The sun is shining and we are desperately searching for a spot to kick-back, relax, and celebrate our freedom, especially after months of being stuck indoors. It’s true that it’s still difficult to find a place to sit inside, but with how nice the weather has been lately, why would you even want to?
From your favourite American BBQ place to the sun-drenched Greek Taverna, we’ve managed to put together a list of some places around the city currently offering outdoor seating. So, slap on your favourite t-shirt or sundress and hit these patios so you can soak up the sun.
Please note: due to the current environment, many places are subject to unforeseen closure. It is highly recommended that you adhere to all current safety requirements and also call places to make sure they are open before going.
Photograph: courtesy Mayita
Sporting one of the best views and patios in the city, Mayita is currently serving patrons on their massive outdoor terrace. They have a full menu and are also doing brunch and free-flow options on the weekends. So, put on your best summer clothes and get ready for that post-lockdown photoshoot. Then scoff down some tacos and wash them down with a glass of their refreshing sangria or margaritas. It is recommended to call 72 hours in advance to confirm availability.
📍Mayita, Sixth Floor, 98 Shouning Lu, near Xizang Nan Lu (6334 3288). 11am–10:30pm (Mon-Sun).
Photograph: courtesy Bubba’s Food Co
Nestled in a corner of Shangkangli, Bubba’s food Co is serving up high quality BBQ. Owner Ken Walker and his crew have been diligently serving Shanghai residents through the majority of the lockdown period through online delivery. Now their patio space is open for dine-in with the full menu on offer. Head on over to Bubba’s, crack open a cold one and tuck into some BBQ that’ll knock your socks off.
📍Bubba's Food Co, Room 103, Bldg 18, Shankang Li, 808 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu (181 0274 0902). Midday–10pm (Tue-Sun).
Photograph: courtesy Atelier Izakaya
If you don’t fancy getting burnt to a crisp and would rather wait until the sun goes down, Atelier Izakaya is the spot for you. Enjoy some moon-bathing while sipping on some of the best cocktails Shanghai has to offer. Relax and enjoy the evening on this spacious terrace that overlooks the Shanghai skyline. Seats are currently reservation only and spots are filling up fast so be sure to call well in advance.
📍Atelier Izakaya, Third Floor, 17 Yanan Dong Lu, near Sichuan Zhong Lu (138 1841 4407). 5:30pm–1am (Mon-Sun).
Photograph: courtesy HOW
Situated on picturesque Yuyuan Lu, HOW is currently offering patio dining. Enjoy a glass of wine or a coffee in this lovely, quaint space. They currently have an array of brunch options available as well. Walk-ins are welcome, but it is recommended to call ahead to check availability.
📍HOW, 733 Yuyuan Lu, near Zhenning Lu (3257 5188). 11am-9pm (daily).
Photograph: courtesy Bonica
Loggia by Bonica is currently offering dine-in on its beautiful outdoor terrace. There are plenty of drink options to choose from including wine, coffee, highballs, and an array of spirits accompanied by self-serve customisable garnishes. In the way of food, currently on offer is a selection of sandwich, aperitivo sets and salads that will make your classy brunch complete. Also sharing the space is El Paisa, offering a number of Mexican cuisine options. So, stop by Bonica on a sunny day for a cocktail and some fantastic food.
📍LOGGIA by Bonica, Bldg 5, No 60, Lane 273, Jiaozhou Lu, near Xinzha Lu (158 0030 7744). 9am-6pm (daily).
Photograph: courtesy The Shed
Located on Laowaijie, The Shed 2’s large patio is open for dine-in. They’re currently serving up their standard western cuisine so come hungry. Celebrate the fantastic weather with a refreshing beer. Walk-ins are welcome so no reservation is needed. If you can’t be bothered, The Shed on Shaanxi Bei Lu is also currently open with patio seating.
📍The Shed 2, No 30, Lane 3338 Hongmei Lu, near Hongxu Lu (6405 7302). 3pm-late (Mon-Fri); 11am-late (Sat-Sun).
Photograph: courtesy Big Bamboo
Also located in Laowaijie with a massive open-air deck and patio is Big Bamboo. In the way of food, there is a plethora of different options. This venue is also kid friendly with an attached play area. So, grab the kids, bring your appetite, and head on over to Big Bamboo for some quality family bonding.
📍Big Bamboo, Lane 20, 3338 Hongmei Lu, Laowai Street, near Hongxu Lu (6405 8720). 4-11pm (Mon-Thu); 4pm-1am (Fri).
Photograph: courtesy Greek Taverna Milos
Serving a full menu of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, this is another must visit. They have a large outdoor seating area where you can get plenty of those much-needed rays. Chow down on some hummus and pita bread and then wash it down with some traditional Greek Ouzo. Milos is currently reservation only so be sure to call in advance.
📍Greek Taverna Milos, No 16, Lane 3338, Hongmei Lu, near Yanan Xi Lu (5440 8530). 10:30am–11pm (Mon-Sun).
Photograph: courtesy Tacolicious
Located in the Jingan Courtyard, Tacolicious is back to doing what they do best, slinging mouthwatering Mexican food accompanied by fantastic cocktails. There is a large menu to choose from and free-flow options are available on weekends. The terrace is spacious and perfect for a post-lockdown get together with friends. So, come pull up a chair and let the fiesta begin.
📍Tacolicious, Tonglefang, 34 Yuyao Lu, near Haifang Lu (130 2312 4950). 11am-10.30pm (Mon-Sun).