stop.

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8 Century Avenue

La Parisienne

This bright little bakery and deli near the Yangjiadu ferry stop offers a range of pastries, sandwiches and snacks. A small area of outdoor seating make this a nice place for lunch before hopping on the ferry over to Puxi.

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88 Zhangyang Lu